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Auto market to continue growing: experts

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In the first 10 months of this year, the total auto sales reached 218,734, up 3 per cent on last year. — Photo congthuong.vn

HÀ NỘI — The domestic auto market is expected to continue growing in the remaining months of this year, according to experts, after expanding by up to 120 per cent in October.

The Việt Nam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA) has said that vehicle sales among its members reached 29,797 last month.

Of the total sales, 19,865 were for passenger cars, up 138 per cent month on month; 9,492 were commercial vehicles, up 94 per cent; and 404 were specialised vehicles, up 45 per cent.

In terms of origin, the sales of domestically assembled and imported cars hit 15,344 units and 14,453 units respectively, increasing 110 per cent and 132 per cent compared to September.

The association attributed the impressive rise to COVID-19 prevention and control measures rolled out by the government.

In the first 10 months of this year, the total sales among VAMA members reached 218,734 vehicles of all types, up 3 per cent from the corresponding time last year.

Experts said the January-October sales did not fully reflect the entire Vietnamese car market because brands like Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Volvo did not disclose their figures.

Looking at the sales of automobile brands in Việt Nam last month, Hyundai secured first place. They were followed by Toyota, Kia, Ford, VinFast, Mazda and Honda.

Việt Nam, Czech Republic boost co-operation in auto manufacturing

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Đỗ Thắng Hải this week hosted a reception in Hà Nội for Ambassador of the Czech Republic Vítězslav Grepl and a delegation from Skoda Auto, a carmaker of the Czech Republic. They came together to seek partners to build an automobile factory in the northern province of Quảng Ninh.

Hải said the exchange of high-level delegations in recent years has created a driving force for bilateral economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries.

He added that Việt Nam’s auto industry had grown rapidly over the past three years and welcomed Skoda Auto’s plan to invest in Việt Nam. The presence of Skoda vehicles in Việt Nam would help diversify the domestic auto market.

Grepl expressed hope that auto manufacturing would become a focus of bilateral cooperation in the future.

Skoda Auto was established in 1985 in the Czech Republic and is part of Volkswagen Group.

The company planned to build an auto factory in Quảng Ninh and begin exporting automobiles by 2023, said Ondrej Cerny, a representative of Skoda Auto, adding that he hoped the Vietnamese Government, ministries and agencies would offer all possible support for Skoda Auto.

Hải said Việt Nam signed 14 free trade agreements with countries in and outside the region, especially commitments related to the auto industry in ASEAN, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the EU – Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement. Therefore, he suggested the Czech Republic side thoroughly consider Việt Nam’s international commitments as well as domestic laws to carry out investment.

As of October 2021, the Czech Republic has invested in 38 projects worth US$91.23 million, ranking 49th out of 140 countries and territories investing in Việt Nam. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1082419/auto-market-to-continue-growing-experts.html

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Upgrading the market for the sake of all participants

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An employee passes electronic boards showing share prices inside Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange in HCM City. — VNA/ Photo Hữu Khoa

HÀ NỘI — An upgrade to emerging status will not only help the stock market develop quickly, transparently and sustainably, but also attract huge foreign capital inflows, said experts. 

Recently, the Government has directed to purge the market and improve the trading system’s capacity, showing its determination to enhance the quality of the stock market.

The refinement is to protect investors and open a door for the Vietnamese stock market to be upgraded from a frontier to an emerging market.

Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has taken an interest in the development of the capital market and the stock market, including the matter of upgrading the market. 

During a trip to attend the ASEAN-US Special Summit, on May 16, the PM visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) – the largest stock exchange in the world – hoping it supports and shares experience to develop an effective and sustainable stock market in Việt Nam, and successfully build a regional financial centre. 

PM Chính also expected the NYSE and its Vietnamese partners to foster a sustainable, mutually beneficial partnership, contributing to making the Việt Nam-US comprehensive partnership more substantive and effective.

On the occasion, PM Chính witnessed the awarding ceremony of two cooperation documents in the fields of finance, banking and investment funds between Vietnamese and US partners, including a cooperation document between the Vietnamese State Securities Commission (SSC) and the NYSE regarding support to upgrade the country’s stock market and build a mechanism for investors to participate in both stock markets.

Previously, the PM chaired a conference on developing a safe, transparent, efficient and sustainable capital market to stabilise the macro-economy and ensure major balances of the economy.

At the conference, PM Chính also asked the Ministry of Finance to immediately solve the order congestion situation and invest in technological innovation and digital technology application, while urgently implementing measures to upgrade the market from frontier to emerging status to attract investment capital, especially foreign investment.

Dominic Scriven, head of the Việt Nam Business Forum’s (VBF) Capital Markets Working Group, said that the move to purify the market is a great effort and determination from the Government.

As the goal is to build and develop a safe, transparent and sustainable securities market, cleansing the market will ensure the interests of businesses and genuine investors, increase the stock market’s appeal, and attract more investment capital flows both at home and abroad.

Meanwhile, Phạm Lưu Hưng, chief economist of SSI Securities Company (SSI), said that the move to purge the market in recent years raised expectations that the upgrade process will be easier. Hưng hoped that in the next assessment, the Market Rating Organization (MSCI) will note some positive comments about what Việt Nam has done.

According to Minister of Finance Hồ Đức Phớc, the ministry is currently working with international organisations to deploy solutions to upgrade the stock market by 2025 as per the set roadmap.

Huge foreign capital inflows

Analysts believe that the upgrade from frontier to emerging status will be an important driving force for the market.

Zafer Mustafaoglu, World Bank (WB) Practice Manager for Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) for East Asia and Pacific, said that the capital market development is a long-term effort, and there is still much work to be done in Việt Nam.

Upgrading to emerging market status is not only an improvement in position, but also signals strong enhancement in quality with a solid market foundation.

Upgrading to an emerging market also attracts the attention of high-ranking international investors to Việt Nam. In the stock market, upgrading to an emerging market could result in an additional US$10 billion in new investment for the country. The first year alone can receive an additional $2-5 billion.

According to Nguyễn Minh Tuần, General Director of AFA Capital Investment JSC, the criteria for upgrading from frontier to emerging status focus on two main factors – size and liquidity of the market (quantitative) and market access (qualitative).

In terms of size and liquidity, there are four criteria which are the number of companies included in the Standard Index, total market capitalisation, floating capitalisation and market liquidity. Việt Nam has almost met three standards, he said. 

The main issue is qualitative standards. In the latest ranking in June 2021, there are nine criteria that the country has not yet met, including the ownership rate, ownership restrictions and equal rights of foreign investors.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1194077/upgrading-the-market-for-the-sake-of-all-participants.html

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EVN accelerating projects to gear up for hot season

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EVN workers checks electricity equipment. — VNA/  Photo

HÀ NỘI — Vietnam Electricity (EVN) said it is accelerating power generation and grid projects, especially urgent infrastructure, to ensure supplies in the hot season.

The State-owned group said in the first four months of 2022, the firm and its subsidiaries had started work on 30 projects and put into use 31 grid facilities between 110kV – 500kV.

It cited meteorological forecasting centres as saying that heatwaves this year are likely to appear in the northern and central regions later than usual, but won’t be too severe.

Power demand in the north is unlikely to rise sharply in May, and daily consumption will be around 805 million kWh.

EVN noted that this month, it is working to guarantee supply for production and business activities as well as daily life, especially the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) and the 15th National Assembly’s third session.

It is maintaining high water levels at multi-purpose hydropower plants in the north, operating thermal power plants in the region, and importing about 540MW of electricity in May.

Its subsidiaries were also requested to ensure power supply in the dry season, ready manpower and equipment for any possible incidents due to natural disasters, and recommend people, agencies and factories use electricity in a safe and economical manner.

In April, the entire EVN system produced 22.62 billion kWh of electricity, up 1.9 per cent year-on-year. That added up to a four-month figure of 85.65 billion kWh, increasing 6.2 per cent. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1194045/evn-accelerating-projects-to-gear-up-for-hot-season.html

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Deputy Finance Minister Nguyễn Đức Chi takes charge of the State Securities Commission

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Deputy Finance Minister Nguyễn Đức Chi. — Photo vtv.vn

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Finance Hồ Đức Phớc had assigned Deputy Finance Minister Nguyễn Đức Chi to take charge of the State Securities Commission (SSC) from May 19.

In a dispatch to the SSC, Minister Phớc stated that Deputy Minister Chi will manage the commission during the consideration and completion of personnel for the commission.

Earlier on May 18, the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission announced the inspection conclusions and Party disciplinary measures on the SSC Party Committee in the 2015-20 tenure and relevant individuals. Right after that, the Ministry of Finance directed the SSC, stock exchanges, the Việt Nam Securities Depository and relevant agencies to review and implement measures to remedy the violations and shortcomings.

Specifically, the ministry dismissed Trần Văn Dũng from the position of the Chairman of the SSC, while giving a warning to Vũ Bằng, former secretary of the SSC Party Committee in the 2015-20 tenure and former SSC Chairman.

Warnings were given to Nguyễn Thành Long, secretary of the Hà Nội Stock Exchange Party Committee; and Nguyễn Sơn, chairman of the management board of the Việt Nam Securities Depository for their wrongdoings during their tenures. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1194041/deputy-finance-minister-nguyen-duc-chi-takes-charge-of-the-state-securities-commission.html

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