Positive economic climate attracts businesses, says AHK outlook

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

Vietnam needs to develop domestic support industries and industrial clusters to create collaborate opportunities among domestic and foreign businesses, allowing easier experience and technologies exchanges, according to a report.

The AHK world business outlook 2019 was released in Hanoi yesterday by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (AHK) in Vietnam at a press conference.

The outlook, conducted with the participation of nearly 1,000 German entrepreneurs in Vietnam from April 1 to April 31 this year, showed Vietnam continued to be an investment destination for German businesses with high expectations of economic development in the medium term.

“German enterprises continue to see positively about the development situation of their businesses as well as the prospects for growth in 2020, despite the instability of the global economy due to escalating trade tension,” the outlook said.

As many as 77 per cent of German businesses in Vietnam said their business situation was better this year, much higher than the average of Southeast Asian countries of 61 per cent.

With many achievements in economy, investment and social development in 2018, Vietnam received confidence from German enterprises in economic development within the next 12 months, with 67 per cent of firms optimistic.

The outlook also revealed that 55 per cent of German companies in Vietnam intend to expand their activities in the country and 59 per cent expect to hire more workers.

German enterprises expect that the free trade deal between the EU and Vietnam will improve the legal and economic policy framework in Vietnam.

However, 51 per cent of German businesses stated that economic policy in Vietnam would be a challenge to their development within the next 12 months.

Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam Marko Walde said many German businesses wanted to do business in the long term from 20 years to 30 years in Vietnam and needed an encouraging business and investment environment.

“The businesses do not want to build a factory that import parts, then produce and export. They want to set up factories serving sustainable business development, creating partnership with Vietnamese firms and competitive environment in Vietnam,” Walde said.

He said other important factors that contribute to the development of businesses from the perspective of the German enterprise are domestic market demand, the stability of the political system, the source of high-quality labour and regional demand.

Marko said German businesses wanted a practice-oriented vocational training system with opportunities to learn nationwide.

‘When the businesses invest in modern technologies, they will need skillful workers. A practice-oriented vocational training system will not only serve German businesses, but also for the development of Vietnam,” Walde said.

“This will help build a new generation with profound knowledge, practical and communicative skills. This is a competitive advantage of Vietnam which can assure the sustainable development in the long run,” he added.



Category: Economy, Vietnam

Print This Post