Speaking at the Vietnam – South Korea Business Forum on July 14, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said Vietnam’s economy saw good changes in recent time.

In the first half of the year, GDP growth was at 6.28% and it is expected to be 6.5% for the whole year, the highest since 2011.

“Per capita GDP in 2015 is estimated at $2,200 and it is $5,600 for the per-capita income based on purchasing power parity (PPP),” he added.

Earlier, according to the Statistical Yearbook 2014, per capita GDP reached $1,908 by the end of 2013 and it was $5,923 based on PPP.

Thus, in the past two years, Vietnamese people’s income increased by 15% and since Vietnam officially became an average income country in 2009, per capita income has constantly improved, doubling in six years.

According to Phuong, Vietnam has attracted investment from 103 countries and territories, with a total committed capital of over $257 billion. More than $130 billion has been disbursed.

Trade turnover between 2011 – 2015 grew on an average of 15% per year, expected to reach $350 billion in 2015. Vietnam is negotiating for and has participated in several free trade agreements (FTA). This helps the country develop trade relations with 55 countries worldwide, including 15 members of the G20.

Phuong said South Korea was a strategic foreign investor of Vietnam, with more than $39 billion of capital, including $16 billion invested in the electronics industry.

Mr. Jun Daejoo, Korean Ambassador to Vietnam, also said that South Korea was becoming a leading partner in trade and investment with Vietnam.

With the signing of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement in May, it is expected that the bilateral trade turnover will increase from $30 billion in 2014 to $70 billion in 2020.

“Every year about one million people travel between the two countries, opening the period of strong growth. Vietnam and RoK are like a fusion of economic development,” Mr. Jun said.

(Source: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/)