Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

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

OPEN INVITATION

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 bit.ly/nlvnlogistics2021 or by scanning the QR code below to register (registration takes about 5 minutes).

AGENDA
WEBINAR NETHERLANDS-VIETNAM LOGISTICS IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES AND CONNECTING PARTNERS

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.

For more information visit: https://www.museumnohero.nl/tentoonstellingen-2/vietnam-het-gedroomde-paradijs

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.

Speakers:

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
 
  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)