On 16th and 17th August 2017, the Head of the Department for International Trade at the UK Embassy in Vietnam, Selena McGuiness, and the Executive Director of BBGV, Peter Rimmer, met with representatives of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) from both Hai Phong and Nghe An to discuss ways forward to enhance business links between the two provinces and the UK.
The business trip to Hai Phong was arranged by Deep C, a subsidiary of Dinh Vu Industrial Zone and a member of the BBGV. Deep C is a nation-wide foreign-invested company working on industrial land and ready-built warehouse for lease.
According to Mr Hans Kertens, International Business Development Manager of the Deep C, the rapid development of Hai Phong as a fast-growing region in Vietnam has been enabled by infrastructure advance in the region, in which the Deep C port systems is the key driver.
Mr. Peter Rimmer acknowledged the great potentials of Hai Phong in manufacturing and trade, as well as the increasing need to improve economic and social infrastructure in both quantity and quality.
Following the meeting with Deep C, BBGV had field visits to Dinh Vu Industrial Zone, with the highlight of the environmental friendly waste water treatment factory. Furthermore, as social facilities, including healthcare and education systems, are among the central concerns of British investors who look for business opportunities in Vietnam, BBGV also had visits and meetings with the Quality International School (QIS) and International Hospital in Hai Phong.
As an essential part of the trip, there was also a meeting with the VCCI in Hai Phong where the two parties discussed about future opportunities for business co-operation. Sharing similar functions and missions, BBGV and VCCI fully recognised the potentials for collaboration.
VCCI Hai Phong reiterated great economic potentials and business opportunities in Hai Phong as the third largest economic zone in Vietnam. Regarding the investment environment, VCCI Hai Phong reassured that progress was being made to enhance the capability and reliability of the local government and companies, through the simplification of the administration procedures.
Ms. Selena McGuiness, Head of the Department for International Trade at the UK Embassy in Vietnam, acknowledged the importance of VCCI Hai Phong as the driver for the Northern economic zone of Vietnam. The two parties agreed to focus on developing business links in prioritised sectors, including ship building, manufacturing, cement, textile, and port services.
Continuing the efforts of establishing strategic cooperation with VCCI throughout Vietnam, on 17th August, BBGV had a meeting with Mr. Phan Duy Hung, the Head of Foreign Affairs & Media Department from VCCI Nghe An. Mr Hung expressed Nghe An’s interest in technology transfer from the UK, especially in industrialized agriculture.
The two parties agreed to find the way to facilitate business links between British companies and Nghe An companies, as well as to attract more technology transfer from the UK to Nghe An.
The two meetings with representatives of VCCI in Hai Phong and Nghe An opened opportunities for successful cooperation of BBGV with VCCI in the future. These efforts aim at expanding the geographical business interest of the UK companies and BBGV members in Vietnam, in addition to Hanoi and HCM city.