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Highlights of the month

EU and Vietnam will sign the Free Trade Agreement on 30 June 2019 in Hanoi

The European Council announced on Tuesday, 27 June 2019 that it has approved the European Union – Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU – Việt Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), and assigned the EU to sign the deals with Việt Nam on June 30 in Hanoi. The EVFTA and EVIPA are the most ambitious agreements concluded between the EU and a developing country. 
Once the EVFTA takes effect, over 99 per cent of tariff on goods from both sides will be lifted. Việt Nam will remove 65 per cent of import tariff on goods from the EU. Remaining tariffs will be removed in the next decade.  More here >>>

GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2019 – Sponsorship package is available 

We are proud to announce the return of our landmark GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam, one of the most German cultural festivals to Vietnam since 1992. For the 27th anniversary this year in Ho Chi Minh City, we are excited to introduce the original Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, which is brewed to perfection in Munich and will definitely tantalise your taste buds and empower the creation of a special GBA-Paulaner Oktoberfest Vietnam 2019 edition. We will celebrate the event this year in two big cities
  • Ho Chi Minh City at Hotel Nikko Saigon - Nikko Garden from Thursday 26 until Saturday 28 September; from 6 pm to 11 pm.
  • Hanoi at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi for 3 days from Thursday 17 until Saturday 19 October; from 6 pm to 11 pm.
GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2019 is a unique opportunity to promote your brand or company to a broad audience. The package can be found here >>>

AHK World Business Outlook 2019 – Vietnam's result

German businesses operating in Vietnam assess both their own business situation and future business expectations significantly better than in 2018.
This survey is conducted annually by the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) in 92 countries, including Vietnam and is seen as a barometer of the business confidence among German companies as well as a key indicator of German business situation, business expectation as well as economic expectations. 
77 percent rate their current business situation in Vietnam as good and 3 percent as poor. 55 percent of German companies in Vietnam intend to expand their activities in Vietnam and 59 percent assume an increase in employment. 51 percent of companies think economic policy as the greatest factor of uncertainty for their businesses in 2019 in Vietnam. Other issues such as lack of skilled workers as well as labour costs might threaten their businesses here.  German businesses expect that the EVFTA will improve economic policy in Vietnam. More details and pictures here >>>

Press conference on the Vietnam’s result of AHK World Business Outlook Survey 2019

Hanoi: 20 June 2019: GIC/AHK Vietnam organized a press conference releasing the results of AHK World Business Outlook 2019 and the result from Vietnam. More than 30 editors and journalists attended our press conference and a variety of reports/articles and interviews, documentaries have been published afterwards.
More details and pictures please find here >>>

Advertising with GIC/AHK Vietnam in our new publication 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. 
Join us to reach German audiences worldwide! Placing an ad in our publication is the right channel to promote your brand effectively. Ad registration deadline: 10 July 2019

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 >>>

Ho Chi Minh City, GBA Business Meeting, Monday, 1 July 2019, 6 pm

Meeting Chairman: Mr Marko Walde – Board Member 
Topic: Vietnam's Rising IT-Sector
When: Monday, 1 July 2019 | 6 pm – 9 pm 
Where: 2nd Floor, Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon,2A - 4A Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, HCMC
We look forward to welcoming you.

Upcoming events 

Networking events and consulting days 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 taking advantage of these opportunities to explore the business environment and investment opportunities in Vietnam and discussing 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 of our upcoming events here: 

Hanoi & Hai Phong: Baden-Wuerttemberg Delegation from the automobile industry, 02 - 05 July 2019

German participants will be provided current information on the economic development of Vietnam and on the automobile sector here. During this visit, delegates and German businesses 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

Mercedes-Benz to broaden Vietnam golf community
On 8 June 2019, more than 220 golfers gathered at Tan Son Nhat Golf Course, Ho Chi Minh City in order to participate in MercedesTrophy Vietnam Final 2019. It is the 17th time that this prestigious tournament has been organized by Mercedes-Benz Vietnam (MBV). 
MercedesTrophy Vietnam Final 2019 was a great success as being expanded in scale and increased in the number of hole-in-One (HiO) prizes, including 7 Mercedes-Benz cars and additional 41 prizes from partners with the total value coming up to VND 30 billion. 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.

Media & Publication

Start-ups Ecosystem in Vietnam

Currently, Vietnam has approximately 3,000 start-ups, making it the third largest start-up ecosystem in Asia. The sectors where these start-ups are developing include fintech, food tech, healthcare and e-commerce. All those start-ups are operating driven by young entrepreneurs, modern education, access to global information, improved VC ecosystems, local tech skills and middle-class growth.
GIC/AHK Vietnam is now running our brand-new project - German Business Incubator Vietnam - The launchpad for German and international business activities in Vietnam – providing German and Vietnamese start-ups an ecosystem to establish their own companies in one of the most dynamic economies in Asia. More details here >>>

VinFast officially inaugurated and presented its first cars on 14 June 2019 in Hai Phong

The factory has been positioned as the biggest and most modern one in Vietnam recently, which has excellent manufactural production process, including 6 departments: press shop, body shop, paint shop, engine shop, sub assembly shop and general assembly shop. GIC/AHK Vietnam congratulates and honors to accompany VinFast in the whole project of dual vocational training in mechanical and mechatronic according to DIHK standard – Germany.
Every year, 200 apprentices are trained in this project, with the goal to provide a high level of qualified technicians with sufficient skills, thereby ensuring the sustainable development of this automobile brand.
Image Film introducing VinFast’s modern factory >>>

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

GIC/AHK 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 >>>

Support Job Search for Handicapped young Vietnamese with IT Bachelor

Click here>>> to read an online article about Mr Vong, a young man who dreams of working as a Java programmer. If you know of any potential position for him please get in touch with him or our GBA Treasurer erik.petermoeller@daimler.com   

German-owned company has an immediate opening for suitable student or high-school pupil

Looking for a candidate that is savvy in PowerPoint and ideally in Adobe Photoshop to help them in making presentations to be sent to their customers. Available and needed as of immediately. International Company is located in District 1. Working time from 8:30-17:30. Period for internship immediately and for 4-8 weeks.  Small renumeration for this internship will be paid. Please send email to Floyd@VigoOverseas.com

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 are essential.
And what a 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 an 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 likely to 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 

Hanoi, German IT business delegation visited Vietnam, 03 - 07 June 2019

An IT business Delegation from Germany visited Vietnam focusing on the “civil security technologies and services in the digital era and in the industry 4.0” . The whole program was organized by German federal ministry of economic affairs and energy, GIC/AHK Vietnam and Enviacon. A conference on German civil security technologies and services as well as a variety of business visits were also on the plan during a 5-day-business trip in Vietnam.

Hanoi, A conference "Civil security technologies and services", 03 June 2019

This conference took place in Hanoi with the participation of German and Vietnamese experts and enterprises. 
The whole program was organized by German federal ministry of economic affairs and energy, GIC/AHK Vietnam and Enviacon. In this conference, German and Vietnamese experts and decision makers talked on the challenges in this fields and also the challenges that Vietnam is now facing. Moreover, the German IT companies also presented their latest innovation, know-how and services to support local companies in Vietnam. It is viewed as a great platform for the Vietnamese organizations and companies to be well informed on the importance of IT infrastructure, digitalization and civil security technologies and services on the path to industry 4.0.

Hanoi, German IT business delegation, 05 June 2019

IT business delegation together with German federal ministry of economic affairs and energy, GIC/AHK Vietnam and GTAI visited CMC Infosec in Hanoi. In the meeting this morning, civil security technologies and services were the discussion topics. German companies and CMC Infosec were talking on the collaboration opportunities in the future. 

Ho Chi Minh City, GBA DeutschenTreff “Special Austrian Edition”, 08 June 2019

The GBA celebrated our June edition of DeutschenTreff with a special live performance of music band and dancers from Austria. The event attracted more than 300 participants. A special THANK YOU to our sponsors: Dr Erich Erber, the Chairman of ERBER Group which consists of BIOMIN and SANPHAR, Brotzeit® German Bier Bar & Restaurant Vietnam, Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, Colliers International in Vietnam, Regus Centre (Vietnam) Ltd., Hanoi International Technology Center Co., Ltd. (HITC in short), Haubis Vietnam. At this event, we also bid farewell to our Executive Office Manager Ms Khanh Linh Nguyen after 5 years of contribution and dedication in her position at the GBA office. We wish her all the best on her new working journey. Pictures of the event can be found here>>>

Ho Chi Minh City, Oktoberfest signing ceremony, 30 May 2019

The GBA and Hotel Nikko Saigon enter into a cooperation agreement for the GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City in 2019. This cooperation agreement significantly reduces financial, reputational and operational risks for the GBA.

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

In June, GBA organised our Business Meeting in a luncheon format. Meeting topic focused on “Women Leadership” and attracted more than 50 participants. Pictures of the event can be found here>>>.

Bangkok, AHK Digital Strategy Workshop for Asia Pacific, 13 - 14 June 2019

32 representatives of German Chambers of Commerce in Asia Pacific had met in Bangkok from 13 - 14 June 2019 to jointly identify the challenges, opportunities as well as the expectations regarding digitalization within the global AHK network. Teamwork & brainstorming on the future, the AHK goal and the digital strategy of the global AHK network in 2025 were the main topics of the 2-day-workshop in Thailand. More pictures here >>> 

Ho Chi Minh City, Meeting with HCMC department of science and technology, 18 June 2019

Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam had met Nguyen Viet Dung Ph.D, the director of department of science and technology, People committee of Ho Chi Minh City in their office. Creating ecosystem for start-ups and SMEs of Vietnam and Germany as well as supporting them in networking with each other, in exchanging experiences and know-how were the main topics of this meeting. GIC/AHK Vietnam is running our new project German Business Incubator Vietnam - offering offices and coworking spaces for start-ups from Germany and Vietnam with premium services and location in Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City. 
More on our German Business Incubator Vietnam >>> 

Hanoi, Presentation of Rheinland-Pfalz, 20 June 2019

Ms Phan Thuy My, representative of Rheinland-Pfalz in Vietnam with the partner Schmidt Group introduced current activities to incentive the relationship between Vietnamese business and business from their state, especially their mission to promote the premium wine from Germany to Vietnamese people. From December 2018, Rheinland-Pfalz officially established their representative office in Vietnam, which located in the German Business Incubator Vietnam – 4th Floor, Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, 33 Le Duan, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

German soccer legend Pierre Littbarski and Vfl – Wolfsburg in Hanoi, 20 June 2019

The German soccer player who is a legendary named Pierre Littbarski and the football club Bundesliga VfL - Wolfsburg have promoted various activities and cooperation projects with Vietnam’s football on the 20th June 2019, under the framework of press conference that releasing the result of the survey about German business situation in Vietnam, which known as AHK World Business Outlook 2019. During their visit, the AfL - Wolfsburg club also signed the contract with Vietnamese football league and had a meeting with some well-known football clubs in Hanoi.

Hai Phong, Meet-and-greet with GBA Members & Opening Ceremony of VinFast’s automobile manufacturing plant

On 14 Jun 2019, GBA Chairman Thomas Debelic & Board Member Alexander Goetz attended the Opening Ceremony of VinFast’s automobile manufacturing plant. The event took place at their premises inside Dinh Vu Economic Zone (a GBA Member Corporation). The GBA Board also used this chance to organise an informal meet-and-greet with GBA Members who are based in Hai Phong the evening before.

Supported events

Ho Chi Minh City, German Film Festival SCHLINGEL 2019, 19-24 June 2019

The well-known German Film Festival for Children and Youth SCHLINGEL takes place again in Vietnam. The Goethe-Institut organizes its tour to the cities of Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.  
From 19-24 June 2019 the German Film Festival will be presented at Cinestar cinema, 135 Hai Ba Trung Street, D1, HCMC.
Tickets are available at VND20,000 
Email: Lan.Nguyenthiphuong@goethe.de / Tel: +84 28 38326716 – 14.
More here>>>

SPO & SPYO Crossover Concert “Classical meets Jazz”, Saturday 29 June 2019, 8 pm

Saigon Philharmonic Youth Ensemble & Jumpforjazz will feature with a special guest from Italy, Enzo Favata Glocal Report Quartet for a cross over concert “Classical meets Jazz” 
When: Saturday, 29 June 2019 | 8 pm
Where: Saigon Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMCGBA Members will have 20% discounts on ticket prices. Please send your ticket request to director@saigonphilharmonicorchestra.com
More here>>>

Culture events

Hanoi - Hue - Danang: German film festical Schlingel 2019, 19 - 30 June 2019

In cooperation with the SCHLINGEL – International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Chemnitz, Germany.Hanoi | Trung tâm chiếu phim Quốc gia, 87 Láng Hạ, TP.Hà Nội (national cinema)
Hue | Rạp chiếu phim Đông Ba, 203 Trần Hưng Đạo, TP. Hue
Da Nang | 44 Bach Dang, Hai Chau, Da Nang (The General science library)
Ho Chi Minh City | Cinestar Hai Bà Trưng, 135 Hai Ba Trung Str., District 1, HCMC
The well-known German Film Festival for Children and Youth SCHLINGEL takes place again in Vietnam. The Goethe-Institut organizes its tour to the cities of Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. From the 19th till the 24th of June 2019 the best recent German children's and youth films will be presented in Ho Chi Minh City. The German Film Festival SCHLINGEL 2019 is organized in cooperation with SCHLINGEL and supported by German Films and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung mdm. More here >>>

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