South Koreans stay at summit of flow charts

South Koreans stay at summit of flow charts

South Korean investors have yet again managed to stay at the top of the food chain in Vietnam’s investment environment in 2021. However, their presence also entails a network of satellite businesses that leave little room for domestic competitors.
Solutions coming thick and fast for draft PDP

Solutions coming thick and fast for draft PDP

The policymakers of the latest draft of Vietnam’s mammoth Power Development Plan VIII see themselves confronted with additional wind and solar demand, as well as the scrutiny of a deputy prime minister, requiring the Ministry of Industry and Trade to remedy issues to meet the national goals of energy security and net zero emissions by 2050.
Garment and textiles face reality of fierce global rivalry

Garment and textiles face reality of fierce global rivalry

Vietnam’s garment and textile sector has reached the 2021 export target, but is confronted with ever-growing competition from the Asian continent as well as other markets.
More to come from exports in seafood

More to come from exports in seafood

Seafood exporters surprised in 2021 with a turnover of $8.9 billion, up 6 per cent compared to 2020, but experts and government officials recommend further diversifying targeted export markets and making good use of existing trade agreements.
Fruit exporters seek irradiation variety

Fruit exporters seek irradiation variety

Many orders, coupled with a strong increase in the demand for fresh fruits from the United States, could be a gold mine for Vietnamese exporters if problems related to the only suitable preservation company were dealt with.
Rubber hits price stability as exporters cast net wider

Rubber hits price stability as exporters cast net wider

Vietnamese rubber exports have reached decent figures, albeit based on lower expectations – and exporters are now hoping that China will soon increase its hunger for their rubber, while at the same time preparing to shift towards new markets to end the long-lasting dependence on the Chinese market.
Bottlenecks could put paid to pepper

Bottlenecks could put paid to pepper

Pepper prices have been skyrocketing to the highest level since 2018 – but with a lack of supply, many pepper growers have put little trust in the black seeds and even reduced plantations to be less dependent on the fluctuating market.
Vietnam Value Programme gears up for brand supremacy

Vietnam Value Programme gears up for brand supremacy

Amid its integration into global markets, Vietnam’s government has been emphasising the role of national brands with the Vietnam Value Programme, which will head into its next round in March to select those companies and products that will be further supported in the domestic and overseas markets.
Heading towards the eighth Vietnam Value Programme

Heading towards the eighth Vietnam Value Programme

Amid Vietnam’s march towards international economic integration, the recognition of national brands that offer the highest quality and the most innovative products plays a crucial role.
Timber tainted by slump in overall productivity

Timber tainted by slump in overall productivity

Vietnam’s timber industry could grow into one of the largest in the region – however, its labour productivity, as well as the number of workers willing to get involved, lack the required push.
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