Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Events June 2020

NVCC Welcomes New Member: Sales In Motion BV

The Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome its new member, the company Sales In Motion BV from Rotterdam.

Sales In Motion is specialised in representing foreign companies that are eager to expand their business in the Netherlands, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe, a field in which they have built up extensive experience.

SALES INBOUND AND OUTBOUND

CEO and Founder Frank Schretlen: “Inbound and outbound sales strategies are both crucial to a healthy, thriving business. Since leads are the lifeblood of most sales teams, receiving them in more than one way allows your company to be dynamic and flexible.”

The mission of Sales In Motion BV is:

“Authentically driven sales people creating quality and innovative business results”

Contact:

Sales In Motion BV

I: www.salesinmotion.nl

E: frank@salesinmotion.nl

T: +31852085040

M: +31655705482

Explainer | Which parts of Asia are easing coronavirus travel curbs?

Source: SCMP. Excerpt

  • Countries across the region are working to hammer out bilateral agreements for international travel, starting with priority business visitors
  • Focus on South East Asia
A flight attendant wearing a face mask checks the body temperature of boarding passengers on a plane at Tianhe Airport in Wuhan, China. Photo: AFP

A flight attendant wearing a face mask checks the body temperature of boarding passengers on a plane at Tianhe Airport in Wuhan, China. Photo: AFP

Most tourist hotspots in Asia remain out of bounds this summer as international travel remains restricted, but some countries are making special arrangements for business travellers.

Even once mass travel does return, however, tourists won’t accept long coronavirus quarantines – but testing is likely to be part of the deal, on both ends of the trip.

Here are the latest developments as of June 11:

CAMBODIA: Cambodia’s government has said it will bill foreigners entering the country for Covid-19 related costs, including a US$5 travel fee from the airport to a waiting centre for lab test results, US$100 for a Covid-19 test and US$30 for accommodation at a hotel or waiting centre while awaiting results.

Sunrise seen over the Mekong River near Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, which has said it will bill foreigners for Covid-19 costs. Photo: AP

Sunrise seen over the Mekong River near Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, which has said it will bill foreigners for Covid-19 costs. Photo: AP

Other charges include US$30 dollars for meals, US$15 dollars for laundry and cleaning, a US$6 fee for an on-call nurse and US$3 for security.

Should a traveller test positive, all arrivals in their group will be quarantined for 14 days, with each individual potentially required to pay for one to four additional tests. Costs include a daily charge of US$30 for a hospital room and US$150 for treatment. In case of death, cremation services are priced at US$1,500.

THAILAND: A ban on commercial international flights has been extended until the end of June. Nationals and foreigners with work permits can return on charter flights. But citizens need to provide certificates issued by Thai embassies, and foreigners are required to present a negative coronavirus test. There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.Thailand hopes to reopen to limited international tourism later this year for “low-risk” countries including China and South Korea.

VIETNAM: Borders remain closed except for citizens as well as foreign experts with valid work permits and negative coronavirus test certificates who are returning on charter flights. A 14-day quarantine upon arrival is mandatory.

The government on Tuesday said it was seeking to reinstate international flights to countries that had been free of the virus for 30 days, and would resume these with limited frequency and priority given to foreign experts and investors.

Countries across Asia are working to hammer out bilateral agreements for travel, starting with priority business visitors – yet even these lanes are often not green but amber – according to Brendan Sobie, an independent analyst – and fraught with restrictions as with Singapore and China, or China and South Korea.

For Southeast Asia, there is a silver lining to this slow return to the world stage. The region has been a victim of its own success with mass tourism. The 2018 closure of Maya Bay in Thailand, the setting of the film The Beach, and of Boracay in the Philippines the same year speak to the damage done by hordes of backpackers and unthinking tourists. A health-conscious, eco-savvy reopening that focuses on higher-margin independent travellers may help build a more sustainable future.

Vietnam’s National Assembly ratifies the EVFTA and EVIPA

by Joost Vrancken Peeters

Last week the National Assembly of Vietnam has voted to ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).

This ratification is the next step in the implementation of the EVFTA. The EVIPA will be implemented later, because it needs to be ratified in each individual EU member State.

Everybody agrees that this agreement means a vote of confidence of Vietnam in the EU to become its most important partner in trade. And of course the same is true for the confidence of the EU in Vietnam. The implementation of the EVFTA will mean that almost all tariff lines and barriers to trade will be phased out over the next decade. And from day one the cut of tariffs will apply to 65 per cent of the EU exports to Vietnam and 71 per cent of EU imports from Vietnam. For Vietnam the EVFTA creates a unique opportunity to become a regional production hub, due to the fact it has a privileged access to the EU’s market for the next 7-10 years.

And luckily the numbers also show there is great room to grow together. Vietnam is the biggest exporter of goods to the EU in the ASEAN region. However, Vietnam only buys a third of the number two in exports, Singapore, buys from the EU. As to FDI in the ASEAN region the EU is the largest investor, however only the fifth largest in Vietnam.

Especially in the current situation working together is more important than ever before. The fact that it will be easier to invest in each other’s economies could lead to more diversification in Vietnam and thus increasing the opportunities for trade. The Corona crisis has also shown that current supply chains are vulnerable, so setting up a production hub closer to the customers is on the agenda of many companies. The EVFTA and EVIPA show that Vietnam offers an excellent opportunity for such investment.

If you need more information about investing in Vietnam, please do not hesitate to contact Joost Vrancken Peeters, chairman of NVCC, at jvp@lgga.nl or +31620210657.