In recent times, the investment shift out of China is being carried out by many international investors. Vietnam is a country that has enough factors to receive investment shift, especially in the manufacturing sector with low-cost labor and low expenses. However, at present, Vietnam has changed its method of attracting FDI, instead of taking advantage of low expenses and low-cost labor, Vietnam now aims to take advantage of highly skilled workers and many incentives in research and development activities.
Recently, many Korean investors have plans to change production lines, invest in research and development (R&D) company in Vietnam. Previously, Korean businesses mainly invested in industries such as apparel, bags, and footwear, however, recently many Korean investors have made investments in industries such as high electronics, information technology, automotive and construction equipment, distribution and service industries.
Currently, Korea is the leading country in the list of countries investing in Vietnam. Previously, a joint venture between Korean and Vietnamese businesses proposed to the Dong Nai province government to invest and build a Vietnam-Korea Hi-Tech Park with an area of 300 hectares, total investment capital of 150 million USD. The project aims to attract high-tech enterprises from Korea as well as other developed countries to set up company in Dong Nai in order to create quality product values in the fields that shape the industrial revolution 4.0. The project is expected to attract 2 to 3 billion USD of investment capital in about 6 – 9 years after it is put into operation.
In addition, Korean investors have also cooperated with Vietnamese partners to build a Science and Technology Industrial Park with an area of 900 hectares in Binh Duong. In addition, many Vietnamese investors have actively worked with high-tech manufacturing partners to promote the participation of key partners as well as prepare the first customers.
With the policy of attracting investment in high technology and in particular the Investment law 2020, there are special investment incentives for newly established investment projects (including the expansion of the establishment project), the centers for innovation, research and development centers with total investment capital of 3,000 billion VND (about USD 150 million) or more, disbursing at least 1,000 billion VND within first 03 years from the date of issuance of the Investment Registration Certificate or the approval of the investment policy; a national innovation center established by decision of the Prime Minister; Investment projects in sectors or trades specially given investment incentives with an investment capital of VND 30,000 billion (about USD 1.5 billion) or more, with a minimum disbursement of VND 10,000 billion within 03 years from the date of issuance of the Investment Registration Certificate or the approval of the investment policy” will be given special incentives in accordance with the provisions of corporate income tax and land law.
As the investment attraction and investment shift preparation of Korean R&D enterprises, Vietnam hopes to become an investment destination for Korean high-tech enterprises in the future to establish company.
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.