Despite tremendous improvements in the last few decades, the environment to do business in Vietnam, and many Asian countries remain complex and challenging. Social progresses and environment norms in many cases lag far behind the business and economic boom in many of the countries in the region. Inequality is growing and poverty reduction is slowing down. These development issues remain and need to be addressed by innovative and tailor-made solutions which can fit to and work in the local contexts. Born ...

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[04 August 2021] — While Vietnam’s strategy to cope with the global health crisis has protected the lives of most, bringing the economy back on track remains a challenging task. Although the macroeconomy remains stable and inflation is under control, the National Assembly last week had to recognise that GDP growth of 5.64 per cent in the first six months of 2021 has not met the set target. The disbursement of public investment capital remained slow, and overseas investment attraction decreased. ...

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The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was first ratified by the EU and then by the National Assembly of Vietnam, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. After the completed ratification, the EVFTA entered into force on 1st of August 2020. This historical agreement brings hope and new growth opportunities to both parties of the agreement. Once fully implemented it will contribute to economic recovery in a post-COVID world. The EVFTA is a new generation FTA between Vietnam and the European Union. ...

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