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Webinar: EU-VN Free Trade Agreement & Doing Business in Vietnam

  • Datum 9 september 2020
  • Tijd 09:30 - 10:45
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Webinar: EU-VN Free Trade Agreement & Doing Business in Vietnam

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On August 1st the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Vietnam (EVFTA) went into force. If you want to know what this means for your business, which sectors are first to profit from the total removal of import duties and how to make your next move on Vietnam? Then join us for this interactive webinar about the EVFTA and Doing Business in/with Vietnam on September 9.  

A rich panel of Dutch entrepreneurs experienced in doing business in and with Vietnam will discuss the opportunities and challenges offered by EVFTA. Together with Dutch and Vietnamese experts and government representatives, they will answer questions raised during the webinar and provide comments on the outcomes of the EVFTA-survey, which has been carried out by the Vietnam Embassy Trade office in the Hague prior to this webinar, in cooperation with AB ConsultNVCCPUM and DBAV with input from more than 80 respondents to date.  

Participants will receive an EVFTA-overview presentation and background document, plus a summary of the EVFTA survey highlights. Register NOW if you don’t want to miss out on this event! 

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Opportunities and Challenges 

Vietnam is often referred to as the “new China”, but it’s better to judge this country of over 90 million inhabitants in its own right.  

Due to its strategic position within South East Asia, the long-term strategy of the Vietnamese government, large and well-skilled workforce, Vietnam has experienced record growths year-on-year. It’s economic outlook remains positive, even despite COVID-19. Entrepreneurs can tap into the  rapidly developing middle class and the country offers unique opportunities for regional production and/or assembly.  Many Dutch companies present focus on more sustainable products, services and production methods and benefit from the opportunities on water safety & technology, agri-food, horti culture and smart & circular solutions.  

Business success in Vietnam requires a willingness for a long-term strategy and investment in Vietnam, its culture and its people.  

Who should attend? 

This webinar focuses on all Dutch entrepreneurs with interest or experiencinto doing businesses in Vietnam. The webinar will be held in English.  


The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnam Embassy in the Hague , NL Embassy & Consulate-General in Vietnam, NLinBusiness and AB Consultbring you this webinar in close cooperation with partners: DBAV, NVCC, PUM, VNO-NCW. 

This interactive webinar runs from 9.30-10:45 hrs (GMT+2) and will be kicked off by Mr Hans de Boer, President of VNO-NCW, HE Mr Hoang Quoc Vuong, Vice Minister of Industry & Trade of Vietnam and HE Ambassador Elsbeth Akkerman of the Netherlands in Hanoi. Further contributions from experts and panelists such as Mr Joost Vrancken Peeters (NVCC chairman), Mrs Maaike Groot (East-West Seeds), Mr Alexander Koch (Chair DBAV & MD Heineken Vietnam), Mr René van der Plas (Director Port of Rotterdam International)Mr Ulf Boll (CEO Steinweg group), Mr Tran Thanh Hai (Deputy Director general, import & export department, Vietnam Ministry of Industry & Trade), Mrs Marijke van Liemt (NLinBusiness) and Mr Geert Dom (Deep C).

Mr Marc van der Linden, former 1st Secretary & Trade Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi, will moderate the webinar. 

The program is as follows: 

  1. Opening remarks & introductions 
  1. EVFTA Outline and opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs; Highlights EVFTA Survey 
  1. Panel-session 1 : Manufacturing / Sourcing / Exporting 
  1. Panel-session 2 Logistics / Customs / Visa / Workforce 
  1. Wrap-up, conclusions and next steps  

Registration & Costs 

This webinar is offered free of charge. 

Please register by Monday 7 September, the latest. Please note, there are a limited number of places available.  
After registration you will receive a confirmation by email.  Two days prior to the event you will be sent the log-in details of the webinar. Participants  will also receive  

High level presentation on EVFTA 

Background report EVFTA 

- Summary key outcomes of EVFTA-Survey  

For more information:  

About the webinar, please contact 

Mr. Jeroen Haver, International Business Manager, NLinBusiness 



Mrs Nga Dang, AB Consult