Kim Højlund Christensen, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam With the return of tourism and trade activities, can you see any movement from business and investment promotion delegations that are going to visit Vietnam? The Vietnamese government’s recent decision to lift entry restrictions and especially to resume the visa-exemption travel programme for countries, including Denmark, is great news and positively welcomed by the Danish business community. Many Danish companies are already planning their visits to Vietnam this month and early next month to meet with their local business partners in person. At present, there are over 130 Danish companies represented in Vietnam. Therefore, there will be a large number of business visitors and delegations from headquarters in Denmark or other locations in the region coming here in the near future to visit their production facilities or to find new investment opportunities. Besides that, we also expect to have trade delegations visit our … [Read more...] about Danish investors pinpointing rising potential of Vietnam’s green energy
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Kevin Coppel, Asia-Pacific managing director (left ) and Christine Li, Asia-Pacific head of research for Knight Frank in Singapore When the US-China trade tensions bubbled over in 2018, corporates found it increasingly difficult to carry out business in China due to sourcing uncertainties and rising costs. This trend only worsened in the face of the pandemic and resulting border closures. Businesses responded by pursuing opportunities to set up bases outside of China while still retaining a stake in one of the world’s strongest economies. The China+1 strategy thus emerged. It is based on diversifying its supply base into other countries in order to minimise the risk of disruptions arising from geopolitical tensions, trade wars and tariffs, as well as rising labour costs. These companies are not abandoning China but rather giving themselves options, enjoying the best of what China and other economies have to offer. In pursuit of the China+1 strategy, the spotlight is naturally … [Read more...] about Will Vietnam become a big geopolitical beneficiary?
Petrol retail prices in the country have been adjusted many times over the past few months, Photo: Le Toan In Vietnam, gasoline prices continue to increase, and after the adjustment on May 11 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the Ministry of Finance, each litre of E5 RON92 petrol increased by 6.5 US cents to $1.26 per litre while RON95 climbed by 6.7 US cents to $1.30 per litre. On May 17, the price of US WTI crude oil remained at a high level of over $114 per barrel while Brent oil maintained its upward momentum at $114.28 per barrel. Before the next adjustment, which was due on May 21, petrol prices in Vietnam were forecast to continue to increase to higher levels. The ministries first adjusted gasoline prices on January 11 due to a decrease in global supply, production output by Kazakhstan and Libya, and oil inventories of the United States. According to Decree No.95/2021/ND-CP, effective from January, there will be three adjustments each month to the … [Read more...] about Vietnam riding the wave of inflationary unpredictability
The two-day event featured over 40 Vietnamese and Korean producers. — Photo courtesy of KOCCA Vietnam The Korea Creative Content Agency Vietnam Office (KOCCA Vietnam) has launched an online business matching forum to help South Korean content producers enter Viet Nam and deliver their products in the country more effectively. The two-day event, which ended on Thursday, saw the participation of over 40 Vietnamese and Korean producers in the fields of television, fictional characters, AR/VR, games and cartoons. Kim Tae Hyeong, CEO of Korean T2N Media, described the event as a good opportunity for his company to meet with Vietnamese businesses in over-the-top media services and enhance its understanding of the Vietnamese market. Director of KOCCA Vietnam Hong Jeong Yong said his agency would help Korean content companies access Viet Nam after the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring its network with domestic enterprises, connecting content producers from the two countries in the … [Read more...] about KOCCA Vietnam hosts online business matching forum
Vietnam expecting to spend even more on imports - illustration photo Southeast Asia is facing rising inflation, a problem that is exacerbated by the failure of energy and food prices to fall. Last month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) tightened monetary policy for the third time since October to deal with inflation that is expected to heat up. According to analysts, the MAS has redefined the midpoint of the popular exchange rate policy band and slightly increased the slope of currency appreciation to help the Singapore dollar strengthen against the currencies of other countries. However, the MAS did not change the width of its policy band – a move the institution usually would take when markets are volatile. As a result, the Singapore dollar rose about 0.5 per cent to $1.35 after the MAS’ move. The agency considered the possibility that core inflation would pick up sharply in the coming months, before being revised later this year, due to the sharp increase in … [Read more...] about Vietnam expecting to spend even more on imports
The launch of the Corporate Sustainability Index Programme 2022 in Hanoi on May 26. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Corporate Sustainability Index (CSI) Programme 2022, the 7th of its kind so far, was launched on May 26, aiming to not only assess enterprises’ sustainability but also encourage them to adopt sustainable practices. Vietnamese consumers now have higher awareness of selecting “green” products and services, so by adopting sustainable practices, enterprises will meet consumers’ demand and also generate long-term benefits for themselves, Nguyen Quang Vinh, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( VCCI ) and Chairman of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), told the ceremony in Hanoi. VCCI and its VBCSD have been striving to promote responsible business practices in enterprises, he said, noting that the CSI Programme and the CSI criteria are among those efforts. The set of CSI criteria is not only an … [Read more...] about 7th Corporate Sustainability Index programme launched