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Ithraa team probes Vietnam opportunities

MUSCAT, July 31, 2018

Ithraa, Oman’s inward investment and export promotion agency, recently had a small team on an exploratory trade visit to Vietnam, during which meetings were held with government officials and representatives from the Vietnamese business community.

Mazin Al Siyabi, Ithraa’s head of exports, led the team during the trade visit which took place from July 23 to 27, said a statement from the organisation.

The aim of the mission was to explore trade relations between Oman and Vietnam and for Ithraa management to strengthen their knowledge of the many and growing commercial opportunities in Vietnam, it sad.

Fueled by rapid growth and increased foreign direct investment (FDI), 2017 emerged as one of the strongest years for Vietnam. With GDP growing at 6.81 per cent, record FDI levels and trade figures reaching an all-time high of $400 billion.

Ho Chi Minh City continues to lead amongst all cities and provinces, followed by the northern province of Bac Ninh and the central province of Thanh Hoa. Other major FDI destinations include Nam Dinh, Binh Duong, Kien Giang, and Hanoi, it added.

Nasima Al Balushi, Ithraa’s director general of export development and acting director general of investment promotion, said: “Vietnam’s long-term economic prospects are being driven by demographics, a growing middle class and the dynamism of its workforce. It all looks very promising.”

She added:  “With a population of 95.5 million, Vietnam is set to become increasingly important for companies worldwide. And we are keen to get more Omani exporters interested in this dynamic market.”

Research estimates that Vietnamese import demand is expected to grow by around 250 per cent between 2010 and 2020 - faster than any other emerging power, including China, said a statement.

Al Balushi continued: “Vietnam is one of several high-growth markets we are looking at. Based on the team’s meetings, it is clearly a good time for Omani exporters to explore the emerging commercial opportunities on offer in Vietnam.”

“Sectors that stand out include: logistics, retail, healthcare, plastics, ICT, advanced engineering, food and beverage and energy,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service

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