Mekong Memo Vietnam 20230831
Mekong Memo Vietnam Weekly, August 31, 2023: Business, politics, finance, trade & legal headlines.
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Vietnam Sustains Growth in Foreign Investment Across Multiple Sectors
Despite global reductions in investment activities, Vietnam saw a year-on-year increase of 8.2% in foreign investment inflows, totaling nearly $18.15 billion in the first eight months of 2023. New foreign-invested projects surged 70% in number and 40% in capital. The manufacturing and processing sector remained the largest investment magnet, accounting for 67.8% of total capital. Singapore, China, and Japan were the top investors. The capital city attracted the most foreign business, and ongoing government reforms aim to improve the country's investment environment further.
Source: Vietnam News
Vietnam to Simplify Work Permit Process for Foreign Nationals
The Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs is set to streamline procedures for granting work permits to foreign nationals. The move, part of Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha's broader initiative, aims for greater transparency and convenience by focusing on online permit issuance and transitioning from "pre-check" to "post-check" mechanisms. The process is sensitive and complex, requiring comprehensive evaluations and feedback from stakeholders like international organizations and diplomatic agencies.
Vietnam Emerges as Strategic Hub for Global Retail Distributors
Vietnam is increasingly becoming a strategic location for global retail distributors looking to diversify and fortify their supply chains. Ta Hoang Linh, Director of the European-American Market Department under Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade, emphasized this trend. The upcoming Vietnam International Sourcing 2023 event in Ho Chi Minh City will serve as a platform for Vietnamese enterprises to connect with global distributors. Linh advises local firms to focus on green production, brand-building, and ensuring labor rights to be competitive in these supply chains.
Source: Vietnam Plus
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