Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Events June 2021


Date: 8 July 2021
Time: 10.00-11.45 CET | 15:00 – 16:45 GMT +7 (VN) | 14:00 – 15:45 GMT +6 (BD)


Building bridges for delta interventions: Crossing scales, domains and engaging local stakeholders using the MOTA and WaterApps tools

Background and Objectives

Useful participatory tools to support delta planning and management to address delta challenges share a common trait: they help bridge scales (local to regional, short-term to long-term); are relevant in multiple domains of policy making, economic development, and technology; and promote inclusiveness by involving multiple stakeholders. We draw from experiences of four UDW projects to demonstrate and discuss key insights for delta development, with a special focus on two innovations, showing interesting synergies on the above-mentioned features, namely the Strategic delta planning’s MOTA tool and the Waterapps FarmerSupport app for climate information.

With support of the UDW programme and participating UDW projects Involving Bangladesh, Vietnamese and Dutch partners, we are organizing an international seminar to showcase the key results and furthermore facilitate a discussion with experts and stakeholders on how participatory tools and innovations contribute to planning and management practices. With a strong focus on practical use of delta innovation, the seminar consists of presentations, panel discussion and impact stories in the format of a short video presentation.


The seminar is relevant to a wide range of participants from science, policy and decision making, businesses to delta professionals dealing with land and water management. While the context and findings are presented in the contexts of cases in Bangladesh and Vietnam deltas, the generic approaches and potential application are relevant to other urbanizing deltas of the world.


Date: 8 July 2021
Time: 10.00-11.45 CET | 15:00 – 16:45 GMT +7 (VN) | 14:00 – 15:45 GMT +6 (BD)

Location: Online, via Zoom. Zoom link will be shared after registration.


Detailed Programme

Facilitator: Dr. Long Hoang – Wageningen University & New Amsterdam Consult

15:00 – 15:10 (GMT +7)  Welcoming participants  Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan – Director Institute for Circular Economy Development ICED

Brief introduction by Han van Dijk (UDW programme)

Keynote speech by Laurent Umans – First secretary water management and climate change at the Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam.

15:10 – 15:15  Online poll

To interact and energise audience, and get idea of who is in the seminar, background, expectations and ask questions / propositions we use in seminar.

15:15 – 15:25 Seminar programme & Objectives
Dr. Long Hoang – Wageningen University

15:25 – 15:40 Development and application of novel tools for delta planning and management – Case from the Waterapps and strategic delta planning UDW projects
Dr. Spyros Paparrizos – postdoc researcher Wageningen UR
Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan – Director Institute for Circular Economy Development ICED

15:40 – 15:50  Use of the MOTA tool and FarmerSupport app in Vietnam and Bangladesh
Video presentation by Nextblue

15:50 – 16:00  Break

16:00 – 16:30  Panel discussion: Relevance and application of innovative tools for delta planning and management in urbanising deltas.
Presenting the poll results. Discussion on the roles of tools in improved practice in agriculture, land and water management in delta contexts.

16:30 – 16:40  Conclusion, wrap-up
Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan and project team

Vietnam requires foreign travellers on domestic flights to produce list of documents

The Star, 22nd June

HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN): The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has announced its new requirements for documents when foreigners travel on domestic flights.

All foreigners travelling on internal flights must have United Nations passport (Laissez Passer); passports issued by foreign representative offices in Vietnam to foreigners in case of emergency; Foreign countries’ documents issued to Vietnamese residing abroad (US green card, long-term residence card…) and other passports that have been approved for entry and travel across the country.

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has confirmed that the units will only accept the above-mentioned travel documents when a passenger with foreign nationality has a passport that has been approved by the Immigration Department for entry into Vietnam.

In case a foreign national has lost his passport and is issued a passport by a foreign representative office in Vietnam, the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security will grant an extension of temporary residence to the passport or attach separate visa.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam also noted that foreigners with border travel documents are only allowed to travel within the border area – for the Chinese border route; border province scope – for the border line of Laos and Cambodia; border-gate economic zones – for border provinces.

If a foreign passenger is using a travel document with an entry stamp at the land border gate to take domestic flights, the ground service units will co-operate with the aviation security control force to notify and coordinate with the border gate police to check and determine the travel range of passengers using the above passports.

The CAAV also mentioned the temporary residence card/certificate of foreign passengers used on domestic flights of Vietnam does not have a photo of the issuer.

Relevant authorities only accept temporary residence cards/certificates of foreign nationals who use air travel on domestic flights in the following cases: Temporary residence card/certificate issued in passport or passport form; Temporary residence card/certificate, temporary residence extension issued on the back of the separate visa with photo and passport number of the passenger of foreign nationality.

Vietnam News/Asia News Network

Vietnam records 95 new Covid cases

VN Express International, 22 June 2021

Vietnam recorded 95 local Covid-19 cases Tuesday, with most of them in HCMC and southern provinces.

37 cases were recorded in HCMC, 33 in its neighbor Binh Duong, 10 in Bac Giang, five in Tien Giang, four in Da Nang, two in Ha Tinh and one each in Bac Ninh, Vinh Long, Long An and Dong Nai.

For interactive statistics please click here.

Of the cases in HCMC, 27 had made contact with coronavirus cases, one was associated with Trung Son Company at Tan Tao industrial park, six with a Christian mission coronavirus cluster, and three are being contact traced.

28 cases in Binh Duong are linked to outbreaks at two local companies Vietnam Housewares in Thuan An Town and Hien Hoa Anh in Tan Uyen Town, and five are close contact cases of Covid-19 patients.

All the cases in the northern province of Bac Giang are asosciated with outbreaks at industrial parks while the one case in its neighbor Bac Ninh had made contact with a Covid-19 patient.

Four cases in the southern province of Tien Giang are associated with existing Covid-19 patients, and one is being contact traced.

All the cases in Ha Tinh and Da Nang in central Vietnam, and the southern Dong Nai Province had had contact with confirmed patients.

The cases in Vinh Long and Long An, also in the south, are being contact traced. With the new tally, Vinh Long became the latest locality to record a local Covid-19 infection in the new wave.

Vietnam has recorded a total of 142 local Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.

Since the new wave started April 27, the country has recorded 10,353 cases in 43 cities and provinces.

Bac Giang still leads the nation in the number of infections with 5,476, followed by HCMC with 1,857.

Vietnam to receive 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine weekly from July

Reuters, 22 June 2021

HANOI (Reuters) – One million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine will be transferred to Vietnam weekly starting next month to fulfil its order of 30 million doses within this year, state media reported on Tuesday.

Vietnam, which has so far received about 4.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, has relied heavily on the AstraZeneca brand for its inoculation programme, which started in March.

Its vaccines have come via donations, the COVAX vaccine sharing scheme and government procurements.

“Vietnam’s order of 30 million doses will be fulfilled within 2021,” Vietnam News Agency reported.

The report did not state which country the AstraZeneca vaccine would come from.

The health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment and AstraZeneca in Britain was unable to immediately provide comment.

Vietnam’s mass immunisation drive and vaccine procurement has lagged behind many countries, with only 121,681 of its 98 million people fully vaccinated so far. About 2.5 million people have received one dose.

The country has had one of the best records in Asia for containing the virus, but an outbreak since late April, its biggest so far, has hastened government efforts to shore up supplies.

Separately, Vietnam’s home-grown vaccine Nanocovax has completed a phase three clinical trial on 1,000 volunteers and will continue to test 12,000 other people, the government said.

(Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Martin Petty)

Ho Chi Minh City aims to promote hi-tech use in agriculture

Ho Chi Minh City aims to have at least 30 percent of its agriculture cooperatives apply advanced technologies in production, including biotechnology, information technology, and automation.

The goal is set in the city’s project on developing high-tech agriculture and plant and animal varieties in the 2020-2030 period which was recently approved by the municipal People’s Committee. 

The project is designed to with the aim of raising the proportion of high-tech agriculture production to 75-80 percent of the city’s total agricultural production value by 2030. By that time, 70 percent of local households and over 80 percent of businesses in agriculture will have applied high tech cultivation and harvest techniques, mechanization and automation in farming, livestock breeding, and waste processing, particularly in the production of key agricultural products, namely, vegetable and fruit, pig, milk cow, shrimp, and ornamental fish.

Source: Horticulture Daily.