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AHK Vietnam Turns 30: Thriving To Build Up Power, Reliability, And Innovation 

This year, AHK Vietnam is proud to celebrate our significant milestone of 30 years of being in Vietnam. For the past 30 years, the great commitment to fostering trade partnerships between Vietnamese and German businesses has been our navigator. In the coming time, we are excited to inform you more about numerous spectacular events and cooperation opportunities in our projects and plans. 

On this occasion, we also extend our sincere thanks to the whole AHK Team as well as our esteemed partners for counting on us, sharing the same values with us, and supporting us on this amazing adventure! 

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Meets with German Business Leaders in Vietnam

On January 24, AHK Vietnam and GBA Vietnam had the privilege of hosting a Business Roundtable during the visit of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his delegation to Vietnam. Alongside Mr. Marko Walde, Mr. Elmar Dutt and Mr. Torben Minko, the session saw participation from over 30 CEOs from German companies with interests or investments in Vietnam.

The Business Roundtable served as a platform for discussions and exchanges concerning the opportunities and challenges in Vietnam. Key topics included the investment climate, sustainability, and the legal framework. The President Steinmeier, Labor Minister Hubertus Heil, and Parliamentary State Secretary of BMWK Kellner offered their impressions, insights, and perspectives on bilateral relations and the potential for economic cooperation between 2 nations.

Mr. Elmar Dutt said that German companies are committed to sustainable investments in Vietnam, with a clear long-term strategy. AHK Vietnam and GBA Vietnam will continue to be the nexus for German business in Vietnam.

Find the press release and photo album here>>>

German Business Association (GBA) Announces Its Newly Elected Chairman and Board of Directors for 2024

GBA announced the newly elected fifteen Board of Directors of the year 2024 at its Annual General Meeting on January 29, 2024. The AGM was held simultaneously in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with the participation of 134 members, both virtually and in person. Mr. Alexander Ziehe from Viessmann Vietnam was appointed as the GBA’s Chairman at the first Board meeting on 30 January 2024.

CHAIRMAN: Mr. Alexander Ziehe, Managing Director, Viessmann Vietnam

  • Mr. Martin Koerner, Group Commercial Director, The Anam Group
  • Mr. Torben Minko, Managing Director, B. Braun Vietnam

VICE-CHAIRWOMAN: Ms. Minh Nguyen, Country Lead, Allianz Partners Vietnam

TREASURER: Mr. Christoph Andermann, Chief Financial Officer, Mercedes-Benz Vietnam

EUROCHAM DELEGATE: Mr. Ingo Brandenburg, Managing Director & Country Division Head Pharmaceutical, Bayer Vietnam

The German Ambassador Dr. Hildner shared: “We are optimistic about the future of our cooperation, especially as the GBA elects its new Board of Directors. We would like to express my gratitude to the outgoing Board of Directors for their service and contribution. We assure the new GBA Board of the German Embassy’s support in Vietnam, and we are eager to collaborate with them. We also value a strong and diverse GBA board, and we are glad to see several female candidates among the nominees”.

Find the press release and photo album here>>>

AHK Vietnam X Tagesschau: Vietnam Benefits from the Diversification Strategy of Western Companies

Follow the China plus One strategy, many countries, including Germany, aim to distribute their production sites to become less dependent on China. This trend is noticeable in Vietnam: Numerous companies are investing here in constructing factories for export purposes. Mr. Marko Walde attributes the current boom to the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement: "Vietnam has an absolute unique selling proposition in the region." Among the positive consequences of business establishments, he highlights the development of provinces that were previously not in focus. According to him, to maintain success, Vietnam must focus on the sustainability requirements of its economic partners, such as in energy supply right here>>>  

Hanoi, Vietnam – German President’s Delegation Visit to Vietnam: Skilled Migration Project Showcase, January 23, 2024 

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his delegation touched down in Hanoi on January 23. During their visit, AHK Vietnam partnered with the Goethe Institute Hanoi to showcase their project program. AHK Vietnam provided insights into the success stories of "Hand in Hand for International Talents" and "ProRecognition", two initiatives by BMWK and BMBF aimed at supporting skilled workers from Vietnam to secure long-term employment opportunities in Germany. Our consultation services reached 5,000 Vietnamese individuals seeking recognition and employment opportunities in Germany. As a result, 200 qualified individuals are currently employed and residing in Vietnam, with our ongoing support and guidance.

A notable highlight involved extending a warm welcome to Mr. Michael Kellner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. Accompanied by CEOs of German businesses, they had the opportunity to witness the fair migration process of the Vietnamese workforce to Germany under AHK Vietnam's guidance. 

Learn more about our projects: 

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

Office Closure: Lunar New Year 2024

As AHK Vietnam and GBA Vietnam approach the joyous occasion of the Lunar New Year 2024, we extend our warmest greetings and gratitude for your continuous support. In line with the cultural significance of this celebration, our offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be closed from February 8 to February 14, 2024. We will resume operations on February 15, 2024.

We wishes you a splendid Lunar New Year filled with happiness and cherished moments! Thank you for being an integral part of our journey, and we eagerly anticipate another year of shared success.

Happy Lunar New Year!

AHK Blog: 2023 The Year of FDI Development: A Look at the Dynamics of German Investment in Vietnam 

Solidifying its status as Vietnam's second most crucial trading partner in the ASEAN region, Germany recorded a trade volume of 14.5 billion euros in the first 10 months of 2023. The anticipated impact of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is set to boost bilateral trade, particularly in sectors like renewable energy, Industry 4.0, and logistics. 

Vietnam's appeal to investors is driven by economic policies, including a low 20% corporate tax rate, multiple free trade agreements, and the flexibility to establish subsidiaries without requiring a local partner. The presence of a skilled workforce and modern industrial zones is attracting German companies, such as Harting Technology Group, tesa, and Magnetec Group, with more expected to follow. 

For further insights, delve into our comprehensive report available in: 

AHK Asia Pacific Business Outlook: Positive Trends and Growing Opportunities 

The AHK Asia Pacific Business Outlook, derived from a survey of over 800 AHK member companies in September and October 2023, showcases a robust business situation with optimistic expectations. German companies are actively engaging in the dynamic Asia Pacific region, making investments and fostering job creation. 

Vietnam is emerging as a particularly promising investment destination. The country ranks among the top optimists in the Asia Pacific, based on the prevalence of positive responses. Further information can be accessed at right here>>> 

Mr. Martin Wansleben, Executive Director of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Berlin (DIHK), stressed the importance of streamlining bureaucratic processes in Germany to boost competitiveness. He also urged prompt action to avoid falling behind in the evolving landscape. Countries in Asia Pacific are attracting investors not only with lower energy prices and skilled specialists but also through improved business friendliness, resulting in a notable increase in investments. 

For more information, kindly visit here>>> 

Binh Dinh, Vietnam – Binh Dinh Province Unveils Master Plan for the Period of 2021-2030, with a Vision to 2050, December 23, 2023 

On December 23, 2023, Mr. Marko Walde participated in the announcement ceremony of Binh Dinh province's master plan for the period of 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050. This strategic plan is essential for coordinating and managing comprehensive development across various sectors. The offshore wind project by PNE Group from Germany, with a total investment of $4.5 billion, has obtained the Acceptance of Investment Policy from the Binh Dinh Province, witnessed by the Central Party Secretary, Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai, and leaders at both central and local levels.  

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

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 2023 

Despite global challenges in 2023, Vietnam's economy showed signs of recovery with a growth rate exceeding 5%. CEBR forecasts an average annual GDP growth of 6.7% from 2024-2028. The total import-export turnover reached $683 billion, with notable achievements in rice exports.  

Remittances in 2023 amounted to $14 billion, while registered capital attracted by Vietnam surged to $36.6 billion, a 32.1% increase from 2022. Germany played a significant role, initiating 32 FDI projects, investing over $366.3 million, marking a 312.8% YoY increase. Vietnam's inclusion among countries with enhanced investment guarantees from the German government emphasizes its attractiveness to German businesses in Asia. 

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

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

A Comprehensive Overview of the Flourishing Economic Relations between Germany and Vietnam 

Established in 1975 and elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2011, the economic relations between Germany and Vietnam have thrived. Bilateral trade exceeded $17 billion in 2023, solidifying Germany as Vietnam's largest EU trading partner and reciprocally, Vietnam as Germany's largest trading partner in Southeast Asia. Key sectors driving this robust exchange include machinery, equipment, and tools. Furthermore, the investment landscape is flourishing, with over 500 German businesses contributing significantly to Vietnam's economy, generating 50,000 jobs. As of December 2023, Vietnam hosts 464 German FDI projects, totaling $2.74 billion, highlighting the enduring and mutually beneficial nature of this dynamic economic partnership. 

For more details, kindly visit here>>> 

Legal Updates by Dr. Oliver Massmann | January 2024

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

  1. The Plan for power supply and operation of Vietnam’s power system in 2024
  2. Government agrees to VAT cut of 2% in 1H 2024
  3. New decree on government debt instruments on horizon
  4. Incentives proposed for development of pharmaceutical industry
  5. Finance ministry mulls raising income threshold for taxing household businesses

More details here>>>


Hanoi, Vietnam –  Lao Prime Minister's Visit to Enhance Viet Nam-Laos Ties, January 6 – 7, 2023 

In this January, Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone concluded a significant official visit to Vietnam, reinforcing the strong bond and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations. 

In 2023, Vietnam's investment in Laos soared by 65.3% to $116.6 million, focusing on key sectors like clean agriculture and energy. Bilateral trade exceeded $1.5 billion, making Vietnam the third-largest foreign investor in Laos.  Both countries signed a MoU to enhance connectivity through projects like the Vientiane-Hanoi expressway and Vientiane-Vung Ang railway. Vietnam will actively and effectively support Laos to successfully assume the Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2024. 

For more information, kindly visit here>>> 

For business inquiries concerning the markets of Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos, please contact us at regionCLM@vietnam.ahk.de 

AHK Podcast #38 – Laos Potential for Trade and Investment 

Join us in AHK Podcast #38 as we uncover the diverse opportunities that Laos holds for trade and investment. This episode delves deep into the intricacies of the investment climate, labor market dynamics, and the cultural elements shaping successful business ventures in the region. 

Our esteemed guests, representatives from the European Chamber of Commerce and experienced German investors in Laos, share their insights: 

  • Mr. Tim Scheffmann – CEO & Founder LTS Ventures – Fintech Company, representative of German business
  • Mr. Lukasz Nitka – Partner & Director J&C Group – Deputy President of Eurocham in Laos

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 

Connecting The Mekong Delta: Cambodia and Vietnam's Expressway Plans 

In 2023, Cambodia and Vietnam are collaborating on key transportation projects to enhance connectivity in the Mekong Delta. Cambodia's Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway, a $1.6 billion initiative, aims to boost socio-economic ties with Vietnam and neighboring nations. It connects with Vietnam's Moc Bai-HCMC Expressway, set to ease traffic and foster economic growth in Tay Ninh Province. Simultaneously, Vietnam is constructing the Chau Doc - Can Tho - Soc Trang Expressway to link agricultural hubs with major cities, including Phnom Penh. These joint efforts signify a commitment to improving infrastructure and facilitating smoother transportation in the region. 

For more details, kindly visit here>>> 


[Hanoi] Feierabend Rendez-Vous | The Franco-German Day 2024

Date: Thursday, 1 February 2024

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Venue: Novotel Hanoi Thai Ha

More details here>>>

Online – The 3rd Purchasing Initiative Southeast Asia 2024, February 2, 2024 

Join the 3rd Purchasing Initiative Southeast Asia 2024, organized by the German Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) in collaboration with the German Chambers of Commerce in Southeast Asia. Focused on key sectors like metal construction, plastic and electronic components, and more, this online event provides valuable insights into German buyers' decision-making and the B2B buyer's journey. Two parallel seminars for suppliers in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos will offer firsthand knowledge from German buyers, equipping your business for future opportunities. 

Event details: 

  • Date: February 2, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (GMT+7) 
  • Register:
           >Vietnam >>>  
           > Cambodia and Laos >>> 

Don't miss the chance to connect with German buyers. For further inquiries, please contact us: 

DeutschenTreff in HCMC

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Venue: Mai Sen Bistro, Binh Thanh

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 

Vietnam –  Health and Medical Technology Business Trip, May 7 – 10, 2024 

Discover business prospects in Vietnam's healthcare sector from May 7 to 10, 2024, during a business trip organized by the Institute for Emerging Markets of IHK Reutlingen, IHK Export Academy, and AHK Vietnam. Engage in personalized B2B discussions with both national and international companies and participate in meetings with relevant ministries and associations to establish crucial contacts for market entry and expansion in Southeast Asia. The visit to VIETNAM MEDIPHARM, along with the exploration of reference projects, will facilitate the search for distributors and customers. 

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 14 Corporate Partners. Please find below further information.


Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Bank AG provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking, 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>>>

Rödl & Partner Vietnam: Celebrating Achievements and Embracing a Future of Excellence

As 2023 wrapped up, our teams in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi celebrated our achievements and the exciting journey into 2024. This year-end celebration highlighted our exceptional team members' contributions, reinforcing our commitment to excellence. Moving forward, Rödl & Partner Vietnam is dedicated to enhancing our brand and services by welcoming more top-tier professionals. Together, we're poised for continued success and stronger partnerships. Here's to a prosperous 2024!

Find more details here>>>

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President Of The Federal Republic Of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier Visits Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City

On January 24th, Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City is honored to welcome Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Mr. Horst Geicke and Mr. Horst Pudwill – Investors of Deutsches Haus accompanied and expressed their appreciation to President Steinmeier for visiting Deutsches Haus 

President Steinmeier stated "I am very pleased that the plan for the Deutsches Haus took shape soon after, allowing me to attend both the Topping out ceremony and the opportunity to visit this impressive building upon its completion. Deutsches Haus has received several awards in sustainability and energy efficiency. Its positive reception serves as a symbol and ambassador for German business in Vietnam.”

Find more details here>>>

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Dürr Supplies Automated Paintshop to Thanh Cong Viet Hung

Dürr has been selected as the main turnkey contractor to design, engineer, supply, install and commission all technological equipment for the paintshop for Thanh Cong (TC) Group’s newest automotive factory complex in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The automotive manufacturing and assembling plant, once being put into operation, could produce up to 120,000 cars per year and will become the first facility to assemble and make Škoda Auto-branded cars in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Find more details here>>>

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GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen is among Germany’s biggest independent law firms providing legal and tax advisory to both medium/large sized companies and governmental institutions. Besides its presence in all major German cities the firm maintains international locations in commercial hubs worldwide. They offer commercial legal and tax advisory to international investors of mid and large size.

Their Ho Chi Minh City office is their newest branch. The firm here also provides accounting services to their clients so those can focus on their core business, while a team of (international) lawyers, tax advisors and CPAs take care of their needs and requirements.

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>>>

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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>>>

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Messer in Vietnam - Gases for life

To meet all the gas needs of customers in Vietnam, Messer has a team of highly qualified technicians and consultants who can assist customers in 4 languages: Vietnamese, English, Chinese and Korean. In the coming time, Messer in Vietnam is always determined to affirm and develop the company’s brand by maintaining ongoing projects and developing large-scale investment projects in Vietnam.

Find more details here>>>

Graduation Ceremony of Schaeffler Vietnam’s Apprenticeship Program

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, General Director at Schaeffler Vietnam, shared, “As a German family business, this apprenticeship program is considered as part of our grounding culture in nurturing young workforce and shaping the future of the manufacturing industry.

This is a German-standard training initiated by Schaeffler Vietnam in collaboration with LILAMA2 International Technology College, with the aim of fostering and cultivating a highly skilled talent pipeline for the company.

Find more details here>>>

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>>>

tesa Site Haiphong Now in Operation

After 2 years of construction and commissioning, then official inauguration of the plant in October 2023, tesa completed the investment of 55mio Euro in a 70,000 sqm property in DEEP C Eco-Industrial Zones in Haiphong City. On January 3rd of 2024, right after the turn of the year, tesa Site Haiphong proudly made its first shipment to customers worldwide. This marked the beginning of the regular operation.

Find more details here>>>

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.

Visit their website here>>>


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. 

Visit their website here>>>

Headhunt Vietnam Continues Exciting Journey

In 2023, Headhunt Vietnam completed another chapter of its success story, which started over 10 years ago. Focusing on the continuous development of our dedicated team and processes, we were able to leverage quality and efficiency in supporting our valued clients. In addition to the significant number of key placements, we could create sustainable "added value" through our HR-related services, increasingly enhancing the power of executive coaching. For 2024, we wish all our partners a promising and successful year, and for the "Year of the Dragon," health and happiness for everyone.

Visit their website here>>>


Tagesschau: Germany and Vietnam Collaborate to Address Skilled Worker Shortage 

Germany and Vietnam are stepping up efforts to alleviate Germany's shortage of skilled workers. Acknowledging Germany's immediate demand for skilled workers across various fields, Vietnam, with its young and motivated population, emerges as a promising solution.  

During the visit to Vietnam, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil and his Vietnamese counterpart Dao Ngoc Dung (Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs) signed an agreement on Labour Migration Cooperation, under the witness and support of Federal President Frank-Walde Steinmeier. 

For the full article in German, please visit here>>> 

AHK Vietnam X VIR: EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement Implementation Kicks into Higher Gear 

In a recent interview with VIR, Mr. Marko Walde highlighted the flourishing investment and trade ties between Vietnam and EU catalyzed by the EVFTA. Bilateral trade has surged by 20% since August 2020, and despite global challenges, EU investors added $810 million to Vietnam's economy from January to September 2023. Vietnam has become a regional production hub, with Germany alone having 464 projects totaling $2.68 billion. The EVFTA positions Vietnam as an attractive investment destination, signaling positive economic growth in the ASEAN region. 

To delve deeper into the interview and explore the intricacies of EU-Vietnam economic relations, read the full article right here >>> 

VTC10: Investment in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Vietnam

In a recent interview on VTC10, Mr. Stéphane Jacqmin, Executive Vice President in charge of Emerging Markets at STADA AG, highlighted Vietnam's stable investment environment and the active support received during the licensing process, fostering STADA's optimism. With two factories in Phu Yen Province, STADA Pymepharco is engaged in technology transfer and the development of high-quality medicine systems, positioning Vietnam as a global manufacturing hub. 

Referring to STADA Pymepharco's initiatives and endeavors in Vietnam, Mr. Marko Walde emphasized that AHK Vietnam is very pleased to contribute to the development and success of STADA Pymepharco in bringing high-quality products with the "Made in Vietnam" label closer to Vietnamese consumers and further to international consumers. 
To watch the full program, kindly visit here>>>  

AHK Vietnam X VTC10: Living, Settling and Working in Germany – Needs, Opportunities and Challenges for Young Vietnamese Workers 

In a recent interview on VTC10’s "A Guide To Vietnam", Ms. Dao Thu Trang  shared insights on opportunity of living, settling, and working in Germany. She also provided more information about the Hand in Hand for International Talents project of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action, implemented by AHK Vietnam to support young Vietnamese professionals in studying and developing careers in Germany. 

The broadcast also records interesting activities at the event "Advancing Your Career in Hospitality – A German Guide" recently organized by AHK Vietnam, Goethe Institute HCMC, and Saigontourist Hospitality College. Mr. Marko Walde emphasized the high demand for skilled human resources in Germany, and AHK Vietnam aims to assist young Vietnamese workers in training, cultural integration, and long-term living in Germany. 

To watch the full program, kindly visit here>>> 

AHK Vietnam X VIR: Driving Vietnam's Development with German Investments 

In an exclusive interview with VIR, Mr. Marko Walde emphasized that German businesses still consider Vietnam as one of the most potentially developing markets in Asia. Currently, 500 German companies have invested $2.68 billion in Vietnam, creating 50,000 jobs. The investment landscape showed positive trends in 2023, with $366.2 million invested in registered capital.  

To attract more foreign investors, the government should streamline administrative procedures, invest in infrastructure, enhance local competitiveness, develop industry clusters, provide specialized workforce training, adhere to international standards, and ensure a stable electricity supply. 
To read the full article, kindly visit here>>> 

Vulnerable Local Airlines Anticipate Rebound in 2024 

In 2023, Vietnam's domestic aviation market experienced a notable recovery, with a 34.5% YoY increase in passengers, reaching a total of 74 million. The Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route ranked fourth among the world's busiest, indicating a positive trend. 

In 2024, domestic airlines expect to transport 58 million passengers, while outbound routes may experience a 30% YoY increase to 19.5 million passengers. Notably, domestic route transport is forecasted to decline by 10.5%, primarily due to route adjustments and downsizing. The Ministry of Transport is considering a 50% reduction in aircraft landing and take-off service charges for domestic flights to alleviate challenges faced by airlines in the current uncertain market. 

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

PNE AG Has Obtained the Acceptance of the Investment Policy from Binh Dinh Province for Offshore Wind Power Project Worth $4.6 Billion 

Recently, PNE AG from Germany has obtained the Acceptance of Investment Policy from the Binh Dinh province and is currently awaiting licenses for the subsequent phases of the offshore wind project implementation. This decision was made at the end of December 2023 during the "Announcement Conference of Binh Dinh Province Planning for the Period 2021-2030, Vision to 2050." The outcome is a result of collaboration between PNE and AHK Vietnam. Mr. Marko Walde had the honor of representing PNE to receive this approval at the conference. 

The Vietnamese article can be viewed here>>>  

ESG: A Competitive Advantage and an Opportunity for Vietnam

In a recent interview with Hanoi Television, GBA Co-Chairman Mr. Torben Minko shared his insights on the importance and benefits of ESG (environment, society, governance) for businesses and investors. He also discussed the challenges and opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam to adopt ESG practices and standards. 

Mr. Minko explained that ESG is not only a moral obligation, but also a competitive advantage for businesses, especially in the German market, where customers and regulators demand high ESG standards. He suggested that Vietnam should provide more training, seminars, and support for SMEs to understand and implement ESG, as well as create a favourable environment and incentives for them to do so.

More details here>>>

AHK Vietnam X JustStyle: Vietnam's Apparel Sector Faces Sustainability Challenges 

In an interview with JustStyle, Mr. Marko Walde discussed how Vietnam's apparel sector, despite benefiting from trade agreements like EVFTA and UKVFTA, grapples with sustainability commitments. The evolving global trade landscape, driven by the EU's higher environmental standards and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), is pushing local apparel companies towards sustainability. While many have adopted eco-friendly practices, he emphasized the ongoing need for policy and technological support, especially for smaller companies with limited resources. 

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

AHK Vietnam X VIR: Institutional Reform to Enhance Economic Resilience  

In a follow-up to the October 11, 2023 article, Ms. Huyen Nhu Lanh of AHK Vietnam and Prof. Andreas Stoffers of Friedrich Naumann Foundation discussed the impact of the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) on Vietnamese businesses in an interview with VIR. 

As of January 1, 2024, LkSG now covers all German companies with over 1,000 employees, affecting around 2,000 more companies. Ms. Huyen Nhu emphasized that LkSG requires a "duty of effort" instead of an absolute "duty of guarantee," stressing the need for businesses to make reasonable efforts within their capacities to address labor and environmental risks. The interview also highlighted the importance of proactive compliance for industries in Vietnam heavily reliant on global supply chains.  

Check out the full interview right here>>> 

Read the first part of the interview published in October 2023 here>>>  

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Schwalbe's Strategic Shift: Expanding Production in Vietnam 

Schwalbe is significantly increasing its production footprint in Vietnam amidst industry challenges. Citing global material shortages, rising transportation costs, and growing demand, Schwalbe has chosen Vietnam for operational consolidation. The consolidation, set for completion by end-2024, aims to boost efficiency and competitiveness. This move not only reaffirms Schwalbe's commitment to quality but also positions Vietnam as a prestigious addition to its global manufacturing network.  

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

AHK Vietnam's team is dedicated to aiding German and international firms in establishing and expanding their operations in Vietnam. Discover more right here>>> 

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German Supply Chain Act (LkSG) Enters the Second Phase of Implementation 

The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) entered its second phase on January 1st, 2024, expanding its scope to cover all companies in Germany with over 1,000 employees. The expansion added an estimated 2,000 German companies to the regulatory framework. 

The LkSG was originally passed in 2021 and officially came into effect on January 1st, 2023, requiring German companies to conduct due diligence on human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. In the first year, the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) conducted 486 inspections, with positive results for large companies. However, challenges are anticipated in extending the Act to medium-sized companies due to their limited resources and risk management protocols. BAFA will closely monitor responses to ensure effective implementation. 

AHK Vietnam provides free consulting services to German companies and Vietnamese suppliers on information for complying with and adapting to the 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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Supply Chain Due Diligence Act Control and Enforcement Measures By BAFA 

German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) imposes social and environmental responsibilities on companies. The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) oversees compliance, enforcing fines for failure to meet due diligence duties. Fines range from €800,000 to 2% of global turnover. Obligated enterprises must appoint individuals for risk management, facing fines of up to €500,000 for non-compliance. 

LkSG mandates a yearly risk analysis meeting set standard. BAFA has authority to subpoena, inspect, and demand actions, backed by financial penalties. Section 15, §1 allows BAFA flexibility in enforcing measures based on company size and effectiveness. 

In 2024, BAFA will demonstrate control rights and enforcement measures. AHK Vietnam offers LkSG consultation to German and Vietnamese businesses. For our service details, kindly visit here>>> or contact directly Ms. Huyen Nhu Lanh | Email: Lanh.Nhu@vietnam.ahk.de  

For more information, kindly visit here>>> 

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Clock Ticks: Deadline for Initial Reporting on January 31, 2024 

As of October 1, 2023, the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is in a transitional phase, targeting imports in various sectors. Importers must submit their first quarterly CBAM report by January 31, 2024, covering October to December 2023, with reporting obligations until the end of 2025. 

To assist importers, the Commission adopted the Implementing Regulation on August 17, 2023. Until the close of 2024, companies can choose from three reporting methods; from January 1, 2025, only the EU method will be accepted. 

For CBAM registration guidance, visit CBAM Portal>>>. Additional information from DEHSt is available at here>>> (German language only). 

AHK Vietnam is pleased to help businesses navigate the complexities of this groundbreaking policy and ensure a smooth transition toward a more sustainable future. To learn more about our project, kindly visit here>>> or contact directly Ms. Huyen Nhu Lanh | Email: Lanh.Nhu@vietnam.ahk.de 

For more information, kindly visit here>>> 


Support Skilled Vietnamese Workers Entering the German Labor Market  

A 2023 survey by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) revealed that 62% of 21,000 businesses face a significant risk due to a shortage of skilled labor. Germany's aging population and low birth rate have led to 1.8 million unfilled jobs.  

Addressing this, AHK Vietnam has supported skilled Vietnamese workers to work in Germany through two projects Prorecognition and Hand in Hand for International Talents. Since implementation, up to now more than 5,000 people have received advice and information support; About 200 young people have successfully come to Germany and many other candidates are in the preparation process. 

For more details, 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.

Call For Internship - Intern for Sustainability Consulting Project | AHK Vietnam

We are seeking a full-time intern for the project regarding Sustainable and Climate Resilient Supply Chains in Vietnam who owns community management skills to join our team in Ho Chi Minh City.  

  • Duration: 3-6 months. 
  • Location: HCMC  

Further details on requirements and responsibilities can be found right here>>>  
If this is the challenge you are looking for, please apply with your cover letter and CV to Ms.Huyen Nhu Lanh | Email: lanh.nhu@vietnam.ahk.de 

[Support] Job Opportunities at the German Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City 

The General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City is offering two employment opportunities in these departments as of  April 1, 2024

  • Legal and Consular: Please refer to the job description (German) here>>> 
  • Administration: Please refer to the job description (English) here>>> 

If you envision contributing to our international and diverse team, please submit your complete application only via email to vw-1@hoch.diplo.de at the latest until 16th February 2024

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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 

Join us at Fruit Logistica 2024 in Berlin from February 7th to 9th, where Vietnam's top fresh fruit exporters will showcase premium products at the Vietnam National Pavilion organized by VINAFRUIT, Hall 26, booth C-60. Explore Vietnam's dynamic fruit export market and establish valuable business partnerships with seven leading enterprises. Don't miss your chance to be part of this exciting venture into premium Vietnamese fruits. 

We're pleased to offer an exclusive 20% 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. 

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

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

Join us at ITB Berlin 2024, the world's leading travel trade show, from March 5th to 7th. Over 60 Vietnamese companies will be showcasing their offerings, including accommodations, tour operators, destination management companies, and more. Additionally, an exclusive special event is scheduled to showcase the captivating beauty of Vietnam to our esteemed international guests. This event will also serve as a remarkable platform for productive B2B networking opportunities. 

Don't miss this valuable opportunity to connect with our diverse exhibitors. Grab your ticket right here>>> 

For more details of the event, kindly visit here>>> or contact Ms. Mai Le | E-mail: 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 January 2024 by visiting their website or stopping by to introduce yourself. The personal touch will help GBA contnue to grow and thrive! For more details here>>> 


ANG specialises in the Renewable Energy industry by using Waste a row Material to produce Electric Power. All processes of the production comply with EU and German Standards. We are using German Technology and German Management for the new Electric Power plant. For more information, please visit: www.asianewgeneration.vn


We are an independent global tech company that delivers end-to-end tech solutions through a global delivery model. At CBTW, we aim to create positive business outcomes that support our clients through their ever-changing business environments so they can thrive in our global economy. We invest our efforts in unlocking the full potential of not only our clients, but also that of our coworkers by providing them an evolutive environment encouraging collaboration, creativity and a positive mindset. For more information, please visit: www.collaborationbetterstheworld.com 


Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global commercial real estate services firm for property owners and occupiers with approximately 52,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 60 countries. In 2022, the firm reported revenue of $10.1 billion across its core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation and other services. For more information, please visit: www.cushmanwakefield.com 


The GvW Ho Chi Minh City office is the latest addition to our offices. Besides our legal and tax advisory, we further provide accounting services to our clients. A highly skilled and experienced team of (international) lawyers, tax advisors and CPAs is taking care of the needs and requirements for our clients; so they can focus on their core business – we take care of the rest. For more information, please visit: www.gvw.com  


Discover the essence of Vietnam with us at Hoiana Resort & Golf, ranked number 3 in the Integrated Resorts Category of the Travel & Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific in 2023. We proudly offer four luxurious hotels and residences along the stunning coastline of Central Vietnam. Our pristine 4km unspoiled white sand beach and the spectacular World Top 100 golf course, crafted by the legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., are all nestled in a single destination. For more information, please visit: www.hoiana.com 


By combining innovative technology with world-renowned expertise, we’re unveiling opportunities that create a brighter future for all. At JLL, we take pride in doing things differently. We see the built environment as a powerful medium with which to change the world for the better. By combining innovative technology and data intelligence with our world-renowned expertise, we’re able to unveil untapped opportunities for success. We help buy, build, occupy and invest in a variety of assets including industrial, commercial, retail, residential and hotel real estate. For more information, please visit: www.joneslanglasalle.com.vn 


Militzer & Münch is actively involved in strategic alliances and cooperation agreements and is constantly developing to offer its customers innovative logistics solutions. Over the past century, the small forwarding company founded by Richard Militzer and Werner Münch in Bavaria in 1880 has grown into a logistics group that connects worlds: with committed employees, many years of experience, regional expertise, and the courage to keep breaking new ground. For more information, please visit: www.mumnet.com


Reason Holdings, Inc. operates mainly in the areas of “Digital Advertising”, “Mobile Gaming” “Food Tech”, “Media Entertainment” and “Web 3.0”. In Vietnam, we seek investment opportunities for companies that are expected to have synergies with our core business or companies that are expected to grow significantly in the future regardless of their business domain. For more information, please visit: www.reazon.jp/en/


At Schletter, we believe that any enterprise, big or small, can only benefit from passionate support. And if ever there were an industry worth supporting, it’s solar. This is why we care about the success of every solar company, including yours. We’re here to cheer you forward and support your efforts with products engineered to secure the long-term success of your solar projects – which will contribute to changing lives and the planet for the better. For more information, please visit: www.schletter-group.com/en-US/ 


ZERO ALPHA is an independent private consultancy specializing in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) established in 2011 by Mr. Khoa Le, an experienced consultant, who has been able to forge a strong and talented team of professionals that constantly strive for innovative and valuable approaches to give our clients a competitive edge.

As an ICT services-focused company we provide end-to-end solutions and needs-driven consultation. In short, we help dynamic organizations align their IT services with their business requirements. For more information, please visit: www.zeroalpha.vn 

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Vietnam – German Investors’ Positive Feedback about the EVFTA‘s Effects, January 19, 2024 

On January 19, 2024, Mr. Björn Koslowski, accompanying Member of European Parliament Mr. Bernd Lange, visited German investors' facilities in North-East Vietnam. Facilitated by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the visit included an investor lunch and meetings with companies Harting and RRC. Mr. Lange, a key negotiator of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), took the opportunity to assess the agreement's impact since its enforcement in 2020. 

German investors provided overwhelmingly positive feedback, considering EVFTA a major Unique Selling Proposition (USP) for Vietnam as a manufacturing location. Since the agreement's implementation, trade between Vietnam and the EU has surged by a third, accompanied by numerous accomplishments and new FDI projects. 

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Celebrating Franco-German Day 2024: A Joyful Evening Of Friendship & Culture

The FEIERABEND RENDEZ-VOUS 2024 event in Ho Chi Minh City was a great success! We had a wonderful turnout of 190 guests, who enjoyed a night of networking, cultural exchange, and fun at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon on 25th January.

The event, co-organized by the German Business Association (GBA), Delegation of the German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (AHK Vietnam), and French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam (CCIFV), marked the fourth edition of our annual celebration of the Franco-German Day.

More details here>>>


GIC/AHK Vietnam

Ms. Trang Dao
PRs and Government Affairs
Email: trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de
Tel: +84 (24) 3936 1897

GBA Vietnam
Ms. Anna Tran Duyen
Marketing and Communications Manager
Email: anna@gba-vietnam.org 
Tel: +84 (28) 3823 9772
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Ms. Do Thi Anh Huong
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