Nearly 500 businesses from Europe and Vietnam attended the fifth Vietnamese entrepreneurs’ forum in Europe which is being held in Moscow on September 18-19.
Speaking at the opening meeting, president of the Vietnam Business Association in Russia (VBA), Tran Dang Chung, affirmed that VBA is very honoured to hold the forum. The post-global economic and financial crisis environment requires businesses to strengthen co-operation and share information and experiences to remove obstacles and promote business and investment in Europe as well as in Vietnam.
The Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, said that the forum provides a good chance for Vietnamese businesses in Europe to meet and exchange experiences with European partners and seek investment opportunities as well as to discuss measures for developing the Vietnamese business community in Europe. This is also a chance for Vietnamese businesses overseas to update Vietnam’s socio-economic policies.
The forum was held on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Russia and is part of the activities for “Vietnamese Days in Russia”.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, Nguyen Thanh Son, briefed participants on the Party and State’s policies which encourage Vietnamese people and businesses overseas to contribute to the country’s development. He said Vietnamese businesses overseas are a bridge between Vietnam and other countries.
Participants at the forum discussed four main issues: the debt crisis in Europe and related challenges for Vietnamese businesses; coordination and sharing – a key factor for development and success of Vietnamese businesses in Europe; State’s policies to support exports to Europe; and investing at home – opportunity for and responsibility of Vietnamese businesses in Europe.
During the forum, the Ministry of Industry and Trade also held an event to honour outstanding Vietnamese businesspeople in Europe.