Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

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
 
  Source  http://news.chinhphu.vn/Home/V…  

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

REGIONAL EVENT TOWARDS FINALISATION URBANISING 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)

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

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.

Participants

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.

Logistics

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.

Registration: https://next.blue/signups/urbanising-deltas

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.

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ho-chi-minh-city-aims-to-promote-hitech-use-in-agriculture-cooperatives/203005.vnp

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