Fri, 07 Oct 2022

HANOI -- Vietnam will host the 2022 Mekong Tourism Forum from Oct. 9 to Oct. 14, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the country's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on Friday.

Themed "Rebuild Tourism, Rebound with Resilience," the forum will take place in the central Quang Nam province, and will be the first of its kind and "the first in-person meeting of the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) destinations" since 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Vietnam News Agency reported. (Vietnam-Mekong Tourism Forum)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani rupee and stocks continued to gain ground in the last working session of the week on Friday, with the upward momentum being driven by the improved economic indicators and market sentiments.

The Pakistani rupee continued to roar higher for the 10th successive trading session as the local currency recovered by over 10 percent or 23 rupees in the interbank market, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). (Pakistan-Economy-Currency-ROUNDUP)

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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government has maintained its target to draw 1.8 million to 3.6 million foreign tourists to the country in 2022, despite a surge in the COVID-19 daily cases, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno has said.

He remained optimistic because the country was moving to "improve the quality and sustainability of its tourism destinations, such as developing tourism villages." (Indonesia-Tourism-COVID-ROUNDUP)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan and Turkey on Friday signed the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) for promoting trade liberalization and enhancing bilateral trade.

With prospects of opening up new opportunities to boost mutually beneficial bilateral trade across various sectors, the PTA includes comprehensive provisions on bilateral safeguards, balance of payment exceptions, dispute settlement and periodic review of the agreement. (Pakistan-Turkey-Agreement)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol granted special pardons to Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong and Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.

A total of 1,693 people received special presidential pardons, including Lee and Shin as well as other businessmen, key labor unionists and those who committed crimes for livelihood, according to the ministry. (South Korea-Presidential Pardons)

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