Joining CPTPP – Opportunity for Vietnam to Attract Quality Investors

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The UK discussed for the first time with all CPTPP members, including Vietnam, to discuss joining this agreement.

Pursuing the goal of joining the CPTPP is one of the UK government’s priorities and is an important part of the free trade strategy.

Becoming a CPTPP member not only opens new opportunities for UK businesses, but also promotes investment and trade as well as develops sustainable economic cooperation between the UK and CPTPP members.

British companies have invested nearly 98 billion pounds (125.27 billion USD) in CPTPP members in 2018. By 2019, the value of trade transactions between the UK and CPTPP member countries is more than 110 billion pounds.

CPTPP will help complement bilateral trade agreements that the UK has entered or is negotiating with CPTPP members.

Currently, the UK and Vietnam are also working hard to translate the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) into the UK-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement later this year. This will ensure continuity and bring commercial benefits to both British and Vietnamese businesses; at the same time, British businesses coming to Vietnam to set up company will also want to take advantage of attractive trade conditions.

The UK is the 15th largest investor in Vietnam in terms of investment accumulation and the 13th largest investment country in 2019. British investors who are present in Vietnam include HSBC financial services firms, Standard Chartered Bank, Prudential; Jardines in real estate; AstraZeneca and GSK in the pharmaceutical sector…

In 2019, bilateral trade in goods and services between Vietnam and the UK reached about 5.8 billion pounds (7.41 billion USD). The total trade turnover between the two countries grew at an average rate of 13% per year in the 2009-2019 period.

According to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report, Vietnam’s global competitiveness 4.0 has significantly improved. Vietnam has also announced a national vision for the development of a digital economy with the goal that by 2030, a digital economy will reach 25% of GDP.

These are areas where the UK can help Vietnam such as smart city development, digitalization in construction and healthcare, fintech application to support inclusive business and financial growth.

The CPTPP will reduce tariffs between member countries by 95% and establish modern rules in areas that are increasingly important to UK businesses, including digital commerce, data, finance, and professional and business services. It is expected that areas like fintech, medtech and AI will grow rapidly.

Vietnam is the leading anti-Covid-19 country in the region. This is not only a testament to a strong public health, but also demonstrates Vietnam’s resilience. The International Monetary Fund (IFM) forecasts that Vietnam’s economic growth in 2020 will reach 2.7%. Vietnam has become the fastest growing economy in the region, outside Singapore; increasingly open to global trade…

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