Vietnam’s unique geographic position, its growing domestic market, and its young and hardworking population have made the country an attractive investment and trade destination. The Netherlands is Vietnam’s largest EU investor and second largest EU trading partner. The Dutch have built a reputation offering quality products and services in areas in which Vietnam takes a particular interest.
Vietnam is a relative newcomer in the world of FDI. It opened to foreign investors in the late 1980s, managing to attract significant inflows of FDI quickly as a result of progressive liberal reforms. The impact of these inflows has been very strong and foreign investors have been a major force in the economic transformation during the past two decades and in Vietnam’s integration into the world economy. With the ever-closer ASEAN Community, which aims for economic integration amongst its members, implying free movement of goods, services, investment, free flow of capital, and skilled labour, Vietnam has proved to be an attractive location to cater the ASEAN region as an economic powerhouse.