Da Nang – Singapore To Cooperate for Development

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On May 12th, 2021, the representative of Da Nang city had a webinar with representatives of Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore on economic development, which the seminar was attended by nearly 200 companies from different industry whom are potential investors from Singapore, interested in setting up company in Vietnam.

During the seminar, the representative of Da Nang city introduced the investment and business environment, and preferential policies and investment opportunities of Da Nang city in the fields of high technology, information technology, high-quality services (health, education, logistics). The seminar received the sharing of experience when investing in Da Nang as well as the support of the city government from one of the largest Singaporean investors in Da Nang, and financial solutions when investing in Vietnam from some Singapore experts.

The representative from Singapore Business Federation highly appreciated the potential of the city’s business investment environment and proposed Da Nang city to establish the Da Nang Information Center (Da Nang Desk) located at the Vietnam Connection Center at the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) to connect Da Nang with Singapore companies.

Da Nang City is inviting Singaporean investors and businesses with financial and technological capabilities to learn about the business investment environment and cooperation opportunities in the city. The representative of Da Nang City highly appreciated the proposal to set up Da Nang Information Center in Singapore and assigned the Investment Promotion and Support Committee to propose a model, serving as a bridge to support the environment and business investment opportunities of Da Nang to Singaporean enterprises in particular and international in general; thereby further promoting the investment cooperation relationship between Da Nang and Singapore in the coming time.

Singapore is one of Vietnam’s most important trade and investment partners. In 2020, despite being affected by Covid-19, Singapore invested in 248 projects in Vietnam with a total capital of nearly 9 billion USD, making it the leading country in foreign investment in Vietnam. Accumulated to the end of 2020, Singapore is the 3rd largest foreign direct investor in Vietnam after Korea and Japan with a total of 2,629 projects and a total registered capital of more than 56.5 billion USD. In 2020, the total two-way turnover between Vietnam and Singapore reach over 6.7 billion USD, of which the export value of Vietnam’s goods will reach 3 billion USD and the import value will reach USD 3.7 billion.

Singapore is one of the key markets for investment attraction of Da Nang, currently the city has 28 Singapore FDI projects with a total registered capital of more than 838.4 million USD, ranking 2nd in the list of more than 50 countries and regions, territory, accounting for about 22% of total registered investment capital.

Da Nang City hopes that many investors from Singapore will invest in Da Nang to help the city achieve its goal of becoming the largest financial center in Vietnam.  And the Singaporean investors can enjoy the best incentives from the city to get the best return on their investment from establishing company through foreign direct investment or making investment through M&A with local company.  However, it is always important to undertake background check, search the reputation of the local company, local director and have full assessment on the business and financial risks in cooperating with local partners.

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