FLANDERS – VIETNAM BUSINESS FORUM 8 November 2019 9:30 – 18:00 – Havenhuis Antwerpen

 VENUE 

Havenhuis – Auditorium – 6th floor 

Zaha Hadidplein 1 – 2030 Antwerpen 

MORNING PROGRAM (9:30 – 14:00) 

Info session 

“How can my business benefit from the 

EU-Vietnam FTA and economic growth in Vietnam?” 

Target public 

Open for all Flemish companies (*) 

Program 

09:30 – 10:00 Registration 

Master of Ceremony: Andries Gryffroy, Chairman Belgian Vietnamese Alliance – BVA 

10:00 – 10:05 Welcome address 

Claire Tillekaerts, CEO, Flanders Investment & Trade 

10:05 – 10:20 Keynote address 

TBC Vice Minister, Ministry of Planning & Investment (MPI) or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) 

10:20 – 10:25 Keynote address 

HE Mr VU Anh Quang, Ambassador of Vietnam to Belgium 

10:30 – 11:00 Business opportunities on the Vietnamese market 

Wouter Vanhees, Trade & Investment Counsellor for Vietnam, Flanders Investment & Trade 

11:00 – 11:30 Impact of the EVFTA/EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the IPA/EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement on your business with Vietnam 

Miriam García Ferrer, DG Trade – European Commission 

11:30 – 11:45 What to know about Rex registration in the light of the EVFTA implementation 

Nick Van Geerteruy, Financial Expert, FPS Finance – Customs & Excise Duties 

11:45 – 12:30 Panel discussion moderated by Wouter Vanhees 

Panelists: 

  • • Patrick Swartenbroekx, CEO Hydroscan 
  • • Representative Deep C 
  • • Miriam García Ferrer, DG Trade – European Commission 
  • • Sam Van Kerkhoven, Attaché, FPS Finance – Customs & Excise Duties 
  • • TBC Expert from MPI 

12:30 – 12:40 Q & A 

12:40 Closing remarks 

Julie Bynens, Secretary-general, Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs 

12:45 – 14:00 Networking lunch 

AFTERNOON PROGRAM (14:00 – 17:30) 

Info session 

“Opportunities in the environmental, energy and infrastructure sector in Vietnam” 

Target public 

Triple helix: all Flemish companies, academical world and government 

Program 

14:00 – 14:15 Registration 

Master of Ceremony: Andries Gryffroy, Chairman Belgian Vietnamese Alliance – BVA 

14:15 – 14:25 Welcome address 

Mr Peter Cabus, Secretary-general, Department Environment & Spatial Development 

14:25 – 14:35 Keynote address 

TBC Vice Minister Ministry of Planning & Investment (MPI) or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) 

14:35 – 14:45 Belgian business perspectives in Vietnam thanks to the EVFTA 

Mr. Tran Ngoc Quan, Trade Counsellor, Embassy of Vietnam 

14:45 – 15:15 Energy transition in Vietnam – How is the EU currently supporting this – How can the private sector be involved 

Agnes KOVACS, Cooperation Officer Vietnam and Indonesia, European Commission – DG International Cooperation and Development 

15:15 – 15:30 Success story in Vietnam 

Marc Stordiau (Rent-A-Port – Smart Universal Logistics/SUL – Desalination – Mekong) 

15:30 – 15:50 Challenges and cooperation opportunities in the Mekong river basin 

Dr. Sc. Ludo Holsbeek, Department of Environment & Spatial Development 

15:50 -16:00 Presentation of the Belgian-Vietnamese Alliance/BVA 

Andries Gryffroy, Chairman BVA 

16:00 – 16:15 Q & A and Conclusions 

16:15 – 16:25 Short introduction by Mr Filip Boelaert, Secretary-general 

Official signing ceremony of the Letter of Intent on the Implementation of the Friendship Agreement between the ministry of Transport of Vietnam and the ministry of Mobility & Public Works of Flanders 

16:25 – 17:30 Closing networking reception 

(*) Max capacity: 95 pax. Registration will be closed when the maximum of participants has been reached. Registrations will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. 

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