Free*: Overseas Market Workshop - Vietnam

Fully Funded Trip $0 - For participants who qualify for SkillsFuture Study Awards.

Overseas Market Workshop: Vietnam

(Manufacturing Sector)

Date: 16-20 July 2017 

Course Fee:
1) Early Bird Discount
 (For those who sign up before 16 June 2017): $3,800 (no GST charged)
2) Regular Pricing: $4,000 (no GST charged)

*Course fee is inclusive of: Lectures, seminars, business meetings and site visits, accommodation (5* hotel), partial meals and local transport services.
Airfares and personal expenditure are not included. These expenses shall be borne by participants. 

SkillsFuture Study Award
Singaporeans may be eligible for SkillsFuture Study Award of S$5,000 to defray out-of-pocket expenses associated with this course. Only Singapore citizens with a minimum of 3 years' working experience are eligible for the SkillsFuture Study Award. Kindly sign up for SkillsFuture Study Award at:  

Doing Business in Vietnam 
An in-market executive programme specially designed to equip Singapore-based companies with a practical understanding of how to operate and do business in Vietnam, specifically in the Manufacturing Industry. The programme aims to showcase latest business environment trends, explore investment policies and opportunities, and build networks with potential business intermediaries and partners.

Why should I participate?

Develop holistic perspective on market-entry into Vietnam encompassing economic, policy, legal and resource issues.
Discover investment and business opportunities in broad spectrum of opportunities in the Vietnam's up-and-coming economic and industrial hubs. 
Learn from foreign businesses that have successfully established a strong presence in Vietnam.
Build strong connections with top Vietnamese and Singaporean businessmen based in the Vietnam's industrial hubs.
What will it cover?
Interactions with business leaders and legal/tax experts as well as both Vietnamese and Singaporean business communities on the latest overview of Vietnam's economy and geopolitical climate:
Economic and industrial climate
Relevant government supporting policies and incentives Opportunities in the Manufacturing sub sector
Investment Policies and Opportunities
Legal and Tax Framework for operating in Vietnam Networking sessions with successful business leaders and relevant agencies based in Northern Vietnam, as well as Singapore and Vietnam business communities
Practical insights by industry experts

Who should participate?
Senior executives and decision makers of Singapore companies interested in gaining knowledge & capturing deals in the Manufacturing Sector in Vietnam.
Individuals with intention to gain knowledge on doing business in Vietnam or to pursue regional job opportunities.
Senior officers from public sector organisations, associations and federations that support Singapore-based companies.


Vietnam Overseas Market Workshop Programme Itinerary

The following is the tentative program and may be changed without prior notice:

Sunday 16th

July 2017

Secretariat’s Flight from Singapore to Hanoi, Vietnam

Changi International Airport, Singapore – Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam

Singapore Airlines SQ 5254

Departure: 1525hrs   |   Arrival: 1755hrs


Check in at Hotel

Pan Pacific Hanoi

No.1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi


Monday 17th

July 2017





































Session 1:

Investment Opportunity & Environment in Northern Vietnam – Manufacturing Sectors

Venue: Hanoi School of Business

Speaker: Representative of Investment Promotion Center - North Vietnam (IPCN)


Background: Investment Promotion Center - North Viet Nam is an administration unit under Foreign Investment Agency, Ministry of Planning and Investment, which performs the functions of promoting and supporting investment activities in 29 northern provinces from Ha Giang to Quang Binh.


Topics Covered:

·   Overview on North Vietnam/Hanoi as a FDI destination for manufacturing companies.

·   Information on Laws and Regulations to ensure successful set-up for foreign companies.

·   Special investment schemes and incentives to facilitate project implementation.

·   Labour & productivity-related issues for successful set up.

·   Facilitating market access for foreign manufacturing companies.

·   Success studies of foreign/Singapore companies setting up and operating in North Vietnam, such as:

o  Samsung Electronics Rushes to Vietnam for More Production Sites.

o  Intel’s Vietnam Success Begins with Building Paper Towers.

o  Mercedes-Benz Continues to Expand Investment.


Session 2:

Getting Ready for Next Level of Competitiveness for Vietnam’s Manufacturing Industry

Venue: Hanoi School of Business

Speaker: Representative of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)


Background: Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is a national organization which assembles and represents business community, employers and business associations of all economic sectors in Vietnam. The purpose of VCCI is to protect and assist business enterprises, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country and to promote economic, commercial and technological co-operations between Vietnam and the rest of the world on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. VCCI is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization having the status of a legal entity and operating with financial autonomy.


Topics Covered:

·   Overview on Business Community in Vietnam and Role of VCCI.

·   Finding the right partner – examples of fostering partnership between domestic and foreign enterprises.

·   Key trends and insights in manufacturing sector.


Welcome Lunch

Session 3:

Legal and Tax Framework for Setting up & Operating in Vietnam

Venue: Hanoi School of Business

Speaker: Representative of Duane Morris Vietnam LLC


Background: Duane Morris’ establishment in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi represent a range of clients in a variety of matters, including those involving corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions; complex financial transactions; energy, environment and resources; and information technology and telecommunications. It has vast experience helping foreign companies set up in Vietnam via various market entry models.


Topics Covered:

·   An introduction to investing in Vietnam: what are the market access rules and what forms of investment are available to investors?

·   Overview of investment licensing process and involved authorities

·   Information on Laws and Regulations to ensure successful set-up for foreign companies

·   Key legal issues for foreign investors: tax, labour, management of entities, and access to land


Tea Break


Session 4:

Singapore Business Community in Hanoi

Venue: Hanoi School of Business

Speaker: Representative of Singapore Business Association Vietnam (SBAV) Hanoi/ IE Singapore Hanoi


Background: Singapore Business Association Vietnam (SBAV) is a Not-for-Profit business association aimed at connecting Singaporean businesses in Hanoi and Vietnam. We aim to actively foster business relations with other business communities whilst promoting social, cultural, recreational, educational and charitable activities.


Topics Covered:

·   Support network for Singapore businesses in Hanoi

·   Adapting to business environment, culture and challenges in Hanoi and Vietnam

·   Key Singapore businesses operating in Vietnam


Welcome Dinner with HSB Dean and Vice Dean (s), SBAV and/or IE Singapore Speakers


Tuesday 18th

July 2017
















Setting-off from Hanoi to VSIP Bac Ninh


Session 5:

Learning about the missions and vision of Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park

Venue: VSIP Bac Ninh


Topics Covered:

·   Overview of VSIP’s missions and vision in Vietnam generally and Bac Ninh particularly

·   Corporate and Investment Supporting from VSIP to FDI

·   Learning successful case studies in VSIP




Session 6:

Learning from Canon’s Success Story in Vietnam

Venue: Canon Vietnam Ltd., Bac Ninh


Topics Covered:

·       Investment decision in Bac Ninh

·       Experiences setting up in Bac Ninh

·       Advantages and challenges as a foreign company in Vietnam

·       Localisation strategies and capturing market share in Vietnam


Back to Hanoi


Wednesday 19th

July 2017







Setting-off from Hanoi to Hai Phong


Session 7:

Manufacturing Opportunities in Hai Phong

Venue: Harbor View Hotel


Background: Hai Phong, the “Red Flamboyant City”, is the main industrial hub and biggest port in North Vietnam (accounting for 98 percent of North Vietnam’s throughput in 2014). One of the five centrally-controlled cities at the province level, Hai Phong’s municipality is the third largest city in the country, after Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.


Topics Covered:

·       Introduction to Haiphong and its investment climate by local authorities

·       Potential of Hai Phong for manufacturing companies as the third largest city and major seaport for the northern region.

·       Process and considerations for setting up in Hai Phong.

·       Incentive schemes.


Networking Lunch by Deep C Industrial Zones


Boat Tour – Hai Phong


Topics Covered:

·       Overview of the infrastructure developments as a key driver for business opportunities


Session 8:

Introduction to Setting Up in an Industrial/Economic Zone

Venue: Deep C Industrial Zones and Haiphong port

Speaker: Deep C Group


Background: DEEP C was first established in 1997 in Haiphong City with the development of Dinh Vu Industrial Zone (DVIZ/Deep C I). Since then, we have evolved to be one of the biggest industrial zone developers in Vietnam with a total of 5 industrial zones and +3000ha of land for lease.


Topics Covered:

·       Why foreign companies should consider setting up in an industrial Zone

·       What does an industrial park do for foreign companies

·       Logistics considerations and options


Session 9:

Knauf’s Experience Sharing on Doing Business in Hai Phong


Topics Covered:

·       Investment decision in Hai Phong

·       Experience setting up plant in Deep C

·       Challenges as a foreign company in Vietnam

·       Location strategies and capturing market share in Vietnam


Back to Hanoi


Thursday 20th

July 2017





Check Out/ Setting-off from Hanoi to Vinh Phuc


Session 10:

Automobile, Electronics & Garment Manufacturing Prospects in Vinh Phuc

Venue: Vinh Phuc Investment Promotion Agency (IPA)

Speaker: Representatives from Vinh Phuc Investment Promotion Agency (IPA)


Background: Prime Minister Nguy?n Xuân Phúc expects Vinh Phúc Province to become an economic hub in the northern region marked as a place of renewal and innovation. Vinh Phúc contributed VNÐ31 trillion (US$1.37 billion) to the State budget in 2015, 280 times higher than in 1997, an impressive achievement just 20 years after its re-establishment. Many big groups have invested in the province to produce key products and creating jobs for thousands of people while increasing export turnover.


Topics Covered:

·   Overview of business operating landscape in Vinh Phuc – What are its unique selling propositions.

·   Key priority sectors for Vinh Phuc and investment incentives for foreign businesses.

·   Administrative procedure settlement under one stop shop mechanism and Enterprise – Government Dialogue Portal

·   Process and considerations for setting up in Vinh Phuc.

·   Case studies of successful foreign manufacturing-based businesses operating in Vinh Phuc, such as:

o   Toyota Viet Nam

o   Honda Viet Nam

o   Piaggio

o   Daewoo Bus

o   Partron Vina

o   Prime

o   Viet Duc steel

·   Logistics considerations and options available.


Welcome Lunch By Vinh Phuc Investment Promotion Agency (IPA)


Session 11:

Nippon Paint’s Business Considerations for Setting Up Plant in Vinh Phuc

Venue: Nippon Paint Vinh Phuc

Speaker: Representative from Nippon Paint


Background: Major Japanese paint manufacturer Nippon Paint started operating its third Vietnam-based plant in the northern province of Vinh Phuc since October 2014. The goal of the factory, known as NPVP, is to produce industrial paints for automobiles and motorcycles and architectural and decorative paints, aiming to provide aesthetic superiority and protective quality for enhanced performance and product life span. The plant, covering 60,000 square metres, has registered investment capital of $14 million over the next five years, with a production capacity of 15,000 tonnes a year.


Topics Covered:

·       Strategic business advantages foreign investment in Vinh Phuc.

·       Learn localization strategies needed in Vietnam’s automobile and motorcycle manufacturing industry.

·       Understand how markets are different and explore the marketing tactics that work in key markets.

·       Manpower and HR considerations for a foreign business operating in Vinh Phuc.



Vinh Phuc – Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam – Singapore

Singapore Airlines SQ 5253

Departure: 1845hrs   |   Arrival: 2300hrs


End of Workshop

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7/16/2017 - 7/20/2017

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