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The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the communist North and anti-communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under communist rule. Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies, the persecution and mass exodus of individuals - many of them successful South Vietnamese merchants - and growing international isolation. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The communist leaders maintain tight control on political expression but have demonstrated some modest steps toward better protection of human rights. The country continues to experience small-scale protests, the vast majority connected to either land-use issues, calls for increased political space, or the lack of equitable mechanisms for resolving disputes. The small-scale protests in the urban areas are often organized by human rights activists, but many occur in rural areas and involve various ethnic minorities such as the Montagnards of the Central Highlands, Hmong in the Northwest Highlands, and the Khmer Krom in the southern delta region.
Source: The CIA World Factbook - Vietnam
Vietnam is a densely populated developing country that has been transitioning since 1986 from the rigidities of a centrally planned, highly agrarian economy to a more industrial and market based economy, and it has raised incomes substantially. Vietnam exceeded its 2017 GDP growth target of 6.7% with growth of 6.8%, primarily due to unexpected increases in domestic demand, and strong manufacturing exports.
Vietnam has a young population, stable political system, commitment to sustainable growth, relatively low inflation, stable currency, strong FDI inflows, and strong manufacturing sector. In addition, the country is committed to continuing its global economic integration. Vietnam joined the WTO in January 2007 and concluded several free trade agreements in 2015-16, including the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (which the EU has not yet ratified), the Korean Free Trade Agreement, and the Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement. In 2017, Vietnam successfully chaired the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference with its key priorities including inclusive growth, innovation, strengthening small and medium enterprises, food security, and climate change. Seeking to diversify its opportunities, Vietnam also signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Transpacific Partnership in 2018 and continued to pursue the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
To continue its trajectory of strong economic growth, the government acknowledges the need to spark a 'second wave' of reforms, including reforming state-owned-enterprises, reducing red tape, increasing business sector transparency, reducing the level of non-performing loans in the banking sector, and increasing financial sector transparency. Vietnam’s public debt to GDP ratio is nearing the government mandated ceiling of 65%.
In 2016, Vietnam cancelled its civilian nuclear energy development program, citing public concerns about safety and the high cost of the program; it faces growing pressure on energy infrastructure. Overall, the country’s infrastructure fails to meet the needs of an expanding middle class. Vietnam has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable growth over the last several years, but despite the recent speed-up in economic growth the government remains cautious about the risk of external shocks.
Subject descriptor 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Gross domestic product, constant prices 5.984 6.679 6.100 6.200 6.200 Gross domestic product, current prices 185.897 191.454 200.493 215.919 234.189 Gross domestic product per capita, current prices 2,048.950 2,088.344 2,164.282 2,306.660 2,475.923 Inflation, average consumer prices 4.085 0.631 2.049 3.650 3.900 Volume of imports of goods and services 14.087 20.780 11.365 8.207 12.040 Volume of exports of goods and services 15.398 16.428 12.894 9.133 12.494 Unemployment rate 2.050 2.400 2.400 2.400 2.400 Current account balance 9.508 0.906 0.770 0.227 0.417 Current account balance 5.115 0.473 0.384 0.105 0.178
Source: IMF Statistics - Vietnam
Le Luxembourg et le pays
Existing conventions and agreements
Non double taxation agreement
In order to promote international economic and financial relations in the interest of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg government negotiates bilateral agreements for the avoidance of double taxation and prevent fiscal evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on fortune with third countries.
- Convention from 04.03.1996 (Memorial 1998, A No.37, p.541)
- Effective as of 01.01.1996 (Memorial 1998, A No.37, p.541)
Air Services agreement
- Agreement from 26.10.1994 (Memorial 1995, A, p. 1646)
- Effective as of 09.25.1995 (Memorial 1995, A, p. 2176)
The Statec Foreign Trade statistics provide information on the trade of goods - by product and by country. This information is collected respectively through the INTRASTAT declaration and on the basis of customs documents.
You can see the statistics on the website of the Statec.
Contact points in Vietnam
Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Thailand
Ambassador with residence in Bangkok: H.E. Mr Jean-Paul SENNINGER
Q House Lumpini 17th Floor
1 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Tél.: (+66 2) 677 7360
Fax: (+66 2) 677 7364
Honorary Consul with Jurisdiction of the city of Hanoi:
Mr Hong Quang TRAN
HQBC Co., Ltd
Unit 1207, Pacific Place Building
83 B Ly Thuong Kiet Street
Hanoï - Vietnam
Tel.: (+84) 24 3946 1204
Fax: (+84) 24 39461 1208
Honorary Consul with Jurisdiction of the city Ho Chi Minh:
Mr Olivier Dung DO NGOC
Suite 2105 Me Linh Point Tower
EZ Land/Dynasty Investments
2 Ngo Duc Ke, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
Tel.: (+84) 8 3827 5000
Fax: (+84) 8 3827 5050
Economic and Commercial Attaché (B.E)
Economic and Commercial Attaché in charge of Vietnam
Mrs Hien TRAN THI
Country risk as defined by Office du Ducroire for Vietnam
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Other useful links
- Vietnam on CIA World Factbook
- European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
- Chambre de Commerce française au Vietnam
- Doing Business in Vietnam
- Das ist der Vietnam
- Economic Freedom Index - Vietnam
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