Vietnam Post-Virus Recovery: Economy Soars
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc looked very happy during a visit to an industrial park last weekend. He talked to workers about their health and examined the speakers being produced in factories.
The visit was part of a government campaign to reopen Vietnam's economy after containing the disease COVID-19. There is very little sign of the novel coronavirus in Vietnam. The nation has gone over six weeks without an infection, helping it to open earlier than other Southeast Asian nations.
HSBC bank used the term "Pho'nomenal Vietnam" when talking about the country, a reference to the well-known Vietnamese soup. In a report last week, the bank said Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian economy that will grow in 2020.
Devendra Joshi and Herald van der Linde are investment experts at HSBC. They noted in the report that the trade arguments between other nations are creating opportunities that will help Vietnam's economy.
The coronavirus also helped Vietnam's economy in unexpected ways. Businesses looked to Vietnam as a supplier, and money flowed into the economy.
When the coronavirus hit Vietnam, forcing schools and companies to close, the economy slowed, but continued to grow at a yearly rate of 3.8 percent.
Experts say COVID-19 provides one more reason why companies should set up operations in Vietnam. When the supply chain stopped, companies around the world found that having one supplier could damage their businesses. Since then, many have invested in Vietnam for the long-term.
The government of Vietnam ended its stay-at-home order for most of the country in the middle of April.
Since then people have returned to work and school with new social-distancing measures in place.
Businesses have also changed. Ford Vietnam no longer accepts cash, and price discussion takes place online. The company also disinfects each car when it is sold or repaired.
Pham Van Dung is the general director of Ford Vietnam. He told VOA that the company thinks of "keeping the safety of our employees, agents, customers and partners first."
Some startup companies in Vietnam see new opportunities coming from the coronavirus crisis. In Ho Chi Minh City, a startup company called Vibeji created a teaching website. Anyone can make money by offering educational videos about any subject – from cooking to playing games.
This is a good time to social distance and work from home, the company said.
"We all should play a part during this difficult time," said Tri Lecao. He is the chief executive officer of Vibeji.
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上周末，越南总理阮春福（Nguyen Xuan Phuc）参观工业园区时看起来非常高兴 。他询问了工人谈的健康状况，并检查了工厂生产的扬声器 。
这次访问是越南政府在控制新冠肺炎后重新开放越南经济的活动的一部分 。越南目前几乎没有新冠病毒的迹象 。该国在过去6周内都没有出现新增感染，促使它比其它东南亚国家更早开放 。
汇丰银行在谈到越南时使用了“越南河粉”一词，这是引用一道著名的越南美食 。该行在上周的一份报告中表示，越南是唯一将在2020年实现增长的东南亚经济体 。
戴文德拉·乔希和人赫拉尔德·范德林德是汇丰银行的投资专家 。他们在报告中指出，其它国家之间的贸易争端正在创造有利于越南经济发展的机会 。
新冠病毒还以一种令人意想不到的方式助推了越南经济 。企业将越南视为供应商，资金流入到越南经济 。
专家表示，新冠肺炎为企业在越南开展业务提供了另一种理由 。当供应链停止时，世界各地的公司发现只有一家供应商会损害他们的业务 。从那以后，很多企业开始在越南进行长期投资 。
企业也发生了变化 。福特越南公司不再接受现金，讨价还价也可以在网上进行 。该公司还对每辆销售或维修的汽车进行消毒 。
范文东（Pham Van Dung）是福特越南公司的总经理 。他对美国之音表示，公司认为“首先要确保员工、代理商、客户和合作伙伴的安全 。”
越南的一些初创公司发现了新冠病毒危机带来的新机遇 。在胡志明市，一家名为Vibeji的创业公司创建了一家教学网站 。任何人都可以通过提供从烹饪到玩游戏的相关主题教学视频来盈利 。
Tri Lecao表示：“在这个困难时期，所有人都应该发挥作用 。”他是Vibeji网站的首席执行官 。