Ottawa (NAV) – The Vietnam-Canada Business Association (VCB Association) made its debut in Ottawa on October 1, responding to the demand from the Vietnamese and Canadian business communities to meet, connect and support each other during business and investment activities.
Addressing the launch ceremony, Vietnamese Deputy Interior Minister Nguyen Trong Thua expressed his belief that the association will make a positive contribution to economic and trade relations between the two countries.
He pledged to support the association in expanding its coverage in Vietnam and in carrying out practical activities.
The association comes as the two countries celebrate their five-year bilateral comprehensive partnership and head towards the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in 2023.
Last year, despite the negative effects of COVID-19, bilateral trade reached around $7.23 billion.
The association aims to bring together entrepreneurs in Vietnam and
Canadian companies interested in doing business in Vietnam and other countries around the world to form a great diversity organization to support each other for common development.
Speaking at the event, George Chow, Minister of State for Trade in the Government of British Columbia highly appreciated the economic and trade partnership between Vietnam and Canada in general and British Columbia in particular. He said he hopes the association will support post-pandemic economic recovery in both countries.
Chak Au, a representative from the City of Richmond, highlighted the importance of the association as well as the contributions of the Vietnamese-Canadian community in the city, showing his belief that the association will help connect businesses from both countries.
Dan On, Chairman of Dan D Pak Company and First Chairman of VCB Association called on members of the association to unite to deepen relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Consul General in Vancouver, Nguyen Quang Trung, promised that the Vietnamese Consulate General will continue to support the association’s activities in the future./.