Viet Nam stands firm amid COVID-19 pandemic: International media

Update: 09:03 | 19/01/2021
Foreign media have run several articles highlighting Viet Nam’s economic success given a struggling world plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The VSIP Hai Phong integrated township and industrial park is a hotspot of FDI’s attraction in Viet Nam with 58 projects worth over US$2 billion. (Photo: Kland)

The Nikkei Asia Review said Viet Nam’s production sector has proven its fast and steady recovery. The country’s open market and signing of numerous free trade agreements (FTAs), particularly the EU-Viet Nam FTA, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), are promising great opportunities for growth. The paper said Viet Nam stands out for its success in controlling the pandemic.

According to the latest Asian Development Outlook released by the Asia Development Bank, Viet Nam was estimated to grow over 2% last year while Thailand contracted by 7.8%. Thanks to its larger market scale and cheaper labour cost, Viet Nam surpassed Thailand in terms of foreign direct investment and export value.

The Financial Express quoted the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as saying Viet Nam has emerged as a low-cost manufacturing base in Asian supply chains, beating India and even China in indicators, including foreign direct investment (FDI) policy and foreign trade and exchange control.

The Malaysian-based The Star posted an article highlighting that member companies of the Viet Nam Food Association (VFA) inked several export contracts in early 2021, especially with European partners and those from RCEP member countries.

The Jakarta Post from Indonesia, meanwhile, praised the rise of e-commerce in Viet Nam amid COVID-19. Although cash maintained its importance in the country, its number of mobile payments reached nearly 700 million by the end of August in 2020, up 980% against in the same period of 2019, official data showed.

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(Source: VNA)