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Vietnamese firms eye investing in Myanmar

Update: February, 17/2017 - 14:00
A photo taken Yangon, a capital city of Myanmar. There remains untapped potentials for Việt Nam and Myanmar to boost trade relatión. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese small-and medium-sized enterprises are keen to explore investing in Myanmar, according to the Công Thương (Industry & Trade) newspaper.

Việt Nam is among the top 10 foreign investors in Myanmar, with nearly 80 businesses pouring in investment worth US$1 billion in the host country.

Major companies such as Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, Bank for Investment and Development (BIDV), and Vietel are operating in Myanmar. Myanmar’s Minister of Industry and Trade Than Myint said his country has huge opportunities to attract foreign investment.

Myanmar currently enjoys the Generalised System of Preferences for exports to the EU, the US and India, he said, adding that this will benefit foreign investors in the country.

The Myanmar government has launched a programme for economic development, focusing on the private sector by modernising infrastructure and promoting global integration via the ASEAN Economic Community.

To attract foreign direct investment, the government has also promulgated a new investment law and reformed the tax system in line with international practices, facilitating the granting of investment licences for overseas businesses to operate in Myanmar.

Two-way trade between Việt Nam and Myanmar reached $536 million in 2016, surpassing the yearly target of $500 million. 

Việt Nam exported goods worth more than $450 million to Myanmar in the year.

These were mainly iron and steel products, means of transport and equipment spare parts, while it imported rubber material, wood and forest products, farm produce and seafood.

At a meeting with Minister Than Myint in January 2017, his Vietnamese counterpart Trần Tuấn Anh said there is still plenty of room for the two countries to boost trade relations.

Both nations agreed to enhance trade promotion activities and make use of the East-West economic corridor to facilitate bilateral trade and reduce transportation costs.

They also agreed to maintain the meeting of the Việt Nam–Myanmar trade subcommittee, to promote the co-operation mechanism of Cambodia, Laos, Việt Nam and Myanmar, and contribute to the development of the ASEAN Economic Community.

Minister Trần Tuấn Anh proposed Myanmar help Vietnamese businesses export cement and reduce import licences applied to Vietnamese products. — VNS


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