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Highlights of the month

New Project: Services for German Healthcare Industry in Vietnam

In August 2019, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has officially appointed a contact person in GIC/AHK Vietnam to support and connect German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the healthcare industry. This contact person will support them in terms of market entry process and business development in Vietnam. Our functions are to provide information about economic policies, legal regulations and frameworks in the healthcare industry in Vietnam as well as the market prospect, including demands, opportunities and challenges of this industry for German SMEs. We also assist German SMEs with connecting with Vietnam’s government, ministries and agencies in the healthcare industry as well as with business networking between two countries. Furthermore, GIC/AHK Vietnam will organize German business delegations in the healthcare industry to Vietnam to directly meet potential partners, conduct seminars and specialized healthcare workshops with the objective of connecting, exchanging experiences and improving the cooperation between businesses of the two countries. Read more here >>>

New Release: AHK Vietnam Booklet 2019: Vietnam – Zukunft durch Handel

We are delighted to present our new Vietnam’s booklet in German language informing on Vietnam’s current economic development, business environment, investment climate as well as the current German - Vietnamese business relations here. With our charts, infographics and short texts, German companies from all over the world will easily 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. Online Download here >>>

We'd like to thank our generous sponsors for all of their support, namely SNB Law, Deep C Industry Zones, VietinBank, Karl Gross, Lufthanse City Center Terraverde Travel.

GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2019 – 28 days to the Grand Opening

The most anticipated event, GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2019, is coming soon! Taking place in two big cities:
  • Ho Chi Minh City at Hotel Nikko Saigon - Nikko Garden from Thursday 26th until Saturday 28th September; 6 pm - 11 pm.
  • Hanoi at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi for 3 days from Thursday 17th until Saturday 19th October; 6 pm - 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! Tickets are expected to sell out quickly. To secure your seat and your mug at this great event, book your ticket 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 11 September 2019 and in Hanoi on 13 September 2019.
Read more here >>>
Online Registration here >>> 
Further details and registration please contact us at business4@vietnam.ahk.de, Tel. 024 3825 1420

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

At: Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City
Meeting Chairman: Mr Horst Geicke – Vice-Chairman
Speakers: Thomas Wolf, CEO of German software company RIB, will explain how AI will revolutionise innovation in urban development and all other industries, thus fundamentally changing our way of life.
Detailed invitation can be founded here >>>

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

Rödl & Partner Vietnam: Legal Update on Export-Processing Enterprise Model
Many  foreign  investors  who  specialize  in  commercial  manufacturing to export  and  trade  overseas,  without  consumption  in  the  local  market, intend  to exercise  their business  activities  under the Export-Processing Enterprise (EPE) model to enjoy tax incentives on Import and Export Taxes as well as on Value Added Tax of Vietnam. Our GBA Corporate Partner, Rödl & Partner Vietnam, is pleased to present a legal update on EPE model. 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

VinFast’s sedan – our first test drive

GIC/AHK‘s FIRST test drive with VINFAST Sedan. It‘s a great car! Top quality in such a short time - Really amazing and Congratulations to VINFAST.
More pictures here >>>

VTC Netviet: Interview on wire and cable industry in Vietnam

The main topics were the current development of wire and cable industry in Vietnam, the future perspectives, chances and also challenges that local businesses are now facing. Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam confirmed the potentials of Vietnamese market in this sector for German companies and stated that with German technologies local companies could improve their productivity and their competitive advantages on the path of Industry 4.0.
Find the video here >>>

Vietnam Investment Review (VIR): Mergers and Acquisition in Vietnam

Talking with Vietnam Investment Review VIR on Mergers and Acquisition in Vietnam, Marko Walde, Chief Representative of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam informed the VIR readers on current German M&A projects in Vietnam, the sectors which German firms are most interested in for M&A deals amid enforcement of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) as well as his own recommendations in order to accelerate M&A investment as well as to improve the legal framework in Vietnam. Read more here >>>

Vietnam News: Việt Nam making strides in workers' rights

Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director-General for Policy at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said: "I want to congratulate Việt Nam on ratifying convention 98 on the right to and collective bargaining and organising. This is really a landmark for Việt Nam in its ambitious efforts to really integrate itself into the global economy. The country's done a remarkable job in its efforts to revise the Labour Code. We know that there is more work to be done but, you're on a quite a sustainable path to achieving the results of true reform."
Read more here >>>
Photo credit: Vietnam News

Vietnam News: Credit package for supporting industries in Vietnam

The Ministry of Industry and Trade will propose to build a credit package of VNĐ 100 trillion (US$4.4 billion) for developing the support industry for industrial sectors, especially automobile production. This credit package will focus on the automotive, electronics, textile, footwear and material industries but not the basic industry being machine manufacturing.
>>> A great opportunity for German companies in machinery to expand their business in Vietnam. 
Read more here >>>

Dual Vocational Training in Vietnam

Talk with VTC on logistics in Vietnam and the dual vocational training projects for this sector

VTC conducted an interview on logistics sector in Vietnam and how to improve the human resource quality in this area to meet the industry and business demands: Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam talked on the current development of logistics industry in Vietnam, the opportunities and challenges that businesses are now facing and how to improve the quality of human resources in this sectorto meet the demands. Ms Bich Van, Head of Education and Training of GIC/AHK Vietnam shared information on our current dual vocational training projects for the logistics industry in Vietnam since 2017.
Read more here >>>

Graduation ceremony of An Re Mai Sen – Hospitality training center in Ho Chi Minh City

On 19 August 2019, Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam and our AHK Academy Team were in the graduation ceremony of An Re Mai Sen, one of our partners in education and training in Vietnam. All the graduates in this occupation “chef and restaurant management” get certificates of GIC/DIHK with DIHK-Germany standards and recognition.

German Business Incubator Vietnam

VTC Netviet on German start-ups and the eco-system created by GIC/AHK Vietnam in Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City

Talking with VTC on the German Business Incubator Vietnam which is located in Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam also shared activities to support German and Vietnamese start-ups as well as SMEs in doing business in Vietnam as well as in connecting with German community and German companies in HCMC and in Vietnam.
Please find the video here >>>


People & Career 

The first meeting with new Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vietnam

GIC/AHK Vietnam and GBA Vietnam welcomed Dr Guido Hildner, the new Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vietnam in Hanoi office on 22 August 2019. The very first meeting between the new Ambassador and representatives of German businesses in Vietnam.

We wish the Ambassador every success in his new duty and look forward to successful cooperation with German Embassy in Hanoi!

The visit of Dr Wallat, new General Consulate of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City

Dr. Wallat, the new General Consulate of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City, has visited our office in Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City on 09 August 2019. Marko Walde, Chief representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam welcomed her and introduced our new project German Business Incubator Vietnam, an ecosystem for German and Vietnamese start-ups offering offices and co-working spaces as well as a variety of networking and training opportunities to businesses.

Job Offers in Vietnam

German Embassy, gbc engineers, WIHA, primus line, PV2 energie 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 here >>>

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 here >>> 

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 here >>>

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 here >>> 

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 here >>>

Past events 

Ho Chi Minh City: The Vietnam-EU Trade Forum "EVFTA - A new horizon for extensive and comprehensive cooperation", 30 July 2019

This event was organized by MOIT Vietnam and the EU delegation to Vietnam, with the aim to support the enterprise community of Vietnam and the EU member nations in taking full advantages of EVFTA to expand markets and enhance business and investment opportunities.
Mr Marko Walde, Chief Representative of German Industry and Commerce Vietnam, talked on the opportunities offered by EVFTA in the cooperation between Vietnam and Germany and presented his recommendations to Vietnam's government and to the Vietnamese businesses. More here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City: Roundtable Discussion on "Market Positioning in Vietnam with a view to food and agriculture industry", 22 August 2019

Ho Chi Minh City: Roundtable Discussion on "Market Positioning in Vietnam with a view to food and agriculture industry", 22 August 2019During the official visit of Mr Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, German Parliamentary State Secretary and a business delegation of German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Vietnam (from 22 - 24 August 2019), GIC/AHK Vietnam in collaboration with German Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City organized this roundtable discussion to create a platform for businesses in this sector of Vietnam and Germany to understand the markets, the customers' requirements and behaviours, the chances and challenges for German companies in Vietnam as well as the corporate opportunities with local companies here.
Read more here >>>

Magdeburg: ASEAN Business Roundtable, 28 August 2019

Organized by IHK Magdeburg, Germany, this business roundtable was aimed to provide participants essential market information for their business development plans in ASEAN. Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam Mr Marko Walde and Executive Director of AHK Thailand Dr. Roland Wein provided first hand information on ASEAN as dynamic market and economic integration as well as the current situation, outlook and business opportunities in the region, Vietnam and Thailand.
#PartnerInASEAN
#PartnerInVietnam

Ho Chi Minh City: Technical Seminar for wire and cable industries, 09 August 2019

Panel discussion on wire industry in Vietnam and the future development of this sector took place today in Ho Chi Minh City, with the participations of 10 German experts and more than 150 local companies in Vietnam, organized by German Industry and Commerce Vietnam and Messe Düsseldorf Asia. In this technical seminar, known German enterprises in the wire and cable industry for example Niehoff, Reber Systematic GmbH + Co KG, Esteves-DWD, Medek & Schörner GmbH, Rosendahl Nextrom, Sikora... will introduce their latest technologies and innovations to Vietnamese businesses.

Korea: DEinternational regional meeting, 25 - 26 July 2019

The regional meeting of DEinternational services of all German Chambers of Commerce in Asia took place in 2 days to brainstorm and create new ideas and concepts for better supporting German companies in Asia. Many thanks to AHK Korea for the great organization. Next year, the German Industry and Commerce Vietnam will be hosting this event in Vietnam! 

Ho Chi Minh City, DeutschenTreff, 21 August 2019, 6 pm – 9 pm

Welcome back from the summer holiday with our networking event at our member location, Bavaria Haus. The event attracted more than 120 participants. Pictures of the event can be found here >>>

Supported events

Ho Chi Minh City, SPO Concert “Hymns of mother nature”, 31 August 2019

Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) would like to invite GBA members to their concert ‘Hymns of mother nature. The complimentary tickets are limited and based on a first-come-first-served basis.  Contact Ms Mai from GBA Office for tickets: mai@gba-vietnam.org.
More details here >>>

GIC/AHK Vietnam 

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

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