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Transfer pricing among FDI firms in Vietnam at alarming rate: State Audit

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While FDI firms continue to report losses, they keep expanding operations in the country.

Transfer pricing among foreign-invested firms operating in Vietnam is increasing at an alarming rate, evidenced by the fact that while foreign-invested companies report losses, the majority of their Vietnamese peers in the same fields are generating profits, especially in garment and footwear, according to Doan Xuan Tien, deputy State Auditor General.

 Deputy State Auditor General Doan Xuan Tien says transfer pricing among FDI firms operating in Vietnam is increasing at an alarming rate. Photo: VGP. 

So far, nearly 50% of foreign direct investment (FDI) firms in Vietnam said they are operating at a loss, said Tien at a conference on June 9, for which he attributed transfer pricing, among other reasons, to this issue, the governmental portal reported.

The issue causes losses of up to hundreds of millions of US dollars to the state budget, Tien stressed, adding FDI firms make up 20% of GDP, 25% of total social investment, 40% of industrial production value, and 50% of external trade.

Many investors are looking for ways to transfer obsolete machines and equipment to recipient countries, including Vietnam, Tien added.

The consequence is that it is very difficult to evaluate the real value of these machines. This practice implies environmental pollution, low product quality and high costs, he stated.

Tien attributed the growing trend of transfer pricing to Vietnam’s shortcomings in managing FDI projects, including a lack of consistency between the target and action to attract FDI; the country’s incentive policies to attract FDI do not base on competitive advantages of each province and city; ambiguity in administrative process to apply for such policies; among others.

Notably, in Ho Chi Minh City, nearly 60% out of 3,500 FDI firms have been reporting losses for many years, and in Binh Duong province, the rate is 50% in the 2006 – 2011 period.

Tien, however, noted while FDI firms continue to suffer losses, they keep expanding operations here.

Tien pointed to an example of Coca-Cola, saying since its first presence in Vietnam in 1992, the US firm has reported an accumulated loss of VND3.76 trillion (US$162.93 million) by December 2012, exceeding its original investment capital. In fact, Coca-Cola’s production capacity has been growing at an average pace of 20% annually.

Another case is Metro Vietnam, which has increased its registered capital to US$301 million after 12 years operating in the country. However, the firm reported accumulated losses of VND1.65 trillion (US$71.5 million), and a profit of VND173 billion (US$7.5 million) in 2010. Nevertheless, Metro Vietnam has expanded nationwide with 19 retail supermarkets.

Nguyen Mai, chairman of the Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises (VAFIE), commented outdated machines and technologies used by FDI firms are causing overuse of energy and severe level of pollution.

Deputy State Auditor General Tien suggested it is essential for State Audit of Vietnam to enhance efficiency during the auditing process, while there should be more clarity in legal framework regarding the audit.

Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa from the National Economics University suggested government agencies could disclose the audit results related to cases of transfer pricing, as a warning to those violating transfer pricing regulations.

Hoa referred to UK experience in dealing with Starbuck’s act of transfer pricing for 13 years. The publication of the audit results led to a widespread boycott by UK customers towards Starbuck and this business eventually had to repay the tax arrears of between US$6.3 and US$7.6 million in 2012. Hanoitimes

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/business/transfer-pricing-among-fdi-firms-in-vietnam-at-alarming-rate-state-audit-647929.html

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Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery exports hit record high

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Vietnam raked in US$49 billion in export revenue from agro-forestry-fishery products between January and November of this year, exceeding the previous record of $48.6 billion set in 2021, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry on Wednesday shared that Vietnam exported over $4.27 billion worth of agro-forestry-fishery products in November alone, down nearly five percent year on year.

During the same period, the country’s seafood export turnover hit $10.14 billion for the first time ever.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) will hold a ceremony to celebrate the milestone on December 10.

From January to November, there were eight commodities with export turnovers that surpassed $2 billion, including coffee ($3.5 billion, up 31.5 percent), rubber ($2.9 billion, up 3.2 percent), rice ($3.2 billion, up 6.9 percent), tra fish ($2.2 billion, up 61 percent), shrimp ($4.1 billion, up 14.6 percent), and wood and wooden products ($14.6 billion, up 9 percent).

Asian countries remained the largest importers of Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery products with nearly 45 percent of the market share, followed by America with 27 percent, and Europe with 11 percent.

As for importing countries, the U.S. took the lead with $12.3 billion.

China came in second with some $9.3 billion, followed by Japan with $3.9 billion, and South Korea with $2.3 billion. 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, China’s unwillingness to end its zero-COVID policy will create a challenging future for Vietnamese farm produce for the foreseeable future. 

Moreover, due to the depreciation of China’s renminbi and Thailand’s baht over the Vietnam dong and U.S. dollar, China will likely increase imports from Thailand and reduce imports from Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s exports of wood pellets to the European Union (EU) remain low due to Europe’s strict origin traceability requirements.

The EU’s requirements for wood pellet imports are more stringent than those of Japan and South Korea, which is a significant challenge that will require Vietnamese exporters to improve their equipment and technology.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue popularizing a protocol on the official export of Vietnamese durians to China, requirements for passion fruit exports to China, and requirements for pomelo exports to the U.S.

The ministry will also accelerate negotiations over a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for dragon fruit, longan, litchi, rambutan, and mango exports to China. 

It will also work with the General Administration of Customs of China to launch weekly online inspections into banana and durian batches shipped from Vietnam to its northern neighbor.

In addition, it will seek ways to remove technical and trade hindrances and pave the way for the export of Vietnamese products to other large and potential markets, such as Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Australia, and New Zealand via official channels.

Specialized agencies will work with Japanese phytosanitary inspectors who come to Vietnam to check local dragon fruit, mango, and longan processing units in order to boost the export of these products.

The government assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development an agro-forestry-fishery export revenue target of $50 billion this year.

If the export growth momentum is maintained in the last month of the year, the country’s agro-forestry-fishery exports this year will likely reach $53 billion.

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Vietnam raked in US$49 billion in export revenue from agro-forestry-fishery products between January and November of this year, exceeding the previous record of $48.6 billion set in 2021, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry on Wednesday shared that Vietnam exported over $4.27 billion worth of agro-forestry-fishery products in November alone, down nearly five percent year on year.

During the same period, the country’s seafood export turnover hit $10.14 billion for the first time ever.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) will hold a ceremony to celebrate the milestone on December 10.

From January to November, there were eight commodities with export turnovers that surpassed $2 billion, including coffee ($3.5 billion, up 31.5 percent), rubber ($2.9 billion, up 3.2 percent), rice ($3.2 billion, up 6.9 percent), tra fish ($2.2 billion, up 61 percent), shrimp ($4.1 billion, up 14.6 percent), and wood and wooden products ($14.6 billion, up 9 percent).

Asian countries remained the largest importers of Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery products with nearly 45 percent of the market share, followed by America with 27 percent, and Europe with 11 percent.

As for importing countries, the U.S. took the lead with $12.3 billion.

China came in second with some $9.3 billion, followed by Japan with $3.9 billion, and South Korea with $2.3 billion. 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, China’s unwillingness to end its zero-COVID policy will create a challenging future for Vietnamese farm produce for the foreseeable future. 

Moreover, due to the depreciation of China’s renminbi and Thailand’s baht over the Vietnam dong and U.S. dollar, China will likely increase imports from Thailand and reduce imports from Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s exports of wood pellets to the European Union (EU) remain low due to Europe’s strict origin traceability requirements.

The EU’s requirements for wood pellet imports are more stringent than those of Japan and South Korea, which is a significant challenge that will require Vietnamese exporters to improve their equipment and technology.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue popularizing a protocol on the official export of Vietnamese durians to China, requirements for passion fruit exports to China, and requirements for pomelo exports to the U.S.

The ministry will also accelerate negotiations over a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for dragon fruit, longan, litchi, rambutan, and mango exports to China. 

It will also work with the General Administration of Customs of China to launch weekly online inspections into banana and durian batches shipped from Vietnam to its northern neighbor.

In addition, it will seek ways to remove technical and trade hindrances and pave the way for the export of Vietnamese products to other large and potential markets, such as Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Australia, and New Zealand via official channels.

Specialized agencies will work with Japanese phytosanitary inspectors who come to Vietnam to check local dragon fruit, mango, and longan processing units in order to boost the export of these products.

The government assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development an agro-forestry-fishery export revenue target of $50 billion this year.

If the export growth momentum is maintained in the last month of the year, the country’s agro-forestry-fishery exports this year will likely reach $53 billion.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20221203/vietnams-agroforestryfishery-exports-hit-record-high/70274.html

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US supports Vietnam’s clean energy adoption

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The U.S. government has unveiled a US$36-million Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program II (V-LEEP II) fund to be disbursed over five years to speed up Vietnam’s transition to clean energy.

The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is meant to help Vietnam develop a clean, secure and market-based energy sector by increasing the deployment of advanced energy systems, improving energy sector performance, and increasing competition in the energy sector, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The consulate general organized a seminar on Thursday to discuss the role of hydrogen fuel technology in green energy transition, as part of the project.

Many researchers evaluated Vietnam as a country with great potential for the development of hydrogen fuel, one of the cleanest alternative sources of raw materials produced from wind and solar energy as it is zero-carbon.

Clean hydrogen can be mixed with traditional fuels such as gas to reduce emissions and to be used in many industries such as steel, chemicals, fertilizers, and transportation. 

Hydrogen is also a great form of chemical energy storage, providing clean backup.

Speaking at the event, Susan Burns, the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, assessed that Vietnam has the advantage of geographical location to thrive in clean hydrogen production. 

The diplomat once again emphasized the U.S.’ enthusiasm in supporting Vietnam shifting toward green energy, in line with the global trend.

Among different forms of recycled energy, Vietnam’s offshore wind power potential is forecasted to reach 160GW in the long term and is one of the most abundant sources of supply in Southeast Asia, according to statistics from the Danish Energy Agency.

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The U.S. government has unveiled a US$36-million Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program II (V-LEEP II) fund to be disbursed over five years to speed up Vietnam’s transition to clean energy.

The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is meant to help Vietnam develop a clean, secure and market-based energy sector by increasing the deployment of advanced energy systems, improving energy sector performance, and increasing competition in the energy sector, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The consulate general organized a seminar on Thursday to discuss the role of hydrogen fuel technology in green energy transition, as part of the project.

Many researchers evaluated Vietnam as a country with great potential for the development of hydrogen fuel, one of the cleanest alternative sources of raw materials produced from wind and solar energy as it is zero-carbon.

Clean hydrogen can be mixed with traditional fuels such as gas to reduce emissions and to be used in many industries such as steel, chemicals, fertilizers, and transportation. 

Hydrogen is also a great form of chemical energy storage, providing clean backup.

Speaking at the event, Susan Burns, the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, assessed that Vietnam has the advantage of geographical location to thrive in clean hydrogen production. 

The diplomat once again emphasized the U.S.’ enthusiasm in supporting Vietnam shifting toward green energy, in line with the global trend.

Among different forms of recycled energy, Vietnam’s offshore wind power potential is forecasted to reach 160GW in the long term and is one of the most abundant sources of supply in Southeast Asia, according to statistics from the Danish Energy Agency.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20221203/us-supports-vietnams-clean-energy-adoption/70315.html

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Masterise Homes launches The Global City Sales showroom — Vietnam’s largest lifestyle hub

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Masterise Homes officially announced the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery at the end of last month, marking the presence of Vietnam’s largest sales gallery and lifestyle hub with a scale of 10,000 m2.

Visualizing the future of The Global City, the Sales Gallery is a convergence of unparalleled design and cutting-edge technology produced by global award-winning architectural design studio Foster + Partners.

Located in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City , The Global City Sales Gallery overlooks and is adjacent to a canal and Southeast Asia’s largest Fountain Festival.

The exterior architecture bears the image of majestic wings with the aspiration to reach new heights and the commitment to sustainable development.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam’s first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam's first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam’s first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of functional rooms — such as meeting rooms, presentation rooms, and exhibition areas — meticulously incorporating natural landscapes into modern architecture with advanced technology.

The Global City Sales Gallery comprises impressive cutting-edge technology, including a 360-degree LED screen in the main hall and two 180-degree LED screens in the presentation room, as well as a wall-mounted LED screen system in the exhibition and event areas.

The Global City Sales Gallery is designed to exceed all expectations of a regular sales gallery in Vietnam.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of function rooms.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of function rooms.

Far more than simply a ‘gallery,’ the building serves to welcome Masterise customers to the largest lifestyle hub in Vietnam.

With its perfect location to experience the new center of Ho Chi Minh City, it is no exaggeration to say that The Global City Sales Gallery is poised to become a top choice for corporate networking events and art exhibitions.

Once completed, the sales gallery will comprise an exclusive commercial area with leading brands, creating the perfect entertainment venue to unwind and relax with family and friends.

“Following the successful launch of the Fountain Festival last September, the grand opening today is a testament to our commitment to developing a new downtown at The Global City,” said Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes.

Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes, speaks at the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes, speaks at the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

“We take great pride in maintaining construction progress ahead of schedule as we expect the 2km-long canal will commence operating soon, followed by other world-class facilities. The Global City Sales Gallery will become a leading destination for customers and investors and simultaneously boost the attraction and affirm the escalating value of the entire township.”

The Global City Sales Gallery signifies the vision and world-class capability of Masterise Homes to create exquisite real estate developments with impeccable standards.

Masterise Homes’ enthusiasm for building infrastructure in The Global City Sales Gallery demonstrates the commitment to delivering ultimate experiences for customers.

A new center of Ho Chi Minh City is taking shape at The Global City, awaiting future large-scale festivals and entertainment activities.

Masterise Homes officially announces the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

Masterise Homes officially announces the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

From November 29 to December 18, Masterise Homes has commemorated the milestone by organizing ‘The Grand Opening Week of The Global City Sales Gallery – Vietnam’s largest lifestyle hub with exclusive experiential events and attractive gifts for customers.

Masterise Homes also signed commercial cooperation agreements with leading F&B brands, such as Pizza 4P’s, Pasteur Street Brewing, and several brands under Mylife Company, including Yen Sushi & Sake Pub, Yen Sushi Premium, Shamoji, Omakase, Mylife Coffee, and many others.

The presence of Vietnam’s beloved F&B brands at The Global City will guarantee exquisite service facilities and elevate the ability to attract investment and value for SOHO townhouses – the first subdivision on the open market at The Global City.

About The Global City

The Global City, Vietnam’s first international standard township, is curated by award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners.

Owning ‘the crown jewel’ of Ho Chi Minh City in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, the 117.4-hectare palatial master plan aims to become the new center of Ho Chi Minh City, with various products and world-class facilities.

The first public facility is phase 1 of the canal and Fountain Festival, which was put into operation in September 2022.

The launch generated a considerable buzz and attracted thousands of attendees from Chi Minh City.

About Masterise Homes

Masterise Homes, a member of Masterise Group, is a pioneer in bringing world-class excellence to the development, operations, and management of luxury real estate products and services in the Vietnamese market and beyond.

With a one-of-a-kind portfolio comprising the largest branded residences in Southeast Asia, Masterise Homes demonstrates world-class capabilities via a strategic partnership with Marriott International, the largest hotel brand in the world with iconic brands of Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, and ELIE SAAB to elevate Vietnam’ s position on the global property map.

Masterise Homes officially announced the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery at the end of last month, marking the presence of Vietnam’s largest sales gallery and lifestyle hub with a scale of 10,000 m2.

Visualizing the future of The Global City, the Sales Gallery is a convergence of unparalleled design and cutting-edge technology produced by global award-winning architectural design studio Foster + Partners.

Located in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City , The Global City Sales Gallery overlooks and is adjacent to a canal and Southeast Asia’s largest Fountain Festival.

The exterior architecture bears the image of majestic wings with the aspiration to reach new heights and the commitment to sustainable development.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam’s first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam's first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam’s first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of functional rooms — such as meeting rooms, presentation rooms, and exhibition areas — meticulously incorporating natural landscapes into modern architecture with advanced technology.

The Global City Sales Gallery comprises impressive cutting-edge technology, including a 360-degree LED screen in the main hall and two 180-degree LED screens in the presentation room, as well as a wall-mounted LED screen system in the exhibition and event areas.

The Global City Sales Gallery is designed to exceed all expectations of a regular sales gallery in Vietnam.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of function rooms.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of function rooms.

Far more than simply a ‘gallery,’ the building serves to welcome Masterise customers to the largest lifestyle hub in Vietnam.

With its perfect location to experience the new center of Ho Chi Minh City, it is no exaggeration to say that The Global City Sales Gallery is poised to become a top choice for corporate networking events and art exhibitions.

Once completed, the sales gallery will comprise an exclusive commercial area with leading brands, creating the perfect entertainment venue to unwind and relax with family and friends.

“Following the successful launch of the Fountain Festival last September, the grand opening today is a testament to our commitment to developing a new downtown at The Global City,” said Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes.

Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes, speaks at the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes, speaks at the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

“We take great pride in maintaining construction progress ahead of schedule as we expect the 2km-long canal will commence operating soon, followed by other world-class facilities. The Global City Sales Gallery will become a leading destination for customers and investors and simultaneously boost the attraction and affirm the escalating value of the entire township.”

The Global City Sales Gallery signifies the vision and world-class capability of Masterise Homes to create exquisite real estate developments with impeccable standards.

Masterise Homes’ enthusiasm for building infrastructure in The Global City Sales Gallery demonstrates the commitment to delivering ultimate experiences for customers.

A new center of Ho Chi Minh City is taking shape at The Global City, awaiting future large-scale festivals and entertainment activities.

Masterise Homes officially announces the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

Masterise Homes officially announces the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

From November 29 to December 18, Masterise Homes has commemorated the milestone by organizing ‘The Grand Opening Week of The Global City Sales Gallery – Vietnam’s largest lifestyle hub with exclusive experiential events and attractive gifts for customers.

Masterise Homes also signed commercial cooperation agreements with leading F&B brands, such as Pizza 4P’s, Pasteur Street Brewing, and several brands under Mylife Company, including Yen Sushi & Sake Pub, Yen Sushi Premium, Shamoji, Omakase, Mylife Coffee, and many others.

The presence of Vietnam’s beloved F&B brands at The Global City will guarantee exquisite service facilities and elevate the ability to attract investment and value for SOHO townhouses – the first subdivision on the open market at The Global City.

About The Global City

The Global City, Vietnam’s first international standard township, is curated by award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners.

Owning ‘the crown jewel’ of Ho Chi Minh City in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, the 117.4-hectare palatial master plan aims to become the new center of Ho Chi Minh City, with various products and world-class facilities.

The first public facility is phase 1 of the canal and Fountain Festival, which was put into operation in September 2022.

The launch generated a considerable buzz and attracted thousands of attendees from Chi Minh City.

About Masterise Homes

Masterise Homes, a member of Masterise Group, is a pioneer in bringing world-class excellence to the development, operations, and management of luxury real estate products and services in the Vietnamese market and beyond.

With a one-of-a-kind portfolio comprising the largest branded residences in Southeast Asia, Masterise Homes demonstrates world-class capabilities via a strategic partnership with Marriott International, the largest hotel brand in the world with iconic brands of Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, and ELIE SAAB to elevate Vietnam’ s position on the global property map.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20221202/masterise-homes-launches-the-global-city-sales-showroom-vietnams-largest-lifestyle-hub/70311.html

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