The webinar Doing Agri-Business in Vietnam was successfully held by BBGV on February 17, 2017. The invited experts, in the role of stakeholders, have provided valuable information on overview of agri-business in Vietnam, updates on recent legal frameworks for registering new agri-tech items (machinery & equipment), agricultural stuffs (animal feeds, feed additives, and fertilizer); and practical experiences in doing agri-business in Vietnam.
With the key support from The Business Centre- British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV), SCC has successfully launched its second Global Delivery Centre in Ho Chi Minh City on February 24, 2017. The inauguration ceremony welcomed the participation of Dr Liam Fox - UK Secretary of State for International Trade, along with SCC founder - Sir Peter Rigby.
SCC, with 40 years of development, is the largest independent IT group in Europe, which not only provides businesses with quality IT infrastructure solutions and services, but also contributes to UK national charities and heritage.
After the earlier approach to Vietnam with a Preferred Partner framework agreement signed with Vietnamese software giant FPT Software in September 2016, SCC’s operation expansion to Vietnam has marked its “another important strategic milestone for the business”, said CEO James Rigby. The new operation also contributes to enhance the business partnership between two countries.
In his speech, Sir Peter Rigby sent great appreciation to the organizations, including BBGV, for the enthusiastic assistance to SCC expansion plan. With £32m revenue generated in fiscal year 2016, the new Centre aims to deliver great support to clients in both Eastern and Western areas.
BBGV was pleased to welcome the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) on their Mission to Vietnam, on the 6-9th March 2017. BBGV provided support to the Mission in conjunction with the Department of International Trade.
The BESA mission included visits to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The delegates were kept busy during their time in Vietnam and met with representatives of the Department of Education and Training as well as many representatives many educational establishments including Vietnamese Schools, Universities and International Schools, publishers, importers and distributors.
In his welcoming speech in Ho Chi Minh City, the Consul General Ian Gibbons made reference to the world class educational technology offered by BESA members. He also commented that the mission fitted well with the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in 2010 in which Education was one of the seven priority focus areas for cooperation between the UK and Vietnam Governments.
Mr Pham Ngoc Thanh the Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh Department of Education and Training in his speech confirmed the need for further development for English Language and ICT within the Vietnamese school system.
Presentations were made to an appreciative audience at the mini workshop by nine members of the UK educational suppliers industry including Boclips, Collexi Limited, Cambridge University Press, Data Harvest Group Ltd, Discovery Education and Hodder Education, RM Results, WCBS and Zzish
Following the workshop, the mini-exhibition took place where members from BESA met with many Vietnam based companies on a 1-2-1 to discuss the opportunities of working together.
The mission concluded with BESA members visiting the British International School and the International School of Ho Chi Minh City.
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BBGV was proud to support the recent visit to Vietnam by Dr Liam Fox MP, UK Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.
Dr Fox’s held a number of ministerial meetings, of which, Brexit and future trade relations were a key theme. At the meeting with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the positive messaging from Lord Price’s visit in October that the UK would remain a key trading partner for Vietnam was reinforced. The Prime Minister warmly welcomed Dr Fox’s reassurance that the UK continues to support entry into force of the EU-Vietnam FTA and there was strong ambition from Vietnam to move forward the trade and investment dialogue to facilitate growth following Brexit.
At the meeting with the Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee, Mr Nguyen Thanh Phong, Dr Fox emphasized the goodwill from UK to keep enhancing the cooperation and relationship between the UK and Ho Chi Minh City. Dr Fox and Chairman Phong particularly discussed the UK offer on education, smart cities and infrastructure development.
Also in this visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Dr Fox visited Landmark 81 which once completed will be the tallest building in Vietnam. British companies Atkins, Arup and Mace have all had a leading role in delivering this project.
In the theme of harmonious cooperation between Vietnam and UK, Dr Fox, along with sir Peter Rigby, founder of SCC-Europe’s largest independent IT group, formally opened its second Global Delivery Centre in HCM City. With the support from BBGV for the initial stage, the company is looking at a long term high quality investment in Vietnam with strong plans for further expansion.
Dr Fox’s visit concluded with a keynote address at a reception hosted by the British Business Group in Vietnam and attended by leading UK and Vietnamese businesses, where the Secretary of State outlined to a receptive audience the Government’s vision for the UK in a post-Brexit world.
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