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Highlights of the month

Our publication Vietnam booklet is available in September 2019

The GIC/AHK Vietnam annual information booklet informs on Vietnam’s current economic development, business environment and investment climate in German language. Our audiences are German companies seeking business and investment opportunities in Vietnam.  

Placing an ad in our publication is to gain the access to German leaders and decision makers worldwide, in Germany and in Vietnam. With more than 250,000 page-views and 4,000 email subscribers as well as 4,400 social media followers, this year we offer integrated advertising programs to reach our highly affluent and educated audience and to ensure you optimal visibility on every channel.

More details on ad and media package please click here >>>

Further on our advertising media kit >>>

"Selling To Germans" workshop no. 5 with a topic "Overcoming cultural barriers - how to improve negotiations with German business partners"

German business culture differs a lot from Vietnamese. This workshop aims to raise awareness of differences between Germany and Vietnam in business situations and give some useful tips how to negotiate the cultural terrain with German business partners. In the workshop participants will learn to identify potential pitfalls in cross-cultural communication situations and analyze a typical German negotiation situation.
More details and online registration:

Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, 06 June 2019: >>>
Workshop in Hanoi, 07 June 2019: >>>

GIC/AHK Vietnam's press conference on the AHK World Business Outlook survey 2019

On 20 June 2019, GIC/AHK Vietnam will organize a press conference to announce the general results and Vietnam's result of our AHK World Business Outlook Survey 2019 - A barometer of the business confidence among German companies operating worldwide and in Vietnam. 

This survey rests on a regular DIHK-survey of business members of the German Foreign Chamber of Commerce (AHK), Delegations and Representatives (of the AHK). It obtains worldwide feedbacks of over 3.500 German businesses, branches and subsidiaries, as well as businesses with close connections to Germany and was conducted in April 2019.  On this occasion, we would like to extend a big thank to everyone who participated in our survey as well.

GBA Table Tennis Tournament 2019

A big THANK YOU again to all 100 players (including 30 kids), cheerleaders and 14 sponsors who contributed to create a wonderful and eventful sport day. Congratulation to all the best players who participated in the game. List of winners can be found here >>>

Pictures of the event can be found here >>>

We hope you had an enjoyable time and look forward to welcoming you at our next sportive challenge – the GBA Football Cup 2019 coming soon in November.

Business Conference "Ho Chi Minh City - The city of limitless opportunities" in Frankfurt am Main

A business conference organized by DoFA Ho Chi Minh City and GIC/AHK Vietnam on the occasion of the visit in Germany of Dr Nguyen Thien Nhan, party secretary of Ho Chi Minh City took place in Frankfurt am Main on 24 May 2019. The purposes of this conference are to further enhance the bilateral business ties and to attract more German investors to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam participated in this event and gave his speech to open the conference and to welcome all the guests from Germany and from Ho Chi Minh City. 

Upcoming events 

Networking events and consulting days in Germany

The GIC/AHK Vietnam is now on Tour in Germany. Together with our IHKs in different cities and with our partners, GIC/AHK Vietnam organize consulting days and seminars on Vietnam for German companies, SMEs and start-ups that are interested in doing business in Vietnam. 

Kindly take advantage of these opportunities to explore the business and investment opportunities in Vietnam and to discuss directly with our experts, Mr. Marko Walde and Mr. Bjoern Koslowski. More details on registration and on other events of us, please click here >>>
Please find all our upcoming events here: 

Ho Chi Minh City: GBA Business Luncheon, Monday, 3 June 2019, 11:30 am

Topic: Women in Leadership – What does it take to be a leader? Three remarkable women talk about what it takes to be a woman in the leadership role in this time of rapid changes and opportunities.
When: Monday, 3 June 2019 | 11:30 – 13:30
Where: Drawing Room 1&2 – M Floor, Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel, 2 Lam Son Square, D1
More here>>>

Ho Chi Minh City: DeutschenTreff – Special Austrian Edition, Saturday, 8 June 2019, 6 pm

A special DeutschenTreff event featuring an Austrian live music group: including 8 musicians and 8 dancers. Invite your business partners, family and friends. Immerse in the folk tunes and dances, as well as enjoy a premium German buffet and free-flow 7 kinds of German imported beer.
Ticket price & event information here >>>
RSVP. Ms Mai Anh - maianh@gba-vietnam.org

HanoiBusiness Thursdays “Spring into Summer” by CCIFV – Thursday, 13 June 2019, 6 pm

Hosted by CCIFV at Spices Verticale Restaurant, 18 Ngo Van So, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, this month's event promises to bring a special networking environment with Music Festival's ambiance. 
The cover charge of VND 200,000 includes 01 glass of wine/beer/soft drink, fabulous food by French Chef Didier Corlou, live music and many fantastic prizes for the Lucky Draw.
More here >>>

Vietnam: Civil security technology and services focus on IT-security in Vietnam, 03 - 07 June 2019

The program will introduce German products, services, solutions and technologies to Vietnamese partners, in order to improve the understanding, connection and technological transfer between companies of two countries. In addition, networking events, company visits and B2B matchmaking forums will also be organized by GIC/AHK Vietnam. More here >>>

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

The Board of the German Business Association would like to welcome our 7 confirmed Corporate Partners 2019: Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, Deutsche Bank AG, Ho Chi Minh City Branch, Mercedes-Benz Vietnam, Festo Company Limited, Rödl & Partner Vietnam, Schaeffler Vietnam and Würth Vietnam Co., Ltd. 

This program provides our partners with a particularly strong visibility and brand exposure in all of the association´s activities within and beyond our member-portfolio of more than 260 corporate and individual members throughout the course of the year. This program is a unique opportunity for both established businesses as well as new entrants to the Vietnamese market. 

Please refer to our Partnership program here or contact Ms Mai at mai@gba-vietnam.org for more details.

GBA Corporate Partner’s News

New plant in Vietnam: Schaeffler invests 45 million euros 

On Thursday, 9 May 2019, Schaeffler celebrated the opening of its new plant in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. The automotive and industrial supplier invested over 45 million euros in the construction of this new production plant.
The company will create around 300 new jobs here by the end of the year. More here >>>

GBA Membership

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 here or contact Ms Mai at mai@gba-vietnam.org for more details.

GBA Member’s News

SPS Vietnam sealed double success at Sao Khue Awards 2019

Vietnam Software Industry Association recently awarded SPS Vietnam with two prizes as the winners of two categories in Sao Khue Awards 2019.

Sao Khue, is the first and most honorable award in ICT industry organized in Vietnam to highly praise the corporations, organizations and individuals for their contributions to the development of IT industry in Vietnam. More here >>>

Nghe An Now Ready to Welcome Direct Investors from Japan

Nghe An is fast becoming a strategic manufacturing location. The provincial authorities continue to improve infrastructure that will further enhance its attractiveness for investors.  

Our member WHA participated in the “Meeting Between Nghe An – Japan: Cooperation and Development” held in North Central Vietnam and led a Japanese delegate on a site tour to its Industrial Zone’s Phase 1, a promising location ready to be in service. More here >>>

German Business Incubator Vietnam

German Business Incubator Vietnam (GBI Vietnam) -  Launchpad for German activities in Vietnam

As a new project of GIC/AHK Vietnam, GBI Vietnam provides German and Vietnamese startups and SMEs an ecosystem to establish their own companies in Vietnam. Being accommodated in Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City - one of the most modern and most energy-efficient office buildings in the South of Ho Chi Minh City, GBI Vietnam will be an excellent starting point and offer companies flexible and attractive spaces. We create coworking spaces corporate friendly with open area, small private offices, meeting rooms and lounge area as well as a variety of networking opportunities.

More on our GBI Vietnam here >>>

People & Career 

Job Offers in Vietnam

Schell and Goethe Institute Hanoi are now seeking employees with different backgrounds. 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:

Hong Kong: Asia Fruit Logistica, 04 – 06 September 2019

ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA is where every link of the international fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain meets face to face each year to make contacts and do business Held in Hong Kong, your gateway to business in China and the entire Asian market.
Vietnam's pavilion is located in the hall 3T20, organized by Vinafruit with the participation of 12 companies in the fresh produce of Vietnam. Further details please contact Messe Berlin representative Ms. Trang Dao, trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de, +84 24 3936 1897. More >>>

Berlin: IFA, 06 – 11 September 2019

It's all about technology, fun, and innovation at IFA, from 06 – 11 September 2019. And, once again, the world's leading brands of consumer electronics and home appliances will present a record number of new products. Experience the future here in Berlin! More details on IFA please contact Ms. Trang Dao, trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de, +84 24 3936 1897. More >>> 

Singapore: ITB Asia, 16 – 18 October 2019

ITB Asia is a annually held three day B2B trade show and convention for the travel industry; it is designed to become the primary event for the Asia Pacific travel industry, much like its parent event – ITB Berlin. Now in its twelfth year in Singapore, ITB Asia will be taking place at Marina Bay Sands. It is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. Contact us for further details: Ms. Trang Dao, trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de, +84 24 3936 1897. More >>>

Duesseldorf: K Fair, 16 – 23 October 2019

K 2019: A world of pioneers - In the future, economic success will increasingly hinge on the successful fusion of the digital world with the worlds of production processes and product development pipelines. This calls for a creative pioneering spirit. The broad spectrum of K 2019 provides the globally unique level of quality and diversity that form the basis of this most important business platform.
Please contact Ms. Thanh Huong for further information, 
huong.duongthanh@vietnam.ahk.de, +84 (24) 3936 1898. More >>> 

Nuremberg: Spielwarenmesse, 29 Jan – 02 February 2020

Experience the Spirit of Play at the key meeting point for the toy industry. As the largest and most important event of the year, the toy fair in Nuremberg brings together all international decision-makers. Well-known brands, trendy start-ups, buyers for major chains, independent retailers and large numbers of media representatives combine to make the Spielwarenmesse® a unique event for all players in the toys and games market.
Please contact Ms. Phuong Thuy for further detail,
thuy.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de, +84 (24) 3936 2697. More >>>

Past events 

Binh Duong: VDW representatives and German companies visited Fischer Asia, 15 May 2019

Representatives of VDW and German companies in the machine tools manufacturing sector visited FISCHER Asia - a German investor in Binh Duong province, today - A program is organized by GIC/AHK Vietnam on purpose of creating a platform to exchange information and experiences between companies.

Ho Chi Minh City: Meeting with Director Hoang Long, MOFA Vietnam, 14 May 2019

Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam had a meeting today with Mr Nguyen Hoang Long, Director of the Vietnamese ministry's Department of Foreign Affairs of Localities in our Ho Chi Minh City office on purpose of fostering German-Vietnamese relations and discuss on the upcoming joint-events.

Dong Nai: The Plant Inauguration Ceremony of Schaeffler Vietnam Co. Ltd, 09 May 2019

The first phase of the facility costs 45 million euros, covers 100,000 square meters and has a total capacity of 15 million products a year. It will generate 300 jobs for locals, while phase two will commence in 2022. Mr Georg Schaeffler, chairman of the supervisory board of Schaeffler AG and shareholder of Schaeffler Group; Mr Nguyen Phu Cuong, chairman of Dong Nai people committee and Mr Marko Walde, Chief representative of German industry and Commerce Vietnam are the distinguished guests at this event.

Ninh Thuan: The opening ceremony of wind and solar energy farm of Trung Nam, 25 April 2019

Trung Nam solar and wind power plant is the largest green and clean energy farm in Vietnam at this point of time. SIEMENS and ENERCON - the German manufacturers and solution providers provided almost the equipment and technology for this project. Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of German Industry and Commerce Vietnam attended in this event and delivered his speech to congratulate Trung Nam Group and the German partners. This project shows the fact that German companies support the energy transformation in Vietnam and create clean and environmentally friendly energy for Vietnam!

Hanoi: Seminar "Promoting Trade and Investment Cooperation between Vietnam and strategic partners: Perspectives from businesses", 14 May 2019

Organized by VCCI Vietnam, this event aimed to gain the perspectives from foreign investors and businesses regarding the business environment in Vietnam. Our Deputy Chief Representative Bjoern Koslowski presented German perspective regarding the sourcing in Vietnam, all the advantages and the challenges German companies face while doing business in Vietnam. 

Hanoi: Workshop Selling To Germans No. 4 “Setting Up A Company in Germany”, 27 April 2019

This seminar took place in Hanoi with the participation of representatives from different sectors, such as tourism, education, trade and manufacturing. Our workshop No. 5 with the topic "Overcoming cultural barriers - how to improve negotiations with German business partners” will take place on 06 June 2019 (Ho Chi Minh City) and on 07 June 2019 (Hanoi).
Further details and registration please contact Ms Thuy Dzung, dung.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de.

Hanoi: DAAD Falling Walls Lab, 11 May 2019

Congratulation to the successful Falling Walls Lab competition this year in Hanoi with more than 30 applications and 10 finalists, organized by DAAD Vietnam. Mr Nguyen Ngoc Khang with the idea "Breaking the Wall of Nitrogen Oxides Emissions" had won the 1st place, winning a trip to Berlin and having a chance to compete at the global Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November 2019. More here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City: GBA Business Meeting, 06 May 2019, 6 pm

GBA invited three Tech Startups to share about their products, ideas and background stories. The event attracted more than 60 participants. Pictures of the event can be found here >>>

Hanoi: Business Thursdays: Ode to Joy Night led by EuroCham, 09 May 2019, 6 pm

EuroCham led the May edition of Business Thursdays in Hanoi to celebrate European Day with a featured theme “Ode to Joy Night”. The event attracted 90 participants. Pictures of the event can be found here >>>

Hanoi: Meet & Greet - FNF Summer Reception 2019, 16 May 2019

Chairman Thomas Debelic attended the event “Meet & Greet – FNF Summer Reception” in Hanoi.

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is Germany’s liberal foundation and has close ties to Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). The focus of their work will continue to be on supporting the market economy in Vietnam through cooperation projects, exchanges and training programs. More here >>>

Supported events

Ho Chi Minh City: EuroSphere, 14-16 June 2019, 9 am – 5 pm

EuroSphere is a unique exhibition dedicated to bringing the premium European Art of Living to the Vietnam and Southeast Asia market. A great opportunity to get into the exceptionally growing Vietnamese market. 
  • FREE entrance. Register via Ticketbox.
  • 50 European brands in F&B, Fashion & Jewelry, Perfumery & Cosmetics, Furniture, Automotive, Education, and Real Estate.
  • A lucky draw with prizes of up to $5,000!
  • Professional conferences across sectors.
More here >>>

Cambodia: German business and development cooperation in the Mekong region, 18 June 2019

To discuss major market opportunities within the region and how these can be addressed by joint efforts of German foreign trade promotion, European private sector activities and German development cooperation.

Special attention will be paid to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar and their objectives of integrating into regional manufacturing value chains. More here >>>

Cambodia: Industry 4.0 in Cambodia, 19 June 2020

The conference “Industry 4.0 in Cambodia” with a special focus on technology in global textile and garment industries, organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the ADW. More here >>>

Culture events

Hanoi: Fun with German Board Games, 01 June 2019

The afternoon with German board games like "Die Siedler von Catan", "Hobbit", "Halli Galli", "Camel Up" and many more not only offers a chance to learn German playfully but is also a popular meeting point to get in touch with other German learners and native speakers. German language skills are of advantage but the most important thing is to have fun. More here >>>

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