Samsung Display asks to not isolate 700 engineers from South Korea

Samsung's plea to exempt 700 South Korean engineers from the mandatory quarantine would cause numerous hiccups in the containment of the epidemic.

samsung display asks to not isolate 700 engineers from south korea

Samsung Display requested the Vietnamese government to allow its engineers from South Korea to skip the mandatory time in quarantine

This time of the year, Samsung Display frequently sends engineers from South Korea to Vietnam to prepare for the scheduled launch of new products in the latter half of the year, a source told Reuters. "Travel restrictions could deal a setback to such plans," he said.

Samsung Display, a supplier of Samsung Electronics and Apple, has asked Vietnam to exempt 700 engineers from South Korea from the mandatory quarantine, saying that they are urgently needed to prepare for the production of screens for new smartphones.

In its talks with the Vietnamese government, Samsung Display requested this exemption if engineers can present medical examination reports, the person added on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Vietnam is South Korea's No.3 export market as well as the fifth-biggest source of South Korean imports. Samsung Electronics alone accounts for a fourth of Vietnam's exports and makes over half of its global smartphones here.

Vietnam has mandated a 14-day quarantine for people coming from South Korea to curb the spread of the virus, which can be transmitted from person to person and has already reached more than 60 countries. South Korea has reported one of the highest number of infections outside of China.

 

This has come as a blow to South Korean companies, which are the biggest foreign investors in Vietnam. Samsung Display runs a factory in the country where it assembles OLED displays used in smartphones made by Samsung Electronics, Apple, and Huawei.

South Korea is the second-worst hit county by the coronavirus in the world with 7,513 cases of infection up to date and 58 deaths. The epidemic has been reported to have just passed its peak last week with 500 new infections diagnosed every day. However, this is still a huge figure and loosening health inspections and quarantining for foreigners arriving from epidemic areas would pose great risks for Vietnam.

At the end of March 10, there were 34 COVID-19 infection cases in Vietnam. The latest patient is a woman who travelled to the US and transited at South Korea's Incheon international airport on February 22 to return to Vietnam a week later. Previously, a man coming back from South Korea' Daegu and 11 foreign tourists from the UK tested positive for the epidemic. Thereby, prevention and quarantine are still essential for Vietnam to contain the spread of the COVID-19. VIR

Minh Vu

Samsung to temporarily move smartphone production to Vietnam over virus case

Samsung to temporarily move smartphone production to Vietnam over virus case

Samsung Electronics Co. on March 6 said it will temporarily move some of its smartphone production to Vietnam, after shutting down a local factory following a positive coronavirus test there, according to Yonhap.

Samsung exports spur Vietnam’s foreign trade

Samsung exports spur Vietnam’s foreign trade

Despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, Vietnam’s foreign trade in the first two months of the year picked up by 2.4% year-on-year to reach US$74 billion as Samsung boosted the exports of its new products.  

 
 

Other News

.
Hanoi moves towards approving construction of third Aeon Mall
Hanoi moves towards approving construction of third Aeon Mall
BUSINESSicon  05/07/2020 

The proposed construction of a parking lot and the Aeon Mall Hoang Mai Trade centre will soon be decided upon by the Hanoi People's Committee as Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved the adjustment of the city's construction planning.

Pork and oil prices key to keeping inflation in VN under control: experts
Pork and oil prices key to keeping inflation in VN under control: experts
BUSINESSicon  05/07/2020 

With huge inflation pressure on the way in the remaining months of this year, a close watch must be kept on the prices of key products like oil and pork to hit the goal of keeping inflation below 4 per cent, experts have said.

US firms create record 4.8 million jobs in June
US firms create record 4.8 million jobs in June
BUSINESSicon  03/07/2020 

The reopening of businesses has spurred job growth but a rise in Covid-19 cases may hamper recovery.

Chubb Life Vietnam honored “Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020”
Chubb Life Vietnam honored “Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020”
BUSINESSicon  03/07/2020 

Chubb Life Vietnam has been recognized as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020” by HR Asia, the continent’s leading publication for Human Resources professionals.

VN government to sell stake in country’s biggest brewery
VN government to sell stake in country’s biggest brewery
BUSINESSicon  03/07/2020 

The Government will sell its 36% stake, equivalent to 230.8 million shares worth some VND37.6 trillion (US$1.6 billion), in the Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation (Sabeco), the country’s biggest brewery, this year.

Fabric production an issue for Vietnam's textile industry
Fabric production an issue for Vietnam's textile industry
BUSINESSicon  03/07/2020 

Fabric production is a challenge for Vietnam's textile and garment industry when it comes to free trade agreements (FTAs) requirements on product origin.

Vietnam's FDI inflows to increase
Vietnam's FDI inflows to increase
BUSINESSicon  03/07/2020 

A new wave of foreign direct investment driven by global uncertainty such as the US-China trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic is imminent in Vietnam, 

Predatory debt collectors hustling on borrowed time
Predatory debt collectors hustling on borrowed time
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

Debt-collecting businesses are to be banned in Vietnam as part of local government action to protect customers’ rights, with the upsurge of predatory lending services triggering heated debate and eroding public trust.

Proposal steers sports betting to starting line
Proposal steers sports betting to starting line
BUSINESSicon  03/07/2020 

A proposed national steering committee is expected to help Vietnam build clearer prize-winning entertainment rules and set up closer connections between government authorities and investors 

EVFTA will broaden skies for aviation across Vietnam
EVFTA will broaden skies for aviation across Vietnam
BUSINESSicon  03/07/2020 

Never-before-seen activities in Vietnam’s aviation sphere are expected to come to EU businesses soon on the back of the landmark EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

RCEP benefits on horizon for ASEAN
RCEP benefits on horizon for ASEAN
FEATUREicon  02/07/2020 

With the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership scheduled to be signed this November, doors will soon open to attract more investment and swell Vietnam’s trade with international partners.

An abundance of advantages to diversify ops into Vietnam
An abundance of advantages to diversify ops into Vietnam
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

Amidst the new wave of foreign investment and relocation after the pandemic, director general of the Foreign Investment Agency Do Nhat Hoang explained Vietnam’s outstanding advantages and how it can seize arising opportunities.

Vietnam closes in on tech app tax avoiders
Vietnam closes in on tech app tax avoiders
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

Apple and Google are once again under fire over tax avoidance in Vietnam, with none of their revenues from their app markets being retained in the country. However, a new law could soon enable local authorities to take their cut.

Drugmakers fight to attain approval
Drugmakers fight to attain approval
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

Switzerland’s drug maker Novartis Pharma Services AG has announced a GMP qualification for Lek Pharmaceuticals d.d. within the scope of certification for medicines in Vietnam,

PouYuen lays off thousands  due to Covid-19 difficulties
PouYuen lays off thousands due to Covid-19 difficulties
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

More than 6,000 workers of the Taiwanese company, PouYuen, in HCM City have been laid off due to the company's business difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fitch Solutions revises up Viet Nam’s 2020 GDP growth
Fitch Solutions revises up Viet Nam’s 2020 GDP growth
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

Fitch Solutions have revised up its 2020 real GDP growth forecast for Viet Nam slightly to 3.0 per cent, from 2.8 per cent previously.

Domestic demand the driving force for agriculture to develop
Domestic demand the driving force for agriculture to develop
BUSINESSicon  03/07/2020 

Nguyen Quoc Toan, director-general of the General Department for Agricultural Products Processing and Market Development, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 

Zalo Bank not licensed by SBV and MoIT
Zalo Bank not licensed by SBV and MoIT
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade have affirmed that they have not licensed Zalo Bank to provide online built-in financial services.

EVFTA to come into effect in a month
EVFTA to come into effect in a month
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

The EVFTA will abolish 65 per cent of the duties on EU exports to its developing partner, with the remainder phased out over a 10-year period.

Footwear sector to improve supply chain to take advantage of EVFTA
Footwear sector to improve supply chain to take advantage of EVFTA
BUSINESSicon  02/07/2020 

Vietnam’s leather and footwear industry should improve its supply chain performance to take advantage of the milestone trade deal that Vietnam has signed with the EU and to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, 

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN