Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Events February 2021

Vietnam launches first-ever free trade agreement portal

Launch of the Free Trade agreement Portal

Source: Vietnam+

The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on December 23 held a ceremony in Hanoi to launch the Vietnam Free Trade Agreement Portal (FTAP), at www.fta.moit.gov.vn, to help the domestic business community make the most of the opportunities brought about by trade deals to which Vietnam is party.

The launch was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam Carolyn Turk, and Ambassador of Australia to Vietnam Robyn Mudie.

The portal, the first of its kind in Vietnam, has been developed by the MoIT and the World Bank, with support from the Government of Australia, since February 2019.

It provides a smart online look-up tool for enterprises and others who wish to explore various FTA commitments regarding import duties, rules of origin, and services and investment. It also offers information and knowledge essential to foreign traders, such as market updates and local regulations on imports and exports as well as sustainable development.

Addressing the event, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said the introduction of the FTAD demonstrates the Government’s determination to make the contents of FTAs, especially new-generation agreements, more widely known among the business community and society.

The MoIT will continue to coordinate with relevant agencies and organisations to update and improve the portal and ensure its security, Anh said.

Vietnam has signed a total of 14 bilateral and regional FTAs, 13 of which have entered into force, including the new-generation Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). The country has also concluded talks over another FTA while negotiations on two others are underway.

Meet the Consul General

Save the date of 11 March 2021, 09:00 – 10:00 hrs for an free online meeting with Mr. Carel Richter, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

During this webinar, Mr Richter will inform the members and guests of the NVCC about the current status regarding Covid-19 in HCMC, and how it affects international business in the city.

Other topics include:

  • How is the Dutch business community in the city doing (challenges, prospects)?
  • What are interesting opportunities, sectors for Dutch entrepreneurs in HCMC?
  • Looking back at almost 4 years as Consul-General in HCMC, what are key “takeaways” for Dutch entrepreneurs. Including highlights and maybe some advice?

The Meeting will be moderated by NVCC Board Member Mr Marc van der Linden, who himself served as a diplomat in Vietnam.

Please register via the link or QR Code below.

We look forward to welcoming you in the webinar on 11th March .

Best regards,
Joost Vrancken Peeters
Chairman NVCC