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January-June 2008 export turnover up 31.8% (08/07/2008)

Vietnam's total export turnover in the first half of this year hit US$29.69 billion, up 31.8% compared to the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

This is the highest growth of the country's export turnover in recent years. The country's export turnover of the first half of 2007 grew by 19.4% compared to the same period of 2006. It was 25.7% and 17.4% for the first half of 2006 and 2005 respectively.

The domestic invested sector contributed US$12.775 billion, accounting for 43% of the total export turnover while the foreign invested sector reported a growth of 34% compared to the same period last year in export turnover, earning US$16.92 billion.
(Source:- Vietnam Economy & Industry Overview)
 
越南能否成為東盟強國?(April 23, 2008 香港信報)
曹仁超投資者日記

       1995年7月越南國旗响文萊首都斯里巴加灣出現,代表越南加入東盟。

       有趣嘅係,東盟二十五年前成立,目的係阻止越南嘅共產主義向東南亞國家出口,今天卻歡迎越南加入。越南响2000年制訂2001至2010年嘅十年計劃,目的係建立一個現代化富東方色彩嘅工業國,包括物質、文化及精神生活。有人聯想起中國特色嘅社會主義市場經濟,但越南政府則話有所不同也!越南擁有豐富而廉價嘅人力資源,成為南中國一帶製造業外判嘅對象!越南政府致力令越南人收入較 2001年上升一倍,到2020年再升一倍(同鄧小平講嘅翻兩番相似),2006年越南更加入WTO。由於越南冇一孩政策,越戰結束後人口迅速膨脹,大部分集中响三個城市,即胡志明市、河內及海防。世界銀行估計,到2020年越南人口係依家嘅三倍。聯合國估計,2020年35%越南人口將集中响上述三個城市,甚至達到45%。羅兵咸永道估計,2005至2020年越南上述三大城市GDP增長率係全球最高,估計將保持2001年嘅速度,即12.2%一年。

        里昂亞太區分公司估計,由1996年起越南迅速由國企轉向私人企業及外資企業,1996年私企及外資已佔全國企業50%、2000年60%、2004 年75%,國企消失嘅速度較中國快好多。依家國企只集中响河內及海防,胡志明市內嘅國企已接近唔存在,85%外國投資亦集中响胡志明市。政府計劃取消城市人與鄉村人之分(中國近年才開始),以吸引農村人口流入城市,加快工業化。

      越南計劃到2010年有外國遊客六百萬(2004年三百萬)。不過,家吓全國五千九百間酒店只有十二萬四千個房間,而且平均一間酒店只有二十個房間,只有十九間五星級酒店(八間喺胡志明市、八間喺河內)。近期已吸引二百四十個外資項目,計劃投資60億美元响酒店方面,包括興建二萬一千個房間,其中八千間達四星級或五星級水準。

      美國更計劃興建一個迪士尼式主題公園,位於離胡志明市三百公里嘅藩切,投資約10億美元,佔地六百公頃,內有五間度假式酒店(共九百個房間),一個十八個洞高爾夫球會所、六千個座位會議中心。不過,越南希望吸引嘅仍係工業方面投資。

       越南海岸線長達三千二百公里,有二百六十六個港口,其中一百四十四個係海港,只係設施落後。政府計劃未來五年投資45億美元响各港口設施;其中最大係西貢港口計劃投資16億美元,以便容納八萬噸級貨船停泊(依家只能停泊一萬噸級)。到2015年計劃發展十八個內陸機場及六個國際機場,投資72億美元。至於電力需求每年上升15%,越南已向鄰國買電(包括中國),計劃2010年前興建三十九間水力發電廠、七間天然氣發電廠及九間煤發電廠,到時42%來自水力發電、37%天然氣、20%煤。

      根據IMF估計,依家47%流入越南嘅外資係投資製造業,但消費卻佔越南GDP 64%(大部分喺大城市)。越南人收入仍十分少,投資需求又咁大,能否响2020年成為東盟其中一個經濟強國,今天嘅中國、未來嘅越南?越南能否响十二年內追近中國經濟水平?
 

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