11:02 | 23/11/2016 Economy
Vietnam is likely to see increasing investment from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other neigboring countries in the next five years, according to a survey conducted by United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB).
Enterprises from Malaysia (38%), Thailand (35%) and Singapore (29 percent) ranked Vietnam as one of their top-three expansion destinations, according to the UOB Asian Enterprise Survey 2016.
The enterprises were among the 28% of all 2,500 surveyed respondents who chose Vietnam as their favoured expansion destination in the next three to five years.
Asian enterprises said they were drawn to Vietnam’s stable political and economic climate (41%), large and growing customer demand (40%) and favourable tax and regulatory environment (35%).
With an economic growth of 6.7% last year and 60% of its 90 million people under 35 years old, Vietnam continues to be an attractive destination for investment.
In the first half of the year, the country received a record US$11.3 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI), a surge of 105% from the same period last year.
Eric Tham, head of Group Commercial Banking at UOB, said the findings from the survey reaffirmed the entrepreneurial spirit of Asian enterprises.
Speaking at an investment forum organised by UOB in Ho Chi Minh City last week, Tham said the top industry sources of foreign investment into Vietnam included key sectors, such as manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, construction, real estate, and energy and natural resources sectors.
Growth in these key sectors is expected to build a strong foundation to support long-term economic growth.
“Investments in Vietnam will also create more jobs and boost income. This in turn will open doors for new economic opportunities as Vietnam’s growing urban population and expanding middle class start spending more on consumer goods, and on healthcare services to ensure their personal health and well being. In addition, Vietnamese enterprises will benefit from collaborating with foreign companies in the areas of knowledge sharing and skill transfer,” Tham said.
Last year a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) and UOB aimed at increasing investment and trade between Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Tham said while Vietnam’s economy could be affected by global market uncertainties stemming from a precipitous drop in oil prices and tepid consumer demand in the West, Vietnam’s rapid development presents many opportunities for Asian businesses.
With its head office in Singapore, UOB has a global network of more than 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in the Asia Pacific, Europe and North America./.