A foreign-invested garment factory in Vietnam (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA)
– Leaders of European businesses
have started 2021 with optimism about the trade and investment environment in
Vietnam, according the Business Climate Index (BCI) for the first quarter of 2021
released by the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) on April 30.
The index reached 73.9 points in Q1, the highest
score recorded since Q3 of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the
global trade and investment system.
The BCI survey also showed the sustained optimism about the
business climate, up 47 points over the last 12 months.
When asked about Vietnam’s business climate outlook for Q2
this year, 67 percent of the European enterprises considered it “excellent”
or good“, rising 12 percent from Q1.
The respondents were also more optimistic about their
businesses’ performance in Vietnam this year. More than two-thirds of them,
equivalent to about 68 percent, expected their orders and revenue will maintain
the same level or increase in the next three months, up 25 percent from Q4 of
EuroCham members noted that improvements thanks to the
EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which took effect on August 1 last
year, has created favourable conditions for enterprises.
However, business leaders also expressed their concern about
certain barriers like administrative procedures that will continue hampering their
firms’ activities in the time ahead.
According to EuroCham Chairman Alain Cany, this time’s BCI
indicates that Vietnam is continuing to open its economy though many countries are
still hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vietnam is capable of ensuring businesses’ normal operations
without many disruptions, which is helping fuel economic growth and European
business leaders’ confidence.
The BCI rebounding to the pre-pandemic levels evidences a
considerable achievement and that Vietnam is moving in the right direction to achieve
the twin targets of combating COVID-19 and promoting economic growth, he said.
The BCI is a regular barometer of the business sentiment among
European companies operating in Vietnam. Each
quarter, it tracks the performance of EuroCham’s member companies and their
perceptions of the economic outlook in Vietnam./.