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Highlights of the month

EU-Vietnam FTA signed on 30 June 2019 in Hanoi

Once the EU-Vietnam FTA takes effect, over 99 per cent of tariff on goods from both sides will be lifted. Vietnam will remove 65 per cent of import tariff on goods from the EU. Moreover, this agreement will bring exchanging information on custom requirements; investing in the modernization, simplification of customs procedures and ensuring transparency of all custom requirements.
New market access opportunities across a range of sectors will be also created thanks to EU-Vietnam FTA. EU and German companies can enjoy protection of investments with trade facilitations and increase investments in Vietnam. More benefits please see in the infographic here >>>
Photo credit >>>

Vietnam continues to be an attractive destination of investment for German businesses

According to the result of AHK WORLD BUSINESS OUTLOOK SURVEY 2019, German businesses in Vietnam maintain positive view with the economic expectation as well as with their situation in Vietnam and they look forward to a bright 2019 and 2020.
German investment and employment intentions grow further in Vietnam in mid-term. German businesses expect that the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Vietnam will improve the economic policy in Vietnam significantly. Find our infographic on this topic here >>>

GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2019 – Tickets are now on sale

Taking place in two big cities:
  • Ho Chi Minh City at Hotel Nikko Saigon - Nikko Garden from Thursday 26th until Saturday 28th September; from 6 pm to 11 pm.
  • Hanoi at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi for 3 days from Thursday 17th until Saturday 19th October; from 6 pm to 11 pm.
this unique event creates the authentic atmosphere found in the massive beer halls of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, together with savoury German cuisine prepared in front of your eyes and imported original Paulaner Oktoberfest Beer, as well as traditional live music, games and lots of fun! Individual tickets are expected to sell out quickly. 
Book the tickets now to enjoy the early-bird discounts and to secure your participant at this great event! More details on tickets reservation can be found here >>>

New Release: “ASEAN snapshot 2019: Focus on German – ASEAN relations”

We would present you our new handbook on current ASEAN economic development, the prospects and German - ASEAN business relations.
With this handbook, GIC/AHK Vietnam in collaboration with other chambers at the German chambers ASEAN business council would provide German and international FDIs an overview of ASEAN and walk you through country by country, highlight the potential advantages each country has to offer. Read more here >>>

Coming soon: Our Vietnam booklet will be published in September 2019. More details on ad and media package please click here >>>

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 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. Please find all our upcoming events here: 
GIC/AHK Vietnam's Event Schedule: www.vietnam.ahk.de/veranstaltungen/
GBA Vietnam's Event Schedule: www.gba-vietnam.org/index.php/activityschedule/ 

Vietnam: Workshop: "Logistics Vietnam - Germany – Opportunities through EVFTA" in Ho Chi Minh City (11 September 2019) and in Hanoi (13 September 2019); 03pm – 05pm

On purpose of helping Vietnamese companies to get a better understanding different forms of transporting goods from Vietnam to Germany, essential INCOTERMS, common mistakes when transporting to Germany, the quality standards of the logistics industry as well as some positive impacts of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Vietnam on businesses and logistics industry, GIC/AHK Vietnam is collaborating with German logistics company Logwin Air + Ocean Vietnam Co. Ltd to organize a workshop with the title "Logistics Vietnam - Germany – Opportunities through EVFTA" in Ho Chi Minh City on 11th September 2019 and in Hanoi on 13th September 2019.
Read more here >>>
Online Registration here >>> 
Further details and registration please contact Ms. Phuong Chi, business4@vietnam.ahk.de, Tel. 024 3825 1420

Ho Chi Minh City: GBA Business Meeting, Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 6 pm

Meeting Chairman: Mr Horst Geicke – Vice-Chairman
When: Monday, 3 September 2019 | 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City 
Invitation will be sent out via email.

Webinar: "Vietnam as an attractive investment location", 17 September 2019, 10am – 11am, German time

Together with IHK Pfalz, GIC/AHK Vietnam would take a deeper look at the exciting market of Vietnam in our one-hour webinar. We will inform you opportunities and challenges when purchasing and selling in Vietnam, give you a practical example why Vietnam is an attractive investment place and present the outlook on the EU- Vietnam Free Trade Agreement. 
More details and registration please find here >>>

Hanoi: AHK Business trip "Photovoltaics & Smart Grids in Vietnam", 21 - 25 October 2019

AHK Business Trip "Photovoltaics & Smart Grids in Vietnam" within the framework of the Export Initiative Energy of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is organized by GIC/AHK Vietnam with the support of the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG.
The program includes 2 parts: one-day conference on 22 October 2019 and B2B meetings. The event will showcase the expertise and the latest energy solutions from Germany and Vietnam. Moreover, this conference provides a forum for networking, business talks, discussing current developments and the policy environment for smart energy solutions.
More details and registration here >>>

Hanoi: Business Delegation"Railway construction, railway technology and railway transport", 04 – 08 November 2019

The program will introduce German products, services, solutions and technologies in the railway construction and technology sector as well as the mobility 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 details and registration 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 265 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

Festo Southeast Asia wins Industrial Automation Case Study of the Year at the SBR Asian Business Case Studies Awards 2019
Festo Southeast Asia has won the “Asian Business Case Study Award 2019” from Singapore Business Review for the outstanding work with VinFast, as the sole recipient in the Industrial Automation category. Vietnam’s first volume automotive manufacturer, VinFast, a member of the country’s largest private corporation, Vingroup, is an up-and-comer in the automotive industry. 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

Germany is the most important partner country of Vietnam in the EU in 2018

The total trade volume between Germany and Vietnam reached 14 billion EURO and there are more than 328 German FDI projects in Vietnam with the total investment capital of 2 billion US$. The top German export products to Vietnam were machines, vehicles and chemical products.
Most German investors in Vietnam are active in the processing and manufacturing industry. Read more here >>> 

Germany remains the largest coffee import market of Vietnam in 2019

Germany is the largest coffee import market of Vietnam since years. Also in the first half of 2019, Germany imported coffee from Vietnam with the total value of US$ 211 million (~13.2 per cent of the total export value of coffee in the H1, 2019). Find our infographic here >>>

GIC/AHK Vietnam on talk with Vietnam Television 4

Main topics are the impacts and benefits that the EU-Vietnam FTA could bring to businesses of both countries, Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam gave his recommendations to help Vietnamese businesses to take advantage of what EU-Vietnam FTA could bring:
>>> Improving the competitiveness of businesses, developing supporting industries and qualified domestic supplier system. 
>>> Building a practical oriented dual vocational training model in which there is practical training implemented and applied across the country. 
Please find the VTV report here >>>

GIC/AHK Vietnam in interview on business confidence of German businesses in Vietnam 2019

Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam on talk with VTC10 NetViet on the German investments in Vietnam, their current business situation, business expectation as well as their economy expectation in Vietnam, due to the Vietnam's result of AHK World Business Outlook Survey conducted in April 2019.
During the interview, Marko Walde shared the point of views on how Vietnam attract foreign and German investors in the midterm, the investment trending from German side as well as his own recommendations for Vietnam to develop sustainably. Please find the video here >>>

HCM City co-working office space market developing strongly

The flexible office market in HCM City comprising co-working and serviced offices is among the fastest growing in the Asia Pacific, market researchers said. Speaking to Viet Nam News, a Savills executive said the co-working segment in HCM City had grown at 90 percent a year for the last two years and had around 37,000sq.m to rent, mostly in the central area.
This growth was impressive compared with other markets in the region like Singapore and Hong Kong, he said. 
Read more here >>>

The logistics outlook in Vietnam 2019

The logistics industry in Vietnam is expected to grow by 12-14% in 2019 thanks to its favourable strategic geographical location, consistent economic growth and strong trade development, along with the international economic integration and the successful signing of free trade agreements (FTAs), most recently are CPTPP and the EU- Vietnam FTA.
According to the World Bank Report on Logistics Performance Index (LPI) published on 24 July 2018, Vietnam ranked 39 out of 160 participants from other countries, up 25 ranks compared to 2016 and stood currently at 3rd place among ASEAN countries. Find our infographic here >>> 

Vietnam fruit and veg exports rise 5 per cent in H1 2019

According to Vietnam Economic Times, Vietnam’s vegetable and fruit exports hit US$ 2.08 billion in the first six months of 2019, up 5 per cent year-on-year. China remained the leading market of Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports, accounting for 72.6 per cent of market share with more than US$ 1.3 billion, an increase of 3 per cent in value against the same period last year.
Other major markets of Vietnam were the EU (US$ 60 million), ASEAN (US$ 59 million), the US (US$ 58 million) and the Republic of Korea (US $55 million). Find our infographic here >>>

Textile sector in Vietnam and EU-Vietnam FTA opportunities

EVFTA enables brighter outlook for textile sector in Vietnam in the long run. However, EVFTA stipulates stringent requirements on the origin of products. As a result, more concerted attempts must be made to increase the localization rate and capacity of domestic firms. 
The EU was the second largest export market of the Vietnamese textile industry with its export turnover from EU markets reaching more than US$4 billion in 2018. Find our infographic here >>>

E-commerce market in Vietnam 2019

The Vietnam's e-commerce achieved an impressive result in 2018 with the total trade value of US$ 7.8 billion, with the year on year growth of 30 per cent.
The Vietnam's e-commerce market is predicted to boom in the near future, given that 53 per cent of the population uses the internet and nearly 54 million people use smartphones. 
The key players are Shopee, Tiki, Lazada VN, SenDo and TheGioiDiDong. Find our infographic here >>>

Soccer: Pierre Littbarski in Vietnam

VTC 10 has conducted lately a documentary film on current Vietnamese soccer development and the prospect of German Vietnamese soccer cooperation in the near future. 
In this film, the representative of VfL - Wolfburg football club Mr Frank Steinmann and the legend German football player Pierre Littbarski shared some of their activities with the aim to cooperate and support Vietnamese football clubs, furthermore, to train young and women football players in Vietnam. Find the video here >>>


Firm Statement to Vietnam and Southeast Asian Region

Over the past ten years, Vietnam has witnessed an impressive growth in industrial production averaging +15% per year. Environmental sustainability goals are also set in the country’s 2015-2020 long term plan.
Our member, WHA Industrial Zone Nghe An aims to be a model in Terms of Sustainable Environmental Practices, offering a new and world-class manufacturing and distribution base to serve the domestic and international markets. More here >>>



Dual Vocational Training in Vietnam

Dual vocational training project with VinFast with main majors of mechatronics and industrial engineering

VinFast Training Center was established on 7 th February 2018 and is in the VinFast automobile production project complex invested by Vingroup, located in Hai Phong. The first training program also officially began with 200 students in 2 main majors of Mechatronics and Industrial Engineering. After 28 months of training, students will receive certificates of dual vocational training according to the standards of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce DIHK, which offers them the opportunity to work at VinFast automobile and electric motorbike factory and also in industrial enterprises across the globe.
In the photo: Mr Vo Quang Hue - Deputy CEO of VinGroup and Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC / AHK Vietnam were standing in front of the accreditation board of dual vocational training center, according to the DIHK Standard. Read 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 >>>

Vietnam News: HCM City co-working office space market developing strongly

This growth of this co-working segment was impressive in HCMC compared with other markets in the region like Singapore and Hong Kong. The market would continue to develop strongly thanks to demand from local and foreign companies who want to cut cost or are in the first stages of studying the market. Read more here >>>

Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City is the economic center of Vietnam with a GDP growth of 8.5 per cent in 2019. 

This city is viewed as a premium location for start-ups and the world best start-up hub!
Ho Chi Minh City contributes 45 per cent to the Vietnam's GDP and 14 per cent to the total export volume of this country.
By June 2020, the city is expected to start building a financial centre complex in the Thủ Thiêm new urban area in District 2 and to receive a special incentive policy for the project from the Vietnam's government. 
Read more here >>>

People & Career 

Job Offers in Vietnam

German Embassy, gbc engineers, WIHA, primus line, PV2 energie, GIC/AHK Vietnam and other companies in Vietnam 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 

Hanoi: Briefing with Baden-Wuerttemberg delegation in Vietnam, 04 – 05 July 2019

A business delegation in the automobile industry of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany has a two-day visit in Hanoi and Hai Phong. The program was organized and implemented by the GIC/AHK Vietnam and the Baden-Wuerttemberg International.
During this business trip in Vietnam, the delegation is going to visit VinFast as well as have other meetings with partners and German investors in Vietnam.In the briefing with the delegation, Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam shared the economic development situation in Vietnam, trade and investment relations between Germany and Vietnam, as well as practical experiences while doing business in Vietnam. More pictures please find here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City: GBA Business Meeting, 1 July 2019, 6 pm – 9 pm

Our GBA Business Meeting in July with the topic on “Vietnam’s Rising IT-Sector” attracted more than 55 participants.
Pictures of the event can be found here >>>

Hai Phong: Baden-Wuerttemberg delegation visited VinFast, 04 July 2019

The business delegation in the automobile industry of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany visited VinFast and met Vo Quang Hue, Deputy CEO, Vingroup and VinFast team.
The delegates have experienced the modern automobile factory of VinFast with 1,200 robots and many digitalized production lines in there. VinFast targets to manufacture cars with “Vietnamese identity – Italian design – German technology” in Vietnam. More pictures here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City: Opening ceremony of the representative office of the German state Rheinland-Pfalz in Vietnam, 02 July 2019

This ceremony took place in our German Business Incubator Vietnam, Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City. Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam and Ms Daniel Scheetz, Deputy Consul General of German in Vietnam congratulated and delivered opening remarks in this special event.
The representative of Rheinland-Pfalz in Vietnam, Ms Phan Thuy My introduced Rheinland-Pfalz to the guests and shared their current activities to incentive the relationship between Vietnamese business and business from their state, especially their mission to promote the high-class famous wine from Germany to Vietnamese people. More details and pictures here >>>

Hanoi: Meeting with Vu Ba Phu, Director of Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency, MoIT (Vietrade), 03 July 2019

Marko Walde, Chief Representative, GIC/AHK Vietnam had a meeting with Vu Ba Phu, the Director of Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade), MoIT, and his team. We would like to thank Vietrade for the very warm welcome and constructive effective working hours.
We look forward to the upcoming joint projects with Vietrade to enhance German-Vietnamese Relations.

Hanoi: Baden Wuerttemberg business delegation visited Le Group, 05 July 2019

Le Group, a local leading supplier manufacturing steel-based parts for automobiles and scooters in Vietnam, started as a family company in 1979 in Vietnam. Their main customers are Ducati, Toyota, Piaggio, Honda, Mitsubishi Electricity. Their revenue 2018 was 71 million US$.Ms Theresa Lan, Deputy CEO is welcoming the delegation and looks forward to cooperating with German companies in designing as Germany has high technology in many fields.
The delegates visited their factory and it was quite impressive, very well organized, modern, equipped with robots and machines from EU and Japan. Read more here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City: 5th year Anniversary of BOSCH Automotive R&D Center in Vietnam, 02 July 2019

Starting in 2014 with 3 engineers, Bosch automotive R&D center has now 70 engineers, almost of them are Vietnamese experts. GIC/AHK Vietnam congratulates Bosch on their anniversary and wish them all success for the bright future in Vietnam.

Supported events

Danang: Oktoberfest, 2 – 8 August 2019

This year, our member brings the Oktoberfest to the center of Vietnam. If you are living and working in Danang, do not forget to join this great event to enjoy live music, free flow of German beer together with German buffet and get a chance to win the attractive lucky draw prizes.
More here >>>

Hanoi: Vietnam ICT Summit 2019, 8 August 2019

Vietnam ICT Summit 2019 is expected to welcome nearly 1000 delegates from Vietnam and overseas, especially with the welcome speech from H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam.
With the theme of “Digital Transformation towards a prosperous Vietnam“, aiming to call for action consensus of Agencies, Ministries, Departments, Communities, Businesses and the whole society for the National Digital Transformation project, this is considered the Summit of action, where big enterprises commit to act for the National Digital Transformation. More here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City: Foodexpo Vietnam , 13 – 16 November 2019

It is the most comprehensive event in Vietnam food industry and food technologies, organized by Vietnam Promotion Agency, MOIT. In 2018, with over 600 booths of 456 enterprises from local and foreign countries, Foodexpo welcomed 17,641 trade visitors in which 3,158 international visitors comes from 45 countries.
For more information about registration assistance and price pls contact via hotline: (+84) 988107234, haadpex03@gmail.com, Hannah (Ms.) - Project Manager

Culture events

Onleihe: German Digital Library

The Onleihe is Goethe-Institut’s digital library. More than 35,000 German language eBooks, audio books, movies, materials for German language learners, magazines and newspapers are available for downloading from the Onleihe.
After registration and activation, you can use the Onleihe media on your PC, laptop and mobile devices (Android and iOS). Free of charge. Free of advertisements. Anytime and anywhere. More here >>>

GIC/AHK Vietnam 

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Email: trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de 
Tel: +84 (24) 3936 1897

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German Business Association (GBA)
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Ms. Nguyen Thuy Dung
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Tel: +84 (28) 3823 9775
Email: dung.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de