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Door opened for Vietnam’s vegetable and fruit exports to UAE
Accordingly, imports from Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen would be stopped as of May 15, said UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. The list includes all varieties of pepper from Egypt; peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, squash, beans and aubergine from Jordan; apples from Lebanon; melons, carrots and watercress from Oman; and all types of fruit from Yemen.
The ban means higher prices for these products in UAE for a short-term due to the shortage of supply for upcoming Ramadan – the month of fasting, which will be observed at the end of May, the MOIT analysed.
At a time when the UAE Government is tightening its management on imported vegetables and fruits, the MOIT warned Vietnamese exporters to comply with the food safety standards of UAE, particularly regarding pesticide residue.
Due to its unfavourable weather condition for agricultural production, UAE depends on imported goods to a large extent in order to meet domestic demand. The country’s import volume of fruits and vegetables touched around US$3.2 billion, US$2.6 billion and US$2.5 billion in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Meanwhile, statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs has shown that Vietnam’s export of these products to UAE in the same reviewed period stayed at only US$14.2 million, US$16.2 million and US$22.8 million, respectively.
Thanks to a series of activities held by the Vietnamese Embassy in UAE and businesses from the two countries to promote Vietnamese agricultural products, certain made-in-Vietnam fruits and vegetables — such as bananas, dragon fruits, rambutans, longans, litchis, mangosteen, mango, and guava — have found a place in a number of UAE’s supermarket systems and won the heart of customers.
Colombia seeks 'complete peace' at ELN talks
Quito (AFP) - Colombia opens peace talks Tuesday with its last active rebel group, the ELN, seeking to replicate its historic accord with the FARC guerrillas and deliver "complete peace" after 53 years of war.But experts warn the ELN will be a tougher negotiating partner than the FARC, and say no deal is likely before President Juan Manuel Santos -- the man who has staked his presidency on ending the conflict -- leaves office next year.Santos, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in October, was… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Saudi coalition says Yemen rebels blocked 34 aid ships
Riyadh (AFP) - The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen accused the insurgents on Tuesday of having seized a total of 34 aid boats bound for the conflict-wracked country over a six-month period.Major General Ahmed Assiri said the Iran-backed Huthi rebels had seized the vessels and accused them of blocking humanitarian supplies to the Yemeni port of Hodeida, which they control."Aid to the port of Hodeida has been blocked for six months" by the rebels and allied forces, Assiri said in a… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietjet to be listed on HCMC Stock Exchange in late February
The company said its registration has been filed and approved and it plans to list 300 million shares worth a total of VND3 trillion (US$132 million). It added that the reference price would be VND90,000 per share on the first day of trading, equivalent to a capitalisation of VND27 trillion (about US$1.2 billion). The airline had earlier completed its floatation by selling 44.8 million shares, which its CEO Nguyen Phuong Thao said were welcomed by the world’s largest markets such as Hong Kong,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Russian Hacker Suspected in Massive LinkedIn Breach Arrested Overseas
A suspected Russian hacker has been arrested in the Czech Republic for his alleged role in a cyber-attack on social media giant LinkedIn, sources told ABC News.The man, so far unidentified by U.S. authorities, was taken into custody by Czech National Police in Prague, based on a "red notice" issued by Interpol, the FBI said in a statement.While the FBI has not confirmed the alleged hacker’s ties to the LinkedIn breach, the agency’s statement said he is "suspected of conducting criminal… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Biden returns: What's next in the Obamacare fight?
In the eyes of some Democrats, he might be the hero the party deserves – and the hero it needs.Former Vice President Joe Biden returns to the political stage as a not-so-silent guardian of Obamacare just two months after leaving office. Joining House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats on the steps of the Capitol, an Obamacare rally will mark an unusually political start for a post-vice presidency.The Democratic leaders will gather on the front steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...