|Vietnam is named among world’s top 10 cheapest countries for EV charging (Photo: Tien Phong)
This research was based on the cost of charging the latest-gen Hyundai Kona EV in 50 countries across the world, ranking them based on the cost of electricity used per 100km of driving. It also calculated how much one can save in fuel costs by driving an EV instead of an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle.
The study ranked Vietnam fifth in the list. It revealed that Vietnamese EV owners spend only AUD1.55, roughly US$1, for every 100 kilometres on an EV charge.
Argentina topped the list as the most affordable country for EV charging, where it costs at US$0.70 to fully charge an EV, followed by Malaysia at US$0.97 and India at US$1.42.
Denmark and Italy were identified as the nations with the highest EV charging costs, where a full charge for the same vehicle model stands at US$11.26.
Vietnam among 16 teams to qualify for 2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup finals
The Vietnamese national men’s U23 football team are among the 16 teams who will compete in the 2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup finals which are due to be held in Qatar next year, reported the Voice of Vietnam.
Vietnam represents the first Southeast Asian team to win a ticket to the 2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup finals after finishing Group C as winners.
The national team enjoyed an easy 6-0 win over Guam in their first match before then beating Yemen 1-0 in their second game.
On September 12, Vietnam ended their participation in the group stage by recording a 2-2 draw with Singapore.
Elsewhere, the other three Southeast Asian representatives to win tickets to the tournament in Qatar are Thailand as Group H winners, Indonesia as Group K winners, and Malaysia as the fourth best runner-up in the qualifying round.
This marks the fifth consecutive time that Vietnam have qualified for the final round of the AFC U23 Asian Cup, with their best result being when they finished as runners-up back in 2018.
At the 2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup finals Vietnam are seeded in Pot 2 alongside Australia, the Republic of Korea and Iraq.
Pot 1 see the presence of the hosts Qatar, defending champions Saudi Arabia, defending runners-up Uzbekistan and third-place Japan. Thailand, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait make Pot 3.
Pot 4 gathers Malaysia, Indonesia, Tajikistan and China.
The 2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup’s final round is scheduled to take place in Qatar from April 15 to May 3 next year.
The tournament will be the sixth edition of the AFC U23 Asian Cup, previously known as the AFC U23 Championship before rebranding from 2021.
The biennial international championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is for the men's under-23 national teams of Asia, with Saudi Arabia currently being the defending champions.
The tournament will act as AFC qualifiers for the 2024 Summer Olympics men’s football tournament, with the top three teams from the competition going on to qualify for the Olympics in France as the AFC representatives.
Vietnamese products impress visitors at int’l food expo
The Vietnamese pavilion has received impressive attention from visitors at the ongoing international Fine Food Australia 2023 Expo taking place from September 11-14 in Sydney, reported Vietnam News Agency.
|A visitor at the Vietnamese pavilion (Photo: VNA)
Nguyen Phu Hoa, head of Vietnam Trade Office in Australia, said that many Vietnamese products have attracted importers, distributors and locals at the event such as coconut juice, longan, dragon fruit, coffee, tea, instant noodles, rice, and aquatic and handicraft products.
He revealed that in 2023, the office will take part in several international exhibitions and organise a “Vietnamse products week” to promote the country’s exports while seeking a linkage to international partners. He said he hopes that the presence of the Vietnamese pavilions at Australia’s leading international exhibitions will support the penetration of Vietnamese products in the host country.
The stall also provides foreign partners with information on Vietnamese major enterprises.
Vo Trung Hieu, Vinamilk’s International Business Director, highlighted that the event is a good opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises to directly approach buyers and representatives of supermarkets and retail chains who are seeking for partners. He highlighted that Vietnam has signed several trade accords with foreign partners which is an advantage, helping consumers to favour “Made in Vietnam” products.
Tristan Tran, a Vietnamese product distributor in Australia, said the increasing sales of Vietnamese products have consolidated trust of local consumers on products from Vietnam.
The expo is expected to provide an overview of the food market in Australia as well as the world for Vietnamese agricultural manufacturers, share experiences and update market trends, new regulations on food preservation, traceability and cultivation as well as harvesting.
As the food industry's leading international trade event, the annual Fine Food Australia showcases food and drink from across Australia and the world, bringing together thousands of businesses and hundreds of experts in the food and beverage, hotels and restaurants industry, manufacturers, exporters, importers, wholesalers, retailers, buyers, suppliers, and service providers.
Da Nang to host Oktoberfest for first time
The central coastal city of Da Nang will host a replica of Oktoberfest – the largest beer festival in the world, for the first time ever, reported Vietnam News Agency.
|Attracting about 10,000 festival-goers in both HCM City and Hanoi every year, GBA Oktoberfest has become the largest beer festival in Southeast Asia. (Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Hanoi Hotel)
One of the most anticipated celebrations every year, the GBA Oktoberfest will take place on October 6 in the city’s Furama Resort.
Speaking at a press conference about the event, the co-chairman of the GBA said that the bilateral strategic partnership between Vietnam and Germany has been deepened in all fields among which cultural, economic, trade and investment cooperation are important pillars.
“Over the years, the GBA has been the voice and advocate of German businesses in Vietnam, fostering bilateral socio-economic relations between the two countries.
“We also have continuously worked on upgrading the authentic setting of our Oktoberfest and spreading a unique German culture across the country,” he said.
|At the GBA Oktoberfest 2022 (Photo: NDO)
Earlier, the event will kick off in Hanoi and last for three days, from September 28 to 30, at the lakeside area of JW Marriott Hanoi Hotel.
Like previous years, the festival will continue to deliver the lively carnival atmosphere of Bavaria with explosive moments from the famous music band O’zapft, consisting of members from Germany and Austria.
German-born Executive Chef Steven Peter and his team will prepare the best traditional German dishes for the festival.
Festival-goers will also enjoy a wide selection of premium German craft beers and other non-alcoholic beverages.
Following Hanoi and Da Nang, the GBA Oktoberfest 2023 will take place in HMC City’s Nikko Saigon Hotel for three days, from October 12 to 14.
First held in Vietnam in 1992, the GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam has become an annual event to bring the unique German cultural and traditional experiences closer to Vietnamese people. In addition, the festival has created a bridge for promoting the Vietnam – Germany strategic partnership.
It is organised by the German Business Association (GBA), the Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam), together with JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi, under the patronage of the Embassy of Germany in Hanoi, and the German Consulate General in HCM City.
Attracting about 10,000 festival-goers, including expats and locals in both HCM City and Hanoi every year, GBA Oktoberfest has become the largest beer festival in Southeast Asia./.