Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

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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Speciale briefing over Vietnam voor NVCC leden door Hans Vriens, Managing Partner, Vriens & Partners

Mr Hans Vriens

Speciale briefing over Vietnam voor NVCC leden door Hans Vriens, Managing Partner, Vriens & Partners

De NVCC nodigt u van harte uit voor een speciale briefing over Vietnam voor leden door de Nederlander Hans Vriens, Managing Partner van Vriens & Partners, op donderdag 22 april van 09.30 – 10.30 uur CET.

Hans is de oprichter en Managing Partner van Vriens & Partners, een toonaangevende firma voor ‘government affairs, public policy en political risk analysis’ in Zuidoost Azië. Het hoofdkantoor van de firma is gevestigd in Singapore en er zijn ook kantoren in Indinesië, Vietnam, Myanmar, Maleisië, de Filippijnen, Cambodja en – binnenkort – Washington DC. Meer dan 90 medewerkers en 30 senior adviseurs zijn in de regio actief voor de firma.

Hans Vriens woont en werkt in Azië sinds 1990. Hij is een veelgevraagd spreker over ontwikkelingen in Zuidoost Azië.

Voordat hij Vriens & Partners oprichtte, was Hans Vice Chairman, Asia, bij APCO Worldwide.

Hans Vriens studeerde rechten aan de Universiteit van Groningen en voorts aan het Bologna Center van de Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies van de Johns Hopkins University en aan de universiteiten van Grenoble en Krakau.

in zijn briefing zal Hans ingaan op de huidige situatie  in Vietnam, de ontwikkelingen in het land en de verwachtingen voor de toekomst.

Het bijwonen van de briefing is gratis.

Programma op 22 april aanstaande:

09.15 uur   De online meeting opent

09.30 uur  Opening en welkomstwoord door de voorzitter van de NVCC Mr Joost Vrancken Peeters

09.35 uur  Briefing door Mr Hans Vriens

10.10 uur  Vraag en antwoord

10.25 uur  Afsluiting door Mr Joost Vrancken Peeters

Voertaal: Nederlands

Webinar: Global Impact of The Dutch Elections

Elections will be held in the Netherlands from 15-17 March. The Netherlands is a country with a strong focus on export. The outcome of the upcoming Dutch elections (15-17 March) will significantly impact international business activities. This is why the Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce is delighted to support the webinar: Global Impact of The Dutch Elections on March 30th from 14:00-15:00.

Join us for a keynote speech of Ingrid Thijssen, president of VNO-NCW, who will reflect on the elections’ results and its impact on doing business internationally. The speech will be followed by a panel discussion with experts such as Cees Westera, Managing Partner at Public Matters, Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute, Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General ERT and moderator Stefan Wijers, and many others who will shine their lights on the election outcome from different perspectives.

Organising Partners

This event is an initiative of the International Chambers in the Netherlands, NLinBusiness and the NL Business Hub network. Together they represent over 40 organisations active in the Dutch Bilateral Trade in the Netherlands and abroad.

British Netherlands Chamber of Commerce
CCI France Pays-Bas
Chamber of Commerce NL – Turkey foundation
Danish Dutch Chamber of Commerce
Duits-Nederlandse Handelskamer
Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce
Ireland Netherlands Business Association
Italian Chamber of Commerce for NL
Netherlands Canada Chamber of Commerce
Netherlands China Business Council
Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association
Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade
Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce
Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce
Polish Chamber of Commerce in NL
Southern African NL Chamber of Com.
Swedish Chamber of Commerce in NL

Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China | East China | Shanghai
Benelux Chamber of Commerce | South China | Pearl River Delta
Dutch Brazilian Chamber of Commerce
Dutch Business Association Turkey
Dutch Business Association Vietnam
Dutch Business Network Indonesia
Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines
Dutch Chamber of Commerce Singapore
Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
Holland House Chili
Holland House Colombia
Holland House Mexico
Malaysian Dutch Business Council
Nederlandse Kamer van Koophandel voor België en Luxemburg
Netherlands Business Council France
Netherlands Polish Chamber of Commerce
Netherlands Romanian Chamber of Commerce
Netherlands Thai Chamber of Commerce
NL Business Hub Munich
The Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce
The Netherlands Business Council UAE
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan

A link to register for the webinar will be mailed to you shortly
Watch the webinar here on 30 March (stream only)

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, 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

Webinar: Meet the Dutch Ambassador in Vietnam

Thursday 4th February 09:00 – 10:00 hrs

Ms Elsbeth Akkerman during the Vietnamese New Year Reception of the NVCC in 2020

The Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce invites its members to attend a webinar with H.E. Elsbeth Akkerman, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiairy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Mr Christoph Prommersberger, Deputy Head Of Mission at the Embassy on Thursday 4th February from 09:00 – 10:00 hrs. 

During the webinar, Ms Akkerman will update you about the developments in Vietnam, with special attention for the Covid-19 epidemic and the results of the 13th Party Congress. She has agreed to answer your questions. 

Mr Prommersberger will focus on, among other things, the ever expanding economic relations between the Netherlands and Vietnam and his expectations for 2021. He too is prepared to answer questions.

Please register via the link or QR Code below. We look forward to welcoming you in the webinar on 4th February .

PM Phuc: Viet Nam attaches importance to multifaceted cooperation with the Netherlands

Source: VGP

08:52 | 01/12/2020

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed that Viet Nam always attaches importance to strengthening its friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation with the Netherlands, during his phone talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte on November 30.

 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds phone talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte on November 30 – Photo: VGP

He called for the Netherlands’ continued support in the implementation of the agricultural transition plan in the Mekong Delta during 2020-2023 and relevant cooperation programs in the region.

The Netherlands is one of Viet Nam’s leading partners in the areas of climate change adaptation and sustainable agricultural development, said PM Phuc.

The Vietnamese Government chief expressed his appreciation for the Dutch Government’s provision of an aid package worth €2 million for flood victims in central Viet Nam, asserting that the two countries would continue to work closely and effectively carry out cooperation programs within the framework of their strategic partnership in climate change adaption, water management, and natural disaster risk mitigation.

On the occasion, PM Phuc briefed his Dutch counterpart on the outcomes of the 37th ASEAN Summit and related summits.

He welcomed the Netherlands’ proposal to join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), regarding it as an important basis for further enhancement of the ASEAN-Netherlands and ASEAN-EU collaboration.

In response, PM Mark Rutte applauded Viet Nam’s Covid-19 containment measures and efforts.

The two PM showed their delights at the robust growth of the Viet Nam-Netherlands comprehensive partnership, which was established during PM Rutte’s visit to Viet Nam in 2019. Notably, despite suffering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, two-way trade has reported a year-on-year increase of 2% to US$6.2 billion.

They expressed satisfaction with the development of the comprehensive partnership across multiple fields such as politics-diplomacy, economy, and collaboration in agriculture and climate change adaptation.

The two hoped that the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) which came into force in August this year, would serve as the driving force and offer plenty of opportunities for expanding cooperation between Vietnamese and Dutch enterprises.

PM Phuc expressed his wish to soon welcome PM Mark Rutte to visit Viet Nam again in the near future./.

By Vien Nhu


Japanese M&A set for post-pandemic surge in Vietnam

Source: VNE

Greater recognition of Vietnam’s potentials could see a surge in post-pandemic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by Japanese firms.

Globally, the country ranked fifth in the number of M&A deals involving Japanese companies (21) in the first 10 months this year, Masataka Sam Yoshida, senior managing director of Japan’s M&A consulting firm RECOF Corporation, said at a forum recently.

The figure puts Vietnam second in Southeast Asia behind Singapore, he said, adding that in terms of growth rate in the number of Japanese deals in recent years, Vietnam could compete with the U.K.

While the 21 deals represent a 25 percent fall year-on-year due to Covid-19 impacts, the drop is still lower than the global reduction of 33 percent in M&A deals involving Japanese companies, he said.

“Japanese investors have shown great interest in Vietnam even during the pandemic. The slowdown in investment is only temporary and the M&A scene will be vibrant again once travel restrictions are lifted,” Yoshida said.

In Southeast Asia, Thailand has around 5,500 Japanese companies, while Vietnam has 2,000, showing that it is somewhat late to invest in the former while there is still room for new players in the latter, he added.

Most sectors in Japan have seen development reaching its full potential, and this is why investors are looking for other growing markets, he said.

An abundant capital accumulation of over $2.34 trillion by Japanese companies in the last 20 years is encouraging investors to conduct M&A deals globally. The number of such deals hit a record high of over 4,000 last year, Yoshida said.

Last year, the number of deals involving Japanese companies in Vietnam was 33 with a total value of $389 million, with the latter figure up 2.8 times from 2017.

According to an official list released by the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) in July, 15 out of 30 Japanese firms the Japanese government has helped move out of China to Southeast Asia have opted for Vietnam.

Jetro said the subsidies would range from $900,000 to $46.5 million and partly cover the moving expenses.

A survey of 631 Japanese companies in June showed 80 percent expressed hope that the Vietnamese government would soon resume flights between the two countries, and 90 percent wanted the government to lift travel restrictions as soon as possible.


Meet the Ambassador

Member’s Only Webinar on 11 December, 09:30 – 10:30 hrs

The Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce invites its for members to attend a webinar with H.E. Pham Viet Anh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiairy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Friday 11 December from 09:30 – 10:30 hrs. 

During the webinar, Mr Pham Viet Anh will give a speech on the relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands and he has agreed to answer questions from the participants. 

Please register via the link below. We look forward to welcoming you in the webinar on 11 December.

The Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce invites its for members to attend a webinar with H.E. Pham Viet Anh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiairy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Friday 11 December from 09:30 – 10:30 hrs. 

During the webinar, Mr Pham Viet Anh will give a speech on the relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands and he has agreed to answer questions from the participants. 

Please register via the QR code below. We look forward to welcoming you in the webinar on 11 December.

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