Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Events May 2021

Dutch greenhouse horticulture and Vietnamese government re-affirm strong relationship

11052021 – Naaldwijk,World Horti Center, delegation from Vietnam with (centre) Ambassador Mr Pham Viet Anh © Thierry Schut

Naaldrwijk, 11 May

On Tuesday 11 May, the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission and Counsellors of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands visited World Horti Center, where they were given a warm welcome by representatives of both The Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform U.A. (NVHBP) and the World Horti Center (WHC). This visit underscored these parties’ long-standing and pleasant cooperation with the Vietnamese government.

The Netherlands and Vietnam have been working closely together in the field of agriculture and horticulture for many years, and have laid this down in a Strategic Partnership Arrangement (SPA). To further intensify this partnership, Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, visited World Horti Center in late 2019. The fact that the Vietnamese government is once again visiting the meeting point for the greenhouse horticulture sector is illustrative of the close working relationship between WHC and the Vietnamese government and the importance of horticulture for this country.

During the visit, the four-member delegation, consisting of the new Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands, His Excellency Mr Pham Viet Anh, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr  Nguyen Hoang Hai, the new Commercial Counsellor Ms Vo Thi Ngoc Diep and the departing Counsellor Mr Nguyen Hai Tinh were introduced to several leading companies in the sector. These included Van der Valk Horti Systems, Logiqs, Ridder Group and Rijk Zwaan. They were given a guided tour of World Horti Center by Mark Zwinkels of WHC and Henk van Eijk of NVHBP. Both organisations bade farewell to the departing consul, with whom they have enjoyed a pleasant cooperation for many years, and gave the new consul a warm welcome. After visiting World Horti Center, the delegation also paid a visit to KP Holland and Onings Holland Flowerbulbs.

Horticulture in Vietnam

Horticulture in Vietnam, and more specifically in the Dalat Region, is undergoing major developments in terms of professionalisation. This is necessary to meet the growing and changing demand among Vietnamese consumers. Vietnam is the fastest growing economy in this part of Southeast Asia, with the agriculture and horticulture sector accounting for approximately 20% of Gross Domestic Product. 

About Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform

In this cooperative venture, Dutch and Vietnamese companies are working together to contribute to the further development of the Vietnamese horticulture and floriculture sectors. The platform is a unique cluster of companies and organisations with knowledge & experience of the entire horticultural chain, including the applicable technology. Cooperation is of paramount importance here: the members join forces to build long-term working relationships by sharing their knowledge, expertise and resources in order to join and contribute to this growing sector in Vietnam, on the one hand, and to promote and commercialise Dutch horticultural technologies, on the other.

About World Horti Center

The ‘clubhouse of the greenhouse sector’ is the epicentre of everything associated with growing crops under glass. The building features a school community, a research centre and a visitor centre, where the most highly renowned parties and companies in greenhouse horticulture present themselves. Every year, tens of thousands of interested persons from all over the world find their way to World Horti Center, both physically and online, to learn more about high-tech horticulture. 

Mekong Delta in crisis due to exploitation of sand and waterbanks

13 April 2021

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) – The ongoing sand extraction on the canals of the Mekong Delta is causing serious loss of a lot of agricultural land. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Mekong Delta loses about 300 hectares of land every year due to the erosion of the river banks and the coast. Thus, in ten years the Mekong Delta has lost 3,000 hectares of land.

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Netherlands Water Partnership publishes new Vietnam Update

In March, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) published the first Country Update for Vietnam in 2021. The Country Update starts with an overview of the Vietnam Delta Team Annual Plan for 2021. This is followed by a quick look at how Vietnam’s economy has been faring and the near-term outlook. During 4Q20, the Dutch Embassy in Hanoi launched an Agro-Water Challenge, encouraging Dutch organisations to submit concepts for sustainable and innovative solutions to the Mekong Delta’s challenges. In the update the NWP also lookw back at a successful ASEAN5 virtual trade mission in 4Q20 in which Vietnam played an active role, including its own mission within a mission to the Mekong Delta.

One of the last events was a joint initiative by four Top Sectors announcing the establishment of a Mekong Delta Business Forum to promote Vietnamese and Netherlands business cooperation.

Finally, the NWP elaborates on the proposed Mekong Delta Agricultural Transformation Plan.

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