Source: Suiwah Leung, ANU , East Asia Forum, 6 October 2020
Vietnam’s economy and people are often described as ‘resilient’. Nowhere is this more befitting than in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. After successfully tackling COVID-19, Vietnam still recorded 1.8 per cent GDP growth during the first half of 2020 despite negative growth in most parts of the world.
According to the World Bank’s July 2020 Taking Stock report, Vietnam’s recent economic performance is a result of its twin engines of growth — export demand and domestic consumption — firing sequentially during the first two quarters of 2020.
Source: James Borton, Modern Diplomacy, 13 October 2020
Vietnam’s declaration to open up,in mid-June 2020 was hailed around the world as a model in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic. For Mali student, Aolama Mallé and his classmates, the announcement was more than good. They are students of the International Francophone Institute (IFI), a member of Vietnam National University, the largest higher education system in the country. As universities re-opened, they could now return to the traditional face-to-face classroom learning with professors and friends since all were weary from boring e-learning and the draconian pandemic control measures imposed by the government.
Source: Try Ananto Wicaksono, The Asian Post, 17 October 2020
Vietnam, as the current Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2020, has been actively involved with the association since 1995 when it joined the bloc with the aim of bringing all Southeast Asian countries together to promote regional peace, freedom, and prosperity.
Vietnam has been making great strides in projecting itself as an effective leader, particularly with its proactive governance in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change policy, and for its political stability. There has been recent speculation regarding Vietnam taking-up the role as new de facto leader of ASEAN.
Vietnam has continued to strengthen its presence in Asian manufacturing this year, suggesting increasing interest in ‘reshoring’ presents little threat to the country’s frenetic growth, Dragon Capital’s Dominic Scriven has said.
The coronavirus pandemic has focused executives on supply chain security, a theme that had already been nurtured by the ongoing US-China trade war, opening up the possibility of more manufacturing moving back to western economies.
The founder of Dragon Capital, which runs £983m investment trust Vietnam Enterprise Investments (VEIL), was clear that Vietnam’s prospects would be damaged if globalisation reversed. The trust enjoyed its 25-year anniversary last month, making the managers one of the oldest and largest foreign investors in the country, having set up shop after former US President Bill Clinton lifted US trade embargo in 1994.
Fish farmers across Vietnam have begun producing hybrid grouper, saying that the species’ high growth rate and favourable market price make it a profitable alternative to shrimp farming.
A new research article published in the journal Aquaculture highlights the emergence and mini boom of Vietnam’s hybrid grouper industry. Though relatively new to commercial aquaculture, hybrid grouper farmers report that the fish is one of the most valuable commodities they produce, generating more profit for farmers than other mainstays of Vietnamese aquaculture like carp or cobia. For grow-out operations, producers report that hybrid groupers have generated more total farm income than any other species they farm. This trend held for farms across all income levels.
The Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce invites you to join this webinar on Thursday 29 October, 10:00 – 11:00 hrs
Partly thanks to Wageningen University, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam is a significant exporter of rice, shrimp and tilapia. But salinization and climate change are now forcing a change of course. A Dutch Delta Plan – once again, with input from WUR – is to play an important role in this.
The NVCC would like to invite you to join the free webinar. For registration see below.
Prof. Dr. Fulco Ludwig
Professor Ludwig is a multidisciplinary scientist focusing on studying global change impacts and adaptation in relation to water, food and energy resources and natural ecosystems. He has a strong background in climate impact modelling and data analyses and has extensive field experience in Africa, Australia, the US and Asia. Fulco Ludwig did his PhD at Wageningen University focussing and, thereafter, a post-doc at the University of Georgia and at CSIRO in Perth, Australia. In 2006, he started working at the Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate focussing on linking climate science with the water sector. In 2007, he again joined Wageningen University initially to work as a research scientist and from 2013 as Associate professor. In December 2016 he was appointed as a professor within the Water Systems and Global Change group. Within his research programme on water and climate change, Fulco brings together different disciplines to study the global change impacts and adaptation in relation to water, food and energy resources and natural ecosystems. . Fulco Ludwig contributes to developing integrated future scenarios and climate change adaptation policies and plans. He was for example an advisor for the Mekong delta plan and the Bangladesh Delta Plan. In addition, Fulco Ludwig contributes to a range of capacity development programmes in Asia and Africa.
Dr. Long Phi Hoang
Dr. Long Phi Hoang is a multidisciplinary researcher who works in, and across the fields of water management; climate change; and science-technology-innovation exchanges. His work focuses on, but not limited to, climate change impacts on water resources, sustainable food production, and ICT innovations for climate change adaptation. His research focuses strongly on several large river deltas of the world, including the Dutch, Vietnamese, Bangladeshi and Ghanaian deltas. Dr. Hoang is involved in various training and education activities at Wageningen University. He is active in several science-policy dialogues and science-driven decision making projects, including the high-level Dutch-Vietnamese strategic collaboration to develop the Mekong Delta Plan, and the consultancy project for the European Commission. In 2019, Dr. Hoang establishes his start-up (New Amsterdam Consult), focusing on Science, Education and Technology transfer between the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond.
10:00 hrs Opening of the webinar by Joost Vrancken Peeters, Chairman of the NVCC
10:10 hrs Wageningen University and Research: Introduction, Agenda in the water and climate domain and activities in Vietnam. Speaker: Prof. Dr. Fulco Ludwig – Environmental Sciences Group, WUR.
10:30 hrs Spin-off business from Wageningen: The Me and Mekong documentary, and the Ecohost initiative. Speaker: Dr. Long Hoang – Wageningen UR & New Amsterdam Consult start-up