Vietnam, a safe post Covid-19 investment destination

(VOVWORLD) - Vietnam has effectively controlled the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic and maintained a safe environment for production and trade. With many natural advantages, Vietnam is a promising place for foreign investors to expand their supply chains.
Vietnam, a safe post Covid-19 investment destination - ảnh 1

International media has praised Vietnam’s effective Covid-19 response. Economists say Vietnam’s small number of Covid-19 infections and no deaths will enable it to recover its economy before most other countries.

Vietnam attractive in the eyes of investors

Frederick Burke, Managing Partner of the international law firm Baker McKenzie, said Vietnam’s response to the epidemic has made foreign enterprises feel safer doing business in Vietnam.

Michael Sieburg, a partner at Asia-focused consultancy firm YCP Solidiance, said there is a sense in many of his discussions that Vietnam, relative to many other countries, will move on the investors’ radar.

A representative of the Kizuna Joint Development Corp, which builds factories in Vietnam, said that given its fast response to the virus, they expect foreign investment to pour in to Vietnam after the pandemic. The company is speeding up plans to finish a 100,000-square-metre factory in southern Vietnam in July in anticipation of an increase in post-pandemic demand.

Before the epidemic, many businesses with factories in China had eyed Vietnam and other ASEAN countries.

Nguyen Anh Van, an official of the Van Trung 2 Industrial Park in Bac Giang province, said they have heard from a growing number of foreign investors wishing to invest in the industrial park.

“The first thing foreign investors ask about is the provincial investment policies, whether they’re favorable or not. Second, is the location and infrastructure of the industrial park. Third, they want to know about labour quality and availability,” Van said.

Taking advantage of opportunities

Successful containment of the Covid-19 epidemic has confirmed Vietnam’s ability to ensure a stable, safe environment.

Nikkei Asian Review said shifting of investment is inevitable after the Covid-19 pandemic and ASEAN countries like Vietnam will be favored destinations. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook report for 2020 said Vietnam has the best growth prospect in ASEAN. The World Bank said Vietnam’s economy was resilient to external shocks in the first few months of this year and its economy will rebound.

Director of the American Chamber of Commerce Adam Sitkoff said Vietnam is a lucrative investment destination in Asia.

According to Hirai Shinji, Chief Representative of Japan’s External Trade Organization in HCMC, Vietnam has successfully contained the epidemic and will now receive more foreign direct investment.

ChosunBiz, an economic newspaper published by South Korea’s Chosun Group, said the Vietnamese government’s determination to fight the epidemic received strong support from foreign investors. It gave as example Samsung’s closure of factories elsewhere in the world, but not in Vietnam.

Bloomberg predicted the Vietnamese economy will bounce back because Vietnam is a favored destination for foreign investors. It said 12 billion USD was registered in Vietnam in the first 4 months of this year.

The Vietnamese government has set a GDP growth target of 5%. Fitch Ratings has kept the outlook for Vietnam at “stable” as they expect a strong recovery in 2021, with growth forecast at 7.3%.

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