Viet Nam – EU Trade Forum 2023

The European Institute for Asian Studies contributed to the 2023 Viet Nam - EU Trade Forum with an online presentation by EIAS Director Ms Lin Goethals on “Accompanying the manufacturing industry under pressure of green & sustainable development”. The Forum took place in Ho Chi Minh City on 27 November 2023.

As the EVFTA has entered its forth year of effect with the preferential tariff and market access schedule, Viet Nam and the EU have got further competitive advantages in trade & investment cooperation. Aimed at supporting businesses of both sides to develop a sustainable and diversified supply chain amid economic volatility, utilizing benefits from the EVFTA, the Viet Nam – EU Trade Forum was organised by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry & Trade, coordinated with the EU Delegation to Viet Nam and EuroCham.

Date: 27 November 2023
Time: 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm Viet Nam time
Venue: Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam (and online)

The Viet Nam – EU Trade Forum has been held annually since 2018, creating a practical and multi-dimensional discussion channel among government agencies, experts and business community on market and regulatory updates, as well as prospects and measures to promote cooperation in the fields of mutual interests. Forum 2023 will focus on analyzing sustainability factors in Viet Nam – EU economic relationship, addressing challenges and opportunities, thereby proposing timely business warnings and recommendations.

Some of the questions raised included (1) How green transition and sustainability trends have been developing globally and in the EU (2) Assessing the impact of this trend on EU policy-making and implementation of regulations, as well as on economic & trade relations with the EU’s partners, including Viet Nam (challenges & opportunities); (3) Evaluating Viet Nam’s adaptability and recommend necessary solutions in the context of EU reinforcing regulations, standards on climate/environment and sustainable development, notably EU Green Deal, Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence,…


Agenda of the Forum

EIAS Presentation