Successful trade mission to Vietnam with Minister Sigrid Kaag

The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Ms. Sigrid Kaag visited Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from 6-7 February 2018. See the pictures and read below about the details of her visit.

Vietnam was selected as the destination for her first trade mission since her appointment as Minister, which shows the importance the Government of the Netherlands places on its relations with Vietnam. The Minister brought with her a large group of Dutch companies (45 companies of different sectors) to Vietnam.

After the kick-off, the delegation had a short introduction to doing business in Vietnam by Joris van Tienen from Damen and by Ms. Do Thu Ly from ING. The delegation was most interested in cooperation opportunities in water management, agriculture, maritime, aviation, logistics, smart cities, and energy. Various meetings took place within just two days, both at governmental level and working level.

The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms. Sigrid Kaag was welcomed to Vietnam by Prime-Minister Phuc. They discussed our current cooperation and how we can further strengthen our longstanding bilateral relationship - this year we're celebrating 45 years of diplomatic relations. The Netherlands has a solid and sustainable economic relationship with Vietnam. Vietnam will remain a priority country to the Dutch government as well as its business community.

Minister Kaag also had successful meetings with Mr. Tran Quoc Vuong, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, and with Mr. Nguyen Van Cong, Vice Minister of Transport. The Netherlands and Vietnam can cooperate on many fields, such as agriculture, horticulture, water, maritime, logistics, and energy.

Dr. Gellert Horvath, co-chair of Eurocham Vietnam, gave the business delegation an insightful presentation about the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and its consequences.
Also take a look at this page if you want to know more about the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

One of the most rewarding moments of trade missions is to see the start of fruitful cooperation between Vietnamese and Dutch companies. Several signings of Memorandums of Understanding took place at the Holland Trade Receptions in Hanoi and HCMC.

During the three day trade mission, numerous deals were made and agreements were reached. It made clear that The Netherlands and Vietnam share the vision of a sustainable future where both the economy and the environment can thrive, and that there are many opportunities to work together even more closely.

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