Vietnam has grown less attractive to foreign investors in the food and beverage (F&B) sector than other regional countries including Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, according to Grant Thornton.
The overall health of the banking system has improved with the capital adequacy ratio (CAR) growing to 13.42% by end-February from the January 31, 2015 level of 12.93%, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) said.
Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations will discuss recent foreign exchange movements when they meet in Germany this week, a senior Canadian official said on May 25.
When Vietnam devalued its currency four years ago, foreign investors in the fast-growing export manufacturing hub debated whether it was another sign of economic instability and a reason to consider pulling out.
While cement demand continues to be weak in 2012 and 2013, capacity increased rather quickly. In 2012, total sector capacity was 68.5mn tons while total consumption was just 45.2mn tons, equivalent to 67% capacity.
Plastic packaging is an intersection sector between two industries, Plastics and Packaging. Plastics packaging sector can be broadly categorized into (i) Flexible packaging i.e. mostly for food sector; (ii) Plastic containers & Closures which are mostly for beverage sector; and (iii) Rigid packaging.
Foreign investors and players continued making the acquisition of Vietnamese companies. Japanese investors are still the most active but they had a smooth shift to small and medium companies who are good at their niche markets.
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