The Ambassador of Sweden, Mr Staffan Herrström and representatives from some Swedish companies who are doing business in Vietnam met and discussed how the Swedish business community can contribute to the development in Vietnam.
The discussion was held at the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi on 27 September as part of the Embassy’s efforts to implement the pilot programmes designed by the Business and Development Council, which was set up by the Government of Sweden. The purpose of the Business and Development Council is to provide advices to the Government on the best way of making use of the Swedish business sector’s experience and skills in developing countries. Vietnam has been selected as one of seven developing countries which will materialise these pilot programmes.
Present at the get-together were representatives from not only big well-established companies in Vietnam such as Ericsson, ABB, Tetra Pak, Elof Hansson but also from newly established small-sized companies such as UMA. With this broad multi-sector participation, the discussion led by Ambassador Staffan Herrström on “how the Business and Development (BD) Council can support the Swedish business in Vietnam in an effective and efficient manner” became very interesting, interactive and fruitful. Mr Herrström highlighted that the Business and Development Council is a forum for a mutual exchange of experience and dialogue between the Swedish business sector and relevant public actors.
He stressed: “The Embassy will play the role as a “door-opener”, creating various ways for the businesses to contribute to the economic growth in Vietnam. The Embassy is ready to have further discussion on what and how the Embassy will work with the Swedish business community in Vietnam as well as how to use this forum to materialise the goals of the Council.”
The Swedish businessmen attending the get-together shared their concerns on trade barriers, Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), financing and other relevant issues. The discussion was further elaborated at the Mingling at the Residence of the Ambassador.
The Embassy is planning for a similar event in Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam’s business hub in October.
Present at the get-together were representatives from not only big well-established companies in Vietnam such as Ericsson, ABB, Tetra Pak, Elof Hansson but also from newly established small-sized companies such as UMA.