On the afternoon of April 8, 2022, in Can Tho city, the Dutch diplomatic mission in Vietnam in collaboration with VCCI Can Tho and the Dutch Business Association in Vietnam (DBAV) coordinated to organize Mekong Delta Business Forum.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Ms. Elsbeth Akkerman; Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Pham Tan Cong; representatives of the People’s Committees of Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau provinces; UNDP Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, Ms. Caitlin Wiesen; along with many delegates from Dutch and Vietnamese government agencies, research institutions and businesses.

The forum is an opportunity for the Netherlands to update the Vietnam-Netherlands agenda in the Mekong Delta and introduce solutions in agriculture, water, and logistics technology to address the challenges of changes in climate, economy in this region

According to Dutch Ambassador Elsbeth Akkerman, the private sector needs to act faster and stronger to engage more deeply in sustainable business and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the Mekong Delta. The Netherlands has invested around 50 million Euros from the public budget and private resources into projects and initiatives in the Mekong Delta, and the number of projects continues to grow.

The Mekong Delta Business Forum creates conditions for Vietnamese and Dutch businesses to meet, exchange and expand business opportunities, with innovative solutions and Dutch experiences in the water sector, agriculture and logistics, through diverse partnership mechanisms, including the Mekong Delta Sustainable Business Platform. The platform was established with the participation of four Dutch focus areas (including agricultural products, horticulture, water and logistics) and VCCI Can Tho.

The Netherlands is a reliable and long-term partner of Vietnam in water management, sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation. Royal Haskoning DHV’s Dutch experts worked closely with the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam to develop an Integrated Master Plan for the Mekong Delta. On February 28, the Government of Vietnam approved the Master Plan for the Mekong Delta, the Netherlands is always ready to cooperate with Vietnam to realize this Master Plan.

Speaking at the Forum, VCCI President Pham Tan Cong said that the Netherlands has the second largest agricultural export strength in the world, has sustainable production technology, and is considered the main gateway to Europe. The Mekong Delta is a large plain, an area of ​​great socio-economic significance, and the largest center of rice and seafood production in the country.

Source: Business Forum Magazine