Nov 18, 2018 / 09:21

Eurocham celebrates 20 years in Vietnam with Business Awards

The Hanoitimes - Since its formation in 1998, EuroCham has been an essential bridge between Europe and Vietnam, helping to build new relationships between domestic and foreign business communities.

The European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, or EuroCham, on November 16 celebrated two decades of presence in Vietnam with a special gala dinner, attended by nearly 600 business leaders, investors and ambassadors from across Europe.
 
EuroCham chairs in 1998-2018. Photo: EuroCham
EuroCham chairs in 1998-2018. Photo: EuroCham
The caliber of companies attending this event, alongside ambassadors from 10 European countries and representatives from the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and VCCI highlighted the success of EU-Vietnam trade and investment over the last few decades and EuroCham’s crucial role in this blossoming relationship, the Chamber said in a press release.

Since its formation in 1998, EuroCham has been an essential bridge between Europe and Vietnam, helping to build new relationships between domestic and foreign business communities, representing the voice of business to the government of Vietnam and the highest levels of decision-making in Europe.

In recognition of this important work, EuroCham has received a number of honors, including a “Certificate of Merit” from the prime minister of Vietnam at the “30 Years of Foreign Direct Investment” conference in October in Hanoi.

The Chamber is also a proactive member of the Advisory Council for Administrative Procedures Reform (ACAPR), under the direction of the prime minister, as well as the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF), helping to streamline and reform Vietnam’s legal framework.

EuroCham also published the 10th edition of its Whitebook in 2018, marking a decade of positive efforts to improve the trade and investment environment for domestic and foreign companies alike. In 2018, the Chamber’s strong growth continued apace, and it now counts over one thousand members – making it one of the largest foreign chambers of commerce in Asia.
 
A choir performs the Anthem of Europe. Photo: EuroCham
A choir performs the Anthem of Europe. Photo: EuroCham
At the event, the Chamber announced the winners of its first-ever Business Awards. EuroCham’s independent panel of judges considered entries from some of Europe’s longest-established and most successful enterprises to some of its newest and most innovative. Companies from all sectors entered the competition.

Piaggio won the Business Excellence award, recognizing the business that has shown long-term growth and success, been a model of responsible and profitable business and made a real contribution to Vietnam over the last two decades. B Braun and Neovia were named as runners-up.

Meanwhile, Digitexx won the Best Entrepreneurship award, recognizing the business that has been the most innovative, creative, disruptive and competitive, and overcome challenges to become successful in Vietnam. EZ-Land and CEL won second and third prize.

Belgo won the Best Start-Up award, which recognizes the most innovative, enterprising and forward-thinking new European companies in Vietnam. Aqua Grow Greens and Wise Pass were awarded joint second place.

Les Vergers Du Mekong won the Best Sustainability Initiatives award, in recognition of their work to adopt sustainable business practices in Vietnam. This was the most hotly-contested award of the evening, attracting the greatest number of entries. The EuroCham judges selected Deutcshes Haus and Concordia as runners-up.

Since its establishment with 60 members in 1998, the EuroCham Vietnam has grown to represent over 1,000 members, including some of the world’s leading enterprises. With offices in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and regional Chapters in Central, Northeastern and Southeastern Vietnam, EuroCham’s mission is to represent the business interests of its members and to improve the trade and investment environment in Vietnam.