UK businesses are gradually becoming the largest investors in Vietnam.
The southern key industrial zone (SKEZ) including Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and neighboring provinces such as Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An and Ba Ria – Vung Tau.
SKEZ include 106 active industrial zones with a total area of 33,500ha. Those industrial parks have the advantage that lie near the highway, intercity road, seaport and international airport.
HCMC is the economic center of SKEZ, therefore this is the area that always receives the largest amount of FDI projects.
According to Savills Vietnam, in the first half of 2015, UK businesses have invested the most in HCMC, accounted for 59% of total FDI capitals, followed by investors from the British Virgin Islands (15%) and South Korea ranks 3rd (10%).
HCMC has 16 active industrial parks, operating with 2,300ha leased land, attracted 425 million USD from FDI, increase by 50% compared with 2014.
Currently, HCMC has announced plans to open 7 new industrial parks, with a total area of around 2,000 ha to welcome FDI inflows in the textile, service and food processing industries.
Moreover, in recent years, HCMC has adopted preferential tax policies to encourage new businesses operating in the high-tech industry and related scientific disciplines.
Especially in infrastructure development, in order to welcome foreign investors, infrastructure of the city has been growing rapidly with many underway projects, such as the HCMC – Long Thanh highway, the metro 1 and the belt roads of the city.
In early 2016, two key roads will begin construction includes the belt road no.3 connecting Nhon Trach District, Dong Nai and Ben Luc – Long Thanh highway.