HANOI – Last Sunday, in Lao Cai’s Bao Thang District, Vietnamese government officials announced the opening of a 245 kilometer expressway. The expressway, which is the longest in Vietnam, stretches from Hanoi’s Noi Bai through the provinces of Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, and Yen Bai finally ending in Lao Cai. Now that the road is open to traffic, the travel time between Hanoi and Lao Cai has been cut in half.
HANOI – On June 17, 2014, the Netherlands-Vietnam energy forum was held in Hanoi. The forum discussed the effective implementation of a 2011 memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries.
During the meeting, both governments expressed their determination to promote energy cooperation, according to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Le Duong Quang.
HCMC –Vietnam’s capital Hanoi and its economic center Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) have both reported positive economic numbers for the first four months of 2014. April has proven to be a particularly auspicious month for both cities.
The HCMC People’s Committee has issued a report highlighting a number of areas where the city has posted strong economic numbers. The reported numbers include:
Editor’s Note: In response to questions regarding whether the World Bank would financially support Vietnam’s plan to host the Asian Games in 2019, Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank’s Country Director for Vietnam, said that the organization would not make a commitment to providing loans to construct event infrastructure. On Thursday, April 17th, Vietnam announced that it was pulling out as the host of the 2019 Asian Games. In explanation, the government cited a lack of preparedness and worries that holding the event would not be financially viable.
HANOI – Hanoi’s successful bid for the 2019 Asian Games (ASIAD) has created a heated discussion on the merits of the proposed organization plan and its economic benefits. Strong public opinion pressure has focused on the uncertain benefits of hosting the Games – in the past, Vietnam has been known to be less than wise in how it spends taxpayers’ money.
HANOI – The Hanoi People’s Committee has reported that in the first quarter of 2014, the city’s GDP increased by 6.6 percent year-on-year (Y/Y). The city’s positive growth numbers mirror the growth occurring throughout the country.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the city has also seen positive movement. During the quarter, Hanoi saw 55 newly-granted investment projects. These projects were worth a total of US$38 million.
HANOI – During a meeting with members of the European business community, the Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen The Thao, stated that “Hanoi is committed to creating an open and transparent investment environment for foreign businesses, especially from the European business community.”
In pursuit of this goal, Hanoi has begun a series of meetings with the relevant agencies and localities throughout the city in order to speed up administrative reforms and develop a more attractive investment environment.
By Edward Barbour-Lacey
HCMC – One of the most exciting industry sectors in Vietnam continues to be retail. There are numerous reasons why this industry is particularly attractive to both domestic and foreign businesses. Among its positive attributes, the country has a well-developed economy that continues to improve, a high population (90+ million) and ever increasing living standards.
Additionally important for the retail sector are statistics like the fact that 42 percent of Vietnamese are under the age of 25 and that there are a large amount of women (an important customer growth segment) in the workforce.
Through November of this year, Vietnam’s total retail turnover reached VND 2,386 trillion (around US$113 billion), an increase of 12.6 percent year-on-year.
Nov. 25 – As a transport hub of the Red River Delta, Hanoi features a large network of waterways, railways and highways connecting the region. Infrastructure development has been a priority in the city, with the local government taking steps to ensure that the continued flow of goods and investment into the city can be sustained to uphold its strong economic growth.
Rapid economic expansion in Hanoi has led to substantial growth in the city’s population, adding over 400,000 new citizens each year since 2008. This population boom, while benefitting the local economy through the addition of young and skilled workers, has also led to congestion within the city’s transportation network. Due to this, motorcycles and mopeds have become the preferred means of transportation in Hanoi. According to the Institute of Transport Planning and Management, motorcycles outnumber cars by 10-to-1. Car ownership is on the rise in Hanoi, however, with an annual growth rate of 10 percent.
Nov. 20 – Lying on the right bank of the Red River in northern Vietnam, approximately 85 miles inland from the South China Sea, is the charming capital city of Hanoi. Hanoi is Vietnam’s old imperial capital and its modern center of politics and culture. The previous generation of people in Hanoi experienced a strict communist domination. While still recognized for their humility and simpler lifestyle compared to those living in the south of the country, today Hanoi people display an increasing warmth and openness in communication and work.
Hanoi was predicted to be the fastest growing city in the world in terms of GDP growth from 2008 to 2025, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Despite the recent economic crisis, Hanoi remains one of the fastest growing cities in Vietnam, with its economy expanding 7.88 percent during the first 10 months of this year.
May 7 – The Red River Delta constitutes the industrial heart of Vietnam and is one of the richest and most developed regions in the country.
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, dominates in terms of foreign investment and gross industrial output. It is also home to many manufacturing plants for big international names like GM, Nokia and Yamaha. The industrial parks and economic zones in the region are strengthened by their “corridor to the sea” via the Hai Phong Port, one of Vietnam’s largest ports.