The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is a German foundation devoted to the promotion of liberal principles and to political education, both in Germany and abroad. FNF opened its office in Vietnam in September 2012 with a wide range of topics: Provincial Competitiveness Index, Free Trade Agreements, Market economy and Smart City. Our partners include Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Viet Nam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), University of Economics and Business (VNU-UEB), Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and other organisations. Should you have questions or suggestions about our work, please contact us or reach our team here.
Fritz Kuermayr: A little closer to the world of liberalism
Fritz Kuermayr, an Austrian student, had a chance to serve abroad as an intern at the project locations of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Madrid (Spain) and Hanoi (Vietnam), from September 2022 to July 2023. Here he shares some thoughts upon concluding his journey as he gained valuable experiences and memories.
Bugra Kilinc: First working experience in Asia
Bugra Kilinc, Junior Researcher at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Office in Hanoi, Vietnam, shares his thoughts after having a working journey at FNF Vietnam from June to August 2023.
Turmoil in Vietnam's Bond and Real Estate Markets - Ways Out of the Crisis
In recent years, there has been an increase in overall corporate bond issuance in Vietnam. However, starting in 2022 and continuing into 2023, there was a decline in bond issuance along with a general market turmoil that affected all market participants. The article analyses the pillars on which to build a solution for Vietnam.
Enhancing Vietnam’s Financial Sector: Insights from the New Institutional Economics Perspective
Despite significant economic developments, the Vietnamese financial market (still) faces challenges, including the lack of an internationally relevant financial market and currently high default rates in the corporate bond market. An important factor contributing to this situation is (legal) institutional factors. This policy paper reviews Vietnam's financial market as well as legal institutions to examine how institutional deficiencies have contributed to the current financial market turmoil.
Bond mobilisation needed for Ho Chi Minh City infrastructure
To realise its ambition of becoming Southeast Asia and Asia’s leading hub in multiple sectors, Ho Chi Minh City must bolster its infrastructure. With the city’s budget only covering 30-40 per cent of infrastructure costs, amidst an economic slump, there is an urgent need to devise strategies to entice international financing, potentially through bonds. A future financial centre could also be instrumental in this endeavour.
Unlocking Growth and Resilience: The Crucial Role of Open and Transparent Data in Socialist Vietnam
Governments worldwide recognize the importance of open data and artificial intelligence (AI) in driving economic development and improving management capabilities. Recognizing the importance of open data and the catalytic use of innovation, this paper serves as a policy consultation to help the Vietnamese government develop a strategy to foster an environment in which open information practices can thrive within Vietnam's digital data transformation agenda.
Vietnam: Unlocking More Opportunities to Attract U.S. Investment
Over the past few years, American companies have been actively investing in Vietnam, with a consistent rise in the number of projects and registered capital. In the first half of 2023 alone, U.S. investors contributed over $405 million, ranking 8th among countries and territories investing in Vietnam. Businesses are looking at Vietnam as a destination for development and opportunities. Vietnam should take this opportunity to welcome more "eagles" from the U.S. to add a decisive boost to their long-term economic growth goals.