19 Jan '11, 2pm

Vietnam eyes regional investors

SINGAPORE: The Mergers and Acquisitions market in Vietnam will grow by up to 40 per cent annually in coming years, and the government expects foreign direct investment into Vietnam to hit US$20 billion this year. The country's largest foreign investor right now is Taiwan, followed by South Korea, Singapore and Japan. Vietnam is hoping to regain investors' confidence this year. This comes after the country's woes last year that saw three rating downgrades and two currency devaluations. PwC Vietnam partner Stephen Gaskill said: "The constant devaluation of the (Vietnamese) dong means that when you get your money out, it's not going to be worth as much as when you first made your investment. "And that's certainly concerning people on how you can hedge against those sorts of risks". However, some analysts say despite the troubles that the country is facing right now, the gover...

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