The Vietnamese economy continues to have robust growth figures, with the government being supportive of the reform agenda. There are still many issues to tackle, but the new government has plotted a steady course. In the bilateral trade relation, growth continues and the Netherlands is firmly placed as a top EU trade and investment partner to Vietnam. With the pending EU-Vietnam FTA there is much optimism for growing trade and investments.
The Netherlands has launched its ‘Leading From the South’ funding facility for women’s organizations in the Global South. This new facility supports Southern women’s organizations and networks striving for the political, social and economic empowerment of women. It will also be active for Vietnam. The ‘Leading From the South’ facility – which is being managed by well-established women’s funds in these regions – is now open for proposals, deadline is 17 February 2017.
Together with Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) the Dutch Embassy in Hanoi organises a maritime trade mission to Vietnam from 22 to 24 March 2015 in de regions Ha Long (Quang Ninh), Hai Phong and Hanoi. This mission will take place just before the INMEX maritime trade fair in HCMC (29 to 31 March 2017).
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 January 2017 – The Government of the Netherlands has granted USD 2.17 million to the Mekong River Commission in support of its MRC Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 including the Flood Management and Mitigation Initial Studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.