Vietnam welcomes Indian investors: ambassador

Vietnam will create favourable conditions for and offer incentives to Indian firms to invest in Vietnam, said Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh.

Speaking at a conference held by the Vietnamese Embassy in India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on April 12, Thanh highlighted expanding Indian investment in Vietnam and the great potential for investment links between the two countries’ enterprises.

Vietnam welcomes Indian companies to invest in the oil and gas industry, textiles, support industries, pharmaceuticals, food processing, IT, mechanics, infrastructure development and renewable energy, he stated.

Vietnam has participated in 12 free trade agreements (FTAs) and became a major gateway for export into many large markets such as the US, Japan, and the European Union, he said, adding that Vietnam is now an attractive destination for foreign investors.

Vietnam commends the Indian Government for setting up its US$100 million special fund, which supports Indian companies to build production and supply chains in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar, Thanh said.

The Vietnam-India Strategic Partnership has been strengthened in recent years, facilitating economic cooperation between the two countries, he added.

According to the ambassador, along with enhanced links in trade and tourism, Indian firms are increasing their investments in Vietnam. Indian enterprises poured over US$230 million into Vietnam last year, bringing their country’s total progressive foreign direct investment capital in Vietnam to more than US$530 million.

Vice Director of the Export Import Bank of India Nirmit Ved said there were many reasons for foreign partners to invest in Vietnam, citing its rapid economic growth, strategic position in Southeast Asia and strengthened international economic relations.

Representatives from the Foreign Investment Agency introduced Vietnam’s fields of strength and the Vietnamese Government’s preferential policies on tax and land leases.

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