In the third quarter and the first nine months of 2023, Vietnam's agricultural, forestry, and fishery sectors have demonstrated commendable stability and growth. Notably, production and business activities in the third quarter of 2023 have exhibited even more positive momentum compared to the preceding quarter. The rate of increase in the added value of the industry is estimated to reach 4.57% in comparison to the third quarter of 2022. These developments signify the resilience and strength of Vietnam's agricultural and related sectors, contributing to the country's overall economic stability. To delve deeper into the dynamic economic landscape of Vietnam in 2023 and explore what lies ahead, continue reading our comprehensive report.

Vietnam's Gross Domestic Product in 9 months of 2023

In September 2023, Vietnam's socio-economic situation showed a mixed picture. On one hand, the agricultural, forestry, and fishing sectors continued to perform well, with a stable GDP growth rate of 3.43%. This suggests that the country's agricultural production remained robust, contributing to food security and rural livelihoods.

Besides, gross capital formation increased by 3.22%, which is a positive sign of investment activity. However, the decline in exports of goods and services by 5.79% raises some red flags. A decrease in exports can impact foreign exchange earnings and trade balance, potentially affecting the overall economic stability.

Gross Domestic Product in 9 months of 2023
Infographic of Vietnam's Gross Domestic Product in 9 months of 2023

Vietnam’s investment situation in september 2023

In September 2023, the investment situation in Vietnam exhibited several notable trends. Firstly, there was a significant increase in investment during the first nine months of 2023, with a growth rate of 5.9%, reaching a total of 2,260.5 trillion USD. This increase in investment, both domestic and foreign, reflects a positive outlook on the country's economic prospects. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) also saw a noteworthy rise of 3.9%, amounting to 375.5 trillion VND, indicating continued interest from international investors in Vietnam's business environment. Additionally, foreign investment in Vietnam from January 1st to September 20th, 2023, displayed robust growth. Total registered capital and total implemented capital increased by 7.7% and 2.2%, respectively, with figures reaching 20.21 billion USD and 15.92 billion USD. These figures highlight Vietnam's resilience and attractiveness as an investment destination, even in the face of global economic fluctuations.

Besides, the country's exports experienced a decline of 8.2%, amounting to 259.67 billion USD. This decrease in exports may be attributed to various factors, including global economic conditions and fluctuations in demand for Vietnamese goods in international markets. Concurrently, Vietnam's imports also saw a significant decrease of 13.8%, totaling 237.99 billion USD. This substantial reduction in imports could be influenced by efforts to control trade deficits, manage foreign exchange reserves, and adapt to changing global trade dynamics. Despite the decrease in both exports and imports, Vietnam maintained a trade surplus of 21.68 billion USD in September 2023. This positive trade balance signifies that the value of exported goods exceeded that of imported goods during this period, contributing to the country's economic stability.

Furthermore, the average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the first nine months of 2023 stood at 103.16% compared to the same period in 2022. This figure reflects the overall trend in consumer price levels, indicating a modest increase in the cost of living over the year.
Infographic of Vietnam’s investment situation in september 2023

Infographic of Vietnam’s investment situation in september 2023

In conclusion, Vietnam's economy in September 2023 shows resilience and remains attractive to investors. However, the decline in exports necessitates proactive measures, and the maintenance of a trade surplus provides a buffer. As Vietnam continues to evolve in the global economic landscape, it exemplifies adaptability and sound economic fundamentals.


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