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Office Closure: Christmas and New Year's Holiday Closure 

As the holiday season approaches, we express our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support throughout the year. In celebration of Christmas, our AHK offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be closed on December 25 and 26, 2023, and we will resume operations on December 27, 2023

To welcome the New Year, our offices will remain closed on January 1, 2024. We'll be back on January 2, 2024, fully recharged and ready to embark on another successful year. 

Wishing everyone a joyful and festive Christmas surrounded by loved ones.Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to a fantastic year ahead!

GBA Office Closure for Christmas Holidays

GBA office closure for Christmas holidays on the occasion of Christmas holidays, the GBA office will be closed on the 22 and 25 December 2023 and will resume our normal business operations on Tuesday, 26 December 2023. We wish you all the joy, wonder, and magic this holiday season brings. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Hanoi, Vietnam – The 21st National Conference on Provincial Affairs: Strengthening High-Quality Investment Attraction with the Aim of Green and Sustainable Development of Provinces, December 18, 2023 

On December 18, Mr. Marko Walde took part in the 21st National Conference on Provincial Affairs hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Hanoi. The conference aimed to facilitate dialogue between diplomatic and economic organizations, foreign business chambers, and associations. 

During the panel discussion on international trends for attracting high-quality investment, Mr. Marko Walde emphasized the significance of energy transition in Vietnam's strategies to attract German investors. Germany and Vietnam share a strong and growing partnership in green development, focusing on renewable energy, sustainable urban development, and climate change adaptation. With favorable conditions and support from both the government and businesses, the key criterion for success is establishing a supportive regulatory environment. 
For more photos and details of the event, kindly visit here>>> 

2023 Year-end Letter from the GBA Co-Chairmen

As the GBA Co-Chairs, we would like to thank you on behalf of the GBA Board of Directors for your valued contribution and great support to our activities throughout the year. At the beginning of 2023, we set three key priorities for our work with high motivation and energy: (1) transform for excellence by enhancing the GBA’s operations and communications; (2) deliver substance-driven business content by improving the quality and quantity of GBA events; and (3) promote GBA topics by working closely with GBA members to identify needs and address issues. We have made significant progress in achieving these goals. We are excited to share with you some of the highlights that have propelled us forward as one of the most influential and active business associations.

Read the full letter here>>>

Germany – Vietnam Roadshow: Unveiling Vietnam's Potential for German Business Investment, December 4, 6 & 8, 2023 

The Vietnam Roadshow, organized by AHK Vietnam, was a remarkable journey that showcased Vietnam as an appealing investment destination for German businesses. Representatives from Germany displayed enthusiasm and eagerness to explore Vietnam's market. AHK Vietnam, along with partners like Luther Law Firm, JP contagi, DEEP C Industrial Zones Vietnam, Phu My 3 Specialized Industrial Park, VSIP Vietnam, and BW Industrial Development JSC, provided valuable guidance for companies interested in diversifying their operations in Vietnam. 

For more photos and details of the events, kindly visit here>>> 

The German Business Association in Vietnam Successfully Delivers Key Changes in 2023 to Bolster Local & German Business Growth

The German Business Association in Vietnam (GBA) celebrates its achievements in 2023, such as attracting 70 new members and corporate partners, hosting 70 events with 20,000 participants, and improving its operations and communications. The GBA has been supporting the German business community in Vietnam for over 28 years, and is one of the largest foreign business associations in the country. 

In 2024, the GBA will continue to be the voice and advocate of the German businesses, fostering bilateral relations with Vietnam, and providing guidance on the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Vietnam. The GBA expects more German investment in sectors such as agriculture, digitalization, and renewable energy, where Germany has strong expertise and Vietnam has high demand.

GBA Co-Chairmen Mr. Elmar Dutt and Mr. Torben Minko state, “The GBA is committed to working closely with the Vietnamese government to advocate for a favorable and transparent business environment, especially with regards to legal and regulatory frameworks, taxation, labor, and intellectual property rights. Following the implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement in 2020, there is also a need to educate German businesses and potential investors on the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Vietnam. We will continue to provide key guidance while promoting the German business culture and values in Vietnam and advocating for social responsibility and sustainability.
Read the full press release here>>>

Beyond Global Business Promotion & Connection 2023

On December 7, 2023, the Global City Ho Chi Minh City hosted the “Beyond Global Business Promotion & Connection” event, which attracted around 300 foreign corporations and Vietnamese businesses that have invested in Vietnam. 

The event was jointly organised by the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC), the Vietnam International Investment Trade Development Club (VITD), and the chambers of commerce of Germany (GBA), Poland (PAIH), Malaysia (MATRADE and MBC), and Singapore (SCCV). The program aimed to provide a networking platform for domestic and foreign enterprises to find trade and investment partners from various countries. 

Representing the GBA, board member Mr. Ingo Brandenburg delivered the opening remarks. He praised the event for facilitating interaction and exploration of trade and investment opportunities among domestic and foreign enterprises. It was an honour to witness six GBA members achieve the prestigious awards “Beyond Global Outstanding Business 2023”. They are: Deutsche Bank, Rödl & Partner, Bayer, Bosch, FPT Software, Nestlé. The awards showcased Team Europe’s remarkable contributions and innovations in the Vietnamese market. We are very proud of our home teams who received well-deserved awards.

More details here>>>

Hanoi, Vietnam – Enhancing the Friendship between Germany and Vietnam, December 18, 2023 

On December 18, 2023, Mr. Marko Walde participated in a conference hosted by the Vietnam-Germany Friendship Association in Hanoi, aimed at reviewing the endeavors of 2023 and charting tasks for 2024. 

In 2023, the association actively promoted Hanoi-Berlin trade and investment, aiding skilled Vietnamese labor access to the German job market, supporting long-term living and employment opportunities in Germany, assisting vocational training aligned with German standards, and helping Vietnamese businesses establish a brand presence in Germany. 

Speaking for the German economy in Vietnam, Mr. Marko Walde commended the association's initiatives, acknowledging its significant contributions and collaborative relationships with organizations like AHK Vietnam in fostering bilateral friendship. 

On this occasion, Ms. Trang Dao was honored for her contributions to activities that enhance and strengthen trade and investment relations between Germany and Vietnam. 

For more photos and details of the event, kindly visit here>>> 

DIGI-TEXX Accompanies Hau Giang Province to Unlock the Potential of the Digital Economy

DIGI-TEXX VIETNAM, a leading IT enterprise, announced its investment plan into the Innovation Services Center – ISC Hau Giang at the Conference to Announce the Provincial Planning of Hau Giang 2030 with a Vision to 2050 on December 12, 2023. The company received a project implementation certificate from the Hau Giang People’s Committee, becoming one of the first IT enterprises to invest in the province. This event demonstrates DIGI-TEXX VIETNAM’s dedication to providing innovative digital solutions to businesses in Hau Giang and supporting the province’s long-term development goals. 

The conference was graced by the presence of distinguished guests, including the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Mr. Tran Luu Quang, the Chairman of Hau Giang People’s Committee Mr. Dong Van Thanh, the GBA Vice-chairman Mr. Martin Koerner, and the Executive Director of GBA Mrs. Le Quynh Anh.

More details here>>>

Call for GBA Board Candidacy 2024

Are you a member of the German Business Association (GBA) in Vietnam? Do you want to contribute to the development and promotion of German business interests and values in Vietnam? Do you have the passion, commitment, and leadership skills to serve on the GBA Board of Directors?

If your answer is yes, then we have an exciting opportunity for you! The GBA is looking for candidates for the GBA Board 2024, which will be elected at the GBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, 29th January 2024 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction, overseeing the operations, and representing the GBA in various forums and events. 

If you are interested in becoming a candidate for the GBA Board 2024, please find more details here>>>. Application deadline: No later than Friday, December 29, 2023

GBA Membership Renewal for 2024 & 10% Increase in Membership Fees

As we approach 2024, we would like to express our gratitude to our dedicated community of 365+ members and 15 partners for their unwavering support in 2023, which has been instrumental to our shared success. Your invaluable contributions have fueled the achievements of the GBA. We invite you to renew your GBA membership and embark on this journey with us.

Starting January 1, 2024, the GBA, in harmony with EuroCham and its 9 affiliated BAs, will introduce a 10% increase in membership fees - a decision informed by meticulous market analysis. We will soon be sending out our Membership Renewal Package 2024, which will be delivered to your mailbox and inbox. We deeply appreciate your unwavering dedication throughout 2023, and with enthusiasm, we look forward to a year of prosperity and collaboration in 2024!

For further assistance, please contact GBA membership manager, Ms. Mai, at email: mai@gba-vietnam.org or tel. (+84) 903 906 181

Join the GBA Corporate Partnership Program 2024 & Enjoy Exclusive Benefits

The GBA Corporate Partnership Program maintains its successful three-tier structure - Platinum, Gold, and Silver - that offers tailored options for diverse business needs. This year, the program is offering a special discount for a 2- or 3-year commitment, which is particularly exciting. 

Additionally, the new GBA Premium Service Partner tier has been introduced to add an extra layer of exclusivity to enhance your partnership experience. You can explore this unique program here>>> and join us in creating a mutually beneficial partnership that goes beyond the ordinary. We eagerly anticipate welcoming you to the GBA Corporate Partnership Program 2024!

If you need further assistance, please contact GBA membership manager, Ms. Mai, at email: mai@gba-vietnam.org or tel. (+84) 903 906 181. 


Vietnam Economic Monitoring – in Eleven Months of 2023  

Vietnam’s economy is thriving, attracting foreign investment and experiencing strong growth. The country is projected to be one of the top 20 fastest-growing economies in 2024. Standard Chartered forecasts a GDP growth rate of 6.7% for Vietnam in 2024. 

A total import-export turnover of goods reached $619.2 billion, and it attracted $28.9 billion of registered capital, marking a 14.8% increase compared to 2022. The realized capital is estimated to reach $20.3 billion, the highest recorded between 2018 and 2023.  

German companies have shown growing interest in Vietnam, with 28 FDI projects initiated, investing over $341.5 million, a remarkable 410.1% YoY increase. This highlights Vietnam’s appeal as a promising destination for German companies looking to diversify in Asia

For full details of this report, kindly visit here>>>  

Find out more infographics and reports on our website>>> 

AHK Podcast #37 – German – Laos Bilateral Relations on the Rise: Opportunities for Businesses 

In AHK Podcast #37, we will delve into the bilateral relations between Germany and Laos across various sectors, exploring the burgeoning opportunities for

We are honored to have Mrs. Annette Knobloch, Madam Ambassador of the German Embassy in Vientiane joining our host – Fiona Khin Nyein Thu, Regional Manager for Cambodia and Laos, in charge of Relationship Management, on this insightful conversation. 

Tune in NOW on Spotify>>> or Apple Podcast>>> 

For more podcast from us, please visit AHK Vietnam’s website>>> 

Contact us for business inquiries regarding the markets of Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos: regionCLM@vietnam.ahk.de 

Legal Updates by Dr. Oliver Massmann | December 2023

Our long-standing GBA board member Dr. Oliver Massmann, Partner at Duane Morris Vietnam LCC, is sharing the most relevant legal updates:

  1. Finance Ministry turns down auto manufacturers’ tax proposals
  2. MoIT to counteract rising electricity costs
  3. New anti-money laundering Law: Reason – Change & Improvement
  4. Vietnam to impose global minimum tax on foreign companies next year
  5. New policy to get the best of overseas Vietnamese contributions to the nation

More details here>>>


Hanoi, Vietnam: Vietnam – Cambodia Economic Boost: Opportunities for German Investment, December 11 – 12, 2023 

Vietnam and Cambodia mark 60 years of diplomacy with a high-level delegation led by PM Hun Manet, bolstering economic ties. Discussions cover diverse areas like economy, diplomacy, security, healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure, policy framework, human resources, and transportation. The leaders focus on a strategic bilateral trade agreement for 2023-2024, emphasizing cross-border trade development and surveys for building border markets. The nations collaborate within ASEAN, RCEP, and WTO frameworks to enhance global market access and attract foreign investment.  

For more photos and details of the event, kindly visit here>>> 

HCMC, Vietnam – EuroCham Cambodia and GIZ Business Scout in Cambodia to HCMC: Visits to Representative German Companies and Institutions, November 29 – December 1, 2023 

EuroCham Cambodia and GIZ Business Scout recently visited Ho Chi Minh City at the invitation of AHK to enhance Vietnam-Cambodia cooperation and explore opportunities for collaboration in the CLMV Sub-region.  

During their visit, the delegation toured the factories of Viessmann, Bosch TGA, and framas, learning about their manufacturing processes and business environments in Vietnam. Throughout the visits to the vocational center at Bosch TGA, LILAMA 2, and Anre Maisen, they also expressed interest in learning about the establishment of vocational centers and the Vietnamese cooperation dual vocational training platform, which follows German standards. This visit provided valuable information on how to collaborate and address the growing demand for skilled laborers in Cambodia. 

For more photos and details of the event, kindly visit here>>> 


Feierabend Rendez-Vous | The Franco-German Day 2024

Date: Thursday, 25 January 2024

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Venue: To be announced

Stay tuned for more details here>>>

GBA Annual General Meeting 2024

Date: Monday, 29 January 2024

Time: 5 PM – 9 PM

Venue: Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City & InterContinental Westlake Hanoi

More details here>>>

Vietnam – German Railway Technology in Vietnam, March 4 – 8, 2024 

Vietnam has been actively expanding and modernizing its railway infrastructure to reduce reliance on road and air transportation. Notably, a $58.6 billion high-speed rail project will connect Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. 

International contractors also have the opportunity to participate in two other railway lines (Thu Thiem Airport Long Thanh and Bien Hoa-Vung Tau) in the south of Vietnam. These are two significant projects contributing to the synchronization of transportation infrastructure for the new Long Thanh Airport, with a combined investment of $3.91 billion. For program details, kindly visit here>>> 

Thorough market research and adaptation to the Vietnamese market’s specific needs and challenges are essential. For inquiries, contact Ms. Le Hai Duong | E-mail: duong.lehai@vietnam.ahk.de 

Germany: NRW-ASEAN Summit 2024, April 18, 2024 

The ASEAN region is becoming increasingly important for the German economy – whether as a sales and procurement market or as a sales and production location. The dynamic economic area with strong growth rates and around 670 million inhabitants offers diverse opportunities for German companies.  

At the NRW-ASEAN Summit 2024, you will have the opportunity to obtain information about the individual markets, the region, and the respective business opportunities. In addition, representatives of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad will be available for consultations.  

For more details about the event, kindly visit here>>> 

To secure your spot, register now>>> 

If you have any questions, please contact: Mr. Björn Koslowski | E-mail: koslowski.bjoern@vietnam.ahk.de 

GBA Events

The German Business Association offers excellent networking opportunities for various needs that come along with doing business in Vietnam. Don’t miss out on any of our upcoming activities!

Please visit our Website>>>, follow us on Facebook>>> and LinkedIn>>>, or join the GBA Announcement Group on WhatsApp & Zalo >>> to stay up to date.


Join our GBA Corporate Partnership Program to position your brand in the best environment and show your support and connection to the German business community in Vietnam. Be constantly visible on every GBA channel and entitled to various benefits and exclusive promotion opportunities. Find out more details here >>> or contact the Membership Manager, Ms. Mai at mai@gba-vietnam.org for registration and instant support.

Thank you for the strong support of our 15 Corporate Partners. Please find below further information.


Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Bank AG provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking, and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.

Visit their website here>>>

French Intern Shares Her Experience at Rödl & Partner Vietnam

Rödl & Partner Vietnam hosts Manon Chouet, a French intern from the “Master’s degree in International and Comparative Business Law” program. The program provides invaluable legal practice experience, easing students’ transition into professional roles. Manon shares her journey, “My internship at Rödl & Partner has been a reassuring and affirming experience, confirming my career choice. The firm’s vast expertise has allowed me to delve into diverse legal aspects, ranging from contract drafting and financial matters to thorough legal research. The firm’s core values resonate deeply with me. The supportive and approachable team at Rödl & Partner has been instrumental in shaping my development as a future lawyer.”

Find more details here>>>

Did You Know that Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City Provides Free Bicycle Parking?

The Bicycle Racks, located on basement level 1, are designed with “hotel style” changing facilities in order to be in line with the “greenness” concept and suit the “wellness campaign” of occupiers, and the commitment of Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City to the environment.

Find more details here>>>

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NEXT.assembly - Proven and Innovative Testing Technology for Autonomous Driving

Dürr’s NEXT.assembly is a one-stop shop for solutions for planning, consulting and process implementation in conveyor, gluing, assembly, filling and testing technology. In its innovative testing technology that includes static calibration, dynamic function tests, and driving behaviour in typical traffic situations, Dürr’s multifunctional test stand for testing autonomous vehicles allows real driving scenarios to be represented reliably and reproducibly.

Find more details here>>>

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Established in 2021, Ivy+Partners is a PR Consulting Firm operating with the motto of upholding cultural values and supporting brands to create positive impacts on the community. With the local understanding and international standards, Ivy+Partners provides full-suited PR & Communications services, Events, Personal Branding and Business Matching. Ivy+Partners has a strong network of partners in the APAC region and is proud to be a member of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), the world’s largest organization of public relations professionals, and One Asia PR Group.

Visit their website here>>>
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Empowering Businesses to Soar and Succeed!

As a full-service foreign law firm of German origin, Luther in Vietnam facilitates stakeholders of all industries. We stay ahead of the latest legal commercial developments pacing business in Asia and Europe. Working with Luther in Vietnam provides access to dedicated foreign and domestic legal advisors with a network of renowned law offices throughout Europe and Asia.

With a proven track record of successful clients in the region, we take on a proactive role in empowering businesses to establish a thriving presence in this dynamic economy with ease and confidence.

Embrace the Vision - Contact Our Trusted Law Firm here>>>

Mercedes-Benz Vietnam - The Exclusive Privilege for GBA Members

Mercedes-Benz Vietnam is proud to be the only luxury car brand in Vietnam to have an exclusive program designated for all GBA members. Our special offers are up to 4% for all CKD models including C-class, E-class, GLC-class, and 4% for most of our CBU models. For more details of the program, please contact us via the hotline 1800 400 110 or direct points at our authorized nationwide dealers.

Visit their website here>>>

Messer - The Reliable Partner of Semiconductor Manufacturer

High-performance semiconductors consist of monocrystalline silicon. In this crystal pulling process, a single silicon crystal is first melted in a controlled atmosphere consisting of the noble gas Argon provided by Messer. It is then allowed to solidify back into crystalline form in a controlled manner, forming round, columnar blocks. Cultivated crystals exhibit very high efficiency and quality. The ingots are very finely and precisely cut into slices (wafers), on which integrated circuits (microchips) or solar cells are then manufactured.

Find more details here>>>

Schaeffler Vietnam Clinches Top 100 Vietnam Best Places to Work for 2023

Schaeffler Vietnam has been recognized as Top 100 Vietnam Best Places to Work for 2023, also Top 4 in the Engineering/ Mechanical/ Machinery industry by Anphabe. 

“This recognition reaffirms Schaeffler’s resolute commitment to creating a workspace in which our employees are encouraged to unlock their full potential, correspondingly foster the pioneering spirit that continues to drive us forward.” Ms. Nguyen Hong Yen, Country HR Manager at Schaeffler Vietnam shared.

Find more details here>>>

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The SNB China Plus One Legal Checklist

Check out “The SNB China+1 Legal Checklist”, a newsletter series by SNB Law, a leading German law firm with offices in China and Vietnam. This checklist provides some legal key points on how to expand your presence in Vietnam. In the first volume of the checklist, the focus is on legal issues in connection with the transfer of management personnel, including requirements for being a legal representative, and the question whether a secondment (Entsendung) from Germany is feasible in Vietnam.

Find more details here>>>

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Enjoy the Most Beautiful Time of the Year!

As the holiday season approaches, all of us at Spectos Asia extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. May this Christmas bring joy to your hearts and prosperity in the coming year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Find more details here>>>

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Würth Vietnam

Würth Vietnam primarily trades and distributes chemical technical products, fasteners, engine oils, tools and personal protection equipment of the highest German quality to the automotive and metal industries. In these sectors alone we deliver 5,000 items directly from our warehouse in Ho Chi Minh City. An additional 100,000 products we deliver from our global headquarters in Germany.

Find more details here>>>

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ZIEHL-ABEGG - Welcome to the Royal League in the field of air technology, control engineering and drive technology. Be inspired by our technology, our solution and our competence and trust that you will find the future of intelligent developments at ZIEHL-ABEGG. We focus on system solutions for ventilation, control and drive technology and are constantly looking for new applications for our products. As an innovation and quality leader, we constantly set new standards in technology, service and design. 

Find more details here>>>

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Headhunt Vietnam

Headhunt Vietnam - Headhunt Vietnam has served over 500 corporate clients in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, including multinational companies and large local companies. We have continuously updated the market and carried out internal training to best meet the needs of our clients. With 10 years of experience in conducting hundreds of executive searches across Vietnam and Asia Pacific countries, we are proud to be a leading placement and HR consulting company representing the industries of Oil & Gas, FMCG & Manufacturing, Logistics, and IT in Vietnam.

Visit their website here>>>

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tesa Site Haiphong – A Global Tape Manufacturing Site is Opening

A size of 70,000 square meters, 650,000 safe work hours, and production capacities for millions of square meters of adhesive tape every year; these are just a few facts about our new tesa site in Vietnam. We started with the laying of the foundation stone in January 2022 and will be open for business by the end of the year. We are proud to see the whole construction coming more and more to life and are looking forward to the start of production.

Find more details here>>>


The Insurance Industry Gains Growth Despite Economic Slowdown 

Despite the economic slowdown, Việt Nam’s insurance sector remains robust, with total assets of insurance companies reaching nearly VND 913.37 trillion in the first 11 months, marking an 11.12% increase from the previous year. While non-life insurance revenue grew by 2%, the life insurance segment experienced a decline of approximately 12.5%. Notably, insurance benefit payments surged by 31.1% to around VND 86.47 billion.  

The Ministry highlighted the industry’s crucial role in social security and economic development, emphasizing the need for addressing challenges like legal framework enhancement, product and service quality improvement, and digital technology adoption. 

To read the full article, kindly visit here>>> 

HTV – STADA Pymepharco Accompanies the Health of The Vietnamese People – Expectations in the Pharmaceutical Industry and Investment Potential in Vietnam 

STADA Pymepharco has committed to accompanying the Vietnamese people in healthcare for many years by striving to improve quality, expand the product portfolio, and transfer technology. In early 2024, STADA Pymepharco will export high-quality products "Made in Vietnam" with prestigious EU-GMP certification to the global market, promoting the development of the pharmaceutical industry in Vietnam. 

AHK Vietnam is proud to be the bridge, accompanying German businesses on their journey of development and expansion in the Vietnamese market. We perform as a reliable partner to promote and connect sustainable economic relations between Germany and Vietnam. 
To watch the full reportage, kindly visit here>>>

Vietnam - A Potential Market for German FDI

In a recent interview with the Hanoi Radio & Television Broadcasting, the GBA Co-Chairman Mr. Torben Minko discussed the topic of “Vietnam: potential market for German FDI”. He gave his perspective on the benefits and difficulties of doing business in Vietnam, particularly in Hanoi, where many German FDI companies are active in various fields such as machinery, logistics, energy, etc. He also emphasized the success and impact of German FDI companies on the economic growth of Hanoi and Vietnam. He commended the Vietnamese government for its efforts and policies to foster a conducive business climate and lure more foreign investors. He also recommended some areas for enhancement and collaboration, such as infrastructure, human resources, legal framework, and market access. He expressed his optimism and confidence in the future of Vietnam-Germany economic relations and the potential of Vietnam as a destination for German FDI.

Check out the interview here>>>

GBA x VIR: The German Mark on Vietnam over the Decades

The Vietnam Investment Review (VIR) recently interviewed GBA Co-Chairman Mr. Elmar Dutt on the topic of “The German Mark On Vietnam over the Decades”. He shared his insights on the state and prospects of German investment and trade in Vietnam, which have been developing for 35 years. He also suggested some measures to enhance the cooperation between the two countries. Mr. Dutt expressed his optimism about the future of German investment in Vietnam, despite the current challenges and gaps.
Read the full article here>>>

GBA x VIR: The Move Towards Effectively Implementing EPR in Vietnam

The topic of “The Move Towards Effectively Implementing EPR in Vietnam” was the focus of an interview between GBA Board member Mr. Alexander Ziehe and the Vietnam Investment Review (VIR) in December 2023. Mr. Ziehe stressed the importance of EPR programs for foreign-invested enterprises and direct local suppliers, as they have to meet the new sustainability standards set by Europe and global listed companies. He also identified the main obstacles for Vietnam in terms of internal and external capabilities and offered suggestions to help authorities appreciate the benefits of such regulations for investment, local competitiveness, and the labour market. These efforts aim to boost the sustainability level across the country.
Read the full article here>>>

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Updates on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) 

On 13.12.2023, the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), requiring companies to embed human rights and environmental due diligence in their supply chains. The scope includes EU companies with 500+ employees and €150 million turnover, non-EU companies with €300 million turnover in the EU, and EU companies with 250+ employees and €40 million turnover (€20 million in high-risk sectors). The financial sector is temporarily excluded. Companies are required to align with a 1.5°C global warming goal, with incentives for larger firms. The directive covers public procurement, civil liability, and downstream supply chain obligations. Non-compliance may result in sanctions up to 5% of global turnover. 

For more information, please refer to the detailed press release at here>>> 

Closely concerned with CSDDD, AHK Vietnam supports German and Vietnamese businesses in sustainable development, human rights compliance, and environmental protection under the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG). To learn more about our project, kindly visit here>>> or contact Ms. Huyen Nhu Lanh | Email: lanh.nhu@vietnam.ahk.de 

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Hanoi, Vietnam –  Seminar on New EU Policies for Footwear Products, December 13, 2023 

On December 13, AHK Vietnam participated in a seminar on "New EU Policies for Footwear Products" organized by the Vietnam Leather, Footwear, and Handbag Association in collaboration with the Sustainable Trade Initiative. This event aimed to guide businesses in adhering to new regulations on sustainable development and responsible business practices, enhancing competitiveness in the global supply chains of European businesses

Ms. Lanh Huyen Nhu, representing AHK Vietnam, discussed key points related the importance of Vietnamese footwear businesses adapting to new standards in the German and EU markets, like Germany's Supply Chain Act (LkSG) and the EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDDD).  

AHK Vietnam is committed to supporting Vietnamese suppliers through consulting services related to the implementation of LkSG. For more information, kindly visit here>>>

For more photos and details of the event, kindly visit here>>> 

For further inquiries, feel free to reach out directly: Ms. Huyen Nhu Lanh | E-Mail: lanh.nhu@vietnam.ahk.de 

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HCMC, Vietnam – Workshop “Enhancing Competitiveness for Textile and Garment Enterprises on the Path of Green Growth”, December 1, 2023 

On December 1, AHK Vietnam participated in a workshop on “Enhancing Competitiveness for Textile and Garment Enterprises on the Path of Green Growth” organized by VCCI in collaboration with Global PR Hub Joint Stock Company. The event aimed to boost the competitiveness of the Vietnamese textile industry in the face of green and sustainable consumption trends.  

Ms. Huyen Nhu Lanh, representing AHK Vietnam, delivered a keynote on “Responsible and Sustainable Business Transformation to Enhance Competitiveness of Vietnam’s Textile Industry,” focusing on opportunities arising from the EVFTA and Germany’s Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG). 

AHK Vietnam is willing to support Vietnamese enterprises with consulting services to optimize their business activities in concern to LkSG. For more information, kindly visit here>>> 

For more photos and details of the event, kindly visit here>>> 

For further inquiries, feel free to reach out directly: Ms. Huyen Nhu Lanh | E-Mail: lanh.nhu@vietnam.ahk.de 


HCMC, Vietnam – Advancing Your Career in Hospitality – A German Guide, December 20, 2023 

On December 20, AHK Vietnam, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City and Saigontourist Hospitality College is organizing the career day "Advancing your Career in Hospitality - A German Guide”.  

The event, featuring Mr. Marko Walde and Mr. Arik Jahn, Deputy Director at Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City, along with specialists from the ProRecognition and Hand in Hand for International Talents projects, offered valuable insights into new immigration laws, job opportunities in Germany, and challenges for foreign workers in the hospitality sector. Attendees had personalized consulting sessions and workshops covering topics like recognition procedures and dual vocational education. The event also offered a unique chance to explore German language and culture through specialized classes. 

For more photos and details of the event, kindly visit here>>> 


Current Vacancies

AHK Job Exchange connects applicants for jobs or internships with German and international companies in Vietnam. The current vacancies can be found on our website here >>>

Companies or organizations in a German-Vietnamese context can switch on vacancies in AHK’s Job Exchange free of charge.

If required, we can provide you access to our Talent Pool. Please contact our corresponding contact person here>>> for any further inquiries.

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Nürnberg, Germany –  Spielwarenmesse 2024, January 30 – February 3, 2024 

The world-leading Toy Trade Fair Spielwarenmesse 2024 is taking place from 30 January to 3 February in Nuremberg, Germany. Well-known brands, trendy start-ups, buyers for major chains, independent retailers, and large numbers of media representatives combine to make the trade fair a unique event for all players in the toys and games market. 

Event details:  

  • Date: January 30 - February 3, 2024 
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Venue: Nuremberg Exhibition Center, Messezentrum 1, 90471 Nuremberg, Germany 

Tickets are only available as e-tickets, secure yours now at here>>> 

For more information and details, please get in touch with Ms. Trang Tran | E-mail: trang.tran@vietnam.ahk.de 

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Berlin, Germany – Fruit Logistica 2024, February 7 – 9, 2024 

Experience the vibrant flavors of Vietnam's tropical fruits at the upcoming Fruit Logistica 2024 event in Berlin from February 7 to 9, 2024. Don't miss out on the chance to visit the Vietnam National Pavilion, organized by VINAFRUIT, conveniently located at Hall 26, booth C-60. This pavilion will showcase seven outstanding enterprises from Vietnam, offering a unique opportunity to explore the dynamic fruit export market of Vietnam and establish valuable business partnerships. 

We are excited to provide an exclusive discount voucher for trade visitors. To receive all the details and the voucher, kindly reach out to Ms. Mai Le | Email: mai.le@vietnam.ahk.de. 

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Berlin, Germany – ITB 2024, March 5 – 7, 2024 

ITB Berlin 2024, the world's largest travel and tourism trade fair, is set to take place from March 5 to 7, 2024, at the Berlin Expo Center City (ICC Berlin). Over 180 countries will participate, showcasing the latest trends in adventure travel, responsible tourism, and business travel. 

A notable presence at the event will be from Vietnam, with more than 60 companies led by the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism. The exhibitors include accommodations, tour operators, and destination management companies, offering a diverse range of opportunities for exploration and connection. 

Seize the opportunity to be part of global travel trends and network with industry leaders. Take advantage of our Early Bird deal by registering before January 14, 2024. For an Exclusive Promo Code, kindly reach out to Ms. Mai Le | Email: mai.le@vietnam.ahk.de. 


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The GBA members represent a variety of German businesses in Vietnam from small and medium-sized enterprises to large global players. They are a good reflection of the German economy’s structure in general. We would like to introduce our new members to you every month. Please join us to welcome our new members in December 2023 by visiting their website or stopping by to introduce yourself. The personal touch will help GBA continue to grow and thrive! For more details here>>> 


Nefab saves environmental and financial resources by optimizing supply chains. We do this by innovating together with our customers to create smarter packaging and logistics solutions while always respecting people and high ethical standards. This contributes to a better tomorrow for our customers, for society, and for the environment. The owners of Nefab Group are the Nordgren/Pil family and FAM AB. For more information, please visit: www.nefab.com 


Kobler is a German Corporation, specializing in providing products and solutions for furniture and construction materials of European quality, to provide products that are durable over time and environmentally friendly. In Vietnam, Kobler’s factory is located in Da Nang with a total investment of 25 million EURO with factory area of more than 20,425 M², operating with a capacity of 3 million M² per year. The production line is synchronous, and fully automatic, with modern technology meeting European standards. For more information, please visit: www.kobler.com.vn/en 


Santomas was founded in 1991 and serves as many satisfied and long-term customers as possible both in the MNCs and ASEAN’s manufacturers. We are always honored to have our customers around the world trust our production capability and technologies in producing parts and components for them. For more information, please visit: www.santomas.com.my  


For over 20 years, ZIM Logistics has been one of the leading logistics service providers. With an extensive network of 8 locations: China, Canada, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and our head office in Israel, ZIM Logistics specializes in handling a wide range of freight in all shapes and sizes. We have the logistics expertise to effectively integrate transportation with your supply chain and handle all of your freight forwarding needs by connecting your cargo to various destinations around the world. For more information, please visit: www.zim-log.com 

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The GBA Christmas Dinner 2023 – We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Hanoi, 14 December – The GBA celebrated the festive season with our annual Christmas Dinner at Pan Pacific Hanoi, where more than 60 GBA members and friends gathered for a memorable night. In a cheerful mood, everyone shared their highlights and achievements of the year and wished for a successful 2024.

We would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to GBA members and corporate partners for your trust and loyalty throughout the years. We also want to express our special thanks to the German Embassy Hanoi and the German Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City and their teams for their close collaboration. A big thank you also goes to the GBA Board of Directors and the office team for their dedication to the GBA’s success.

More details here>>>

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Monthly Business Meeting: “Game Changer – How We Work In The Future”

HCMC, 4 December – The GBA business meeting ended the year with a blast, as about 90 participants attended the event at the Vinpearl Landmark 81. The meeting, led by GBA Co-Chairman Mr. Elmar Dutt, featured three keynote speakers: Dr. Thai Lai Pham of Siemens ASEAN, Mr. Lars Jankowsky of NFQ Asia, and Dr. Nguyen An Nguyen of Trusting Social. The GBA Co-Chairmen, Board of Directors and members also took an opportunity to bid farewell to GBA Vice-chairman Mr. Marko Walde, who had been a vital member of the GBA Board from 2012 to 2023. He left a significant footprint for the growth of the German business in Vietnam.

More details here>>>

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Germany – AHK Exchange of Experiences and Training at the DIHK, December 13, 2023 

This month, our colleagues from AHK in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos attended a fantastic exchange of experiences combined with training in Berlin with our AHK colleagues worldwide who are in charge of diverse projects. This event offered AHK’s project managers the opportunity to learn and share insights about our projects, services, and experiences across diverse markets and cultures. 

Engaging workshops, lectures, and discussions were guided by experts and representatives from ministries (BMWK, BMEL), GTAI, Bundesländern, and AHKs. Subjects including the energy export initiative, industry trends, foreign trade promotion, funding projects, market development programs, etc. were also brought to the program. 

For more photos and details of the event, kindly visit here>>> 

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DeutschenTreff in HCMC | December 2023

HCMC, 13 December – It was a wonderful night at Barson Saigon with 110 people attending the final DeutschenTreff of the year! We enjoyed the company of a varied and vibrant group of entrepreneurs, investors, and experts, who exchanged their knowledge and stories with each other. We are confident that the new relationships formed at the event will spark fruitful partnerships in the future. We appreciate your positive feedback and gratitude for the platform that we built for you to connect with the German business community in a warm and casual atmosphere. We thank you for your support and involvement to make the DeutschenTreff a success!

More details here>>>

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GBA Excursion to Mercedes-Benz Vietnam

The GBA excursion to Mercedes-Benz Vietnam (MBV) was a successful event that took place on December 6, 2023 with 30 participants. The trip aimed to provide the GBA members with an overview and insight into the plant of MBV in Ho Chi Minh City. The plant is located just north of the airport in Go Vap and was established in 1995.

MBV leads the luxury car segment in Vietnam with more than 7,000 cars in 2022 producing the GLC, C- and E-Class locally under the highest quality standard and with top-notch technology from its German headquarters of Mercedes-Benz Group AG. During the plant visit, the Head of Operations Mr. Klaus Schanz emphasized that MBV has a strong corporate culture and values that inspire its employees to innovate, collaborate and excel in their fields.

More details here>>>

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GBA Corporate Partner’s Appreciation Dinner 2023

HCMC, 30 November – We celebrated our 2023 Corporate Partners with a special appreciation dinner at Le Méridien Saigon. The event was graced by the presence of the GBA Co-Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Board members, and representatives from our partner companies. 

We enjoyed a delightful evening of sharing our accomplishments, challenges, and insights from the past year and discussing the expectations and plans for our future cooperation. We are very grateful to our 370 members and 15 corporate partners for their loyal and continuous support. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the GBA Corporate Partnership Program and enjoy exclusive benefits.

Explore the program and read more about the event here>>>

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Online – Science Film Festival 2023 | Online Film Screening, October 10 – December 31, 2023 

This year marks the 13th edition of the Science Film Festival in Vietnam. From October to December 2023, the Goethe-Institut will continue to cooperate with its long-standing partners, THD Education Solutions Ltd., and some local partners and schools to implement the annual organized science film festival. 

Audiences in Vietnam can easily receive the VIMEO link to watch the 12 films selected for this year's Science Film Festival in Vietnam by registering here>>> 

For more information about the event, kindly visit here>>> 

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Hanoi, Vietnam – Vietnamese Postcards: An Everyday Life in Vietnam | Talk Session, January 06, 2024 

Join us on January 6, 2024, for "Vietnamese Postcards: An Everyday Life in Vietnam," presented by the Goethe-Institut Hanoi in collaboration with Nha Nam Culture and Media Joint Stock Company. This talk session introduces Vietnamese Postcards, featuring excerpts from Jan Wagner's collection, Der glückliche Augenblick, gathered during his 2017 trips to Hanoi, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. The event includes Jan Wagner, Robert Deutsch, Thai Kim Lan, and Nguyen Truong Quy, providing intriguing reflections on Vietnamese life.  

Event details: 

  • Date: Sat, 06.01.2024, 2:30 PM 
  • Address: Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 56 – 58 –  60 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi 

For more information about the event, kindly visit here>>> 

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Hanoi, Vietnam – The Return | Exhibition, January 8 – 28, 2024 

"The Return" is Le Brothers' latest art project, continuing their exploration of "Separation and Reunion" themes. Originating from "The Bridge" in 2010, the project spans on-site performances from Vietnam's Hien Luong Bridge to the North-South Korean border and the Berlin Wall.  

During their two-month residency in Germany from March to April 2023, the twin artists engaged with the Vietnamese expatriate community in various cities, capturing their stories through a multimedia installation featuring hundreds of selected photos and a video. The exhibition, a metaphor for leaving and returning, creates a vibrant collage panorama of the diaspora, blending memories and reality. 

Event details: 

  • Date: Mon, 08.01.2024 Sun, 28.01.2024 
  • Address: Manzi Exhibition Space, 2 Hang Bun, Ba Dinh, Hanoi 

For more information about the event, kindly visit here>>> 

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Hanoi, Vietnam – Sustainable Filmmaking | Workshop, January 12, 2024 

The workshop, part of the Sustainability in Documentaries 2023-2024 project, focuses on environmentally conscious documentary filmmaking. Led by German Documentary Director/Photographer Sven Zellner, experienced in harsh global locations, the discussion aims to uncover practices to reduce environmental and social impacts during documentary production. Participants will explore energy conservation, emission reduction, waste avoidance, and nature preservation to promote ethical storytelling and contribute to nature and biodiversity protection. 

Event details: 

  • Date: Fri, 12.01.2024, 2:00 PM 
  • Address: Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 56 – 58 –  60 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi 

For more information about the event, kindly visit here>>> 

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