VEUBF kicks start with annual Board Meeting

Following a successful year of operation in 2008, the Vietnam-EU Business Forum (VEUBF) will kick-start the year 2009 with a meeting of the Board to review VEUBF operations in 2008 and approve new ideas and initiatives for the coming time.

Under the spotlight this year will be a new series of VEUBF activities such as seminars, Government roundtables, networking events, launch ceremonies, newsletter publication and business surveys. Participants also heard reviews of special VEUBF projects such as the VEUBF e-portal project and activities of joint Vietnam-EU working groups on trade and investment, corporate governance and social and labour.     

Director of EuroCham Hanoi, Mr. Thomas W. Felber said the VEUBF has played an active role in promoting trade and investment relations between the EU and Vietnam. “This should be even furthered in 2009 with EuroCham and VCCI being the key driver,” he said.

Launched in 2006, the Vietnam-EU Business Forum (VEUBF) is a co-operative venture between the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) and the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), which was formed at the behest of the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The VEUBF aims to aid in the further development of trade and investment relations between Vietnam and the EU and to help Vietnamese enterprises to maximize their ability to compete in the post-WTO marketplace, as well as to provide a forum for Vietnamese and European businesses and business organizations to deliberate Government-related policies on business, to discuss EU-Vietnam trade and investment issues and share information on key areas of concern.

The Forum convenes a number of Working Groups on specific issues (Corporate Governance, Trade and Investment, and Social and Labour Issues) as well as hosting regular seminars and events seeking to provide an opportunity for European and Vietnamese authorities and enterprises to explore international best practice and current issues of common interest.

For more information on the VEUBF, please visit www.euvietnam.com

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