1st Invest Japan Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City

December 2017

On December 19, JETRO held an "Invest Japan Seminar" in Ho Chi Minh City, its first in the city and second in Vietnam.

Emphasizing business opportunities in fields of IT and tourism

Following opening remarks by Chief Representative Koji Takimoto of JETRO Ho Chi Minh, Consul General Junichi Kawaue of the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City mentioned in his guest remarks that while economic and cultural exchange between Vietnam and Japan has been steadily expanding, investment to Japan from Vietnam remained modest, and he expressed his consulate’s commitment to extending full support to Vietnamese companies investing in Japan.

In his keynote speech, JETRO Executive Vice President Shigeki Maeda spoke on how Japan is included among destination countries where Vietnamese companies aspire to start business abroad, and emphasized that business opportunities lie in fields such as IT and tourism-related business in which Vietnamese companies have competitiveness, touching on successful cases of them entering Japan through business alliances with Japanese companies. He made an emphatic call for Vietnamese companies to contact JETRO first if they are interested in investment into Japan.

Vu Van Chung, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Investment Agency of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, gave a presentation along with data regarding the trends of overseas investment by Vietnamese companies, and announced that his agency aims to increase the number of Vietnamese companies investing overseas to a million by 2020. In this regard, he stressed that there are opportunities for Vietnamese companies to invest in the Japanese market, which is in an upward trend owing to the economic strategy Abenomics.

Attractiveness of Japanese market from standpoint of Vietnamese companies in Japan

After a coffee break, presentations were made by representatives from two Vietnamese companies already operating in Japan. Chief Executive Officer Tran Dang Hoa of FPT Japan, a leading IT company in Vietnam, revealed that his company has gained the best success in Japan among 20 countries in which it has invested. He also expressed his intention to expand investment into Japan, illustrating a plan to open a new sales office in Shizuoka Prefecture. Following him, Jay L Lingeswara; Deputy Director of the Commercial, Strategy and Planning Division of VietJet Air; explained how while his company has been operating charter flights between Vietnam and Japan, it would actively develop the Japanese market including through the start of regular flights. Vietnamese business people who heard their presentations had the following to say: "They gave us a detailed image of what investment in Japan looks like," "What a surprise that Vietnamese companies are succeeding in Japan!" and "My impression of FDI has changed."

Questions implying high interest in investment in Japan

Both JETRO offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City introduced their support services which are available for Vietnamese companies aspiring to start business in Japan as well as actual cases of companies using those services. Vietnamese participants praised this part as an excellent opportunity to learn of JETRO's support projects. JETRO's consultation corner also received numerous inquiries from companies. In a question-and-answer session, statements and questions expressing high interest in investment in Japan were heard, such as: "We would like to learn how to proceed with approval procedures when starting business in Japan," and "What is the minimum budget a Vietnamese SME should expect to spend between incorporation and launching operations in Japan?”

Following the seminar, a networking reception was held and consultation desks were individually set up to respond to inquiries by six local governments and institutes (Kanagawa, Chiba and Okinawa Prefectures; the Aichi-Nagoya International Business Access Center ; the Osaka Business and Investment Center ; and Yokohama City) as well as the two Vietnamese companies that presented, FPT Japan and VietJet Air.

Outline of seminar

Date and time Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 9:30-13:00 (Networking reception: 12:00-13:00)
Venue Saigon Prince Hotel
Organizer Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Co-organizer Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) – Ministry of Planning and Investment Promotion Center for Central Vietnam
Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Trung Software City(QTSC),  Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association (HCA), Vietnam Software and Software Association (VINASA), Vietnam ITO Alliance (VNITO)
Visitors 107 people from 79 companies (including 18 people from 17 media outlets)
Greeting by organizer
Koji Takimoto, Chief Representative, JETRO Ho Chi Minh
Guest remarks
Junichi Kawaue, Consul General of the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City
Keynote speech
"Business Opportunities in Japan for Vietnamese Companies" Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President, JETRO
Keynote speech
"Current Status of Foreign Direct Investment by Vietnamese Companies and Entry into Japan"
Vu Van Chung, Deputy Director General, Foreign Investment Agency of the Ministry of Planning and Investment
"Japan: Only One Chance"
Tran Dang Hoa, Chief Executive Officer, FPT Japan
"VietJet Air's Overseas Strategy and Expectations for the Japanese Market"
Jay L Lingeswara, Deputy Director; Commercial, Strategy and Planning Division; VietJet Air
Introduction of JETRO
JETRO Ho Chi Minh and JETRO Hanoi
"JETRO's Support Services for FDI into Japan"
"Cases of JETRO’s Support Services for FDI into Japan Being Utilized"
Question-and-answer session
Networking reception