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Thứ Sáu, 30 tháng 9, 2016

Pho Noi A Industrial Zone

Geographic location:
Located bordering the National Highway 5 road corridor (Km19) connecting Ha Noi and Hai Phong; 24km from the center of Hanoi, 60 km from Noi Bai International Airport, 75 km from Hai Phong port, 120 km from Quang Ninh deep-sea port.

Planned area:
594 hectares, the area of industrial land for rent is approximately 400 hectares; the filled industrial land area is about 210 hectares.
Industrial zone technical infrastructure:
Pho Noi A Industrial Zone has been completed the construction of technical infrastructure for the first phase covering an area of over 300 ha; including water supply and sewerage systems, concentrated wastewater treatment plant, traffic road systems, fire prevention and fighting systems, communication systems…
The sector attracting investment project:
Producing and assembling electric, electronic, mechanic, automobile and motorcycle; Production of steel and products from steel; Processing of agricultural products and foodstuffs.
Investment project attraction status:
Pho Noi A Industrial Zone has received over 110 projects in the country and abroad, with the leased industrial land area of about 260 hectares. In particular, there are many projects of investors from Japan, Korea, US such as Canon, Inax, Hyundai, Cargill…
Owner of Pho Noi A Industrial Zone:
Pho Noi A Industrial Zone Exploitation Management Company
For more information, please contact ANT Consulting.
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. 
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


Thứ Năm, 29 tháng 9, 2016

Samsung Expands Investment in Vietnam

With the success of Samsung Electronics in Vietnam, many other members of the Group has also interested in expanding investment in Vietnam in such fields as energy, insurance.

As reported by the General Director of Samsung Vietnam, the business activities of Samsung Electronics have performed well. Until May 2015, the total workforce working in the factories of Samsung in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen are more than 100,000 people. Due to many new models and more phone lines with more orders, Samsung Vietnam has recruited many more manpower. Currently, the total workforce working for the Samsung factory in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen are more than 110,000 people.
Not only focusing on production development, Samsung is still very focused on research and development (R&D). Currently, Samsung Vietnam has one R&D center located in Hanoi with over 1,400 employees.
The Samsung investment panorama in Vietnam is very impressive. Samsung has invested in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen from 2009, up to now, the total investment is approximately 7 billion USD. As of July 2015, the total export value of Samsung in Vietnam reached 26 billion USD, contributing to the development of Vietnam. Samsung has created jobs for more than 100,000 people.
Recently, Bac Ninh has granted investment certificate of expansion project for Samsung Display Company Ltd Vietnam with total investment capital of 3 billion USD, investing in the factory that is specialized in research and development, manufacturing of new generation monitors with high resolution for mobile devices…
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.


Thứ Ba, 27 tháng 9, 2016

US Investors Invest in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is an exciting investment destination with total FDI capital reached 40 billion USD. With many advantages in economic development and business environment, foreign investors have been coming to set up business in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mr Dinh La Thang, Party Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has met group of United States (US) investors led by Mr Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald Financial Group come to explore investment opportunities in HCMC.
Highly appreciated the US investors have chosen HCMC to invest in Financial Tower project, Mr Dinh La Thang committed that the city would create the most favorable conditions for US businesses as well as other international investors, bringing benefits to the enterprise and also the city.
At the same time, the city desires Cantor Fitzgerald Group and US investors will soon implement the Financial Tower project in Thu Thiem urban area, bringing Thu Thiem into a financial center in the region, attracting more investors and large financial corporations of the US and the world.
The city also believes that with the visit of US President Barack Obama to Vietnam, a new wave of investment from US will increase rapidly, especially when the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement takes effect.
With its dynamic, HCMC is training human resources to be able to meet the needs of development and investment.
According to Cantor Fitzgerald Group, the reason for choosing Vietnam as investment destination was calculated very carefully, because Vietnam is an important destination for the circulation of financial flows in Southeast Asia in the coming time. Moreover, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant and dynamic place with strong entrepreneurship, especially among the young.
With great financial strength, the Cantor Fitzgerald Group wants to invest and along with HCMC to grow prosperously.



Thứ Hai, 26 tháng 9, 2016

16 Billion USD of FDI Capital into Vietnam

According to the data from the Foreign Investment Department, total foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first 9 months of 2016 reached 16.43 billion USD, equivalent to 95.8% compared to the same period of 2015.

As of September 20th 2016, there were 1,820 new projects were granted the investment registration certificates with total registered capital of 11.165 billion USD, increased by 1.1% from the same period in 2015.
Along with that, there are 851 projects registered to adjust capital, with total additional capital reached 5.265 billion USD, equivalent to 86.1% over the same period in 2015.
Meanwhile, till September 20th 2016, it is estimated that the FDI projects have disbursed 11.02 billion USD, increased by 12.4% over the same period in 2015.
Also according to the report of the Foreign Investment Department, in the first 9 months of 2016, foreign investors have invested in 19 sectors, in which the processing and manufacturing sectors are the sectors that attracting more attention of foreign investors with 767 new investment projects and 608 projects register to adjust capital, the total new and additional capital reached 12.15 billion USD, accounting for 73.9% of total registered investment capital within 9 months.
The real estate business sector ranks the 2nd with 34 new projects with the total new and additional capital reached 1 billion USD, accounting for 6.1% of total registered capital. Fields of professional activities, science and technology rank the 3rd with 649 million USD, accounting for 3.9% of total investment capital.
In the first 9 months of 2016, there are 65 countries and territories have investment projects in Vietnam. In particular, Korean investors led with a total investment capital reached 5.58 billion USD, accounting for 34% of total investment capital in Vietnam.
Singapore ranked 2nd with total investment capital reached 1.84 billion USD, accounting for 11.2% of total registered capital. Japan ranked 3rd with total investment capital reached 1.7 billion USD, accounting for 10.3% of total investment capital.



Thứ Sáu, 23 tháng 9, 2016

Vietnam Solar Power Industry

Many investors are interested in solar power in Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Bac Lieu and the market is very dynamic. According to General Electric Plan VII, the total installed capacity of solar power of Vietnam by 2030 will achieve 12GWp, so there will be nearly 12 billion USD pouring into this sector.

The lack of electricity price policies for renewable energy and solar energy are the main causes for the attraction of investment in this sector becomes less interesting.
However, presently there are many investors interested in solar power projects inVietnam. The solar power investment market is very exciting and a lot of investors are very willing to pour capital into the sector.
Many projects of current investors are not only located in Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan – 2 provinces that are attracting the most solar power projects, but also extending to Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue, Ha Tinh, Hau Giang, Bac Lieu…
According to the Clean Energy Association of Vietnam, currently the country has about 30 investors at home and abroad that are setting up new solar power projects with capacity of 20 MW to over 300 MW in some localities. Notably there are many foreign investors coming from South Korea, France, India… have registered to invest in some central provinces.
Not only foreign investors, domestic investors are also starting to research and invest in clean energy market. For example, Central Power Corporation has a solar power plant with capacity of 150 MW in Khanh Hoa; Vietnam Electricity Corporation is planning to research two projects in Dong Nai and Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan.
Vietnam is a country with the potential of solar energy. The average solar energy density is 4.3 kWh/m2 and the average number of sunny days is around 2,000 hours/year.
In particular, from Da Nang to the southern, the potential of solar energy is very good, the radiant energy density is in the range of 4.5 to 5 kWh/m2; the average number of sunny days is 2,200 – 2,500 hours/year. Therefore, the application of solar power in these areas will be highly effective.
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.
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



Thứ Năm, 22 tháng 9, 2016

Risk Management in Enterprise

Risk and manage risk
Conceptually, risk is any uncertainty that may be harmful to the ability to successfully implement the business objectives of the enterprise. Businesses can identify potential risks to manage them. Fully understood, risk management is a process of a comprehensive review of the business operations to identify potential risks that may impact adversely to the operational aspects of the business. Based on that, the response solutions will be given corresponding to each risk. We can also understand that the risk management process is a process that is organized in a formal way and ongoing to determine, control and report the risks that can affect the achievement of the business objectives of the enterprise.

Requirements for operational risk management
To ensure that risk management activities are carried out as planned, the implementation must ensure the following requirements:
• Raising awareness about the risks as well as the ability to cope with risks appropriately throughout the enterprise;
• Formalize the process of risk management;
• Develop unified risk management processes in the enterprise;
• Transparency risks;
• Including risk management process as part of the internal control system;
In fact, well organized and efficient risk management activities will contribute to add value to the enterprise, specifically:
• Help improving operational efficiency and create competitive advantage;
• Contribute to the allocation and efficient use of corporate resources;
• Minimize errors in all aspects of business operations…
Recently, with the powerful impact of high inflation rate and economic recession caused by the global financial crisis to enterprises, people are concerning more about risk management activities. Many experts believe that well organized and effective operated risk management system will help businesses withstand and overcome fluctuations.
However, how to organize a complete risk management system is the fact that not many businesses are well understood. The worrying thing is many businesses supposing that with the use of insurance services, their businesses are making adequate risk management. That is completely incorrect.
Risk management policies and implementation
To establish risk management systems, enterprises should start from the development of risk management policy. This policy will define the approaching and managing of risk. In addition, risk management policies will clearly defined responsibilities for risk management throughout the enterprise to Board of Directors; The subordinate units; Departments; Risk management department (if any); the internal audit department – internal control. The implementation of risk management activities should be tied to business strategy, annual budget plan and the business cycle in the enterprise.
Risk Management Process
Basically, risk management processes typically include basic steps such as: confirmation of the business objectives, identify risks, description and classification of risk, assessment and risk ratings, response planning development, reporting an update on implementation, monitoring the process of implementation, review and improvement of risk management processes. Details of some of the main steps in the risk management process are as follows:
Confirmation of business objectives
Risk management activities are organized and implemented towards ensuring the successful implementation of the enterprise objectives. Therefore, at the begining the risk management process, the first task that business leaders need to do is confirming the operational goals of the business. This will be the base to ensure that risk management activities are held in the right direction.
Identify Risks
There are many methods to identify risk. Each method has different advantages and disadvantages. However, the following methods are considered using to determine the risk:
  • Organize risk assessment workshop;
  • Organize “Brain Attack” meeting;
  • Questionnaire;
  • Audit and inspection;
  • Based on industry norms;
  • Situation analysis
In fact, the method of determining risk that are used most in organizations is organizing risk assessment workshop. Attending the workshop are the Board of Directors and leaders of all departments. Members at the workshop will exchange information to give a list of business risks. In many cases, the result of the risk identification process is a long list of potential risks. However, this should not be too worried, the implementation of the next steps of the risk management process will help identify clearly the risks that are really the great risk to enterprises.
Description and classification of risk
After identifying potential risks, the next step is to describe briefly but specifically about the origin, cause, consequence and impact of each risks to the enterprise.
Next, we will implement the risk classification. There are many different types of potential risks for enterprises. They can originate inside or outside the enterprise. Based on the nature of the risk, they are many way to classify risk. However, the most common way is to classify risk into 4 groups as follows:
  • Financial risk: interest rate, exchange rate, credit source, cash flow and ability to pay…;
  • Strategic risk: competition, customer changes, industry changes, risks for research and development activities, intellectual property…;
  • Operational risk: the leaders, corporate culture, violation of management rules, financial control, information systems…;
  • Dangerous risk: environmental risks, supplier, natural disaster, risks for assets, contracts, products and services…
The classification of risks as above will help enterprises to manage risk in a systematic way.
Assessment and risk rating
Enterprise resources are limited while the number of the risks is great. So, the next step is to organize, evaluate and ranking risks according to priority level of response. Enterprises will analyze, evaluate each risk according to two criteria: the possibility of risk and the extent of the risks affecting the business if happened. The risk that the businesses need to prioritize response and prevent is the risk with high likelihood and degree of influence.
Develop response plans
Develop response plans is an important stage in the process of risk management. At this stage, enterprise should given the preventive measures and specific control should be taken to prevent and minimize damage if the risk occurs. There are 3 contents that must be determined for each specific risk when developing response plans:
1.      Measures that should be implemented to prevent risks;
2.      The completion deadline for those measures;
3.      The person that responsible for managing that risk.
Monitoring the implementation of measures
In the process of implementation of response measures, businesses need to build a system of reporting regularly to ensure strict control of the implementation process. Enterprises also need to ensure that all shortcomings in the implementation of risk control measures must be timely reporting to leaders.
At the same time, business leaders must also build a culture of risk management to every staffs in the enterprise. It is high time that the corporate governance should seriously view the role of risk management activities, consider setting up and maintaining a risk management system in business. Practical experience shows that, once the risks are forecasted, enterprises can fully develop and deploy effective response plans for sustainable development.



Thứ Tư, 21 tháng 9, 2016

Hanoi Ranks the 3rd in Attracting Foreign Investment

This is the information published by the Department of Planning and Investment
Accordingly, the situation of industrial production in the first 8 months of 2016 in Hanoi is relatively stable with positive growth rate.

In particular, attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) increased, accrued to the date of August 30th 2016 reached 374 FDI projects (including 256 new projects and 118 projects that increase the capital). The total registered capital reached 2079.37 million USD, exceeding the target of 2016.
Currently in the city there are 3,686 valid projects with the total registered capital of 24.07 billion USD from 72 countries, regions and Hanoi now also ranks the 3rd in attracting FDI in the whole country.
According to the city leaders, the city will greatly improve the investment environment, promote production and business activities, use the public investment capital effectively…
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. 
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




Thứ Ba, 20 tháng 9, 2016

Hong Kong Investment Funds Investing in Real Estate, Banking of Vietnam

In the talks with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 14th 2016, representatives of corporations and large investment funds from Hong Kong have expressed their interest in investment opportunities in Vietnam.



Talking to Hong Kong enterprises, Government leaders said that Vietnam has amended the Law on Investment towards more open and transparent, creating stable investment environment, ensuring maximum property rights of investors and enterprises; conducting strong reform of administrative procedures in areas such as taxes, electronic customs clearance...

In the process of development, Vietnam hopes that foreign investors will invest in areas such as road transport, railway, waterway and other infrastructure. The Vietnam Prime Minister also noted that investors in the process of production and business should pay attention to ensure the livelihood and skills training of employees; compliance with laws and regulations regarding environment protection in Vietnam.

Highly appreciated the solutions and policies of Vietnam Government, Dr. Jonathan Choi - Sunwah Group Chairman, who is also a permanent Honorary President of China Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong said that investors in Hong Kong are very interested in the stable investment environment and respecting the development of private sector in Vietnam. The investment sectors that are interested by Hong Kong’s large enterprises and investment funds are energy, healthcare, realestate, finance and banking.

Speaking in front of 300 investors attending the Hong Kong - Vietnam Business & Investment Forum, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that Vietnam will become one of the largest trading partners of China in ASEAN. In 2016, the bilateral trade turnover between the two countries could reach 100 billion USD.

Also at the forum, Head of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region stated that the Government here will continue to open the door and strongly supporting Vietnam enterprises to penetrate the Hong Kong and Chinese domestic markets.



Danang Resort Real Estate Is Growing Well

Savills Vietnam has just published a report updating the situation of Danang real estate market in the first half of 2016. Accordingly, the segment of hotel, resort and villa continues to be exciting with the launch of many new projects as well as the presence of many famous brands in the world.

Specifically, according to Savills Vietnam, in the first half of 2016, the number of tourists coming to Da Nang has increased by 28% year on year, while domestic passenger traffic increased by 4% year on year.
Thanks to the flourishing of the tourism activity, only in the second quarter of 2016, the total number of 3 – 5 stars hotel in Danang increased by 4% quarter on quarter and 15% year on year. The average occupancy rate has also increased by 2% compared to the first quarter of 2016. The average room rate has increased by 6% over the same period in 2015.
Place these datas in the context of the tourism industry of some central provinces (from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue), which are suffering heavy losses due to the environmental disaster caused by Formosa in the first months of 2016, it is clear that the attraction of Danang tourism is very good.
Also according to Savills, in the second half of 2016, 3 new projects in the hotel segment, which are expected to enter the market, will continue to provide about 1,320 rooms; including Crowne Plaza phase 2, Hilton Danang Hotel and Four Points under Sheraton. Since the third quarter of 2016 to 2018, it is expected to have 35 new projects entering the market.
For the resort villa segment, Danang is a pioneer in high-end coastal real estate segment and second (after Nha Trang) in total supply with 1,199 villas and 3,367 apartments. The surveys indicate that more than 80% of buyers coming from Hanoi, being attracted by diverse portfolio of products, complete infrastructure, tourism prospects, attractive sales policy as well as an image of Danang as a green, young and dynamic city.
We have to mention the successful projects such as Bana Hill, Ocean Villas, Hyatt Regency, Furama, Intercontinetal and Azura. Moreover, there are large-scale future projects that are Soleil Danang, Coco Bay, Da Phuoc, Han Riverside, Ariyana, Central Coast, Vinpearl Han River and Ocean Suites & Estates. The market is expecting a large supply of coastal apartments and villas.
According to Savills Vietnam, Danang provides investors benefits from the complete development of infrastructure and urban planning. While the northwest coastal areas have the advantages of natural landscapes to develop eco-tourism, the urban areas are developing towards becoming a center of trade, finance and education. In addition, the eastern coastal areas are marked for tourism and hotel industries; the southern of Danang is expected to develop tourism and a large urban area.
With the modified Real Estate Business Law, Housing Law and expanding the conditions for foreigners to own houses in Vietnam, the real estate market of Danang will certainly become more attractive and with sustainable development in the future.



Danang Resort Real Estate Is Growing Well

Savills Vietnam has just published a report updating the situation of Danang real estate market in the first half of 2016. Accordingly, the segment of hotel, resort and villa continues to be exciting with the launch of many new projects as well as the presence of many famous brands in the world.

Specifically, according to Savills Vietnam, in the first half of 2016, the number of tourists coming to Da Nang has increased by 28% year on year, while domestic passenger traffic increased by 4% year on year.
Thanks to the flourishing of the tourism activity, only in the second quarter of 2016, the total number of 3 – 5 stars hotel in Danang increased by 4% quarter on quarter and 15% year on year. The average occupancy rate has also increased by 2% compared to the first quarter of 2016. The average room rate has increased by 6% over the same period in 2015.
Place these datas in the context of the tourism industry of some central provinces (from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue), which are suffering heavy losses due to the environmental disaster caused by Formosa in the first months of 2016, it is clear that the attraction of Danang tourism is very good.
Also according to Savills, in the second half of 2016, 3 new projects in the hotel segment, which are expected to enter the market, will continue to provide about 1,320 rooms; including Crowne Plaza phase 2, Hilton Danang Hotel and Four Points under Sheraton. Since the third quarter of 2016 to 2018, it is expected to have 35 new projects entering the market.
For the resort villa segment, Danang is a pioneer in high-end coastal real estate segment and second (after Nha Trang) in total supply with 1,199 villas and 3,367 apartments. The surveys indicate that more than 80% of buyers coming from Hanoi, being attracted by diverse portfolio of products, complete infrastructure, tourism prospects, attractive sales policy as well as an image of Danang as a green, young and dynamic city.
We have to mention the successful projects such as Bana Hill, Ocean Villas, Hyatt Regency, Furama, Intercontinetal and Azura. Moreover, there are large-scale future projects that are Soleil Danang, Coco Bay, Da Phuoc, Han Riverside, Ariyana, Central Coast, Vinpearl Han River and Ocean Suites & Estates. The market is expecting a large supply of coastal apartments and villas.
According to Savills Vietnam, Danang provides investors benefits from the complete development of infrastructure and urban planning. While the northwest coastal areas have the advantages of natural landscapes to develop eco-tourism, the urban areas are developing towards becoming a center of trade, finance and education. In addition, the eastern coastal areas are marked for tourism and hotel industries; the southern of Danang is expected to develop tourism and a large urban area.
With the modified Real Estate Business Law, Housing Law and expanding the conditions for foreigners to own houses in Vietnam, the real estate market of Danang will certainly become more attractive and with sustainable development in the future.



Thứ Hai, 19 tháng 9, 2016

Korea Convenience Store Chain Presented in Vietnam

In September 2016, the two first Ilahui stores in Vietnam have opened in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in the form of franchise.

According to Ilahui brand manager in Vietnam, in the fourth quarter of 2016, this brand will expand to 6 – 8 stores to serve the needs of customers both throughout the country. In the next 5 years, Ilahui will have at least 200 stores spreading across the provinces of Vietnam.
With the advantages of products and prices are updated, diverse in types and designs with elegant shopping space, the company expects this will be a new business model with strong penetration step intoVietnam retail market.
According to Nielsen Vietnam – a market research firm, among 93 million people of Vietnam, there are nearly 60% of the population are under 35 years old. The income of this class has also increased from 433 USD per person per year (in 2000) to 2,111 USD per person per year (in 2015). Vietnamese consumers also have demand to enjoy new and quality shopping experiences.
That is the reason leading to the explosion of the Vietnam retail market in recent years, especially the chain of convenience stores, which significantly including Family Mart, MiniStop, B’s Mart, Circle K, Shop & Go, Vinmart Plus and 7-Eleven… Now we have Ilahui – convenience store chain specializing in Korean style utilities items and fashion accessories in Hanoi and HCMC.
Ilahui strengths are Korean style utility items and fashion accessories, which are interested by Vietnam young people. With more than 3,000 products; 20,000 -25,000 products on shelves at a price from 10,000 VND; 100 new products every month with all types from men/women fashion, accessories, toys, stationery, home appliances, electronic accessories, cosmetics… bringing to customers many choices in terms of models and pricing. Besides, the new trends, fashion accessories that are favored by Korean idols will be updated quickly in Ilahui.
Besides customers are young people aged 15 – 35 years old, Ilahui also owns large numbers of customers over 35 years old who have modern spending habits, preferred the products with good designs and competitive price… All of them have created competitive advantage for Ilahui comparing with other convenience stores chain in the market.
Furthermore, Ilahui also target the personality of today’s youth through creating new style of shopping experience with simply but modern decorated space. The fashion accessories and cosmetics products are packaged in cute and colorful packaging. The number of products is a lot but they are sorted neatly on wooden shelves.
According to representative of Ilahui Vietnam, the Vietnam retail market is booming and the competition will become fiercer. High success rate along with the increasing openness of the market have led the franchise to become the investment plan that is interested by a lot of young Vietnamese people.
Ilahui is the convenience stores chain specializing in Korean style fashion accessories, which is expanding very fast in Asia with more than 500 stores within a year. Despite many challenges but with the advantages in product, distinct market segments and new shopping style, Ilahui is believed to have steady steps to conquer Vietnamese customers.




Thứ Năm, 15 tháng 9, 2016

Risk Management Necessity in Vietnam?

As Vietnam further integrates into the world business, more investors are eyeing Vietnam for investment. As part of investment due diligence, risk management are always well considered before foreign investors decide to do business with Vietnam partners.

In any parts of the world inluding Vietnam, risk is an inevitable factor in business operation activities; higher return is always accompanied by higher risks. Coping and managing risk is an integral part of any business in order to make profit and create value to shareholders in import export transaction, investment, or merger and acquisition activities in Vietnam.
However, in our daily consulting practice, we have seen a number of businesses whom do not manage risk effectively and furthermore not fully understand about the risks that they are facing.
Typical risks in developing countries like Vietnam are political risks, policy risks, regulations risks, credit risks, bribery and corruptions, and organized crimes.
On daily transaction in trading, according to Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade, there are situations a number of corporate scams between Vietnam and foreign enterprises are reported. In particular, foreign companies sell goods or provide services to partners in Vietnam and in return the Vietnam partner fail to pay.
On a larger scale in FDI through business formation or M&A origination and execution, businesses that do not improve the risk management process will have to face with a lot of different types of risks: serious financial losses, adversely affecting cash flows and the value of shares, decreasing prestige with customers, employees and investors.
Many business leaders often put heavy emphasis on the business activity, profit, and revenues instead of concentrating more on risk management especially understading business partners through corporate intelligence investigation, background studying, adverse media search through professional consultants in Vietnam whom understand languages, cultures, legal environment and busieness practices. Further searches could help foreign investors to understand the company itself, owners, shareholders, members of board of directors of partner companies whom make daily decisions of the business.
In the period that global crisis has been predicted that almost bottom out and start to show signs of recovery, although the recovery process can occur with different speed and characteristics depending on sector and location of the business, the fully preparation of business in all aspects including process and risk management strategy could helps business not falling into the passive and also have more possibilities to take advantage of growth opportunities after the recession.
Recently in Vietnam with the impact of high inflation rate and economic recession caused by the global financial crisis, enterprises are increasingly concern about risk management activities. Many experts believe that an effective and well organized risk management system will help businesses withstand and overcome fluctuations.
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. 
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



Thứ Tư, 14 tháng 9, 2016

German Enterprises Seeking Investment Opportunities in HCM City

At a meeting between the leaders of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the German Business Association (GBA), Mr Jens Ruebbert – Chairman of GBA said that Vietnam is an attractive destination for investment and business activities of foreign investors, including German businesses.

Go along with Mr. Jens Ruebbert attending this meeting, there are more than 70 German enterprises operating in various fields, wishing to expand investment and trading activities in a number of potential areas such as automobile, production, communication, finance, insurance…
With advanced professional qualifications and also experiences, German enterprises are expected to seek investment and trading opportunities, bringing practical benefits for both sides of the business community, as well as both countries.
Germany is one of the major and efficient partners of Vietnam in the field of education and training, science and technology… It is possible to mention some of their projects that have been implementing in Vietnam as Vietnamese-German University; Construction of Phu Lac 1 wind power plant worth 35 million Euros; No. 2 metro line in HCMC worth 240 million Euros or the project to improve energy efficiency in rural areas worth 120 million Euros…
According to the leader of HCMC, the relation between Vietnam and Germany are increasingly strengthened and is developing in various fields such as political, economic, commerce and education…
Germany is one of the important partners of Vietnam in the European Union. Therefore, Vietnam in general and HCMC in particular, wish to promote cooperation in the field of urban transport, health, education…
Until 2020, the two-way exchange trade turnover target between Vietnam and Germany will reach 15 billion to 20 billion USD.
Therefore, in order to create favorable conditions to help German businesses reaching and searching for investment and trading opportunities with Vietnam partners, the Department of Planning and Investment of HCMC has published information on economic and social development orientation of the city from 2016 to 2017.
Besides, the city also introduced several measures to boost production and trading, in order to remove difficulties for enterprises, improve the investment environment to attract human resources at home and abroad such as enhancing trade promotion, expanding the market by concentrating in investment sectors that are encouraged by the city.
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. 
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.
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Thứ Hai, 12 tháng 9, 2016

Forbes: Vietnam is Becoming Economic Tiger of Asia

 The website of Forbes has recently published the article of author Ed Fuller with the title “Vietnam is ready to become the next economic tiger of Asia.”
Like South Korea, Taiwan and China, Vietnam is having many base advantages.



According to the economic report till August of 2016, foreign direct investment (FDI) into Vietnam has reached a record level in 2015 and this year could be higher. Only the first half of 2016, FDI into Vietnam reached 11.3 billion USD, increased by 105% over the same period last year although in the context of the global economy is moving very slowly.

Since 1990, the average economic growth of Vietnam reached 7% per year, just behind China. This growth has brought Vietnam from a poor country into the country with average income level of the world. If Vietnam continues to keep the growth rate of 7% per years in the next 10 years, the Vietnam economy will grow just like China and many other economic tigers in Asia.

Vietnam now has more than 92 million people, mostly young (average age is 30.7 years old) and skilled. Moreover, the spending from the national budget for education is around 6.3% of GDP, higher than the average of most low and middle income countries. In the global rankings, 15-year-old children of Vietnam have regularly defeated children in the United States and Britain in math and science competitions. This is an advantage for the factory in Vietnam that requiring workers to have the ability to operate complicated machinery.

Another positive point is the advantage of geographical location, while Vietnam has the border with China, becoming a competitive advantage compared to other countries when Vietnam is closer to the production centers in Southern China with the transportation system connected by road and sea. Furthermore, the rising price of labor wages in China makes Vietnam becoming alternative destination for businesses to move their factory to locations where costs are lower.

Simultaneously, Vietnam is a member of various trade agreements. According to The Economist, Vietnam will be the greatest beneficiary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP – an agreement of 12 countries including the US and Japan). Moreover, Vietnam also signed other trade agreements with the EU and South Korea.

Besides, nowadays, tourism is playing an increasingly important role in the development of Vietnam. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in 2015, tourism has contributed more than 16 billion USD to the Vietnam’s economy, equivalent to about 9.3% of GDP.

With the goal of attracting 55 million tourists (both domestic and foreign) each year until 2030, Vietnam has announced the visa exemption policy for visitors from 22 countries in Europe and Asia, including the UK, France, Germany, Russia and 9 ASEAN member countries.

Also, a lot of infrastructure and major transport projects have been planned to implement in the next 15 years, including 7 new tourism development areas, the Hai Phong, Quang Ninh waterways and the railway connecting to China’s Yunnan province. Simultaneously, the upgrading of infrastructure in the area is expected to go further, thanks to a series of bilateral agreements that have been signed with Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar to realize joint tourism initiatives.

Analysts have predicted that the supply of hotel rooms will increase in the next 3 years. The CBRE real estate consulting firm has forecasted that the number of hotel rooms in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi will grow by 8% per year until 2018. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) also forecasted that the growth rate of the industry will be 6.2% annually over the next decade, creating more jobs and increasing tourism directly of about 2% per year until 2025 .

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. 

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




Thứ Tư, 7 tháng 9, 2016

French President Visits Vietnam

On September 5th 2016, Mr François Hollande – President of the Republic ofFrance start visiting Vietnam at the invitation of the President of Vietnam – Mr Tran Dai Quang.

During the visit, the two parties will check, review and concretize the connotations towards promoting cooperation and further strengthen political relations, exchanging high-level visits on both bilateral and multilateral levels. Moreover, both parties will review and further improve the efficiency of cooperation mechanisms between the two countries.
The visit is also an opportunity for both sides to promote the economic cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, climate change combating, science – technology, health, agriculture… This is also an opportunity for France and Vietnam together to discuss international issues. The visit of President François Hollande will last for 3 days.
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. 
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

eck, review and concretize the connotations towards promoting cooperation and further strengthen political relations, exchanging high-level visits on both bilateral and multilateral levels. Moreover, both parties will review and further improve the efficiency of cooperation mechanisms between the two countries.
The visit is also an opportunity for both sides to promote the economic cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, climate change combating, science – technology, health, agriculture… This is also an opportunity for France and Vietnam together to discuss international issues. The visit of President François Hollande will last for 3 days.
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. 
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