05 February Trade Mission to Vietnam with Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

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Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Are you interested in doing business in Vietnam? Join the trade mission led by the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms. Sigrid Kaag, from 5 to 7 February 2018. VNO-NCW Chairman Hans de Boer will act as business delegation leader.

The goal of this visit is to further strengthen the economic and political relations with Vietnam. The mission is a follow-up to the visit from the Vietnamese Prime Minister Phúc to the Netherlands in June 2017.

For whom?

The trade mission is open for participation to Dutch companies and knowledge institutes. The program will focus on urban challenges.

Vietnam: an interesting trade partner

Vietnam is experiencing high economic growth and is politically stable. Trade between the Netherlands and Vietnam is rapidly growing. For Vietnam, the Netherlands functions as ‘gateway to Europe’, providing additional trade and investment opportunities. Our country is Vietnam’s second European trade partner and on a yearly basis we export for over EUR 800 million to the Vietnamese market. In turn, Vietnamese exports to the Netherlands amount to over EUR 5 billion each year.

Urban challenges and innovation

Urbanization and industrialization are growing trends in Vietnam. These trends are accompanied by a variety of challenges in areas such as water- and energy supply, waste management, mobility and food security, creating opportunities to keep urban areas livable and sustainable for the future. To support this continued economic growth, accessibility of urban areas is a high priority. Therefore, solutions for smart mobility over land, water and air are highly sought after in Vietnam’s growing market. Increasingly, a circular economy approach is being sought. Especially for SMEs and startups with innovative and IT related solutions there are plenty of opportunities to contribute in making Vietnam’s cities more sustainable.

More information about business opportunities in Vietnam can be found on the Doing Business Factsheets and thematic factsheets on our website.


During the mission you will meet potential Vietnamese business partners. You will be provided with information about the Vietnamese market and will have the opportunity to showcase your business, services and products. The Dutch government can bring business issues to the attention of governmental authorities for you. Furthermore, contracts and cooperation agreements can be signed in the presence of the minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms. Sigrid Kaag, and Vietnamese ministers.

The program starts on Monday 5 February. Minister Sigrid Kaag will join the mission on Tuesday 6 February. You can view a tentative program here.


Costs for participation amount to € 950 per company (maximum of 2 participants per company). In case of more than two participants, the additional costs will be € 475 per additional participant. Included is participation in the general programme, individual matchmaking, collective local transport and local support from the organizer. Travel, accommodation and possible translation fees are not covered. A travel agency will draft an itinerary.


The registration for this trade mission closes on January 2nd. To be able to help you most effectively, we ask you to sign up as soon as possible. Sign up here.

More information

For more information about this trade mission, you can contact Hanneke Bogaerts, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, tel. 088-0421253, email: hanneke.bogaerts@rvo.nl