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The decision was made following discussions between the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the F1 Group, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association Limited Liability Company (VMA), and the Vietnam Grand Prix Limited Liability Company (VGPC).

“This has been an extremely difficult but necessary decision after the thorough consideration of safety criteria as well as the effectiveness of the race,” VGPC General Director Le Ngoc Chi said.

VGPC will refund all tickets sold to customers through the online channels or the distribution agents.

The Vietnam GP is the 13th F1 race cancelled this year, following the events in Australia, China, the Netherlands, Monaco, Azerbaijan, Canada, France, Singapore, Japan, the United States and Brazil.

The Vietnam GP 2020 was initially slated for April 5 but was then put on hold indefinitely on March 13 due to the unpredictable COVID-19 evolutions.

This year’s full F1 calendar features 17 races, most of which take place without fans in attendance. The next race is scheduled for October 25 in Portugal, followed by Emilia Romagna GP (November 1), Turkey GP (November 15), Bahrain GP (November 29), Sakhir GP (December 6) and Abu Dhabi GP (December 13).

First Vietnamese dairy products sold at Walmart

Vietnam Nutrition Food JSC (NutiFood) announced on October 15 that its first batch of soymilk has hit the shelves of 450 branches of Walmart throughout the United States and China, the Voice of Vietnam reports.

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This marks the first time that a Vietnamese dairy brand has been licensed for distribution in one of the world’s leading retail giants.

According to a representative of NutiFood, working with Walmart will help the company reach one billion consumers in China, while also representing the start of its new advancement to bring high-quality products to potential markets globally through the Walmart chain.

Tran Thi Le, NutiFood CEO, emphasised that aside from following a production process and using raw materials that are of a higher standard, NutiFood must also meet 250 stringent requirements set by Walmart, relating to transportation security, company policies for staff, contractors, partners, and social responsibility standards.

In addition to gaining a presence in China through the Walmart system, the Vietnamese firm’s soymilk products have also been distributed in supermarkets across the US.

NutiFood has recently partnered with several other multinational corporations to raise quality standards to cater to consumer tastes locally and globally.

In 2018 NutiFood’s Pedia Plus products were certified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and hit the shelves of supermarkets in the US.

The enterprise has also previously co-operated with partners in order to build a dairy factory in Sweden. It has also launched a range of high-quality organic nutrition products to be sold in both the Vietnamese and the European markets.

Vietnam welcomes new Japanese PM’s first overseas visit to Hanoi

Vietnam welcomes newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide’s upcoming visit to Hanoi and believes the visit will be a great success, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said.

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide

According to the Voice of Vietnam, Mr. Suga Yoshihide has chosen Vietnam as his destination for the first ever overseas visit after being sworn in shows clear evidence of the good, strong and substantive development of the Vietnam - Japan extensive strategic partnership in various areas, Hang told reporters at a regular press briefing on October 15.

“We believe the visit will be a great success, making a positive contribution to promoting the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan, as well as contributing to economic recovery and social development of the two countries after the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hang stressed.

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson also said that the detail of the Japanese PM’s official visit will be announced on October 16./.

Compiled by BTA