- Vietnam is attracting foreign investment and hitting record deals, thanks to free-trade agreements and favourable geography.
- Vietnam has a young and skilled workforce, and since the early 1990s the government has been open to international trade and investment, giving foreign investors confidence to build factories.
- Vietnam faces challenges in getting the most out of the private sector, and only 36% of its firms are integrated into export industries.
- The Ministry of Planning and Investment teamed up with the World Bank to lay out a strategy for change earlier this year, detailing how the country can make state-owned enterprises (SOEs) more commercial and reinvigorate the private sector.
- As Vietnam reaches middle-income status, it is about to lose access to preferential financing from development banks, putting pressure on the government to sell shares in SOEs and to reform.
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Vietnam is attracting foreign investment, thanks to free-trade agreements and a young, skilled workforce. As Vietnam reaches middle-income status, it faces challenges to get the most out of the private sector and to reform.