Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Business Matching Opportunities for Dutch Companies in the Food and Beverage Sectors Interested in doing business in Vietnam.

Interested in expanding or getting acquainted with the #FMCG and #foodandbeverage sector? Then the “Roadshow Vietnam” is the perfect opportunity. The goal of this Roadshow is to build long-term relationships between the Dutch buyers and sellers and Vietnamese buyers, distributors and retailers.

This by means of three different contact moments in 2022 in which we structurally bring you into contact with potential partners. We would like to invite you to the kick-off, the Matchmaking on 20 January 2022.

We facilitate this in collaboration with The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam and Export Partner: Trade Exhibitions & Missions

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Update on the Vietnamese construction materials industry

Introducing the ‘Vietnam Value’ Program

In the early years of the 21st century, Vietnam’s economy has made strong development steps, especially in the field of construction infrastructure. Production has met the construction needs and has a surplus of about 10 – 30% of the construction work capacity for export. The volume of construction materials has grown strongly, with modern technology and increasingly high quality, meeting market demand, making a significant contribution to GDP growth, and playing an important role in the economy.

The production capacity of Viet Nam building materials industry is about 2 to 3 times as high as 10-15 years ago. Product designs are diverse and abundant, product quality meets the standards of developed countries to meet the needs of the domestic market and export to the world market. Viet Nam ranks the 5th in the world in terms of cement production (after China, India, USA, Russia) and among the top 20 countries with the highest steel production volume in the world.

In 2020, the steel production reached approximately 24.15 million metric tons in Viet Nam, indicating an increase of over two million metric tons from 2019. The production volume of steel in Viet Nam has increased year on year within the observed timeline.

Currently, Vietnam’s cement industry has 90 clinker and cement production lines with a total capacity of 107 million tons per year, with 80% clinker and 20% additives. The actual capacity is about 120 million to 130 million tons of cement, with 70% clinker and 30% additives. At this scale and capacity, the cement industry is being considered to have a dominant role on markets in the region. In the world market, Viet Nam is ranked 5th in terms of cement production capacity, after China, India, USA and Russia, and Viet Nam construction materials have been shipped to over 120 countries and territories worldwide.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Viet Nam exported 9.86 million tons of steel worth US$5.26 billion in 2020, up 47.9 percent. Among the 10 largest export markets, the export turnover to China, the Philippines, Taiwan, and India hiked by at least 30 percent. The demand for investment in factories and industrial parks is increasing strongly, leading to an increase in the demand for construction steel in 2021.

Vietnam’s cement industry expanded by 0.9% in 2020, mainly driven by buoyant clinker 25 and cement export activity. As new export destinations continue to be explored, leading private cement firms to look to develop new facilities to meet demand from overseas, while the domestic market still holds much long-term potential for growth.

‘Vietnam Value’ Program

In a modern economy, the greater brand names of a country dominate the international market and boost the strength of that country. Recognizing the importance of branding to a country in the globalization process, the ‘Vietnam Value’ Program, launched in 2003, is the Vietnamese Government’s unique and long-term trade promotion program aiming to build Viet Nam’s image as a country of high-quality products and services, to increase pride and attraction of Vietnamese country and people, to boost foreign trade and national competitiveness.

The long-term and unique trade promotion program of the government has a different approach and brings value to enterprises. The program was approved by the prime minister and carried out by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) and related ministries and sectors, so the level of prestige is very high, and the products even reach recognition in the National Assembly of Viet Nam. Participating companies must go through a strict and transparent selection process according to the administrative procedures specified in the prime minister’s Decision No.30/2019/QD-TTg from 2019 and the criteria system of the MOIT.

The program is not only an award but also a selection of products which make enterprises become partners of the program. The state does not act for businesses but will stand out to sponsor quality and reputable brands, so that Vietnamese enterprises can create a strong foothold in the domestic market and promote brand development on the global stage.

Twenty Construction Materials companies made the list of 2020 Vietnam Value’s Companies:

  • Austdoor Group Joint Stock Company
  • Dai Thien Loc Corporation
  • Dat Hoa Plastic Limited Company
  • Dekko Group Joint Stock Company
  • DongNai Brick and Tile Corporation
  • EuroWindow Joint Stock Company
  • Hoa Phat Group Joint Stock Company
  • Hoa Sen Group
  • Hoang Lien Son Technical Ceramics JSC.
  • Minh Phu – Hai Duong Steel Joint Stock Company
  • Nam Kim Steel Joint Stock Company
  • Secoin Joint Stock Company
  • Tan A Dai Thanh Corporation Investment JSC.
  • Tien Phong Plastic Joint Stock Company
  • Ton Dong A Corporation
  • TVP Steel JSC
  • Vicostone Joint Stock Company
  • Viet Dung Aluminum Joint Stock Company
  • Viglacera Corporation
  • Vina One Steel Manufacturing Corporation.

Source: Vietnam Embassy, The Hague

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Join the webinar “Netherlands-Vietnam Logistics” on 28th October


The Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in the Netherlands invites all interested professionals to attend the Webinar “Netherlands-Vietnam Logistics: Identifying Opportunities and Connecting Partners” co-hosted by the Viet Nam Embassy in the Netherlands and Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam on 28th October 2021.

• Time: 09h30-12h00 (CEST) or 14h30 to 17h00 (Vietnam Time)

• Meeting platform: online (link will be sent to delegates with register email).

The speakers at this Webinar will be key Dutch partners in logistics and business representatives from VALOMA and VLA Viet Nam.

Mr. Tran Thanh Hai, Deputy Director General of the Agency of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, will give an overview speech on the logistics situation in Viet Nam and the demands for the future. There will also be Vietnamese officials from 24 provinces who are interested in developing regional logistics to attend as participants.

The Embassy would like to invite you to register for the Conference by accessing the link or by scanning the QR code below to register (registration takes about 5 minutes).


Opening Session

  • Introductory Speech by Ms Vo Thi Ngoc Diep,Trade Counsellor (MC of the Webinar)
  • Welcome Speech by H.E Pham Viet Anh, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Netherlands
  • Opening Speech by Mr. Tran Thanh Hai, Deputy Director-General of Agency of Foreign Trade,
    Ministry of Industry and Trade
    Session 1: Logistics Infrastructure: Viet Nam’s Situation and Experiences from the Netherlands
  • Vietnam’s logistics planning practice, the outstanding demands
  • Mr. Dao Trong Khoa, Permanent Vice President of Viet Nam Logistics Association
  • Mr. Le Quang Trung, Vice President of Viet Nam Logistics Association
  • Dutch experiences/solutions in logistics infrastructure planning and construction
  • Speaker from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
  • Mr. Adson Hofman, Area Manager South-East Asia STC International
  • Q&A (15 mins)

Session 2: Logistics Management Experience and Logistics Human Resource Training

  • Practice of logistics management and training of Vietnamese logistics human resources
  • Ms. Trinh Thi Thu Hương, Vice President of VALOMA
  • Mr. Tran Chi Dzung, Head of Training Department of VALOMA
  • Dutch solutions and recommendations
  • Mr. Jasper Hoes, Business Manager, Port of Rotterdam International
  • Speaker from STC
  • Q&A (15 mins)
    Closing Session
  • Wrap-up and Recommendations by Ms Vo Thi Ngoc Diep,Trade Counsellor
  • Concluding Speech by Ambassador of Vietnam to the Netherlands

This webinar is supported by the Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce

Exhibition of Vietnamese paintings launched in the Netherlands

source: Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands

On September 3, 2021, the No Hero Museum in Delden launched an exhibition of paintings by talented Vietnamese artists from the collection of Dutch businessman Geert Steinmeijer.

With a strong passion for arts, Mr. Steinmeijer created a private museum with his own funds with the motto of connecting artistic emotions. He regards the museum as his third child. He made many business trips to Vietnam from the 1990s to 2010. There, he fell in love with Vietnamese artists’ paintings and Vietnamese Culture. He has collected 35 paintings by talented Vietnamese artists of the first and second generations after the August Revolution, such as Tran Dinh Tho, Vu Giang Huong, Do Xuan Doan, To Ngoc Thanh, Huynh Phuong Dong, Bui Huu Hung, Dang Xuan Hoa, Nguyen Trung. Many Vietnamese paintings have been exhibited since 2020, but this is the first time the entire collection has been presented to the public with the main materials of lacquer and silk. The theme of the exhibition – “Vietnam: A Dream Paradise” – was chosen by him as he wanted to introduce an optimistic and poetic lifestyle of the Vietnamese people in a tragic, heroic, optimistic and hopeful period. The layout of the exhibition consists of 3 sections: “Vietnamese identity”, “Vietnamese women” and “Paradise on Earth” as to depict the determination to fight for freedom, peace and life. The host showed his deep understanding of Vietnam when he said: This exhibition consists of beautiful paintings, presents a beautiful, outwardly peaceful life of a nation that “history has never treated kindly”. Geert Steinmeijer’s love for Vietnam spread throughout his small family. His daughter took a 6-week motorbike trip across Vietnam to understand Vietnam with her own feelings. Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands Pham Viet Anh was honored to cut the ribbon opening the exhibition. Representatives of the Adhoc Committee of the Vietnamese Association in the Netherlands and many relatives in the community attended the exhibition were proud of the talent of Vietnamese artists and deeply moved by the love and sympathy of Dutch friends for Vietnam.

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Viet Nam shortens mandatory quarantine period for vaccinated arrivals

Source: Vietnam Government Portal 4 August 2021

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH), fully vaccinated entrants with negative COVID-19 tests are subjected to undergo seven days of centralized quarantine and another seven days for medical surveillance. Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuan has recently signed document 6288/BYT-MT on shortened quarantine period for fully vaccinated entrants in accordance with Resolution 78/NQ-CP, dated July 20, 2021, opinions of researchers and scientists of the World Health Organization in Viet Nam, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The ministry also asks fully vaccinated entrants to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test (by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method) issued within 72 hours before arrival in Viet Nam. Qualified entrants are those who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine (the last dose must be taken at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before the entry time).

Entrants who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 (must present certificates of positive test for SAR-COV-2 by RT-PCR method of single sample no more than 6 months from the time of entry) are required to present certificates of recovery from SARS-CoV-2.All entrants shall have to be tested for COVID-19 on the first and the seventh day of the quarantine period (counting from the entry date). The first test could use either rapid antigen or RT-PCR methods, but the second test must be RT-PCR one.

Those completing centralized quarantine and travelling to their residences/hotels/accommodation for further observation must wear masks, keep a distance, and use the contact tracing app Bluezone. The Bluezone app is required to be active during the seven days of follow-up observation.

Earlier, the northern province of Quang Ninh had been selected by the ministry to carry out pilot implementation of the seven-day quarantine in July.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Viet Nam suspended entry of foreign arrivals from March 22, 2020 but this policy is not applicable to diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers.

On July 14, the ministry decided to cut the mandatory quarantine period for foreign arrivals and those who come in close contact with COVID-19 patients from 21 days to 14 days.

Viet Nam began to impose 21-day quarantine policy for both foreign arrivals and F1 individuals from May 5, 2021 after several individuals contracted COVID-19 though they had completed 14-day quarantine and tested negative for the virus twice or thrice.As of early August 4, Viet Nam documented 174,461 cases including 2,328 imported infections.

Expand your tech venture into Vietnam and China

Free webinar

26 August, 09:00 – 10:30 hrs CEST

Understand market opportunities and challenges in expanding your tech venture into Vietnam and China. This free webinar will provide key insights from experts in market entry, corporate consulting and with practical, hands-on advice from leaders of top international tech firms in the region.

Sign up for this comprehensive webinar to learn practical information about how tech firms expand and develop in China and Vietnam. By joining you will obtain practical knowledge on how to set up your local tech business, how to structure your regional hub and what are the requirements in regard to licensing and compliance. Finally, we will provide practical tips and insights from leading tech firms in Vietnam and China and capitalize on their experience in these markets.

Our speakers will present their insights, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. The event is moderated by Peter Pronk.


Matthew Lourey – Managing Partner, Acclime Vietnam

Matthew is a qualified accountant who has resided in Vietnam for more than 15 years. Matthew leads Acclime Vietnam, which provides market entry, corporate advisory, compliance and tax advisory to foreign investors in Vietnam. He has extensive experience working in Australia for Big 4 accounting firms and investment funds, and since Matthew relocated to Vietnam, he has spent much of his time advising foreign investors on successfully undertaking business in Vietnam, corporate investment transactions, market entry and corporate finance.

Kenneth Bench – General Director, AltSource Vietnam
Kenneth is a technology strategist focused on APAC region building amazing technical teams and helping companies build and execute tech strategies to help them achieve their goals. He is responsible for building operations for the first international office of AltSource in Ho Chi Minh City.

Jim Fields – Founder and CEO, Relay Video
Jim Fields is the Founder and CEO of Relay Video and the host of video channel Greater China Tech. With deep experience in moving image, a wealth of knowledge of the Chinese business culture and over 12 years speaking Mandarin Chinese. After beginning his career in Silicon Valley at Adobe, he’s spent time at Nokia, Reckitt Benckiser, and at Studio Output. In 2016, Jim founded Relay’s first office in Beijing.

Maxime Van ‘t Klooster – Partner, Director Beijing at Acclime China
With over 7 years of experience in China, Maxime has advised clients in various industries on their
strategy, market-entry, and local operations. He leads the consulting department and is responsible for local business development and client relations

This event is supported by the Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce

Covid-19 Update for Businesses & Professionals in Vietnam

July 15, 2021
Dear NVCC member, 
Quarantine times changed from 21+7 to 14+14  Yesterday (14 July), the Vietnamese Ministry of Health has announced that quarantine time for foreign experts and Vietnamese repatriates coming into Vietnam will be reduced to 14 days, + 14 days self-monitoring at home. The old quarantine time was 21 days + 7 days of self-monitoring at home. The implementation will be direct.
Please find the government announcement in English here. Please find the news article here.
Foreigners working as a foreign expert in Vietnam can register for vaccination
Option One: Directly via the COVID-19 vaccination portal 
Option Two: Via the E-health app for phones (iOS + Android)
To use the app, users must register with a phone number. After verifying their information, users will receive instructions for registering for their vaccination. Viet Nam rolls out Covid-19 vaccination plans with 16 priority groups, including foreign experts and their families.
Take care, Guido van Rooy – Executive Director  Dutch Business Association Vietnam

Weekly Covid-19 information and travel update

   Dutch Business Association Vietnam
July 13, 2021
  Executive Director Remarks  
Dear NVCC members, 
The impact of the Directive 16 has been much more severe than I had expected. This has to do with the very strict enforcement (a friend walking her dog got fined 2 million) of the Directive, and with the fact that, as an addendum to the directive, food delivery and takeout is difficult. Since Grab and other delivery services are shut.
Also, supermarkets are very strict, only allowing a limited number of people in at the same time.   The crisis in Vietnam will only be over once herd immunity is reached through a vaccination campaign. Until herd immunity is reached, the situation will remain highly uncertain, with localities and cities living from lockdown to lockdown. Vaccines are going slow, with HCMC being prioritized, but I think it won’t be until the end of the year before we see all restrictions end and have life back in Vietnam as before May. 
It is possible that foreigners will be prioritized and added to the priority list – that is one of the lobby points of EuroCham and AmCham. 
Regarding quarantine times, there is overall consensus that the 21+7 days needs to be replaced with something more workable soon.
Around Halong Bay, there will be a pilot this month with 7-day quarantine for fully vaccinated people, and if the results are good, it is expected that it will be implemented in Ho Chi Minh City in September. 
The current government measures are a heavy burden, but the WHO is supporting the Vietnamese government’s measures. So although all this is a very heavy burden on many of our members and relations, experts say they are for the better. 
Many members of DBAV and EuroCham now consider spending the summer in The Netherlands.
Hence, we see an increase in enquiries for our entry permit service. Feel free to contact us to discuss the case of you and your family.  Lastly, I recommend all members to attend EuroCham’s vaccination campaign updates. Check the report of last Monday’s webinar here

Take care, Guido van Rooy – Executive Director Dutch Business Association Vietnam


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