Vietnam Expects A Strong Wave Of Chinese Investment
Vietnam is anticipated to emerge as a destination for Chinese enterprises soon, as investments from the neighbouring country have become increasingly diverse in areas such as energy, green development, and digital economy, according to experts.
Accelerating investment in Vietnam
This year, many Chinese enterprises, especially those with the ability to participate deeply in the global supply chain, have made investment surveys in the northern provinces of Vietnam.
For example, Wingtech, China’s largest smartphone assembly company, pledged to continue surveying investment opportunities in Phu Tho Province. Goertek poured US$280 million into a new project while expanding an existing one in Bac Ninh Province.
In the first 11 months of 2023, China pumped $3.96 billion into Vietnam, ranking fourth among countries and territories investing in the country. To date, Chinese financiers have injected over $27 billion in 4,161 projects across Vietnam, placing sixth out of 143 countries and territories investing in the country.
According to the MPI, investment capital flows from China to Vietnam have changed significantly in recent years in a variety of areas. In addition to restaurants, hotels, and consumer goods, Chinese investors have expanded into electricity, electronics, tire production, textiles, and footwear. This has made an important contribution to developing the country’s supporting industries.
Most notably, in October, the northern province of Quang Ninh granted an investment registration certificate for the Jinko Solar Hai Ha Vietnam photovoltaic cell project capitalised at $1.5 billion. The main investor for the project is Jinko Solar Holding, the world’s largest and most advanced solar panel manufacturing corporation from China.
John Campbell, Associate Director and head of the Industrial Services Department at Savills Vietnam outlined Vietnam’s geographic location (adjacent to China), creating favourable conditions for the transportation of goods, raw materials and production lines as one of the major reasons why Vietnam attracted Chinese businesses.
In addition, Vietnam’s high level of economic integration has also helped Chinese businesses expand their presence in the market, he told, adding that Vietnam also possesses an abundant labour force, including a highly skilled workforce, with competitive labour costs.
Waiting for large projects
Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises Nguyen Mai said with the potential for economic and investment cooperation, there would be many more large investment projects from China into Vietnam, Mai said.
From now until 2025 or beyond, Vietnam would become a destination for Chinese investors, Mai said, adding that the investors could not miss investment opportunities in Vietnam to take advantage of potential export partners to trade goods.
During a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in June, leaders of Chinese giants such as Hong Tian Zhu, Texhong, Song Hailiang, Energy China, Jiang Bin and Goertek praised Vietnam’s dynamic development and expressed their desire to expand production and business in Vietnam.
Leaders of these businesses said they wanted to expand investment in Vietnam in a number of fields such as energy, industrial park infrastructure, social housing, inland waterway ports, automobile manufacturing, research and development, and supply chain development.