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1 Embassy and Consulate-General closed for Tet

The Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for Tet from 26 January until 1 February. On Thursday 2 February both offices will be open again during normal visiting hours.

2 Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agribusiness

On 26 December, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) organised a high-level forum to discuss challenges and opportunities for women and their agribusinesses in Vietnam. This forum was organised under SNV’s “Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises” project, which is funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In her opening remarks, Ms. Eizema (Chargé d’Affaires of the Dutch Embassy in Hanoi) addressed the so-called ‘double burden’: the unfair expectation of women that they have to be successful both in their work or enterprise, and in taking care of their family.

3 Call for proposals for the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW III)

The Sustainable Water Fund programme (FDW III) is a Public-Private Partnership facility which aims to contribute to water safety and water security in developing countries. The deadline for submission of concept notes is 31 December 2016. Full proposals are to be submitted before 27 February 2017.

4 Closing days in December

The Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed on Friday 23 December after 15:00 and on Monday 26 December. We will resume our regular office hours on Tuesday 27 December.

5 Ho Chi Minh City: VFS Global to handle visa applications

Effective from 6th January 2017 VFS Global in its office in Ho Chi Minh City will handle applications for Schengen visa to travel to the Netherlands. As of 30 December 2016 you can make an appointment via VFS Global. You can present your application / documents in person to: VFS Global in Resco Tower, 4th Floor 94-96 Nguyen Du St. Ben Nghe Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

6 NFP Tailor-Made Training programme 2017

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) promotes capacity building by providing training and education for professionals. The NFP Tailor-made Training (TMT) programme is meant to improve the overall functioning of an organisation by training a selected group of staff. Next deadline for submission of proposals for a TMT is the 1st of February 2017. Relevant sectors for Vietnam are water management, agriculture and economic governance.

7 Film screening [free] on 9 December: Transit Havana

In cooperation with human rights film festival Movies That Matter, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is showing the documentary Transit Havana on 9 December in Hanoi, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day. This film is about transgenders in Cuba and their right to identify themselves as a different gender than was assigned to them at birth - the right to be who you are. Following a recent amendment of the Civil Code of Vietnam, from the 1st of January 2017, Sex Reassignment Surgery will be allowed here as well. After the film, we will have time for a brief discussion with the audience.

8 The Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade

On 17-18 November, the world looked at the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade to take urgent steps in the fight against wildlife crime. This was a follow-up to the Wildlife Conference held in The Hague from 1-3 March 2016. Find here the statement on behalf of The Netherlands, delivered by the Dutch Ambassador in Vietnam, Ms. Nienke Trooster.

9 part-time communications officer

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hanoi is seeking a qualified candidate for a part-time position of Communications Officer at the Economic Section. 20 hours/week.

10 Vice Minister for Foreign Trade will visit Vietnam 24-25 October

The Dutch Vice Minister for Foreign Trade, Mr. Marten van den Berg, will visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (24-25 October). He brings a business delegation of 34 Dutch companies and knowledge institutions to explore further business opportunities in Vietnam in aviation, agri-food, renewable energy and maritime infrastructure.