Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

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.

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.

Read the article here

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.

Click here for the report

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.