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Highlights of the month

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

On October 17, 2018: The College of Commissioners is expected to adopt the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements and thus ready them for signature and conclusion, as a sign of goodwill ahead of Thursday’s Asia-Europe summit, and to show who is the freest trader of them all.

On October 11, 2018: Brussels to launch ratification of EU-Vietnam trade deal: The Commission did send the English version to the Parliament and the Council so they can launch their preparations for the ratification of the accord.

Our Vietnam information booklet 2018 is now ONLINE available

The GIC/AHK Vietnam information booklet inform on Vietnam’s current economic development, business environment and investment climate here. Thereby, German companies achieve an overview of Vietnam and the region ASEAN in order to meet their right decisions at the right time in the right place and with the right people. Please find our publications HERE >>>

New publication ASEAN Snapshot 2018 on the business relations between ASEAN & Germany

All economic indicators and fact sheets of each ASEAN country are presented with charts and indicators for better and easier understanding. Please find our publications HERE >>>

GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2018 concluded with massive success

The 26th GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam concluded its massive success in Hanoi with all ticket were sold out on both Friday and Saturday evenings. We would like to say a big THANK YOU again to all participants, to all partners and especially all sponsors of this event in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi: BAUER Vietnam, Bosch Vietnam, Brotzeit Vietnam, Covestro Vietnam, Deep C Industrial Zones, Eleganz Furniture, EMSA Vietnam, Häfele Vietnam, Kärcher, Knauf Vietnam, Mercedes-Benz Vietnam, Messer Hai Phong, Rieckermann, Shinhan Bank Vietnam, Siemens Vietnam, SPRING Production, thyssenkrupp and Volkswagen Vietnam. Pictures of the events are being uploaded on the official Facebook fanpage of the GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam. Follow us, find your friends and yourselves in wonderful unforgettable moments HERE>>>

GBA Football Tournament 2018 - Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities

Train your skill & compete in our 2nd Football Tournament: registration needs to be done via email to Ms. Mai Anh at maianh@gba-vietnam.org or 0903720788 before October 31, 2018 with your name, gender and T-Shirt size (European). For your kids, please register with name, age and gender. No skills are needed, everyone is welcome to join and don’t forget to bring along the whole family since improved kids entertainment and F&B will be provided. More information HERE >>>
In order to finance a successful tournament like last year, we are looking for contribution from your side.
Corporate Mini-Sponsorships and attractive Lucky Draw prizes
are very welcome, please find the Sponsors’ package HERE >>>

Upcoming events 

Join us  in all upcoming seminars and networking events in Germany and in the region where you could meet our experts with plenty of market experience to have unique insights regarding the Vietnamese market. Our event calendar here: 

Jakarta: APK 2018, November 01 – 03, 2018

The 16th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) – the leading German Business event in Asia-Pacific – will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 01-03, 2018. Be part of APK 2018  #Germany #Vietnam #Indonesia #AsiaPacific #APK2018

Ho Chi Minh City: European Night, Friday, October 26, 2018

GBA will take turn to host the joint-networking event European Night on Friday, October 26 from 6pm – 9pm at Sky XX – Garden & Lounge, 21st Floor Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City.
Featuring theme “The German Footprint in Vietnam”. RSVP: Ms. Mai Anh at maianh@gba-vietnam.org

Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi: Workshop “Distribution Channels and Trade Fairs in Germany”, December 05 & 12, 2018

From 3PM - 5PM, on 05 December 2018 (Ho Chi Minh City) and 12 December 2018 (Hanoi), Selling to Germans workshop with the topic “Distribution Channels and Trade Fairs in Germany” is a 2-hour workshop created by German Industry and Commerce Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam) that will enable Vietnamese companies and suppliers to deal with German companies and to get started with doing business with Germans.
This workshop is for people who would like to understand all the current distribution channels in Germany as well as how to entry the market, to meet the suitable partners and to update all the technology know-how in the suitable sectors through trade fairs in Germany.  Registration: Ms. Thuy Dung, dung.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de, Tel. +84 28 3823 9775.

Hanoi: DeutschlandFest 2018, November 02 – 03, 2018

German Festival aims to popularize Germany to Hanoi residents as well as further strengthen the relationship between the two nations. Attending the event, German organizations and businesses operating in Viet Nam will introduce their latest products and services as well as their activities in Vietnam.

Many German artists will perform at the festival along with dancing bands from Germany. GIC/AHK Vietnam will attend there and you could find us in the stand no 23 and 24. Join us to win many great prizes, including German national football shirts.

HCMC: GBA Business Meeting, Monday, November 5, 2018

GBA Business Meeting will return on Monday, November 5, 2018. “Automotive” will be the topic we want to focus on this event. More details will be sent out via email. Stay-tuned!

Bochum: Wirtschaftstag 2018, November 06, 2018

Wirtschaftstag 2018 will take place in Bochum with the main topic “A new sunrise: On the Silk Road to the future”. This panel discussion is organized by Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken, Spar- und Darlehnskassen in Rheinland and in Westfalen. Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam will be one of the panelists to inform the audiences current developments & trends in Vietnam and ASEAN as well as our activities to support Germany companies in Vietnam. More here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City: German Training Week - Project Development, November 12 – 16, 2018

The training week is organized by the Project Development Programme (PDP), implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam) in the framework of the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Selected participants will have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on technical, commercial and legal aspects how to develop rooftop solar PV projects that will attract international investors and meet lenders’ requirements to accelerate the realization of solar PV adoption in your market. More HERE >>>

EuroCham Gala Dinner and Business Awards 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018

GBA proudly nominated 6 member-companies to the EuroCham Business Award 2018 for 2 categories: Business Excellence and Entrepreneurialism. They are: BBraun Vietnam, Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, Swiss Post Solution, thyssenkrupp Elevator, DIGI-TEXX and VTD. 
We wish them all the best! Participate in the Gala Dinner from VND 2mio./member. Book your company table HERE >>> or join our GBA table by registering to Ms Mai at mai@gba-vietnam.org.

Hanoi: Technical seminar on Foundry, Metallurgy Thermoprocess, Casting Industries, December 06, 2018

The Presentation of GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS, NEWCAST, the No.1 trade fair for Foundry, Metallurgy Thermoprocess, Casting Industries will take place in the Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi with the main topics as follows: Overview Vietnam Foundry and Metallurgy Industries and its trends development in the future, the highlights of those trade fairs in Duesseldorf, Germany as well as the Trends and Challenges in the global foundry, metallurgy, thermoprocess and casting industry.

Vietnam: Baden-Wuerttemberg Delegation from the automobile industry, July 02 – 05, 2019

Participants in this delegation will be provided current information on the economic development of Vietnam and on the automobile sector here. During this visit, German companies will visit VinFast – a first automobile and motorcycle manufacturer in Vietnam, meet the VinFast managers as well as other business partners in this industry in Vietnam. More details here >>>

GBA corporate partners 2018

GBA offers its members a valuable “Corporate Partnership Program” which provides our partners with a particularly strong visibility and brand exposure in all of the association´s activities in the course of the respective year. The program is a unique opportunity for both established businesses as well as new entrants to the Vietnamese market. Register to our Corporate Partnership program here >>> or contact Ms. Mai at mai@gba-vietnam.org for more details.

GBA corporate partners news

Rödl & Partner: Official opening of the branch office in Hanoi

With the official opening of the branch office in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the international consulting and auditing company Rödl & Partner continues its successful course of going international. Country Manager Vietnam is Stefan Ewers, who manages the office in Ho Chi Minh City, in existence for over 10 years.

The newly opened branch in Hanoi is managed by Jan-Volkert Schmitz. More here >>>

GBA membership updates

The GBA members represent the whole range of German businesses in Vietnam – from small and medium size to large global players – and perfectly mirrors the structure of the German economy in general. Register to our membership program here >>> or contact Ms. Mai at mai@gba-vietnam.org for more details.

Media & Publication

DIHK Economic Survey Fall 2018

79 Chambers of Industry and Commerce ask, approximately 27,000 Enterprises answer. Expectations for exports have suffered a significant setback and are now below their long-term average. The distortions in trade policy are unsettling companies and leaving their mark. Companies fear that the rampant trade conflicts, especially between the USA and China, will have a serious impact on trade over the next twelve months. Against the background of the high level of uncertainty, in particular producers of capital goods, producers expect their international business to flatten out. In many important sales markets, there are signs of a slower pace of economic growth. In the near future, the emerging markets will be at least partially absent as growth drivers. More HERE >>>

Handelsblatt: Wie die deutsche Wirtschaft Vietnam ein Auto baut

Die Autos von Vinfast wurden von deutschen Maschinen gefertigt. Sie basieren auf deutschen Modellen, bestehen zur Hälfte aus Teilen deutscher Firmen, und sie wurden von Arbeitern gebaut, die nach deutschen Standards ausgebildet wurden. In einem Fortbildungszentrum direkt im Hauptquartier machen gerade 200 Vietnamesen eine Ausbildung, die von der Auslandshandelskammer zertifiziert worden ist. In der höchsten Stufe ist der Abschluss mit dem deutschen Industriemechaniker oder Kfz-Mechatroniker vergleichbar. HERE >>>

Career opportunities

GIC/AHK Vietnam: Internship in Individual Services

We are seeking Individual Services interns from March 2019 on. As our intern, you’ll work with and be mentored by our consultants, and you’ll take responsibility for specific components of client projects.

To experience the life of a consultant and to practice your communication skills (English, German and Vietnamese). Send us your CV to thuy.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de. Further details HERE >>>

GIC/AHK Vietnam: Marketing Interns from January 2019

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and dependable marketing intern to join our Marketing team in Hanoi office and provide creative ideas to help achieve our goals, from January 2019 on.
Further details on requirements and responsibilities you could find HERE >>>
If this is the challenge you are looking for, please apply with your cover letter and CV via email (trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de)

GIC/AHK Vietnam: German Incubator Administration in HCMC

GIC/AHK Vietnam will start our German Business Incubator Vietnam in December 2018 and seeking for an employee that assists with the setup, acquisition and customer care of this project. The tasks include overseeing construction and setup of the incubator, sales support of potential clients, operation of the incubator including reception and phone service and taking care of existing customers. More details you could find HERE >>>

GIC/AHK Vietnam Online Job Market

More on the current job positions at the German and international companies in Vietnam, please visit our webpage at link HERE >>>

Trade shows in Germany & worldwide

Situated at the heart of Europe and in the middle of the European single market, Germany is one of the world’s leading exporting nations, with imports and exports totalling more than 2,006 billion euros. For the trade, information is just as important as the goods themselves and establishing leads and cultivating relations is essential. 
And what better place to do so than at trade fairs and exhibitions, in direct conversation with all the right business partners? Specialist trade fairs in Germany are where the industry meets, and the opportunities they offer are almost unlimited. More than half of the world’s leading trade fairs take place here:

Medical sector: MEDICA in Duesseldorf, November 12 – 15, 2018

MEDICA is the world’s largest event for the medical sector. It attracted more than 5,100 exhibitors from 70 countries in 17 halls. Furthermore, each year, leading individuals from the fields of business, research, and politics grace this top-class event with their presence — naturally alongside tens of thousands of national and international experts and decision-makers from the sector. For further details please contact Ms. Thanh Huong, huong.duongthanh@vietnam.ahk.de, Tel. +84 24 3936 1898.

Food, agriculture and gardening industries: International Green Week in Berlin, January 18 – 27, 2018

Founded in Berlin in the Golden 20s, IGW is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition of the food, agriculture and gardening industries. Renewable resources, organic agriculture, gardening and the future of rural development continue to gain importance at International Green Week. Please contact Ms. Trang, trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de, Tel. +84 24 3936 1897 for further details.

Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg, January 30 – February 03, 2019

The leading trade fair for toys. 2902 exhibitors from 68 countries present their product highlights each year. A virtually limitless selection of playthings can be found across 12 product groups. Besides traditional toys, you will also find the right products for your range in the form of festive articles, lifestyle products, baby toys and outdoor toys, for instance. For further details please contact Ms. Phuong Thuy, thuy.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de ; Tel: +84 24 3936 2697

Past events 

Hanoi & HCMC: GTAI Delegation to Vietnam

GTAI German Trade and Invest with the support of German Industry and Commerce Vietnam GIC/AHK Vietnam organize a German business delegation to Vietnam on purpose of understanding the market, finding suitable local partners as well as establishing valuable contacts with local and German investors to exchange experiences. 

From October 22 - 26, in Hanoi and in HCMC, German companies participate in B2B matchmaking events and in German Vietnamese business forum as well as visit the local and German companies in Hanoi and HCMC.

HCMC: Deutsche Bank Cocktail Reception

Deutsche Bank Cocktail Reception at Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with the topic „Sharing the vision of Deutsche Bank‘s strong commitment to Vietnam“. Mr Siegel - German consulate and Mr Walde - Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam did join the reception and to congratulate Deutsche Bank for the achievements in Vietnam.

HCMC & Hanoi: Workshop SELLING TO GERMANS Part 1

Around 30 company representatives from different sectors in Vietnam did participate in our workshop SELLING TO GERMANS in October to understand the German business culture as well as to hear the feedback and the expectation of German companies in doing business.

HCMC & HN: Career Days

Career Days organized by GIC/AHK Vietnam welcomed 500 young people from Hanoi and HCMC to discover and explore careers. These days gave students and job seekers with a dynamic and tangible experience that facilitates a connection between their academic pursuits and professional endeavours in the future.

Additionally, Career Days also provided a platform to develop meaningful connections between our students, job seekers and employers.

Supporting events

Ho Chi Minh City, Concert: Boulanger Trio (Hamburg - Berlin), Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Organised and supported by Goethe Institut HCMC the Boulanger Trio will play on Sunday, October 28 at 20.00h at the Conservatory of HCMC, 112 Nguyen Du, D1. They will play the German composers:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) - “Piano Trio in D major, Opus 70 No. 1 “Ghost
Frank Martin (1890-1974) – “Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises”  (“Trio based on popular Irish melodies”)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847) - “Piano Trio in D minor, Opus 49, No. 1”
More HERE >>>

Ho Chi Minh City, DAAD Alumni Workshop, Friday, November 16, 2018

Employability in Higher Education
When: November 16th, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Deutsches Haus, 2nd Floor, 33 Le Duan, District 1, HCMC
The day will be chaired and moderated by Mr Andreas Eimer and Dr Jan Knauer, University of Münster, Germany.
More information HERE >>>
Please register HERE >>>
registration after the deadline is possible by contact Mr Binh at binh@daadvn.org

GIC/AHK Vietnam contact person

Ms. Dao Thu TRANG
Marketing & PRs
Email: trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de 
Tel: +84 (24) 3936 1897

GBA Vietnam contact person

Ms. Nguyen Ho Tong Khanh LINH
Executive Office Manager
Email: linh@gba-vietnam.org 
Tel: +84 (28) 3823 9772
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Ms. Nguyen Thuy Dung
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Tel: +84 (28) 3823 9775
Email: dung.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de