Promote Vietnam-Canada investment under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Within the framework of CPTPP, Vietnam and Canada organized a “Business in Vietnam” Workshop organized by the City of Toronto and the Canada-Vietnam Trade Council in Toronto, Canada to promote investors to invest in Vietnam and set up company and factory.

Through the workshop, the participants discussed the topics “Looking back on a year of implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and opportunities in Vietnam” and “sharing business experience in Vietnam”. The parties assessed the investment opportunities in the field of aviation, information technology, telecommunications, agricultural products and services in Vietnam by Canadian investors.

The Export Development Canada Agency (EDC) representative affirmed that with the favorable demographics and the growing in middle class, the Vietnam economy brings many opportunities for Canadian businesses. Besides, before entering the market in Vietnam, enterprises should prepare to invest time and resources to build sustainable relationships in the local and recommend that Canadian exporters should choose a local representative to import/distribute their products.

The agencies like EDC and TCS (trade support agencies, under the Department of Global Affairs, which has than 1,000 Canadian trade experts) could play an important role in assisting businesses with go to the new market during the term of business. In 2019, Vietnam continues to be Canada’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia, with two-way trade turnover estimated at CAD 7.8 billion (USD 5.98 billion).

Participants mentioned the potential of cooperation between Vietnam and Canada in the field of finance, in the context of the value of financial services import into Vietnam reaching 523 million USD in 2018. Vietnam’s investment in transport infrastructure – an area where Canada has many strengths – is expected to increase to USD 11 billion by 2020 and USD 17 billion by 2025. This is considered to be “expected land” that businesses of the two countries should promote exploitation.

Representative of Canada-Vietnam Trade Council opined that this seminar attracted the attention from the Canadian Government, the provincial Government of Ontario and especially Canadian businesses because they received many opportunities in Vietnam, a country with a stable economy and strong growth. As part of a cooperation agreement between Toronto and Ho Chi Minh City, the Canada-Vietnam Trade Council in collaboration with the Toronto city is planning a business trip to explore the market of Ho Chi Minh City to facilitate connecting Toronto businesses to access Vietnam market, set up company in Vietnam.

The participants expressed their desire to further promote investment opportunities from both countries. Thereby, it is hoped that in 2020, there will be more Canadian investors investing in Vietnam, which will help the parties improve the effectiveness of long-term cooperation in the future.

Finding the right business partner in Vietnam is also important. We recommend doing research on the reputation of the company and individual shareholders, corporate or individual, gathering publicly available company information, and performing background checks on key personnel to find potential risks in cooperation. Working with a reliable partner can help achieve economic benefits, saving time and money in business.

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