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Vietnam to attract more foreign investment in high-tech industry

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Vietnam will lure more foreign investment in the high-tech industry by offering more incentives and amending requirements for high-tech businesses.

Vietnam to attract more foreign investment in high-tech industry
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Vietnam’s high-tech industry has seen a new investment wave. Last week, the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh held a ceremony to grant a licence for Jinko Solar Technology Ltd of Hong Kong to invest in a photovoltaic cell technology project worth 500 million USD.

Austrian printed circuit board manufacturer AT&S has been studying several locations in Vietnam to build two factories worth 1.5 billion euros (1.78 billion USD).

The company will make a decision on the location in mid-April and start construction at the end of this year. It expects to complete work within a year.

Do Nhat Hoang, Director of the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, said the new investment wave in the high-tech sector was because tech giants like Samsung, Foxconn, Luxshare, and Intel had ramped up their investment and production capacity in Vietnam.

Hoang said most of the global tech giants already had invested or sought investment opportunities in Vietnam.

He said to welcome this new investment wave, the Vietnamese Government had worked out a series of important requirements. In the middle of last month, then Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc officially issued the new requirements for high-tech enterprises.

Accordingly, high-tech enterprises with a total investment capital of 6 trillion VND (260 million USD) and a number of 3,000 employees or more must commit to spend at least 0.5 percent of their capital for research and development (R&D). Enterprises with a total capital of 100 billion VND and 200 employees or more must commit to at least one percent of their total net revenue.

An anonymous investor said under the new requirements, foreign investors would avoid the “heavy burden” of commitments for R&D activities. Under the new requirements, spending for R&D will also include depreciation of infrastructure investment, fixed assets, vocational training, recurrent expenditures and royalties. 

In the past, after the High-technology Law took effect on July 1, 2009, investors increasingly complained about the high requirements for investment projects to be recognised as “high-technology projects.” Commonly cited complaints include the limited number of products that were listed as high-technology products, that high-technology enterprises must commit at least one percent of their annual revenue towards (R&D), and that at least five percent of total workers must be involved in R&D activities.

Hoang said the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) was collecting comments from ministries and agencies before submitting to the Government for approval on special investment policies.

He said under the new regulations, special incentives will be given to innovation hub projects, including National Innovation Centre, R&D projects, and large-scale projects.

“We have proposed four criteria to determine those eligible to enjoy special incentives or not that include technology, technology transfer, participation of Vietnamese businesses in value chains and value added in Vietnam,” said Hoang.

With special incentives, preparation of premises, energy, high-quality human resources, and improvements in the business climate, Vietnam would attract more investment in high-tech projects in the future, he added. 

VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/business/vietnam-to-attract-more-foreign-investment-in-high-tech-industry-725847.html

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Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways plans to raise $200 million in U.S. IPO: chairman

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HANOI — Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways plans to raise up to $200 million in an initial public offering in the United States, potentially securing a market capitalisation of up to $4 billion, its chairman Trinh Van Quyet said on Wednesday.

Bamboo Airways, owned by property and leisure company FLC Group, plans to offer a 5%-7% stake in the IPO, which it expects in the third quarter of this year, Quyet told Reuters in an interview.

“The IPO will be part of our efforts to expand our services globally,” Quyet said, adding that Bamboo Airways has been working with an international auditing firm for the potential offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company said last month it planned to list its shares on a local stock exchange in the third quarter, but Quyet said on Wednesday that was now “a backup plan, depending on market conditions”.

Quyet said the airline will increase its fleet to 40 aircraft by the end of this year, from the current 30, adding two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners would be among the new planes.

He said the airline wanted to launch flights to new destinations including the U.S., Australia, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom this year if the COVID-19 pandemic situation improved.

“We will start conducting chartered flights to the U.S. in July and target the launch of non-stop commercial flights between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco in September, with an initial frequency of three flights per week,” Quyet said.

Bamboo Airways, which made its maiden flight in January 2019, is targeting a 25% rise in pretax profit to 500 billion dong this year he added.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20210415/exclusive-vietnam-s-bamboo-airways-plans-to-raise-200-million-in-us-ipo-chairman/60370.html

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Efforts to stimulate domestic consumer market continue as pandemic threatens exports

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Consumers shop at Co.opmart supermarket on HCM City’s Nguyễn Đình Chiểu street. Cities and provinces across the country are seeking ways to promote domestic consumption of goods and services. VNA/ Photo Mỹ Phương

HCM CITY – Many provinces and cities have launched programmes this year to promote local consumer demand to support businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect exports.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade will organise conferences to connect producers, suppliers and retailers, and events for producers and traders, especially small traders, to help take goods to residential areas, industrial parks and rural and mountainous regions, the Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) newspaper reported.

It will help encourage consumption by fostering the evening economy and holding fairs and exhibitions of products and services. It continues to implement the ‘Vietnamese people give priority to using Vietnamese goods’ programme.

It will also promote the adoption of IT and foster e-commerce.

The Hà Nội Department of Industry and Trade will organise five Vietnamese Goods Weeks this year to stimulate demand.

To be held in the districts of Hà Đông, Hai Bà Trưng, Nam Từ Liêm, Quốc Oai, and Ba Vì, they will have around 100 standard booths each.

Companies and co-operatives will exhibit food products, textiles, footwear, consumer goods from One Product One Commune programmes from Hà Nội and other cities and provinces.

The department will subsidise booth costs by 50 per cent.

The city will also support localities and businesses in Hà Nội and elsewhere in selling agricultural and aquatic produce that face difficulties in selling due to the pandemic.

It will strengthen communications and promotions, create the best conditions for businesses to reach consumers and expand their market.

Products displayed and sold at the events will all be Vietnamese products with quality, food safety and traceability guaranteed.

To effectively implement the programme, the department has called on people’s committees of districts and towns to review all businesses and co-operatives to participate in the 2021 Vietnamese Goods Week of Hà Nội, especially agricultural produce that are difficult to sell and the One Product One Commune programme.

According to the newspaper, the Cần Thơ City Department of Industry and Trade also plans to organise a promotional month programme, possibly from April 10 to May 10.

It will seek the participation of businesses, supermarkets, commercial centers, convenience stores, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.

HCM City plans to focus on digitisation of industry and promotion of domestic tourism.

Deputy director of the city Department of Tourism, Bùi Thị Ngọc Hiếu, said her agency is stepping up digitisation, and the sector would continue its efforts to boost domestic tourism to drive the recovery of the industry.

Tourism co-operation and linkages between HCM City and the north-east, north-west and the central regions would also serve to boost domestic travel, she added. –

 

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/926004/efforts-to-stimulate-domestic-consumer-market-continue-as-pandemic-threatens-exports.html

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​Bamboo Airways plans US IPO in Q3

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​Bamboo Airways plans US IPO in Q3

A Bamboo Airways aircraft lands at Da Nang International Airport in March. Photo by Shutterstock/Jeffry Surianto.


Private carrier Bamboo Airways is considering an initial public offering of shares in the U.S. this year to raise $200 million.

The IPO is expected to take place in the third quarter, with the company likely to offer a 5-7 percent stake to secure a market capitalization of up to $4 billion, Reuters quoted its chairman, Trinh Van Quyet, as saying on Wednesday.

It is preparing for the issuance together with an international auditing firm and plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange.

Last month, Quyet had announced the airlines plans to list 105 million shares on either the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange or Hanoi Stock Exchange at an initial price of VND60,000 ($2.61), but on Wednesday he said that has now become “a backup plan”.

“The US IPO will be part of our efforts to expand our services globally.”

It expected to operate charter flights to the U.S. from July this year and thrice-weekly commercial flights from HCMC to San Francisco from September.

The airline has received a permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation to carry passengers and cargo to that country.

This year it also plans to expand its fleet from 30 aircraft to 40, and launch flights to other new destinations like Australia, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. if the Covid-19 pandemic is under control.

It currently flies on 60 domestic routes.

Last year, it carried over seven million passengers to account for a 20 percent market share, and hopes to increase it to 30 percent this year.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/business/companies/bamboo-airways-plans-us-ipo-in-q3-4263154.html

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