September 15, 2020

ADVOCACY UPDATE (AUG – SEP 2020)

I. EVENTS

1. EuroCham and Ho Chi Minh City Department of Customs Co-organised a Special Webinar on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreeement (EVFTA) and Origin of Goods | 26 August in HCMC

240 participants joined physically and online. EuC Exco incl. Vice-Chairmen Nguyen Hai Minh, Jean Jacques Bouflet, TSCL Chair Lennart Janssens and HCMC Customs Officials.

Director Dinh Ngoc Thang came to launch the webinar at EuC office. Technical training provided by 2 officials of the Division of Customs Management and Monitoring

Enhanced the business community’s knowledge and provided updates on technical issues regarding goods’ origin and EVFTA implementation, addressed EuroCham members’ concerns on C/O EUR 1, electronic C/O, and self certification documents and customs in various sectors including agriculture, cosmetics, dairy, equipment & machinery, pharmaceuticals, textile, and supporting services. Report:

Follow up- HCMC DOC provided feedback to EUC members and responded on 36 cases reported by EUC members.

2. EuroCham Speaks at EVFTA Roundtable: “The EVFTA and Vietnam’s Integration in Global Value Chains in a Post Covid-19 World” | 28 August in Hanoi

The EU Delegation to Vietnam (the Delegation) in association with the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) as co-organisers. Implemented by EU-Vietnam Partnership Facility.

This is the first of 3 roundtables to be co-organised with the Delegation throughout of 2020. The event gathered about 70 participants  from the EU Delegation, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), VCCI and EuroCham as well as other experts. Full report:

Next Roundtables: 2"Digital economy, digital transformation of the Vietnamese economy and actions by authorities and business" (tentatively October); 3: "An enabling environment for European and Vietnamese Start-ups and SME development in Vietnam" (tentatively December)   

3. EuroCham and Ho Chi Minh City Department of Customs Co-organised a Special Webinar on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and Origin of Goods | 4 September in HCMC

Webinar on EVFTA and Harmonised SyHCMC Customs Department, Export and Import Tax Division.stem (HS Codes) provided by

Webinar gathered 180 participants, resolved 31 cases from members and pending written feedback from HCMC DOC.

II. ACTIVITIES

Green Growth Sector Committee:

Resume discussion on waste water treatment (with newly joined member on this field)

Under planning: Co-organize with VGBC, VBCSD a workshop on Circular Economy, in 24 September, Hanoi.

Circular WG to have meeting with Deep C in 11 September

HR & Training SC:

August: Vice-Chairman William Badger joined the UN Women for the event: Gender Equality Means Good Business

7 September: HR&T SC members elected Mr. Trung Khuat (Baker & McKenzie) as the new Co-Chairman in charge of HR policies

Current Board members: Mr. Trung Khuat (Baker & McKenzie), Mr. Joshua James (BUV), Ms. Huyen Nguyen (EY), Mr. William Badger (Concordia)

IQMED-G&B:

On 18 August 2020, IQMED-G&B successfully voted for new Vice Chairs: Mrs. Van Ho and Mr. Moritz Mueller.

Medical Devices & Diagnostics Sector Committee:

Donation: Mobilised USD25.000 to purchase 12.000 SARS-CoV-2 tests to support localities and hospitals in central outbreak: Hue & Quang Nam. Handover ceremony took place in Hanoi on 13 August, delivery is being proceeded upon actual need of recipients

Meeting with MOH DMEC on price disclosure on 19 and 26 August

Working with MOH on 03 other topics: Inspection procedure, development of domestic manufacturing, medical device management.

Tax and Transfer Pricing Sector Committee:

26 August, sent a position letter interest deduction rules (following issuance of Decree 68/2020/ND-CP on 24 June 2020 which amends Decree 20/2017/ND-CP on 24 February 2017) to Ministry of Finance

Mobility Sector Committee:

Following WB Launch in Hanoi, Indonesian Embassy was interested in a proposal for 50% registration tax reduction for CBU importers

Sharing WhiteBook text for reference and open for discussion with the Embassy.

Transportation & Logistics Sector Committee:

Regular meeting on 6 August:  TLSC will collect some questions on pending topics and may request a meeting with EuroCham ExCo to discuss solutions. Following up with a meeting on 17 August to align on the approach to MOT

Queries from members relating to EVFTA implementation: REX System for electronic C/O; C/O form EUR 1 

26 August, Vice Chair Thao attend the webinar with HCMC DOC on Customs Training

Pharma Group

August: Elected Mr. John-Paul Pullicino (Pfizer) and Mr. Koen C. Kruijtbosch (MSD) as the new Co-Chairs

Ongoing advocacy on Marketing Authorization validity and Circular 32 issues (CPP etc.) in joint effort with IQMED G&B.

Wines & Spirits

Still, WSSC would like to send a letter to ask MOF to update on the status of Government’s Decree on the preferential tariffs for the implementation of the EVFTA. Exco to advise it’s good timing for WSSC letter can process sending out.

Tourism & Hospitality Sector Committee:

Reaching out to EuroCham members to expand the membership

25 August, regular SC meeting to discuss on the key objectives: Promote the establishment of Vietnam Tourism Working Group.

Joint SCS activities on good labelling topic: 

Following MOH’s call for feedback on contradictory, overlapping, inadequate, causing difficulties legislation for business operations, NFG, IQMED, Cosmetics has sent input to MOH on 7 September.

MOIC is calling  for comments on the Draft Circular amending and supplementing  Decree 181/2013/NĐ-CP detailing the law on Advertisement.

DAV’s call for comment regarding the Draft Circular amending and supplementing a number of contents in Circular No. 15/2019 / TT-BYT dated July 11, 2020. IQMED & PG send position paper to EuroCham

  

III. UPDATES ON COVID-19 & GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE
On 31 August, MOH has issued OF 4674 guiding PM’s directions on the Covid-19 prevention and control regarding short-term work visit (less than 14 days) of foreigners:

Scope:
Foreigners having short-term work visit in Vietnam: Investors, experts, skilled-workers, business managers, their families and other persons under agreement with each specific country (experts); people who enter Vietnam for diplomat or official purposes (diplomats)

Compliance

14-day quarantine is not mandatory upon their entry as long as regulations on Covid-19 prevention and control are strictly complied with, and the safety of these experts and diplomats and their contacts are ensured. Prevent cross-infection at their workplaces and community transmission.

Contacts of the experts or diplomats shall monitor their own health and promptly inform the authorities and health facilities when having fever, cough, sore throat or difficult breathing.

The foreign experts and diplomats shall have international health insurance or have the Covid-19 treatment cost paid by the inviting organizations in case of infection. A foreign expert shall arrive 01 day before the working day to complete health monitoring procedures.

The costs of quarantine, transport, Covid-19 testing of foreign experts shall be paid by the inviting organization. These costs shall be exempted for foreign diplomats unless they wish to be quarantined at hotels.

If the foreign expert or diplomat wishes to continue staying in Vietnam to work after 14 days from the date of entry and tests negative for SARS-CoV-2, they may continue working without quarantine.

Decision
Ministries, central authorities, the People’s Committees of provinces shall carefully consider the necessity of short-term work visit of experts and diplomats while ensuring Covid-19 prevention and control.
+ Establishment of EU-Vietnam Business Council

24 September, High-level Conference in Hanoi at VCCI or other venue

EVBC Board and Structure

+ Vietnam Business Forum: 15 October in Hanoi

Agenda and Inputs details sent out to the SCs, liasing with VBF Secretariat and Working Groups for alignment on the position papers

To be prepared: EuroCham position paper, EuroCham speech and List of Exco participating at the Event (Pending).

+ EVFTA Roundtables 2: "Digital economy, digital transformation of the Vietnamese economy and actions by authorities and business“, tentatively October in Hanoi by EU Delegation to Vietnam); and 3: "An enabling environment for European and Vietnamese Start-ups and SME development in Vietnam“, tentatively December in Hanoi by EU Delegation to Vietnam

 

More News

See all

June 14, 2024

[Work @ EuroCham – CROPLIFE VIETNAM] COMMUNICATIONS & STEWARDSHIP SPECIALIST

Read more

June 14, 2024

EuroCham’s Green Growth Sector Committee drives sustainability dialogue at “ESG: From Ideas to Action” workshop

Read more

June 14, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam and EU Chamber of Commerce in China shed light on China+1

Read more

June 14, 2024

EuroCham and HCMC leaders meet to drive green economy initiatives at GEFE 2024

Read more

June 14, 2024

EuroCham welcomes IMF Delegation to discuss Vietnam’s economic landscape

Read more

June 10, 2024

EuroCham attends Vietnam Sourcing Expo 2024

Read more

June 07, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam Executive Director participates in annual EBO Worldwide Network meeting in Brussels

Read more

June 07, 2024

EuroCham voices business community priorities at key economic meeting with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI)

Read more

June 07, 2024

EuroCham advocates for robust personal data protection as Vietnam shapes Data Protection Law

Read more

May 31, 2024

EuroCham Sustainable Finance Sector Committee (SFSC) hosts inaugural policy Dialogue on Sustainable Trade and Trade Finance

Read more

May 31, 2024

EuroCham meeting with the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department

Read more

May 31, 2024

Prime Minister’s Advisory Council for Administrative Procedure Reform holds training program in Hai Phong

Read more

May 31, 2024

Luncheon with EU Delegation and DG INTPA highlights sustainable development opportunities

Read more

May 30, 2024

EuroCham’s Transportation & Logistics Sector Committee speaks at Hoa Sen University’s HCMC Logistics Forum

Read more

May 30, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam’s inaugural Tall Building Forum draws industry leaders and policymakers to explore the future of urban living

Read more

May 30, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam meets EU Ambassador to ASEAN to discuss priorities in EU-ASEAN Strategic Partnership

Read more

May 30, 2024

EuroCham insights shape policy discussions at ACCA Asia Pacific Dialogue 2024

Read more

May 29, 2024

[CORPORATE PARTNERS] BASF paves the way for young painters at WorldSkills Finals Lyon 2024

Read more

May 28, 2024

EuroCham insights shape policy discussions at ACCA Asia Pacific Dialogue 2024

Read more

May 24, 2024

EuroCham engages in the EU-Vietnam Research & Innovation Community Meeting

Read more

May 24, 2024

EuroCham participated in a consultation on Vietnam’s Direct Power Purchase Agreement Framework

Read more

May 24, 2024

Productive Dialogue at the Law on Standards and Technical regulations Consultation

Read more

May 24, 2024

EuroCham emphasises soft skills and sustainability training at a forum organised by the Ministry of Education and Training

Read more

May 24, 2024

[Sector Committee Spotlight] Transport and Logistics Sector Committee: driving Vietnam’s progress

Read more

May 22, 2024

[CORPORATE PARTNERS] BASF expands its biomass balance portfolio for selected chemical intermediates

Read more

May 22, 2024

[Work @ EuroCham] GEFE PROJECT OFFICER – based in Ho Chi Minh City

Read more

May 22, 2024

[Work @ EuroCham] CORPORATE RELATIONS cum MEMBERSHIP EXECUTIVE – based in Ho Chi Minh City

Read more

May 17, 2024

EuroCham convenes collaborative meeting with the EU Ambassador to Vietnam

Read more

May 17, 2024

Traditional Breakfast Commemorates Norwegian Constitution Day’s 210th Anniversary

Read more

May 17, 2024

EuroCham engages in Information Exchange Conference on Power Supply 2024

Read more

Pour une expérience optimale, veuillez tenir votre mobile à la verticale !

Platinum Partners

Gold Premium Partners

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Premium Service Partners