The reports from well-known international consultancy firms have said that major investors continued to express their interests in Vietnam despite the tensions in the East Sea, the English language news website VietNamNet Bridge reported.

Vietnam’s Manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) released by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation’s (HSBC) has stayed above 50 points since December 2013, showing considerable improvement in business conditions recently.

The higher output and stronger demand can be seen as signals for the recovery of the national economy. A report showed that in June 2014, Vietnam once again witnessed two-digit export growth rate, though the growth had slowed.

The production and service increases helped the GDP rate grow by 5.5 percent in the second quarter over the same period of last year and by 4.8 percent over the first quarter of the year.

The tensions in the East Sea have only had influences to some branches of the Vietnam’s economy. Analysts said tourism industry has most suffered with the number of Chinese inbound tourists down, but they predicted that the business would return to normal in the next several months.

Though the number of Chinese tourists has decreased, the number of foreign tourists to Vietnam rose by 26.1 percent this year, while Vietnam hopes the increase will continue in the time to come.

The biggest long-term problem of Vietnam is its participation in global supply chains. At present, many industries of the country, including garment and textile, footwear and electronics, have heavily relied on input material imports.

If the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is signed, Vietnam is believed to be the biggest beneficiary among TPP members. However, in order to enjoy the TPP’s preferences, Vietnam will have to adjust its business strategies to reduce reliance on import materials from China.

HSBC’s experts believe that the problems that Vietnam needs to settle to join TPP and the temporary tensions in the relations with China will force the country to speed up economic restructuring.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has decided that the equitisation of 432 state-owned enterprises must be completed by 2015.

HSBC believes that inflation will be stable, while the State Bank will keep the prime interest rate at five percent per annum.

A report by the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) showed that foreign direct investment has kept flowing into Vietnam, which means that international major investors have not changed their business viewpoints towards Vietnam, believing that Vietnam has remained an attractive investment destination.

The major investors include Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the US.

The Republic of Korea topped the list of the foreign direct investors in the first six months of the year, with 1.55 billion USD worth of registered capital.

A recent survey by Amcham (American Chamber of Commerce) in Shanghai found that foreign investors are showing special interests in Vietnam as an increasingly attractive investment destination.

According to FIA, 415 transnational corporations have invested in Vietnam, of which 106 are listed in the Fortune’s Top 500. Five-hundred projects of transnational corporations alone have total investment capital of 140 billion USD.-VNA