Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Events May 2020

Covid-19 Update Vietnam – NVCC Webinar met Joris van Tienen (Damen), Erik Mattijssen (PEJA S.E.A.) en Matthijs van den Broek (Further East Consult, DBAV)

Joris van Tienen studeerde aan de TU Delft en werkte hierna van 1998  – 2009 in diverse functies bij DAF/Paccar. In 2013 trad hij in dienst bij Damen en sinds 2017 is hij de Managing Director van Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Hai Phong, Vietnam. 

Erik Mattijssen studeerde aan de Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen. Sinds 1999 is hij Managing Director van PEJA S.E.A. Hij kent Zuidoost Azië en met name Vietnam als zijn broekzak en is een specialist in contracting, financial engineering, international sales en marketing. Erik is de Vice Voorzitter en Penningmeester van de NVCC.

Matthijs van den Broek: In de jaren negentig woonde en werkte Matthijs in Thailand. Sindsdien geeft hij lezingen en workshops  over zakendoen en socio-economische trends in Azie, zowel in Nederland als in Zuidoost-Azië. Kortgeleden is Matthijs teruggekeerd uit Hanoi, Vietnam, waar hij een jaar woonde en werkte.  Matthijs van den Broek is bestuurslid van de Dutch Business Association Vietnam (DBAV).


11.00 uur      Opening door Joost Vrancken Peeters,voorzitter van de NVCC

11.05 uur      De aanpak van Damen Song Cam Shipyard door Joris van Tienen, General Director

11.25 uur      De ervaringen van Erik Mattijssen, Managing Director PEJA S.E.A.

11.35 uur     Update over de actuele ontwikkelingen in Vietnam door Matthijs van den Broek, Managing Director Further East Consult.

11.50 uur      Vraag en Antwoord

12.00 uur      Einde

Het webinar zal worden gehouden via Zoom.

Is Vietnam the coronavirus-fighting champ of the world?

Is there any other sizable country that has so thoroughly vanquished COVID-19 — and without the resources of a wealthy nation? 

Source: The World

May 07, 2020 – By Patrick Winn

The United States recorded its first COVID-19 infection in late January — the same week that the virus officially reached Vietnam.

That was nearly four months ago. Since then, America has suffered more than 1 million cases and is losing thousands of lives to the coronavirus each day.

As for Vietnam? Zero reported deaths and fewer than 300 cases. Not bad for a nation of 95 million people.

Is there any other sizable country that has so thoroughly vanquished COVID-19 — and without the resources of a wealthy nation? (Many Vietnamese earn only a few hundred dollars per month, less than what most Americans spend on food.)

South Korea, Iceland, New Zealand, Taiwan and Singapore are cited as virus-fighting success stories. Yet, Vietnam has more citizens than all of those places combined — and has received only a fraction of the credit.

There are indeed lessons to be learned from Vietnam, namely the benefits of acting swiftly and sternly.

Its leaders wasted little time in “framing the pandemic as an enemy,” said Ba-Linh Tran, an independent policy analyst based in Ho Chi Minh City. (Tran is soon to receive a doctorate from the University of Bath.)

In Vietnam, public service announcements warn that the virus is “threatening the human race” and that “we have entered a war.” A deputy premier, Tran said, declares that everyone is now a “soldier.”

If there’s any country that can win a war despite terrifying odds, it is Vietnam. Just ask France, Japan, the United States and China.

But Tran said the public didn’t need too much nudging from officials to realize this is a life-or-death struggle.

For starters, he said, people remember the SARS epidemic of the early 2000s. They also would not have believed that, without a serious lockdown, “it’s going to work out fine.”

That’s what President Donald Trump was telling Americans in late February. By that point, Vietnam was shutting down borders and had started developing its own test for the coronavirus.

It has since tested its citizens at a higher rate than almost any other country in the world — and produced enough of its own WHO-approved coronavirus tests to export around the planet.

The government’s quick call to action was key, Tran said, but “it’s not entirely attributable to the government’s call.” Vietnam’s formula for success, he said, is strong policy plus massive public buy-in.

During the lockdown, shopkeepers — the few allowed to stay open — would often buy their own thermometers and alcohol gel, screening customers at the door. On the streets, public art in the style of Cold War-era propaganda posters has flourished, exalting nurses instead of guerrillas.

“We have this sense,” Tran said, “of the collective good.”

While some of Vietnam’s campaigns are fear-inducing, its most popular offering is a super-catchy song reminding people to wash their hands and put on a mask. (It went viral globally and has racked up tens of millions of views online.)

But these mass media campaigns are also backed by strict penalties for rule-breakers. Walking in public is not just taboo — any unmasked person found to have infected someone else can face prison time.

Related: Canada closes most of its great outdoors to curb COVID-19

Tran said that, naturally, individuals have their own opinions about how the crisis should be handled. Yet, these conversations never explode into a public debate.

“We don’t have this debate, this very strange dichotomy, between personal liberty and the collective good. We never think that … every individual has the right to do whatever he or she wants.”Ba-Linh Tran, independent policy analyst, Ho Chi Minh City


Photo: Vietnam Airlines


HANOI – Vietnam Airlines en dochtermaatschappijen Jetstar Pacific en VASCO verwachten hun binnenlandse vluchten in Vietnam begin juni bijna volledig te hervatten. Door de coronacrisis werd er aanzienlijk minder gevlogen, maar de overheid laat de reisbeperkingen stukje bij beetje los.

Vanaf 16 mei gaat de frequentie op de drukke route tussen Hanoi en Ho Chi Minh City omhoog naar 23 retourvluchten per dag. Ook op andere routes wordt het aantal vluchten geleidelijk opgevoerd. In juni verwacht Vietnam Airlines het schema weer op peil te hebben. Ook worden er nieuwe routes gestart, om aan de vraag naar luchtvervoer te voldoen.

Passagiers wordt gevraagd voor vertrek een gezondheidsverklaring te ondertekenen. Ook moeten zij verplicht mondkapjes dragen en wordt de temperatuur van elke reiziger gemeten, om daarmee de verspreiding van het coronavirus tegen te gaan.