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South Korea’s SK Group targets leading role in Vietnam’s environmental industry

Updated at Thursday, 06 Jun 2019, 12:10
The Hanoitimes - A healthy growth of such industry would help rebalance Vietnam’s economic structure, especially as the country expects to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for further development.
South Korea’s conglomerate SK Group expects to join Vietnam’s efforts towards sustainable development by helping the country become pioneer in environmental industry, SK Group’s Chairman Chey Tae-won has stated. 
 
Overview of the meeting. Source: VGP.
Overview of the meeting. Source: VGP.
SK Group is currently cooperating with Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in drafting the strategy for the development of the environmental industry, said Chey in a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on June 5. 

A healthy growth of such industry would help rebalance Vietnam’s economic structure, especially as the country expects to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for further development, added Chey. 

SK Group is committed to long-term business in Vietnam and willing to support the country’s initiatives for development in the future, stressed Chey. 

At the meeting, PM Phuc welcomed SK Group’s recent acquisition of 6.5% stake in Vietnam’s largest privately-run conglomerate VinGroup in a deal worth US$1 billion, thus becoming the latter’s strategic investor. 

Last September, SK Group invested US$470 million to purchase 110 million treasury shares of Vietnam’s Masan Group Corporation, equivalent to a 9.5% stake, making it Masan’s largest foreign shareholder. 

Moreover, SK Group has provided a non-refundable grant worth US$30 million to facilitate the development of the National Innovation Center (NIC) in Vietnam. 

Phuc said Vietnamese government would create favorable conditions for companies doing businesses in the country, especially technology firms, adding this is the direction for growth in the context of Industry 4.0. 

Phuc stated SK Group has made a step in the right direction, while joint projects in hi-tech production between the group and Vingroup are expected to transform Vietnam’s manufacturing sector. 

The PM referred to the slogan of “Make in Vietnam”, meaning all processes from creation, design and production take place right in Vietnam.

This is the only way for Vietnam to become a prosperous country, he asserted. 
Hai Yen
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