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EuroCham launches Northeastern Vietnam Chapter in Hai Phong

Released at: 17:56, 06/10/2017

EuroCham launches Northeastern Vietnam Chapter in Hai Phong

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Chapter its second in Vietnam, following Central Vietnam Chapter.

by Linh San

The European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) held the “Northeastern Vietnam Focus Day” and launched its Northeastern Vietnam Chapter in Hai Phong on October 5.

This is the second regional chapter of the chamber, following the Central Vietnam Chapter, which opened in November 2016.

“As EuroCham Vice Chairman, I am very happy to open this EuroCham Chapter covering the northeastern region and putting today’s event forth for the first time,” said Dr. Gellért Horváth, Vice Chairman of EuroCham. “Local businesses and authorities in Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Hung Yen, and Quang Ninh responded well and appeared in good numbers, showing that we were right: the local business dynamics are increasing and there is a need for platforms to bring the business community together, namely European business. I am proud that EuroCham is now present in the northeastern region and closer to its members, and hope that new partnerships and new dynamics will be formed with our chamber’s presence here.”

The agenda included joining the breaking ground ceremony for the Deep C Industrial Zone, a tour of new industrial facilities around the Hai Phong, such as Lach Huyen Port and Tan Vu Bridge, and a working lunch where business leaders, local authorities, and European diplomatic representatives discussed the potential of the northeastern region as a prime investment destination in Vietnam.  

The Northeastern Vietnam Focus Day was dedicated to informing people about the economic and business opportunities in the region’s cities and provinces, including Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Hung Yen, and Quang Ninh.

Experts and officials covered cross-cutting business topics from a site-specific perspective, including investment practices, tax incentives, local talent management, real estate development, and new infrastructure, among others. It was a one-time opportunity to hear from experts and the government in regard to the current state of Hai Phong and northeastern Vietnam’s business potential.

The region is well-positioned to become the next top business, trade, and investment destination in Vietnam and EuroCham has taken a decisive step to ensure that present and prospective members doing business in the region are well supported.

To this end, Dr. Horváth opened the event and officially launched EuroCham’s Northeastern Vietnam Chapter. Three EuroCham delegates will carry out the organization’s action on the ground, aiming to bring further dynamics in the contact between local business communities and supporting around 40 EuroCham members in the region, including large investors such as Apollo, Ariston Thermo, DB Schenker, Deep C Industrial Zones, Gentherm, Knauf, Mascot, Messer and many more.

The EU Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Bruno Angelet, was present at the event and strongly supports the creation of this second EuroCham Chapter outside of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, highlighting the importance of European business being active in strategic high potential regions in Vietnam. Ambassador Angelet underlined the significant role EuroCham could play in attracting high quality investment from the EU in the framework of the opportunities from the upcoming EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

Its second representation office in its 18 years of existence, the EuroCham Northeastern Vietnam Chapter is set to empower the local business community, offering an annual, locally-focused agenda of business events, advocacy support, and networking opportunities.

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