Korea Exim Bank opens $2 billion credit line to PetroVietnam

26-Jun-2019 Intellasia | VNS | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Export-Import Bank of Korea said on Sunday that it has agreed to open a $2 billion credit line to Vietnam’s State-owned Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) in a bid to help more South Korean companies venture into the fast-growing economy.

Yonhap news agency cited the Korean bank that the deal would help South Korean companies win more deals for Vietnam’s massive infrastructure-building projects.

The deal followed the first dialogue on economic cooperation at deputy prime minister level between the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Vietnam in Seoul last week, where deputy prime minister Vuong Dinh Hue and RoK’s deputy prime minister Hong Nam Ki agreed to expand cooperation in oil and gas and power production.

At the dialogue, the two sides agreed on a number of cooperation initiatives and contents in trade-investment; finance-banking and development cooperation; infrastructure, construction and energy; industry, agriculture, science-technology and information and communication technology; healthcare and labour.

The two sides agreed to strengthen coordination to improve bilateral trade, including measures to reduce Vietnam’s trade deficit with the RoK and increase Vietnamese export of products to the market.

The two sides reached agreements to deal with obstacles facing businesses of both sides, while increasing RoK investment in prioritised areas of Vietnam.

Reports from the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment showed RoK’s firms registered to invest $64.7 billion in Vietnam as of May 20, of which more than $2.6 billion was posted in the first five months of this year.

Currently, 7,000 RoK firms are operating in Vietnam, including big names such as Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Lotte and Daewoo, while some 50,000 Vietnamese are working in the RoK.

South Korea is Vietnam’s second-largest trading partner, with annual trade revenue of about $66 billion, while Vietnam is South Korea’s fourth-largest trading partner.

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