Việt Nam boosts FDI attraction in automotive industry

Việt Nam will move to attract large enterprises and corporations with high technology, said Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, deputy director of the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency.

An auto assembly line at Trường Hải Auto Corporation. The country will prioritise investment projects in high technology, supporting industry, and digital economy innovation, especially in the automotive industry. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn Xuyên

At the same time, the country will prioritise investment projects in high technology, supporting industry, and digital economy innovation, especially in the automotive industry, to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to participate in the value chain.

Nguyễn Thị Thu Hà, general director of Invest Global, said that with a population of nearly 100 million people and favourable natural and geographical conditions, Việt Nam had great potential in the automobile industry.

She added that this was an industry that the Vietnamese Government prioritised developing, with the expectation of building a strong Vietnamese auto industry and making an important contribution to the economy.

However, compared with other countries in the region, the number of Vietnamese suppliers in the auto industry was still very small, and only a few domestic suppliers could participate in the supply chain for automobile manufacturers and assemblers in Việt Nam.

Đặng Hoàng Mai, a representative of the Việt Nam Institute of Strategy and Policy for Industry and Trade, said that Việt Nam has the potential to develop the electric vehicle (EV) market in the future because the current car ownership rate of Việt Nam was at 23 cars per 1,000 people. This figure was only equal to 10 per cent of Thailand and 5 per cent of Malaysia.

With increasing income levels and improved infrastructure, sales and output of the auto industry are forecasted to grow in 2021-2030.

However, contrary to the trend of rising car consumption, enterprises operating in the auto industry, especially the auto manufacturing supporting industry, did not grow as expected, said Mai.

The localisation rate for personal cars with up to nine seats is low at less than 20 per cent, of which Thaco reaches 15-18 per cent. Toyota Việt Nam is the highest at 37 per cent (for Innova models).

This number is much lower than in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Opportunity for Indian investors

As the world and region has a great influence on many manufacturing industries, the semiconductor chip industry and the automotive industry, Vietnamese enterprises were expecting to have more partners, and manufacturers of components assembled in the country, said Tuấn.

As the sixth largest economy in the world, India’s total investment capital into Việt Nam only accounts for 0.2 per cent of the total FDI that 139 countries and territories have invested in.

The deputy director noted that the opportunity to promote cooperation and investment between the two sides was huge, especially with Việt Nam boosting FDI inflows into the automotive supporting industry.

At a recent business meeting on the auto sector between Việt Nam and India, he said that investment cooperation between the two countries was still not commensurate with the potential.

Pranay Verma, Ambassador of India to Việt Nam, emphasised the Automotive Component Manufacturers.

Association of India (ACMA) was the leading association in India with more than 800 members, contributing to 85 per cent of sales in the Indian auto parts industry.

Through the visit to Việt Nam, ACMA wished to explore investment, trade and business opportunities in Việt Nam, said the ambassador.

He added that this was an excellent opportunity for businesses of the two countries to find partners, exchange business cooperation opportunities, and learn new technologies, equipment and spare parts in the auto industry. — VNS

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