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Thứ Tư, 18 tháng 10, 2017

Foreign Investors Implement Food Projects in Vietnam

Foreign investors who are licensed to invest in the food sector in Ho Chi Minh City are in the process of implementing the project, while other projects are interested by foreign partners. It shows the excitement of investors when deciding to set up business in Vietnam.
In particular, project of Nam Duong International Food Co., Ltd with registered capital of 25.6 million USD has completed the construction of the factory, installation of equipment and machinery. The project is licensed by the end of 2015, which is a joint venture between the Saigon Co-operative Alliance (Saigon Co.op) and Wilmar International Limited (Singapore), with the capital contribution of 49% and 51% respectively. The project aims to produce sauces and spices for domestic and export markets.
Wilmar’s investment in Vietnam and cooperation with Saigon Co.op is to utilize strengths from both sides to improve the competitiveness and coverage of Nam Duong brand as well as contribute significantly to the development of the sauce and spices industry.
Meanwhile, the project of CJ Cau Tre Foods Joint Stock Company, with investment capital of 53.3 million USD, which was licensed by the end of May 2017, is being expedited by investors to implement the procedures under regulations to prepare to start construction.
This is a food processing complex on an area of 7.1 ha, including food processing plant, research and development center, modern food safety center… The 1st phase of the factory has designed capacity of 12,000 tons of products per year, which will be consumed domestically and exported to markets such as Korea, Japan, USA, EU…
The project is invested by CJ Cheiljedang Corporation (Korea) through the ownership of 71.6% stake in Cau Tre Export Processing Joint Stock Company.
We can see that, in recent times, many foreign investors have approached the market by acquiring or holding controlling shares in local companies and it is forecasted that this trend will continue.
In terms of attracting investment in the coming time, Ho Chi Minh City has many incentive policies for projects in 4 key industries, which are food processing, chemicals – rubber, mechanical and electronic – information technology. The field of food processing has received a lot of attention from many foreign investors and the fact that many large-scale investment projects have been licensed.

New Taste of Singaporean Investors

Recent projects of Singaporean investors have shown new features in the investment taste of Singapore enterprises when they decide to set up business in Vietnam.
In July 2017, United Overseas Bank (UOB – Singapore) was approved by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) in principle to set up a 100% foreign owned bank in Vietnam. The list of personnel proposed to be appointed as members of the Board of Members, the Board of Supervisors, the General Director of UOB has also been approved. After much waiting, UOB finally has a “passport” to operate in Vietnam as a bank with 100% foreign capital in Vietnam. What is left is just completing the dossiers and procedures for the SBV to make the final decision.
UOB is the first bank in Singapore setting up a subsidiary in Vietnam. This event seems to mark the “new taste” of Singaporean investors. Previously, Singapore’s investment capital is mainly focused on such projects as processing, manufacturing and real estate. Now, it seems that the cash flow is changing direction.
Not just banking project, latest information indicates that Singaporean investors have also begun to pay attention to the energy sector in Vietnam. Last year, UOB under UOB Venture Management Pte Ltd (UOB VM), along with ORIX Corporation (Japan) have invested 25 million USD in Bitexco Power JSC under Bitexco Group. The involvement of well-known global organizations like UOB and ORIX will make a significant contribution to Vietnam’s energy sector.
In addition, Sembcorp is also a Singaporean investor willing to invest billions of dollars for a power plant in Vietnam.
According to the information, at the end of July 2017, Sembcorp’s representative went to Quang Ngai to officially report to the leaders of this province that Sembcorp will have a Feasibility Study Report at the end of this year about the gas thermal power plant in Dung Quat Economic Zone.
Last year, The Blue Circle – Singapore’s wind power developer has received an investment certificate for a 40 MW project in Ninh Thuan province, with investment capital in the 1st phase of 60 million USD.
In fact, Singapore has always been a leading investor in Vietnam. According to data from the Foreign Investment Agency (Ministry of Planning and Investment), the accumulated capital so far invested by Singaporean enterprises is 41.6 billion USD, ranking 3rd in countries and territories investing in Vietnam. Many of Singapore’s projects have contributed significantly to Vietnam’s socio-economic development.
One of the noteworthy examples is Sembcorp joint venture with Becamex to develop a series of VSIP industrial parks and urban areas spanning across Vietnam, from Binh Duong, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong to Quang Ngai, Nghe An, Hai Phong… At the beginning of this year, VSIP decided to invest in a third industrial zone in Binh Duong, with a total registered capital of 284.75 million USD.
Not only VSIP, many other Singaporean investors have also succeeded in Vietnam and are continuing to boost investment. Last year, Mapletree Investment Pte Ltd decided to acquire Kumho Asiana Plaza Saigon in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City from Kumho Industrial Company Limited and Asiana Airlines Incorporated. After this deal, Mapletree’s assets in Vietnam amounted to more than 1 billion SGD.
Prior to Mapletree, Keppel Land has also acquired 40% of the Empire City project in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, equivalent to 93.9 million USD. Not to mention, many other Singaporean enterprises have also invested much in Vietnam, such as Banyan Tree with Laguna Lang Co project, total capital of 875 million USD; or KinderWorld with a series of international schools in many provinces, cities and is continuing new investment plans…


Not stopping with the current results, Singaporean enterprises are still quietly looking for new investment opportunities in Vietnam. The fact that UOB opened a subsidiary in Vietnam is to serve the purpose of investing more and more in Vietnam of Singaporean enterprises.

Indonesian Producer Wants to Invest in Vietnam

Vietnam has become a destination for Indonesian investors to set up business in Vietnam thanks to the ever-improving investment environment and the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
At the Conference named “Vietnam – Indonesia: Strengthening trade cooperation in palm oil and paper industries” that was recently held in Hanoi, the Indonesian Ambassador in Vietnam said that many Indonesian businesses are exploring business and investment opportunities in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and many other places in Vietnam.
Accordingly, more Indonesian investors will come to Vietnam in the coming time because Vietnam is a promising place for Indonesian investors to open their production bases thanks to AEC tariff reductions.
According to the Indonesian embassy, the Indonesian 12 largest palm oil exporters and 14 largest paper exporters are planning to expand their export markets to Vietnam and expecting to enter into joint ventures with local businesses to directly produce products in Vietnam.
In addition to calling for investment and cooperation in the palm oil and paper sectors, Vietnam has recently welcomed many Indonesian investors coming to Vietnam seeking investment opportunities and doing business successfully in the areas of animal feed, building materials, real estate…
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s capital flowing into Vietnam through mergers and acquisitions has been rising steadily, such as PT Semen Gresik – Indonesia’s largest cement company, has spent 230 million USD buying 70% of the shares in Thang Long Cement Company from Geleximco.
Indonesia’s second largest M&A deal in Vietnam is Salim Group spent 37 million USD to purchase 49% shares in Hiep Thanh Group – a trading, processing, aquaculture and export group of two agriculture strategic products that are rice and seafood.

Korea Invested 2.7 Billion USD in Binh Duong

Korean investors have set up business in Vietnam a lot in the recent years and this country is also the third largest foreign investor in Binh Duong province with 619 projects.
At the meeting between Binh Duong People’s Committee and Korean investors held on August 16th, according to reports of Department of Planning and Investment of Binh Duong province on the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first six months of 2017, there was positive changes. The total FDI capital reached 1.726 billion USD, equal to 123% of the year plan and increase by 51% over the same period in 2016.
Specifically, there are 97 new projects with capital of 1.034 billion USD, 62 projects adjust and increase capital of 670 million USD. The sectors attracting a lot of investors are electricity, electronics, mechanics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, trade and services…
Particularly for Korean investors, in six months of 2017, there are 16 new projects and 17 projects adjusted for capital increase. Overall, total investment reached 306 million USD. Accumulated until June 30th, Korea is the third largest foreign investor in Binh Duong (after Taiwan and Singapore) with 619 projects worth 2.694 billion USD.
With the efforts to improve the investment environment, Binh Duong is always attracted by investors, the number of foreign investors coming to the province to explore investment opportunities in the first half of 2017 continued to increase over previous years. FDI attraction results of Binh Duong is a good signal, affirming that the investment environment of the province is very attractive to foreign investors.
Binh Duong currently has 28 industrial parks with an area of 10,560 hectares and 11 industrial clusters with an area of over 802 hectares, occupancy rate reaches over 70%.
Binh Duong is still implementing some new industrial zones and expanding existing industrial parks such as Bau Bang Industrial Park (1,000 ha), Nam Tan Uyen (446 ha), approving new investment of An Lap industrial cluster (75 ha).
In the period 2016 – 2020, Binh Duong will develop up to 33 industrial parks with an area of nearly 15,000 ha.

TATA Build Instant Coffee Factory in Vietnam

Vietnam has always been an attractive market for foreign enterprises to come and set up business in Vietnam and most recently, TATA Coffee Ltd – a subsidiary of TATA Group has become the first company in India building instant coffee factory in Vietnam.
TATA Coffee is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TATA Global Beverages (TATA Group) – Asia’s largest coffee company and one of the largest instant coffee exporters in India.
The ground-breaking ceremony of instant coffee factory in Vietnam marked the beginning of a coffee factory project with capacity of 5,000 tons of instant coffee per year of TATA Coffee Ltd in VSIP II Industrial Park (Binh Duong).
TATA Coffee Factory is set to start production in 2019, aiming to serve its global clients with a new mix of instant coffee.
According to CEO of TATA Coffee Ltd, TATA Group has a close relationship with Vietnam in various fields such as automobile, steel, trade, energy and watches. With this investment, the beverage industry will also become a major area of TATA’s participation in the investment here. Although TATA’s products have been exported to more than 40 countries around the world, instant coffee so far has only been produced in India.
Vietnam has marked TATA’s first breakthrough outside the Indian borders as a manufacturer, so this is TATA’s milestone on the journey to become a global company specializing in coffee. TATA Coffee will make every effort in coffee processing operations with a special focus on safe working conditions. The project will contribute positively to foreign exchange earnings and create more local jobs.
It is reported that Vietnam is currently the world’s largest producer of Robustas, which is conducive to providing a favorable raw material for the plant.

Thailand: Long-term Investors in Vietnam Market

Thailand is one of the few investors involving in a lot of industries in Vietnam, they set up business in Vietnam for years and this trend has not shown signs of decline.
Thailand was one of the first foreign investors came to Vietnam in 1992. To date, Thai investors have committed to invest in Vietnam 468 projects with a total registered capital of 8 billion USD, ranked 10thamong countries and territories investing in Vietnam. Thai investors have poured capital into many sectors of Vietnam’s economy, from processing industry to agriculture, wholesale and retail…
After more than 25 years of presence in Vietnam, Thais have quietly acquired BigC, Metro, Nguyen Kim, Vinamilk, Prime… The chain of wholesale and retail stores of Thai people has spread throughout Vietnam. Not many foreign investors in Vietnam can do that.
With a large investment scale, it can be said that Thailand is the leading investment partner of Vietnam. Meanwhile, in ASEAN, Thailand is Vietnam’s largest trading partner, while Vietnam is Thailand’s second largest export partner, with total bilateral trade in 2016 reached 12.5 billion USD. Of which, Vietnam exports to Thailand reached 3.7 billion USD. In the first half of 2017, total two-way trade turnover reached nearly 7 billion USD, increase by over 22% over the same period last year. The two sides set a target to bring two-way trade turnover to 20 billion USD by 2020.
However, Vietnam and Thailand are also direct “competitors” in both competition to attract foreign investment and export goods. There are a lot of Thai exports that are similar to Vietnam’s exports, in which rice is one of the typical items.
In terms of investment attraction, Thailand has long been a leading investment destination in the region and Vietnam is competing directly with this market. In recent years, many Korean and Japanese investors, including LG, have decided to move production sites from Thailand to Vietnam. According to a report released by PwC, Vietnam has surpassed both Thailand and Malaysia in terms of new FDI inflows. Even PwC says that overtaking Thailand and Malaysia, Vietnam is at a “booming point” in the development process, thanks to a series of trade agreements being signed and an increasingly transparent and open business environment.

Foreigners Rushing to Buy Real Estate in Vietnam

Hundreds of millions of dollars are waiting to pour into Vietnam real estate market in most segments. The real estate market attracts a lot of foreign investors, mainly through M&A activities.
According to the newly announced report from Savills Vietnam, in quarter 2 of 2017, housing development projects received strong attention. China Fortune Land Development Group has bought shares in VinaCapital’s Lotus Dai Phuoc project for 65.3 million USD. Dai Phuoc Lotus is a residential area project with a total area of 198.5 million hectares in Dong Nai province, bordering Ho Chi Minh City.
In addition, VinaCapital’s Times Square project (Hanoi) worth 41 million USD is also transferred to Elite Capital Resources Limited.
Japanese investors are also active in the market. Nishi Nippon and Hankyu cooperate with Nam Long to build a 26 hectares Mizuki Park residential project in Binh Chanh district, Ho Chi Minh City with total investment capital of 351 million USD.
In addition, Aeon Mall – the famous Japanese retailer has officially co-operated with BIM Group to develop the second shopping center of Aeon in Hanoi with an area of 16.7 ha, the estimated investment capital is 200 million USD.
In the field of industrial real estate, Hemaraj Land & Development (Thailand) and Cienco 4 (Vietnam) have officially confirmed the joint venture to establish 1 billion USD industrial park on 3,200 hectares of land in Nghe An province.
In recent years, the real estate market of Vietnam has witnessed the strategic moves of investors, including mergers – acquisitions and development – cooperation. Some typical deals include Gaw Capital’s acquisition of a series of high-value commercial properties from Indochina Land, Gamuda Land’s acquisition of stake of local investors in the Celadon City project.
At the same time, the M&A market happened on a large scale in all different segments, such as the joint venture between Chau Tai Phuc and Suncity Group into the large resort and casino project in Nam Hoi An with total investment of up to 4 billion USD or the deal that Lotte acquired Diamond Plaza.
The market is expected to continue to be active in 2017 with a series of acquisitions and mergers.
According to JLL Vietnam, in the first half of 2017, Vietnam has attracted about 19.2 billion USD of foreign investment capital, increase by 54.8% over the same period last year. This shows that Vietnam is still one of the potential markets for investment in Southeast Asia.
There are hundreds of millions of dollars waiting to be poured into the domestic market in most segments, including housing, offices, retail, hotels and industrial parks, according to JLL. Investors come from different countries like Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the growth of investor groups from China.
Joint ventures are becoming more popular among foreign investors – with strong financial strength and experiences, they will work with local corporations – investors who holding land in the market and also has close relationships with local authorities.
The hotel segment has always attracted the attention in the recent time with a lot of foreign capital poured into Vietnam. Forecasting this trend will continue to grow, while other markets such as industrial park and education are also growing constantly. The affordable housing market is seen as attracting much investment capital, largely due to the rise of the middle class.
Lastly, according to Savills Vietnam, M&A will continue to be the form that the vast majority of investors will use to enter the Vietnamese market in order to realize their goals.