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Thứ Hai, 16 tháng 10, 2017

Due Diligence in Choosing Business Partner

Joint ventures and association in business will bring many opportunities for the development and success, especially expanding and making entry into new Vietnam as new marketthrough cross border transaction, setting up companyacquiring shares in new company.

However, it is not easy to choose partners to help maximize the value for business, especially in this difficult time. That is the reason why we should conduct the due diligence research in Vietnam before making any decision.
According to experts, there are enterprises that growing very fast because they choose the right partners involving in the value chain, but also there are well-known enterprises in the market that have to face with a lot of difficulties due to choosing wrong partners. Therefore, how to choose the right business partners, financial partners and strategic shareholders to help enterprises overcome difficulties, develop faster and more sustainable are always issues that concerned by many business leaders.
In challenging conditions as at present, the economic situation in Vietnam and the world places great influence on the partner selection of companies. Currently, the debt crisis in some European countries caused the demand for import from these countries dropped sharply. Therefore, Vietnam enterprises must seek new markets. In this situation, companies should restructure their operations, choosing to produce products that are suitable with the new markets.
There are two key partners that companies need to keep in mind, they are financial partner and business partner. Depending on the objectives of the companies that they will choose the right partner. Normally, with the stable economic condition, companies often choose strategic partner.
However, in difficult situation such as the present, the choice of partners is made for short term so that the company could be able to change and adapt according to the general environmental condition. Many experts believe that, in difficult times, good cooperation will help enterprises to stand firm and “over storm” successfully.
Hence, conducting the due diligence research helps us to have a clearer vision of partners before deciding to cooperate with them in business, especially partners in foreign countries where you still feel strange. Whether choosing business partner or financial partner, companies should be cautious. They should learn from the Japanese companies. Before deciding to cooperate with a partner, Japanese companies often study the partners very thoroughly. Therefore, the cooperation project of Japanese companies often succeeds up to 85%.
ANT Consulting is here to assist you from the outset; providing corporate intelligence, risk advisory, management consulting services that assist market entrance, and ensure efficient business start-up operation.  Our services are as following:
We strive to save your cost by guiding you towards economical solutions that comply with local legislation and procedures. We support you through early logistic solutions and carry you through as your business grows.  We aim to bridge the gap between international best practices and local cultures and assist foreign companies and organizations entering Vietnam market to overcome commercial and regulatory issues.
We could be reached at email: ant@antconsult.vn or tel: +848 3520 2779 .  To learn more about us, please visit www.antconsult.vn

Vietnam and European Union Will Eliminate over 99% Import Tariffs on Each Other

At a press conference on October 30th in Vietnam informed of important agreements between Vietnam and European Union (EU), Mr. Bruno Angelet – Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) said that early August 2015, the EU and Vietnam has announced the conclusion of negotiations but the negotiation group continues to resolve the remaining technical issues, while improving documents.
Once completed, the Agreement must be approved by the National Assembly of Vietnam, the Council and the European Parliament. Accordingly, Vietnam and the EU will eliminate over 99% of import tariffs.
For the few remaining tariffs, both parties will grant each other tariff quota or tariff reduction. This can be seen as the highest level of commitment that Vietnam has achieved in the FTA has been signed so far.
In the investment sector, the commitments to ensure an open business and investment environment to help promote high quality investment flows of both the EU and other partners in Vietnam. Thus, Vietnam has the opportunity to become the connection for trade and investment activities between EU and other countries in the region.
In addition, the commitments related to investment, liberalization of trade, service, Government procurement and intellectual property protection… will also open up opportunities for both sides to approach each other’s markets and ensure balance overall benefit.
EU can become the best partner in the future of Vietnam because Vietnam is also becoming one of the most dynamic countries and have good relationship with EU in the region. EU can support Vietnam in many fields such as governance models and provide excellent services in the field of infrastructure, training and education, the judiciary and law, health, social insurance and sustainable energy.
ANT Consulting is here to assist you from the outset; providing intelligence, information, management or support and administrative services that assist market entrance, and ensure efficient business start-up operation.  Our services are as following:
We strive to save your cost by guiding you towards economical solutions that comply with local legislation and procedures. We support you through early logistic solutions and carry you through as your business grows.  We aim to bridge the gap between international best practices and local cultures and assist foreign companies and organizations entering Vietnam market to overcome commercial and regulatory issues.
We could be reached at email: ant@antconsult.vn or tel: +848 3520 2779 .  To learn more about us, please visit www.antconsult.vn

Chủ Nhật, 8 tháng 10, 2017

Tetra Pak Construct 110 Million USD Packaging Factory in Binh Duong

Japan-Vietnam economic cooperation will form a new value chain

Tetra Pak (Sweden) has started construction of a 110 million USD packaging factory on an area of 10,000 m2 and a total capacity of 20 billion packages per year at Vietnam – Singapore Industrial Park II – A (Binh Duong). This information has been announced since the end of 2016. The factory is expected to come into operation by the beginning of 2019.
According to the Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, this is the factory with largest scale among 54 projects that Sweden investors have invested in Vietnam.
Moreover, he affirmed that the factory could become the leading bird, leading many Swedish businesses to come and set up business in Vietnam.
Sweden was the first country in the Western region that establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam. There will be many Swedish multinational corporations want to invest in Vietnam. Therefore, Vietnam in general and Binh Duong in particular need to prepare better investment environment to catch the wave of FDI, especially from Sweden.
According to representative of Tetra Pak, this is the company’s most green packaging factory in their system, as well as the 4th largest packaging factory in East Asia and Oceania in terms of scale.
The two popular types of packaging will be produced at the factory including Tetra Brik Aseptic and Tetra Fino Aseptic.
According to Tetra Pak, dairy and beverage products in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand markets are expected to grow at a rate of 5.6 percent annually from now until 2019.
In Vietnam, milk production is still the largest sector in the country, which is expected to double consumption per capita to 28 liters per year by 2020. While the market for fresh fruit juice is expected to grow 17.5% in the next year. This is the basis for packaging factories – including Tetra Pak’s factory to expect fast growth in the near future.

Thứ Sáu, 22 tháng 9, 2017

JLL: Vietnam Tourism and Hotel Industry Is Growing


Vietnam tourism industry has achieved steady growth in recent years. Furthermore, Vietnam has become an attractive tourist destination for foreign visitors.
According to a report of JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle), Vietnam resort real estate has become one of the most mentioned markets in Asia Pacific and in the future, the potential for development is still very wide open.
In 2015, Vietnam has seen a strong increase in the number of foreign tourists when it exceeds the goal of 10 million international visitors by 2020. According to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, in 2017 Vietnam is expected to increase by 15% the number of international tourist arrivals to 11.5 million and tourism industry ‘s revenue will reach 20 billion USD.
In order to facilitate growth, the Government of Vietnam has recently exempted visas for travelers from many countries. As a result, the number of international tourists has increased steadily. The target for international visitors travelling to Vietnam in 2020 has been revised up to 20 million tourists with 30 billion USD in revenue and generated 3.5 million jobs in the tourism sector, increased sharply compared with the initial target of 10 million visitors.
According to JLL, the impressive growth in the number of tourists travelling to Vietnam will promote important strategies and increase investment in tourism product development to take advantage of existing strengths in the domestic tourism industry, as well as the development of new areas. As infrastructure investment continues to grow and private funds participating in the transportation and hotel sectors, Vietnam may open new destinations beyond its usual destinations such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang/Hoi An.
Along with the “boom” in the number of tourists travelling to Vietnam, tourism products are also increasingly diversified, the resort real estate products associated with golf course are opened, the Government also loosen the regulates on the activities of prize-winning entertainment complex. In addition, the type of ecotourism, culinary tourism, spiritual tourism is also expanded more diverse.
According to JLL, the strong growth of the tourism industry and the number of visitors are shown most clearly in the resort real estate supply, especially condotel. Accordingly, in the period 2017 – 2018, Da Nang will welcome about 2,500 hotel rooms come into operation, the number in Nha Trang is 2,200 and Phu Quoc is about 2,000.
Assessing the potential of the resort tourism industry, according to JLL, Vietnam’s increasing tourist arrivals and a growing economy make the hotel and resort market attractive to many investors in the region. To sum up, Vietnam resort real estate has become one of the most mentioned markets in Asia Pacific. In the near future, international hotel operators are increasingly interested in resorts, while real estate developers continue to seek investment opportunities.

Thứ Ba, 19 tháng 9, 2017

Hemaraj (Thailand) Builds Billion-Dollar Industrial Park in Nghe An

Nghe An – a province located in the central region of Vietnam always has a lot of attractive incentives for foreign investors who come and set up business in Vietnam. In which, Nghe An has a number of solutions to support infrastructure enterprises to quickly implement large-scale industrial parks, including the Hemaraj industrial park – which is preparing to start construction.
According to the plan, at the end of October 2017, Hemaraj industrial park project in the South East Economic Zone will be started construction by Hemaraj Group (Thailand). construction work. The project has a total area of about 3,200 hectares, total registered investment of about 1 billion USD, divided into 7 phases, in which phase I has an area of nearly 500 hectares.
According to leaders of Nghe An province, the provincial leaders are providing maximum support to Hemaraj so that the project can started construction as soon as possible.
Prior to that, in September 2015, a joint venture between Sembcorp Group (Singapore) and Becamex IDC have kicked off the VSIP Nghe An project with an area of 750 hectares. Currently, the project has leveled and built synchronous infrastructure for about 100 hectares of industrial land phase 1A.
More than 90 companies from many countries and territories have come to seek information and investment opportunities at VSIP Nghe An and 10 companies have signed investment commitments with total investment capital of over 400 billion VND. By the beginning of September 2017, some companies was handed over land and started to build the plant.
In order to attract investment, leaders of Nghe An province will be more drastic in reforming administrative procedures. Accordingly, if foreign enterprises want to complete the investment license application, they should only go through the one-stop department of the Investment Promotion Center of Nghe An province.

Chủ Nhật, 17 tháng 9, 2017

AES (USA) Wants to Invest in Son My 2 Thermal Power Plant


AES Energy Company (USA) wants to invest and deploy the project of Son My 2 Gas Hydropower Plant and LNG Port Warehouse in Son My commune, Ham Tan district, Binh Thuan province together with PV Gas Corporation Vietnam (PV Gas).
At the working session with Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN), Mr David Stone – General Director in charge of Vietnam market of AES Energy Company (USA) expressed the wish to be supported by PVN to invest and deploy the project of Son My 2 Gas Hydropower Plant and LNG Port Warehouse in Son My commune, Ham Tan district, Binh Thuan province together with PV Gas Corporation Vietnam (PV Gas).
PVN’s Deputy General Director affirmed that PVN is supportive and willing to cooperate with such American investors as AES in the field of oil and gas, especially gas thermal power and port warehouses projects that PVN is calling for investment. PVN also requested AES to work closely with PV Gas and report the results to PVN as soon as possible.
The Son My 2 Gas Hydropower Plant project is one of the 9 gas thermal power projects assigned by the Government to PVN as the investor and the power project under the revised Power Development Master Plan VII.
This project is expected to include 3 Son My plants, which are Son My 2.1, Son My 2.2 and Son My 2.3 with an expected capacity of 750 MW per plant, using imported LNG for power generation and will be located at the Son My Oil, Gas, Industry and Service Complex.
According to the plan, 3 plants under the Son My 2 gas power plant project will be operated in 2023, 2024 and 2025 respectively.
AES operates in the US electricity sector and is on the list of 200 global energy companies, ranked by Fortune Magazine.
AES operates mainly in the field of thermal power and renewable energy production in 17 countries around the world. The power plants of AES are diversified in power sources including coal-fired thermal power, gas-fired thermal power, thermal gas power, hydro-electric power, wind power and biomass power.
AES now owns an LNG plant in the Dominican Republic with the port that can unload 10,000 m3/h and a 160,000 m3 LNG storage tanks. Moreover, AES is the owner of the LNG project with a 170,000 m3 depot in Panama and has participated in the BOT Mong Duong 2 power plant project.

Macau Casino Group Poured Billions of Dollars into Vietnam


Sun City is currently the largest casino resort group in Macau, spending billions of dollars investing heavily in casino resorts in Asia and set up casino business in Vietnam.
The group was founded in 2007, owns about 17 VIP clubs and 280 gaming tables, serving Macau’s largest betting and casino market as well as VIP clubs in Korea, China and Philippines.
Currently, Sun City operates large casinos with monthly betting up to 130 billion HKD (approximately 17 billion USD). However, in order to expand its business in Asia, Sun City is spending billions of dollars investing in casino real estate projects in Japan and other countries, including Vietnam.
This plan of Sun City kicked off in 2014 with the acquisition of shares and the bid to operate large casinos in many countries.
In Vietnam, a 4 billion USD casino resort project in South Hoi An is underway to build phase 1 with a total investment of 500 million USD with the participation of Sun City. Three partners involved in investing in this billion dollar resort complex are Sun City, Chow Tai Fook (Hong Kong) and Vinacapital.
According to Bloomberg, Sun City owns 34% of the complex through its subsidiary and has acquired the casino management contract of the project.
The South Hoi An project has scale of up to 985.6 ha, the total investment is 4 billion USD. Currently, the phase 1 of the project is expected to develop on an area of about 163 ha, with an investment of nearly 500 million USD, including resort, casino complex, luxury golf course, hotel rooms, luxury apartments and add-ons…
Previously, Sun City has also been eyeing the Vietnam resort market when concerning and want to invest in a casino project in Duong To (Phu Quoc). However, due to the land fund in this area has been licensed to other investors, Sun City wants to replace by Rach Tram, Bai Thom commune.
In 2010, VinaCapital and Gentinh Berhad of Maylaysia were licensed to invest in South Hoi An project, however, due to financial difficulties, in 2012, Gentinh Berhad unexpectedly withdrew from this project, thus VinaCapital has been continuously seeking for investment cooperation partner. In 2014, Hong Kong billionaire Cheng Yu Tung – the owner of Hong Kong’s Chow Tai Fook, a Hong Kong-owned jewelery and real estate group, ranked by Forbes as the fourth richest person in Hong Kong with total assets worth 16.2 billion USD has participated into this project, in partnership with Sun City and VinaCapital.
With the expansion of casino-based real estate business in Vietnam as well as in other countries in the region, Sun City is clearly seeking to become a leading casino corporation in the world, such as Las Vegas Sands or Wynn Resorts.
According to Bloomberg, Sun City’s expansion ambitions are planned even when the Macau casino market is growing fast thanks to China’s economy recovering and players spending more and more money, with a 20.4% increase in August. Casino revenue in Vietnam is estimated at 1.2 billion USD, according to Grand Govertsen, a Macau-based gaming analyst. Finally, also according to this report, Vietnam now has about 30 gaming establishments with prizes with 1,900 slot machines and 400 tables. With the relationships with VIP customers of Sun City, it is believed that the project will achieve significant ROI.