On 27th of July 2018 in Hanoi, EuroCham representatives, GBA and CCIPV had a meeting with Mr. Bernd Lange, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) and Ms. Miriam Garcia Ferrer, Head of Trade and Economic Section, EU Delegation to Vietnam.
The meeting covered how the European business community can cooperate with the Government of Vietnam and the European Union to review and improve legal policy to bridge the gaps between legislation and its implementation when the EVFTA come into effect.
During a meeting with Mr. Bernd Lange on the 26th of July, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasised that the upcoming signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) would be an important milestone and stressed the role of EuroCham’s consultations in administrative reform. Co-Chairman Denis Brunetti discussed policy with Mr. Bernd Lange, including the new Cyber Security Law. Later, Vice-Chairman Mr. Jean-Jacques Bouflet provided updates from Sector Committees such as: Mobility (Automotive), Healthcare (Pharmaceuticals) and Wines and Spirits.
On the 25th of July, Mr. Bouflet presented at the “Business and Human Rights in Trade Relations and Global Supply Chains in Vietnam” conference, chaired by Mr. Bernd Lange and discussed the role of business in promoting the implementation of the UNGP on business and human rights. Mr. Lange rounded off his trip with a factory visit to van Laack – a German apparel company – with EuroCham delegates. Mr. Lange was impressed with the design and operation of the factory, along with its commitments to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and hoped that EuroCham and van Laack can work together to promote good CSR practices to other factories in Vietnam. More details of the event can be found here.
Source: CCIPV / EUROCHAM