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Japan Bolsters Vietnam’s Investment Environment

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Sept. 16 – Japan will extend an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan to Vietnam this year worth US$500 million, according to Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. The announcement was made this week during the fifth meeting of the Vietnam-Japan Cooperation Committee, a forum for bilateral cooperation chaired by the foreign ministers of both countries. The US$500 […]

Vehicles for Foreign Investment in Vietnam: 100% FOEs & JVs

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Sept. 11 – There are two main types of vehicles for foreign investment in Vietnam: 100 percent foreign-owned enterprises (100% FOEs) and joint ventures (JVs). In this article we will provide an introduction to these two types of vehicles for investment within Vietnam. 100 percent Foreign-owned Enterprises A 100 percent foreign-owned enterprise is an independent […]

Vietnam Attracts Greater Foreign Investment into Retail Sector

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Sept. 4 – A number of Asian firms have begun to eye Vietnam as a potential “Blue Ocean” market thanks to the country’s emerging retail sector and the annual growth rate of its consumer goods trade (which hovers around 23 percent). Vietnam’s growth is much higher in comparison to the growth rates throughout the rest […]

Vietnam to Allow Greater Foreign Holdings in Domestic Companies

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Aug. 21 – The Vietnam Government has lent support to a proposal by the Ministry of Finance and State Securities Commission allowing foreign firms a greater stake holding in listed companies. The draft proposal would amend certain regulations to allow foreigner investors to hold up to 59 percent of the charter capital of domestic companies […]

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 […]

Vietnam Turns to Nature for Power

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Jul. 8 – The first phase of the Cong Hai wind power project, which houses a total of three turbines with a capacity of 1 MW each, will begin this year in the Cong Hai Commune of Vietnam’s Thuan Bac district. The project is expected to generate about 14 million kWh of electricity annually. The […]

Vietnam to Broaden Relations with Thailand

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Jul. 3 – During talks held in Bangkok last week, Vietnam and Thailand agreed to elevate their bilateral relations to create a strategic partnership. The meetings, which were led by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, discussed and emphasized that the strategic partnership would focus […]

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 […]

Vietnam Bolsters Relationship with Singapore

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Jun. 5 – During a keynote speech at the 12th Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore last week, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung renewed his support for Singaporean foreign investors, vowing to make significant market reforms that would facilitate greater foreign investment. Top officials from Asia-Pacific states, ASEAN member nations, and representatives from China and […]

Development Zones in Vietnam

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Development zones started in Vietnam about 20 years ago when the United States lifted its trade embargo on the country. Manufacturing zones include industrial zones (IZs), economic zones (EZs), export processing zones (EPZs) and high-tech zones (HTZs). Firms investing in these zones enjoy preferential governmental policies and advantages like modern infrastructure and greater access to utility services.

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