HANOI, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 17th Jan, 2017 ) - Vietnam is courting high-tech Japanese investment and wants Tokyo to become its top investor, its premier said Tuesday during a visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is the second largest foreign investor in communist Vietnam, a manufacturing hub in southeast Asia seeking to expand exports from apparel and agriculture to high-value good like electronics and automobiles. "Vietnam wants Japan to become the top investor in Vietnam," Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Tuesday at a business forum co-hosted by Abe and attended by company tycoons from both sides.
Vietnam has become a fierce competitor to regional neighbours like Thailand, Malaysia, and Taiwan in tech manufacturing. Electronic giants like Panasonic, samsung, Foxconn and Intel have all made significant investments, taking advantage of Vietnam's comparatively cheap but increasingly well-educated and youthful workforce. Ties between Tokyo and Hanoi have warmed in recent years, and the world's number three economy has invested heavily in Vietnam as growth back home has been dragged down by a greying and shrinking population.
The Asian allies have also cosied up in the face of separate disputes with regional powerhouse China over disputed territory in regional contested waters. Japanese firms are currently involved in more than 3,000 projects worth roughly $42 billion in Vietnam, mostly in the manufacturing sector. It is the leading investor in Vietnam after South Korea.