Investor Confidence Returns

April 2004
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Apr2004, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p1
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Foreign direct investment (FDI) into Vietnam is at last showing signs of a pick-up following a slump in investment after 1996. Despite this recent upturn, Vietnam's uncertain operating environment remains a major deterrent to future investment. Foreign investor interest in Vietnam is now at levels lust seen before the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98. After reaching a peak of U.S. $S. 6bn in 1996, FDI approvals slumped dramatically us investors came to appreciate how difficult a place Vietnam was to make money. The main factor behind the rise since 1999, has undoubtedly been a series of government reforms that have led to a significant improvement in the operating environment for foreign investors. However, crucial to the decision of a number of companies in the coming years whether to invest in Vietnam, will be the progress Vietnam makes in joining the World Trade Organization.


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