Viet Nam’s economic growth in 2022 projected to be stronger than expected

Foreign investment funds have made optimistic projections about Viet Nam’s economic recovery in 2022 and the steady growth of foreign investment inflow.

Many expect to see Viet Nam’s economy expand by 7.5% this year thanks to the strong recovery of domestic consumption, construction and inbound tourism, as well as the government’s 15 billion USD fiscal stimulus package.

Viet Nam’s economic growth in 2022 projected to be stronger than expected
Viet Nam’s economic growth in 2022 projected to be stronger than expected. (Photo: NDO)

VinaCapital chief economist Michael Kokalari said that he expects household consumption in Viet Nam to rebound from minus 6% in 2021 to 5% in 2022, adding that the return of international tourists will also boost domestic consumption.

Recent surveys in the US and elsewhere show a strong interest for traveling to Viet Nam, with many organizations anticipating that the partial recovery of international tourism will boost Viet Nam’s GDP by at least 3%.

In addition, one third of the stimulus package will be spent on infrastructure development while the government appears to be increasing investment in 2022.

As such, the growth of Viet Nam’s construction sector, which accounts for 6% of GDP, is expected to rise from 0.6% last year to 10% this year, equivalent to pre-pandemic levels.

The purchasing index soared in January thanks to foreign orders rising to the highest level in four years. Foreign-invested firms are ramping up the import of materials to fulfill orders, so it is possible that growth will be stronger this year.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into Viet Nam has remained resilient over the past two years of the pandemic. Viet Nam’s FDI fell by only 3% while the global reduction was over 40% in 2020.

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(Source: NDO)