Viet Nam remains favoured destination for foreign investment despite COVID-19: Australian newspaper

Update: 09:28 | 30/08/2021
Viet Nam is likely to remain foreign investors’ favoured destination despite the COVID-19 resurgence ravaging across the country, The Australia Financial Review (ARF) said in a story published earlier this week.
Viet Nam remains favoured destination for foreign investment despite COVID-19: Australian newspaper
Production of electronic parts at S-Viet Nam in Dong Mai Industrial Park. (Photo: VNA)

Though rapidly rising Delta COVID-19 infections have hit manufacturing in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam’s commercial hub, the big-picture story of Viet Nam being a favoured destination for foreign investment is not expected to change, daily newspaper said. Even as forecasts are trimmed, economists have faith the nation will bounce back.

“In recent decades, Viet Nam has excelled in reeling in the big fish in electronics, footwear and clothing,” it said.

“Low labour costs, reliable infrastructure and a smooth bureaucratic process have attracted the likes of Samsung, Foxconn, Nike, Adidas, Gap and Levis.” Many factories that are still open are striving to maintain production under the “3 in 1” policy whereby employees eat, sleep and work on site.

While some expats have cleared out, many others have stayed. “The small and medium-sized business owners who have investments here have stayed. Most are not panicking. They want to be here, so their companies can recover as soon as possible,” it quoted Simon Fraser, executive director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) in Viet Nam, as saying.

HSBC has cut its economic growth forecast for Viet Nam from 6.1 percent this year to 5.1 percent. “Despite near-term challenges, Viet Nam’s recovery prospects still look rosy with strong fundamentals,” wrote HSBC economist Yun Liu.

“Viet Nam will bounce back because it has such a competitive advantage in labour costs,” she said.

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(Source: VNA)