Delayed Projects Can be Cancelled

I'm not going to point to specific articles, because I haven't kept track of them, but lately it's becoming apparent that Vietnam is nearing a purge of projects that have failed to realize. It's happened in the past, when a project is on the books for investment development and nothing happens, or very little happens. [...]

By |2019-09-10T16:52:45+07:00September 10th, 2019|Business News, Dispute Resolution, Property and Construction|Comments Off on Delayed Projects Can be Cancelled

Pharma Opening after EVFTA

The pharmaceutical industry is looking forward to major investment now that the European-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement has been signed. The EVFTA allows for investment in the pharma industry by European investors that may not have been allowed before, luring investors to a lucrative industry. For example, just this week Sanofi Vietnam became the first firm [...]

By |2019-08-12T08:23:22+07:00August 12th, 2019|Business News, Intellectual Property, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare|Comments Off on Pharma Opening after EVFTA

Sharp and the Trade War

Sharp, the Japanese electronics giant, has announced plans to build a manufacturing site here in Vietnam according to Nikkei Asia here. This is the latest news in the continuing trade war between the United States and China, and provides an opportunity to examine the impacts of the trade war on a country like Vietnam. Much [...]

By |2019-08-05T08:50:31+07:00August 5th, 2019|Business News, International Trade|Comments Off on Sharp and the Trade War

Call for More Technology Transfer in Vietnam

As reprinted in Vietnam+, here, the Vietnam News Agency has called for increased technology transfer to production companies in Vietnam. The call sites dismal numbers of high tech usage by manufacturers in Vietnam stating that nearly 60% of manufacturers are using technology that is outdated while only 2% use high technology. This is disturbing, especially in [...]

By |2019-07-24T14:41:31+07:00July 24th, 2019|Business News, International Trade, Technology and Media|Comments Off on Call for More Technology Transfer in Vietnam

Vietnam’s Corporate Governance Tested

Bui Quang Huy is in trouble. The former CEO of tech company Nhat Cuong General Technical Services is wanted by police for smuggling and now money laundering. He apparently invested money earned from the smuggling of electronics across the border into a subsidiary company and used that to hide the fact that he was syphoning [...]

By |2019-07-11T12:38:00+07:00July 11th, 2019|Business News, Securities and Capital markets, TMT-Technology, Media, Telecom|Comments Off on Vietnam’s Corporate Governance Tested

Vinfast Roars to Life

Last week Vinfast, a subsidiary of Vinagroup, began manufacturing the Vinfast line of automobiles. The line begins with a standard hatchback and a sedan, two vehicles that are priced around 17,000USD. This is cool. For a couple of reasons is this cool. First, car purchases in Vietnam are up 22% year on year since 2018. [...]

Tax Authorities On Top of Tech

With this article in Vietnam Investment Review, here, the government proves that it is capable of keeping pace with technological advancement in at least one department, that of tax collection. The article examines the fact that Grab, a ride hailing app company, has surpassed Vinasun in tax contributions. It outlines the concerns that were raised initially, [...]

Report from INTA in Boston

I spent last week in Boston where I attended, with our managing partner Dang The Duc, the International Trademark Association's (INTA) annual meeting. It was a fast paced round of networking and meeting, with over 11,000 attendees. A very large conference. Crazy, really. It started with a long flight from Vietnam to Japan, where a [...]

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