Investors from South Korea are looking to increase investment in Dong Nai in the midst of the global health crisis.
|Investors from South Korea continue investing in Dong Nai |
According to Dong Nai Department of Planning and Investment, South Korean investors have injected an additional $500 million into the locality, increasing the total investment capital from $6.5 billion in 2019 to $7 billion in May 2021. South Korea topped the list of 45 countries and territories investing in Dong Nai.
South Korean Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Kang Myong-il said that many South Korean companies wanted to expand investment in the province. However, their projects have been suspended due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once the pandemic is controlled and trade flows between two countries return to normal, a new wave of South Korean investment is expected to flow into Dong Nai. South Korean investors highly appreciated Dong Nai’s potential in the field of industrial production, technical infrastructure, and real estate sector.
Some South Korean investors have made big investment in the province including Changshin’s $100 million footwear factory in Tan Phu Industrial Zone (IZ), Hansol Technics’s $100 million electronic component factory in Ho Nai IZ and Intops’ $30 million electronic equipment factory in Amata.
The representative of Hansol Technics said that the company decided to develop its factory in Dong Nai due to the province’s developed IZs and convenient traffic. The company specialises in manufacturing electronic components so the investment in Dong Nai will facilitate it to source input products from other partners.
Park Hyun Bae, chairman of the Korean Business Association in Dong Nai is upbeat about the potential of Dong Nai to lure foreign direct investment (FDI) capital in the industrial, energy, service, trade, and supporting industries. Despite the pandemic, many Korean businesses have requested information about Dong Nai. They hope that when the COVID-19 pandemic is contained, it will be easier for them to travel to the province to register new investment. Indeed, South Korean investors are looking to rent big land sites in Dong Nai to carry out large projects to produce electronic components, fabrics for the textile, footwear, as well as machinery and equipment.
As of present, South Korea is the second-largest import market of Dong Nai, following China. The province mainly buys materials to produce textile, apparel, footwear, computers, electronic components, equipment, tools, and spare parts. On average, local companies spend $200 million importing materials from South Korea.