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* Vietnam, the world's second largest rice exporter, shipped a record 6.11 million tons of rice in the period through November 19, the Vietnam Food Association reported on its website. The year-to-date rice exports exceed a previous record of 6.05 million tons of rice exported in 2009, according to data from the association.

* Vietnam's coal demand will rise to as much as 65 million tons a year by 2015, a report from the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group said. The country will need to import about 10 million tons of coal in 2015 to meet the increased demand.

* Net gold imports by Vietnam totaled 71 tons between 1998 and September 2010, according to the head of the central bank. The nation imported 339.8 tons and exported 268.8 tons in the period, State Bank of Vietnam governor Nguyen Van Giau told legislators on Tuesday.

* Russia's Mirax Group received in-principle approval from authorities to extend a deadline for a property project in the southern coastal province of Khanh Hoa, the Dau Tu newspaper reported. The project was delayed due to the financial crisis after Mirax won an investment license in 2008. Mirax now plans to start building the $200 million resort in the first quarter of 2011.

* Mitsubishi Estate Co. will form a venture with Capitaland Ltd. and a GIC Real Estate Pte Ltd. affiliate for 18 billion yen (US$216 million) in development projects in Vietnam. The Japanese developer said in a release on its website that it will put up 4.5 billion yen.

^ Shinsei Bank Ltd., a Japanese lender, signed an agreement with Bao Viet Holdings, Vietnam's biggest insurer, to form an alliance, according to an e-mailed statement. Shinsei will work with Bao Viet to further develop its business. Bao Viet in turn will help assist Japanese companies which want to enter the Vietnamese market.

* Pledged foreign direct investment in Vietnam fell 40 percent to $13.3 billion between January and November from last year, online newswire VnEconomy reported. The report cited figures from the Foreign Investment Agency, as of November 20. Disbursed foreign investment rose 9.9 percent to $9.95 billion in the period, the report said.

* Thai Hoa Vietnam Group Co., one of the country's largest coffee exporters, has secured initial approval for its domestic share listing. The Hanoi Stock Exchange granted Thai Hoa an initial approval to list 55 million shares, representing the company's registered capital of VND550 billion ($28.2 million), according to a statement seen on Tuesday.

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