Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – The fourth outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic starting from late April has had more negative impacts on daily life as well as socio-economic development than the previous waves in the country. However, Vietnam attracted 14 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first eight months of this year, only two percent lower than the same period last year, showing foreign investors' confidence in the country's economic scenario in the mid-and long terms. Samsung Vietnam; Mohammad Mudasser, Director, Advisory Services, PwC Vietnam; and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hue, Corporate Communications & External Affairs General Manager of AEON Vietnam about investors' confidence in Vietnam’s investment environment and its fight against the pandemic. Question : How has the fourth outbreak of the coronavirus in Vietnam and the ongoing social distancing measures including restrictions on mobility and disrupted supply chains affected your firm’s operations?
Choi Joo Ho, President of Samsung Vietnam
Mohammad Mudasser, Director, Advisory Services, PwC Vietnam
The impact of the fourth outbreak and the ongoing social distancing measures vary depending on the industry you operate in. Like all others in the professional services sector, PwC Vietnam has operated fully on a work-from-home basis in accordance with the Vietnamese Government's and health authorities' guidance.
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hue, Corporate Communications & External Affairs General Manager of AEON Vietnam
The outbreak has resulted in negative and challenging impacts on the socio-economic situation and changed customers' shopping behaviour. Those are difficulties that all businesses, including AEON Vietnam, had to cope with. For example, we have experienced a shortage of workers on daily operations due to employees infected with COVID-19 or living in quarantine zones and a shortage of shippers. Question : Do you see the Vietnamese Government’s effort to contain the spread of the virus as too restrictive or appropriate? Please elaborate why? Choi Joo Ho Mohammad Mudasser Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hue Choi Joo Ho COVID-19 pandemic, to facilitate the movement of people and goods, as well as policies to minimise damage caused by factory closures without any notice in advance. Mohammad Mudasser Vietnam ese enterprises – in a recent Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) survey – stating that the relief policies are useful for their businesses and operations. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hue Choi Joo Ho Mohammad Mudasser
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