I am delighted to serving the Chamber as Chair, especially during the 50th year of diplomatic relations between our two countries, working with both embassies to support and promote further strengthening of business as well as other ties.
BritCham is not only the voice of British Business with both Governments, but also a prominent voice among chambers being a consortium member of the Vietnam Business Forum which BritCham fellow board member Nitin Kapour is co-chair for this year, this alongside the effort and commitment of BCAC members, has created a strong and coherent voice for issues across the spectrum, especially as we join CPTPP.
The Chamber also continues to run its established series of monthly networking events in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh and this year we hope to have events in other cities to reach out to other British companies and the wider community. This is alongside business events and seminars which are updated regularly on our social media and website. I along with my fellow board members hope to connect often over the next year and always feel free to contact either our Executive Director or myself.
I believe this year will see a return to positive sustainable growth as well as growing opportunities for members to take advantage of!
The Secretariat of British Chamber of Commerce Vietnam, started as a luncheon club in 1991, was first licensed in 1998 as the British Business Group Vietnam (BritCham Vietnam). We were the first ever Foreign Business Group to obtain formal recognition in Vietnam. The BritCham Vietnam has now evolved into the British Chamber of Commerce Vietnam which is affiliated with the British Chambers of Commerce in the UK and around the world.
Today, we are a community of more than 500 members, whose names mean world class reputation. The Secretariat is a dynamic and professional team, who are dedicated to promote our members’ business interests in Vietnam, through various business, social, charity and advocacy events and activities.
very year, the team works hard to secure funds for charity. Over the history of our operation, the Secretariat has raised more than VND 20 Billion to support education, healthcare, people at disadvantages, and wildlife protection. Our tradition of giving back to the community is something we honour and will keep working on.
Looking into the future, BritCham Vietnam continues our legacies and looks to expand the horizon of providing stronger supports to our members, adding more values to the community, and being the top influencer in the business network between Vietnam and the UK
Founded in 2014, our Business Centre’s mission is to facilitate better trade ties between British and Vietnamese companies via our range of bespoke trade services. Our trade services are designed to help UK companies quickly kickstart their business in Vietnam, accurately identify commercial and investment opportunities, grow exports and further develop their operations in this part of the world.
Financially independent and part of the British Government’s Overseas Business Network Initiative, The Business Centre has continued the association with other British Chambers of Commerce in South East Asia through regular meetings of BiSEA and also participate in their 2 roadshows to the UK every year.
Working primarily with UK companies looking to work in or export to Vietnam, the Business Centre has continued to make progress in its aim to become self-sufficient and independent of grant funding.
In the past year we have worked with over 200 British companies interested in doing business in Vietnam and successfully supported £47.5 million worth of export wins for the UK. At the same time we have also expanded our range of business services to include sales representation services for UK companies looking to maintain long-term presence in Vietnam, and business registration services for UK companies looking to set up their own company and operate in the country.
Our objective is to support UK companies to trade successfully in Vietnam and to foster stronger trade relation and mutually beneficial collaboration between both countries.
The close partnership with the Department for International Trade of UK (DIT) in Vietnam continues to benefit the Business Centre and we now look forward to providing extensive support and trade services to all business sectors in 2020/21 which will allow DIT to concentrate on their high-value work.
Partner search and one-to-one meetings with potential clients, agents/distributors, or outsourcing partners.
Business registration, Site selection, Factory/Office Set-up & Operations support, HR & Financial Management.
A professional business development representative to act locally on behalf of UK companies, strengthen existing engagements with the Vietnam market on a long-term basis and develop further business relationships within the market.
Organise trade missions, product launches, and seminars/workshops.