Belgian Beer festival 2018


Belgium – Luxembourg Chamber of commerce in Vietnam (BELUXCHAM) is pleased to announce that the Fifth Belgian Beer Festival 2018 will be held on November 24, 2018 starting at 3.00 pm at Saigon Outcast (188 / 1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien Ward, District 2). Beluxcham and other Belgian beer import companies and Belgian restaurants will co-organize this festival to promote and introduce Belgian beer to Vietnamese.



Belgium – “the heart of Europe” is not only famous for owning more mansions than any other country, but also for its unique culinary culture. In particular, Belgian beer- The beverage has more than 2500 different kinds of beer and recipes are passed down through many generations. In 2014, a Belgian beer (Tongerlo Blond) was selected as the best beer in the world and by 2016, UNESCO has recognized Belgian beers as a world cultural heritage. In Belgium, beer is both a drink and the culture, tradition to play an indispensable role in social life. Belgian beer is an art from how to make to the way to enjoy. During the Middle Ages, the monks selected brewing materials from barley, special grass and hops. Then, they distilled and fermented carefully. Therefore, Belgian beer is very diverse from color to flavor . Belgian beer color scale is from light yellow to dark brown. The flavor is sweet, bitter to sour. Each type of beer brings the characteristics for each region that cannot be mixed or resembled anywhere. Belgian beer is always kept cool preserved properly. Each kind of beer will own the beer glass designed exclusively for it so that people can enjoy the taste fully. We have to pour slowly to avoid spilling the foam and the perfect foam is about 1.5cm to 2cm.



Belgian Beer Festival in Vietnam was first held in Hanoi in 2014 according to the idea of the Belgian Ambassador. ‘’I would expect more visitors to attend the event and enjoy the Belgian beers”, Belgian Ambassador Bruno Angelet said. On 30.03.2018, the Belgian beer festival has returned to Hanoi and succeeded with more than 1200 guests and international friends in Vietnam. Participating in the festival, you will have the opportunity to get more knowledge about Belgian beer, about the diverse, unique and excellent quality of Belgian beer. You can try many kinds of Belgian beers including light beer, fruit beer and beer for woman, know how to make beer, participate in mini games or drown in the vibrant atmosphere of Belgium and other activities.

The ticket price is 50.000 VND for the entrance and can be bought at the door or contact the online and offline selling ticket channels as follows:



– Belgo restaurant: 159A Nguyen Van Thu street, Dakao Ward, District 1

– Saigon Outcast: 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien Ward, District 2

– Beluxcham office: F.15, 5B Ton Duc Thang St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

For more information on newspaper articles, please contact:

Ms Lê Thị Mỹ Bình

Phone: +84 28 3822 4029





More than 400 Vietnamese firms are exporting timber products to Europe, which is the 4th biggest market for Vietnam’s wood exports, accounting for over 10% of the country’s total export of the products.

Vietnam’s export of wood products to the EU is expected to get a boost with the signing of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) between the two sides in Brussels, Belgium, on October 19.

According to Vice Chairman and General Secretary of Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES) Nguyen Ton Quyen, EU is considered a very important market for Vietnamese timber products. FLEGT-VPA will help Vietnam export directly to 28 European countries without having to go through intermediary countries.

Quyen said the market would grow. In a few years, wood export value to the EU would grow from US$700 million today to more than US$1 billion.

To fulfill criteria set by the European market, Vietnamese firms have to obtain certificates and carry out paperwork to clarify the legal origin of their timber products.

In response to the requirement, a number of localities have developed wood material zones meeting Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards.

The northern province of Tuyen Quang has 19,700 ha of FSC-certificated forests to date and is striving to have another 4,500 – 5,000ha certified in 2019. Meanwhile, central Quang Tri province ranks first in the country with more than 25,000 ha of certified forests.

Vietnam is one of the world’s leading wood processing and exporting countries with an export turnover of US$8 billion in 2017. The figure is expected to hit US$9 billion this year.

The country earned more than US$7.61 billion from exports of forestry products between January and October, 84% of the yearly target. Timber and wood products contributed US$7.23 billion to the revenue.

The nation sets a target of US$20 billion in wood exports by 2025.



SOLVAY BRUSSELS SCHOOL IN VIETNAM Since 1995, Solvay Brussels School provides in Vietnam high quality management education to managers of the private and public sector. Its MBA and Specialized Masters are recognized as top level as the courses are delivered by 100% western professors as they combine theory and practice. A community of more than 2.500 alumni makes of Solvay Vietnam one of the largest Business School community in the country. Starting time: 17 Dec 2018 Location: 35-37 Ho Hao Hon, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Salary: negotiated

Position: Marketing Assistant Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION The internship is full-time and for a minimum of 6 months in Ho Chi Minh City. In collaboration with the marketing team & coordinator in Belgium & Vietnam, he/she will have to take care for:

  • Create daily content for social media
  • Support team to organize event (create communication visuals, take pictures)
  • Prepare monthly newsletter and article
  • Prepare weekly social media analysis
  • Update content on website
  • Research international company profile
  • Film & make video for professors and students REQUIRED PROFILE
  • Detail oriented, discipline & well organized
  • Good sense of design. Basic design skills is a plus.
  • Good English writing skills
  • Good initiative skills
  • Understanding about SEO, Google Ads, Facebook Ads is a plus
  • Video filming & making skills

CONTACT US Email: Phone: +84 978 803 733


The 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit concluded in Brussels, Belgium on October 19 with the release of a Presidential Statement affirming determination of ASEM members in strengthening partnership between the two continents in coping with global challenges and sketching out orientations to enhance intra-bloc cooperation in the future.

Prior to the closing, leaders of ASEM member countries had a discussion on regional and international issues, focusing on matters related to peace, security, anti-terrorism, non- proliferation of mass destruction weapons and maritime security.

They also discussed the complicated situation in the Middle East – Northern Africa, the Korean Peninsula, Iran, and the migration crisis. Many countries showed their concern about developments affecting security environment in Asia, including the East Sea and East China Sea.

Participants affirmed their commitment to maintaining peace, stability, maritime and overflight security, safety and freedom on the basis of full implementation of international law, as well as peacefully settling disputes in line with international law, especially the UN Charter and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, refraining from using or threatening to use force, not conducting unilateral actions against international law, and implementing measures to build trust and ensure self-restraint.

Addressing the session, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that peace, cooperation and development is the main trend of the era, but the international community is also witnessing strong changes and unprecedented challenges.

He proposed strengthening trade to maintain the recovery and ensure bright prospects of the global economy.

Vietnam supports efforts by the international community in line with the UN Charter and international law to seek peaceful and sustainable solutions to conflicts and disputes in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, he said.

The Vietnamese PM made clear that Vietnam and ASEAN members are working closely with the international community, including ASEM member countries, to maintain peace, stability, maritime and overflight security, safety and freedom, thus ensuring that freedom of trade is not hindered in the East Sea which is a big international sea route connecting trade between Asia and Europe as well as the whole world.

He underlined the need to persistently promote joint efforts, strengthen measures to build trust and preventive diplomacy, deal with disputed in a peaceful manner in conformity with international law including the UNCLOS, respect diplomatic and legal processes, and restrain from actions complicating the situation.

He also recognised initial progress in negotiation for a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), highlighting Vietnam’s proposal that all parties should continue practical negotiation to soon reach the document.

The success of the 12th ASEM Summit created new motivation for the close and dynamic partnership between Asia and Europe, thus continuing to affirming the significant role of ASEM in the shaping architecture.



Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with Belgium’s former Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere (L).

At a meeting on October 18 with Steven Vanackere who is also head of a group of parliamentarians from the Flemish Christian Democratic Party and a great contributor to the growth of the Vietnam-Belgium relationship, PM Phuc said the two countries have agreed upon a score of measures to step up future cooperation, including the acceleration of the signing of EVFTA, noting that the Belgian former minister has a wealth of experience in the field.

For his part, Vanackere assured his willingness to assist Vietnam in achieving the best results in this regard, adding that as a country with certain influences in the EU, Belgium has a strong voice in the signing of the trade deal.

Vietnam and Belgium hold huge potential for elevating their partnership to new heights, he said whilst highlighting Belgian enterprises’ strengths in seaports and logistics- the areas Belgium can expand its cooperation with Vietnam.

At the same time, Vietnam has well progressed in sustainable growth, while Belgium has many big businesses in science and technology, and as such the two sides should supplement each other in this field,  the former Belgian official said.

Vietnam has made great strides in sustainable development and Belgium has many leading businesses in science and technology, this giving the chance to both sides to support each other in this realm. On higher education cooperation, Belgium wants to receive more Vietnamese students, he said.

Vanackere stated that the European Council (EC)’s adoption of the free trade agreement with Vietnam indicates the union’s goodwill and aspiration to promote the deal and suggested both sides should maintain a regular exchange of information. Vietnam should provide further information on its achievements and efforts in socio-economic development, with its open and reforming government, he said.

The Vietnamese government leader agreed with Vanackere on great potential for substantial cooperation between the two countries, particularly in Vietnam’s strengths of processing industry and agriculture, and reiterated Vietnam’s readiness to import key products from Belgium.

Phuc also extolled cultural and education cooperation as Vietnam currently has 250 postgraduates studying in Belgium and the figure is expected to go up in the future, helping to improve the human resource quality of Vietnam.

He told the Belgian former FM that during his visit, the two countries’ businesses have signed many investment cooperation documents, while heads of major regions and enterprises of Belgium also showed their wish to augment mutually beneficial cooperation with Vietnam.

The EC’s approval of the EVFTA is good news and will benefit both sides, Phuc said, while affirming Vietnam’s stance on its active international integration and constant efforts in this aspect.