20:21 (GMT +7) - Wednesday 21/03/2018


    With the Tet holiday behind us, all socioeconomic activities are now being accelerated under the guidance of the government in order to reach the targets set for 2018, including GDP growth of 6.7 per cent, among others. 

    Vietnamese women, meanwhile, are looking forward to celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Women make up more than half of Vietnam’s population and play an important role in all fields, both social and economic, with a policy of gender equality having now been in place in Vietnam for decades. 

    The ongoing technological boom provides an opportunity for the distance between men and women in business to be bridged. Many Vietnamese women have already proven themselves to be capable leaders and represent some 25 per cent of all CEOs and directors. Female leaders actually hold certain advantages, such as flexibility, patience, and sensitivity in terms of communications and crisis resolution. Our Cover Story this month therefore focuses on the role and contribution of women in business.

    We also have a report this month looking back on the equitization drive for State-owned enterprises (SOEs), many of which dominate key economic sectors such as energy and petroleum. It’s quite an ambitious plan, with some 4,500 SOEs being targeted. Authorities have indicated that 2018 will be the peak year for equitization. After raising $6 billion from sales in 2017, the government plans to sell 6.5 times more shares this year. Stakes in 245 SOEs will be up for grabs, including five leading companies in energy, power, rubber, and petroleum in the first quarter. The equitization drive, however, remains staggered for many reasons. 

    March is always considered the final sprint for enterprises, both State-owned and private, in the race to fulfill their first quarter targets and provide a springboard for the next quarter and the remainder of the year. I firmly believe all targets will be reached.

Editorial Staff

Professor Dao Nguyen Cat, Editor-in-chief

Mr Nguyen Quoc Uy, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Head of Department of International Publications

Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Ms. Ta Thu Trang, Managing Editor

Mr. John Harding, English language Editor

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