The British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, in cooperation with the British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV), last week organized the “Outlook for 2019 - Business is GREAT” seminar in order to highlight the UK’s expertise in different business sectors.

Consul General Mr. Ian Gibbons said “Business is GREAT” is part of the GREAT Campaign, which is the UK Government’s most ambitious international promotional campaign and unites efforts in the public and private sectors to generate jobs and growth for Britain and its country partners. The campaign also marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the UK.

The seminar consisted of six different presentations on the economic outlook and visions of businesses in 2019 on the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market, presented by Mr. Phil Worthington, Managing Director of Kantar Millward Brown, the education vision in 2019, presented Mr. Stewart Utley from British University Vietnam, and the macroeconomic outlook for 2019, presented by Mr. Pham Hong Hai, CEO of HSBC Vietnam.

“The shift to e-commerce, including the challenges and opportunities” talk was presented by Mr. Dean Rolfe, Partner in Tax and Head of MNC at KPMG. The tourism and hospitality outlook for 2019 was presented by Mr. Kenneth Atkinson, Executive Chairman of Grant Thornton Vietnam, while human resources and salary guides in 2019 was presented by Mr. Adrien Bizouard, Country Manager of Robert Walters Vietnam.

Mr. Atkinson, who is also Chairman of BBGV, said the dynamic British community in Vietnam has a huge amount to offer in future collaboration in various fields, such as world-class education, ground-breaking research, high-tech financial services, and energy

The seminar’s panel discussion on “Challenges and opportunities for doing business in Vietnam, facing Industry 4.0” included Mr. Neil McGregor, Managing Director of Savills Vietnam, Mr. Mai Quang Tri, Chief Representative of Atkins, and Mr. Utley, and received a lot of interest from those in attendance.