This is a affirmation of Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong at a dialogue conference between city leaders and European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham), the topic: Economic development and seizing opportunities from the Agreement Vietnam – European Union (EVFTA) free trade, held on July 28.

Facilitate foreigners to work

At the conference, EuroCham’s sub-committees presented a number of difficulties in business activities in Ho Chi Minh City and across the country, from which the city leaders proposed solutions and reforms towards environmental improvement.

The representative of the Human Resources and Training Subcommittee – EuroCham said that what businesses (DN) are most concerned about is the regulation on experts, managers, executives who are foreigners exempt from granting work permits less than 20 days and cumulative not more than 90 days / year is too low. Because the time to apply for a work permit usually takes a month, they have to spend a lot of time for this administrative procedure.

There are many experts and investors who want to work in Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, who have difficulty in getting a work permit. Therefore, EuroCham representative wants leaders of the City People’s Committee to provide more information on immigration issues for foreigners at this time, in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic.

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Delegates exchanged on the sidelines of the dialogue conference between HCM City leaders and European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham)

Chairman of City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said to shorten the waiting time in resolving entry for experts, skilled workers, business managers, investors , the city has had solutions and will set up a coordination group consisting of representatives of Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs, Department of Health, Immigration Department, Department of Tourism and Department of Planning and Investment.

The establishment of this coordination group aims to focus on one focal point to quickly solve the problems posed to experts, business managers, and foreign investors who come to work in the city. Earlier, the city had decided to select 8 hotels as a quarantine point for a fee for foreigners entering the city to work.

“Difficulties and problems will continue to be removed right within the authority of the City People’s Committee for the domestic and foreign business community. With issues beyond its authority, the City will gather and propose central. Businesses believe in the process of reforming administrative procedures to be better in the coming time, making the city become a successful start-up of businesses and expect businesses to contribute and stick more in the development process of the city ” – Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong affirmed.

Deploy a series of solutions

At the conference, solutions to exploit and take advantage of EVFTA effectively when this agreement takes effect from the beginning of August are also set by the leaders of TP, EuroCham and many enterprises.

Mr. Nguyen Dang Hien, Vice Chairman of Food and Food Association of Ho Chi Minh City, said EVFTA offers opportunities to strengthen the supply chain for the industry; opportunities to import modern machinery and equipment that the Vietnamese market is in great need. “Golden opportunity” to promote export turnover, especially in the field of food – food, agriculture and fishery

“Vietnam is a bright spot for the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic, an opportunity to advertise to EU businesses about safe destinations to invest, work and this market can provide safe materials and foodstuffs.” However, in order to take advantage of opportunities, Vietnamese businesses need to share information about EU businesses, know what products they need, what conditions “- Mr. Nguyen Dang Hien said.

Vietnamese businesses proposed strengthening the trade promotion program so that they have the opportunity to access and capture information from the EU market, thereby creating investment and business opportunities.

From August 1, EVFTA officially came into effect, Chairman of City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said that in order to take full advantage of this agreement, departments, agencies and branches in the city need to deploy early and effectively the solutions. France, the action program.

Specifically, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong assigned the Department of Industry and Trade to urgently implement and submit to the City People’s Committee before August 15, advise the city’s action plan to implement EVFTA for the period of 2020, vision to 2025; advise on the plan to support 20,000 enterprises having export activities, especially exporting to EU; organize in-depth information on the origin of goods, remove difficulties for businesses.

Ho Chi Minh City has an interdisciplinary working group on investment, chaired by the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City to handle domestic and foreign investment projects, ensuring compliance with the provisions of law and implementing the schedule of projects for investors.

The Chairman of the City People’s Committee also assigned the Institute of Development Studies to urgently complete the update of the impact of EVFTA on the city in the first 5 years after the agreement came into effect, submitted before August 30. Department of Information and Communications needs to develop a propaganda plan about EVFTA; Department of Planning and Investment coordinates with Department of Home Affairs, City Customs Department to review investment environment according to international standards; chaired with Department of Home Affairs to build and attract high-quality investment capital from EU countries

“Business associations and individual businesses also need to actively exploit the EU market, especially those with advantages; strengthen close links between small and medium enterprises, invest more in research and development and bravely renovating the growth model to have a firm foothold in the market “- Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong requested.

According to Mr. Cao Quoc Hung, data for the first 6 months showed that import and export was strongly influenced by Covid-19 epidemic. However, looking at the positive direction, this is really the time for businesses to realize the superiority of the digital economy and the urgent need of the digital transformation process. In the recovery phase after the Covid-19 pandemic, digital transformation will help Vietnamese businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, to find a more flexible business model, while reducing costs and optimizing them. resources to overcome difficulties. “The process of digital transformation in the field of import and export will contribute to reducing the workload and paper records, shortening the time to solve administrative procedures. Creating favorable conditions for import and export enterprises to participate. in international trade activities, saving time, costs and effort, thereby promoting import and export activities “- Mr. Hung said.

On July 28, at the forum “Digital transformation in the field of import and export of goods, taking advantage of opportunities from the EVFTA Agreement”, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung acknowledged with the opportunity from EVFTA, the transition trend. Changing from traditional business to digital platforms is becoming more and more popular and is considered an effective solution to help businesses penetrate and expand export markets.

According to Mr. Cao Quoc Hung, data for the first 6 months showed that import and export was strongly influenced by Covid-19 epidemic. However, looking at the positive direction, this is really the time for businesses to realize the superiority of the digital economy and the urgent need of the digital transformation process. In the recovery phase after the Covid-19 pandemic, digital transformation will help Vietnamese businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, to find a more flexible business model, while reducing costs and optimizing them. resources to overcome difficulties. “The process of digital transformation in the field of import and export will contribute to reducing the workload and paper records, shortening the time to solve administrative procedures. Creating favorable conditions for import and export enterprises to participate. in international trade activities, saving time, costs and effort, thereby promoting import and export activities “- Mr. Hung said.

With EVFTA, digital transformation will provide Vietnamese businesses with a digital platform to be able to access the EU market more effectively than previous forms. According to Mr. Hung, businesses can also promote digital transformation to join new supply chains to replace traditional supply chains that have been disrupted or stalled due to Covid-19 epidemic, and expanded and diversify import and export markets, reducing dependence on a certain market group.

On the side of businesses, Mr. Tran Xuan Thuy, Director of Amazon Global Selling, said that digital transformation and e-commerce have helped many businesses grow, exporting goods to many countries in the world but e-commerce is not “magic wand”. According to Mr. Thuy, businesses that want to succeed must change from awareness, invest heavily to apply digital platforms with detailed, methodical strategies and consistent roadmap to expand the market.

Mr. Tran Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of Import and Export Department (Ministry of Industry and Trade), said that as soon as EVFTA Agreement takes effect from August 1, Vietnam’s goods exported to EU market will be granted C / O (certificate of origin).