‘Hello Hanoi,’ says Go-Viet, or rather, Go-Jek Vietnam
IN JUNE, major Vietnamese news portal VnExpress.net reported Go-Jek was on track to launch its ride-hailing services in the country.
The Indonesian company officially rolled out in Ho Chi Minh City under the brand name of Go-Viet on Aug 1, 2018.
With a population of 93 million and motorbikes being the country’s preferred mode of transportation, it is no surprise that Go-Viet was very well received.
According to Go-Jek founder and chief executive Nadiem Makarim, Go-Viet grabbed a 35 percent share of the market for motorbike ride-hailing services in the economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City just six weeks after launching there.
Go-Viet currently offers ride-hailing and on-demand logistics services, but it has plans to expand to other cities and provinces with food delivery and other services.
And the next city just got their taste of Indonesia’s pride and joy – the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.
On Wednesday, Go-Viet was launched amid much fanfare in an event which was attended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who was in Hanoi for the World Economic Forum.
“We are proud to have seen positive development in Ho Chi Minh City market, and this paves the way for us to expand our services to Hanoi,” Reuters quoted Go-Viet co-founder and managing director Nguyen Vu Duc as saying.
Just like Ho Chi Minh City, motorbikes are a way of life in Hanoi. According to CNN, there are over five million motorbikes in Hanoi, Vietnam’s second largest city by population.
Food delivery and mobile payment service Go-Pay will be offered in Hanoi at a later date. Go-Viet also hopes to add cleaning and beautician services.
Go-Viet is run by a group of Vietnamese managers, but Go-Jek will provide Go-Viet with financial and technological backing as well managerial inputs.
According to Go-Jek President Andre Soelistyo, Go-Jek will “soon” expand into Thailand and remains in talks to enter the Philippines and Singapore.