HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam has climbed three spots to rank 47th out of 105 countries in Brand Finance's Global Soft Power Index Report 2021.
Việt Nam was the only country among the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to improve its ranking this year.
Its overall score was 33.8 out of 100 points, 2.5 points higher than last year, putting it ahead of the Philippines (53rd), Cambodia (89th) and Myanmar (90th).
Among other ASEAN countries, Singapore was 20th, Thailand 33rd, Malaysia 39th, and Indonesia 45th.
According to Brand Finance, the improvement was largely due to the fact that Việt Nam has managed the COVID-19 pandemic extremely well.
"Việt Nam was spared a year of lockdowns and besieged hospitals, and has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection and death rates in the world," the report said. "Not only is the response to the pandemic impressive – given its shared border with China – but Việt Nam also experienced one of the highest economic growth rates globally in 2020 – one of a handful of countries with positive growth in 2020."
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has approved the Việt Nam National Brand Programme from 2020 to 2030, which aims to increase the value and ranking of the national brand while targeting more than 1,000 products to become strong national brands.
The brands from the country are managed through efforts and initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)'s Department of Trade Promotion (Vietrade), under their ‘Việt Nam Value’ programme.
At a national level, Việt Nam has established diplomatic relations with 187 out of 193 member states of the United Nations and completed the process of negotiating and signing new-generation free trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), making the country an important factor in regional and intraregional economic links.
At the same time, Vietrade and the MoIT have supported Vietnamese enterprises to improve their capacity through consulting business development, establishing information systems and updating branding knowledge.
All these initiatives and efforts have helped increase the awareness of the public, international consumers, and customers about the programme and Việt Nam Value products through various domestic and international media channels.
The MoIT also focuses on promoting geographical indications and collective marks of Việt Nam in foreign markets and helping improve the competitiveness of businesses based on quality reputation, environment-friendly production, and professionalism.
The Brand Finance Global Soft Power Index is a research study on the perceptions of 100 nation brands from around the world. It surveys the public as well as specialist audiences, with responses gathered from more than 75,000 people across some 100 countries. — VNS
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