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Vietnam sustains FDI growth amid US-China trade war

Japan was the largest source country, with 429 newly granted FDI projects totalling $8.5bn, MPI figures show

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Strong FDI figures in 2018 mark the sixth straight record year, following a string of strong realised FDI capital figures, estimated at $17.5bn in 2016, $15.8bn in 2015 and $14.5bn in 2014.

Growing FDI inflows have buttressed strong economic growth in Vietnam, which was reported as 7.08% in 2018 by the MPI, following 6.8% growth in 2017, 6.2% in 2016 and 6.7% in 2015, as reported by Bloomberg.

“We are seeing a number of companies moving from China to Vietnam, including British companies. The model in China is becoming more expensive, so Vietnam is offering a cheaper model, especially in clothing and manufacturing,” 


Peter Rimmer, head of the British Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam

Japan was the largest source country, with 429 newly granted FDI projects totalling $8.5bn, MPI figures show. South Korea came second from a capital expenditure perspective with 1043 projects totalling $7.2bn, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China.

Companies from mainland China undertook 389 FDI projects in Vietnam in 2018, as manufacturing industries…

Realised FDI capital into Vietnam increased to $19.1bn in 2018, up 9.1% compared with 2017, according to a brief released on the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) website on December 26, 2018.

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Thailand to increase rice exports to 6 million tons this year

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Commerce Ministry has launched measures to increase rice exports to 6 million tons this year, valued at around 150 billion baht, with Indonesia, China, Bangladesh and Iraq set to be the main markets under government-to-government (G2G) deals.

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UK exporters’ use of Singapore as ASEAN’s supply chain gateway boosted by new bilateral trade agreement

Singapore’s role as a hub for UK companies, whether as exporters or investors accessing Southeast Asia’s and broader Asian dynamic economies, was elevated by the new UK-Singapore trade agreement (UKSTA) which came into effect on 1st January 2021.

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UK exporters’ use of Singapore as ASEAN’s supply chain gateway boosted by new bilateral trade agreement

There was much controversy, before and after the United Kingdom’s (UK) Brexit from the European Union (EU), in talk of it adopting a free trade and manufacturing model similar to Singapore’s.

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Cross-border trade is expected to grow up to 3-6%

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BANGKOK (NNT) – Thailand’s cross-border trade is expected to recover to growth of 3-6% this year, helped by COVID-19 vaccine distribution and the global economic recovery.

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Foreign Trade Department Director-General Keerati Rushchano said cross-border trade, which includes transit trade, is likely to generate 1.36 to 1.40 trillion baht, up from 1.31 trillion baht in 2020.

According to Mr Keerati, the key risk factor that may derail border trade growth is the political chaos in Myanmar that will weaken purchasing power there and cause a delay in goods transport.

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