Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Government Presents Clear Plan for Future Economic Growth

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HCMC – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam’s economic heart, has recently announced a comprehensive plan for socio-economic development through 2020.

This plan will ensure that the city, in the words of the HCMC People’s Committee, “will strive to become a multi-functioning economic, social and cultural center with [a] modern infrastructure system by 2020.”

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The Rich List: Number of Vietnam’s Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals to Increase

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HANOI – In its 2014 Wealth Report, real estate consultancy Knight Frank has found that, over the next decade, Vietnam will have the fastest growing amount of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWI) in the world.

A UHNWI is a person possessing US$30 million or more in net assets, not including their principle residence.

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Japanese Investment into Ho Chi Minh City on the Rise

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HCMC – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has been seeing a large increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2014. In the first two months of this year, the city has seen a dramatic increase of 226.1 percent in the FDI that has flowed into the economic center of the country.

HCMC has been working hard to attract FDI and is in the process of implementing a number of reforms intended to smooth the investment process, such as making it much easier for a foreign company to be granted an Investment License.

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Ho Chi Minh City Sees Economy Improve

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new HCMCHANOI – Vietnam’s economic center, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), is currently seeing a strong period of economic growth.  A variety of business sectors are seeing robust growth numbers in comparison to last year.

With a population of over nine million, HCMC (previously known as Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam.  The city’s population is predicted to rise to around 13.9 million by the year 2025.

Vietnam as a whole has seen much stronger economic growth as the world recovers from the recent financial crisis and as the country begins to attract more manufacturing opportunities from China to its own shores.

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Vietnam’s Retail Sector is a Clear Buy

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By Edward Barbour-Lacey

Dec. 10 – 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.  

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City Spotlight: Ho Chi Minh City

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Aug. 19 – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, known as Saigon until 1976) is much younger than Hanoi, with many historians dating the city at just over 300 years old. A prosperous and densely-populated trade hub, the city is today considered the commercial and economic center of Vietnam. HCMC is actually a municipality (on the same governmental level as a province) and, with a population of over 7 million, it is the most populous province/municipality in Vietnam.

The inhabitants of HCMC – the “Saigonese” – are generally seen as industrious and tolerant. HCMC is in many ways a “promised land,” attracting immigrants from across Vietnam to pursue economic fortune. While the majority of people in HCMC are ethnic Vietnamese, the city is also known for cultural diversity.

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Regional Spotlight: Vietnam’s Southeast (Ho Chi Minh City)

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HCMC300x230Jul. 18 – Home to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam’s largest city, the Southeast region has long been a focus of the country’s foreign investment inflows thanks to its impressive growth fueled by a massive energy sector and a thriving manufacturing sector.

HCMC is also Vietnam’s commercial center, and accounts for a large share of the national economy – contributing over 20 percent to the country’s overall GDP, and over 25 percent of total industrial production.

HCMC’s economy consists of a wide spectrum of industries, ranging from mining and construction to seafood processing and tourism. Other large industries include agriculture and high-tech/electronic products and services.

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Vietnam Boosts Infrastructure Projects

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Jun. 21 – This week, the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Infrastructure Investment Joint-Stock Company (CII) announced that it will issue VND1 trillion worth of bonds to be used as funds for infrastructure projects in the city – specifically for the upcoming Saigon 2 Bridge project.

The Saigon 2 Bridge project is estimated to cost a total of VND1.5 trillion, with VND1 trillion of it being sourced from a bond issue. Construction on the project began in April last year, and it is expected to be opened by next November.

In addition to Saigon 2, CII has been entrusted by the HCMC government to upgrade the Thu Duc Intersection, the BOT Binh Trieu 2 Bridge and Road project and a road project to connect the East-West Highway and the HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway.

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Construction Continues on Vietnam’s Thu Thiem New Urban Area

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May 16 – Construction began last month on four main roads in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, a development located near the heart of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).

Construction of the Thu Thiem New Urban Area has been steady, with 99 percent of the seven square kilometer area already cleared, with the adjacent Thu Thiem tunnel and bridge already having been completed. Construction is currently expected to be completed by 2025, with its developers promoting the area as the future financial and cultural hub of Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Economic recession, however, has slowed the development of other key infrastructure projects in the area. At the Conference on Investment Promotion held earlier this month, investors voiced their concerns, citing worries over the slow infrastructure development in addition to the high land prices and restrictive administrative regulations.

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FDI on the Rise in Vietnam

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Apr. 26 – During the first four months of 2013, Vietnam attracted newly registered and additional foreign direct investment (FDI) capital worth over US$8 billion. The capital was injected into projects throughout 18 different sectors, with the processing and manufacturing industries topping the list, followed by the property, wholesale and retail sectors.

Of this, US$4.9 billion of new capital was added thanks to the licensing of 341 new FDI projects. Another 121 projects expanded its capital by a total of US$3.34 billion. These capital injections represent a 14.6 percent and 20.7 percent year-on-year increase, respectively.

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