Team Sweden Vietnam webinar on EVFTA’s progress

Team Sweden in Vietnam, represented by the Embassy, Business Sweden and the International Council of Swedish Industry as well as the National Board of Trade in Sweden invite you to a webinar on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

EVFTA is the most comprehensive and ambitious trade and investment agreement that the EU has ever concluded with a developing country in Asia. It is the second agreement in the ASEAN region, after Singapore, and it will intensify bilateral relations between Vietnam and the EU.

This webinar aims to provide an overview on what implications and opportunities the FTA will bring to Swedish companies in Vietnam. Additionally, this seminar will give companies a better understanding of the specific benefits, and how to take advantage of them, for trade in goods and services in key industries between EU and Vietnam. The webinar will also highlight how the agreement can help with recovery after COVID-19.

Date: 18th of May
Time: 9.30-11.00 AM (Sweden Time) or 14.30-16.00 (Vietnam Time)

Agenda:
• 9.30-9.35 Welcome Remarks
o Johan Alvin, First Secretary, Head of Trade Promotion, Economic and Political Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam
• 9.35-9.50 An Overview of the EVFTA
o Nesli Al Mufti, Senior Advisor, National Board of Trade, Sweden
• 9.50-10.05 An Overview of the Swedish Workplace Programme in light of the EVFTA
o Hien Nguyen, Regional Coordinator Vietnam, International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR)
• 10.05-10.30 Emerging opportunities and challenges for Swedish enterprises with the EVFTA in effect – and how companies can fully benefit from EVFTA
o Emil Akander, Trade Commissioner and Market Area Director Southeast Asia, Business Sweden
• 10.30-11.00 Questions and Answers including voices from the Swedish industry

To join, send a message to the Ambassador no later than 17 May and you will receive an invite via Microsoft Teams. The team welcome all interested participants.

Background

In 2020, Vietnam’s National Assembly ratified the European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and the agreement was entered into force. The EVFTA is an ambitious pact eliminating almost 99 percent of customs duties between the EU and Vietnam.The EU-Vietnam trade deal also contains important provisions on intellectual property protection, labour rights and sustainable development. The FTA includes commitments to implement International Labour Organisation core standards and UN conventions relating to, for example, the fight against climate change and the protection of biodiversity.

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