[Member’s News] Ahlers Logistics expands global presence with a new office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ahlers Logistics is proud to announce the opening of its newest office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This strategic expansion is part of Ahlers’ growth strategy in Southeast Asia, aimed at enhancing its international forwarding and project logistics services for industries including consumer goods, technology, and chemicals.
Vietnam’s booming market and strategic location make it an ideal hub for Ahlers Logistics to strengthen its foothold in the region. Commenting on the expansion, CEO Roger Chantillon says, “We are excited to establish a presence in Ho Chi Minh City as part of our continued growth strategy in Southeast Asia. The new office underscores our commitment to providing tailor-made logistics solutions and high-quality service to our clients in the region. With our expertise in complex markets, we are well-positioned to support the growing industries in Vietnam.”

The grand opening ceremony scheduled for May 29th, 2024, represents a significant milestone for Ahlers Logistics, highlighting the company’s commitment for long-term growth.

For more information about Ahlers Logistics and its services, visit www.ahlers.com.

About Ahlers Logistics:
For more than 110 years Ahlers has been helping clients all over the world. Active in 3 regions (Europe, CIS, and Asia), we provide state-of-the-art logistics and tailor-made solutions. Our specific services are Supply Chain Solutions, Warehousing, Project and Machinery Logistics, Secured Transportation of High value and/or Theft Sensitive Goods, Trade Facilitation and After-Sales Services, Supply Chain Data Analytics.

#logistics #BeLuxCham #openceremony #newoffice #VietnamMarket

BeLuxCham 2024 Annual General Meeting Recap

BeluxCham Vietnam held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Baron Bier (80 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 1), attended by esteemed guests including H.E. Mr. Karl VAN DEN BOSSCHE – Ambassador of Belgium in Vietnam, and Mr. Jean-Pierre Muller – Trade and Investment Counsellor for the Wallonia Region (AWEX). The meeting comprised a general assembly followed by a networking session.

Mr. Bart Verheyen, the Chairman of BeluxCham, and Kim Francois, Executive Director, delivered insights into the achievements of 2023 and outlined forthcoming events for 2024, along with presenting the financial report for 2023 and the budget proposal for 2024. Subsequently, new board members were elected under the supervision of Mrs. Evelyne Kestelyn, the Secretary-General.

The newly appointed board members for the upcoming term are as follows:

🌟 Chairman: Bart Verheyen

🌟 Vice-chair HCMC: Guy Balza

🌟 Vice-chair HN: Ludo Drijbooms

🌟 Eurocham delegate: Michel Bertsch

🌟 Secretary-General: Evelyne Kestelyn

🌟 Treasurer: Laurenz Mestdagh

🌟 Board Member: Kim Francois

🌟 Board Member: Dirk Boydens

🌟 Board Member: Koen Soenens

🌟 Board Member: Mimi Vu

🌟 Board Member: Tran Nhung

🌟 Board Member: Yukie Binh Dam

🌟 Board Member: Roger Chantillon

The AGM also served as an introduction of Victor Dulait, the newly appointed Executive Director of BeLuxCham. Victor brings extensive experience in trade and business development from both Europe and Asia, having previously served with hub.brussels and Enterprise Singapore. Concurrently, the departure of Kim as Executive Director was acknowledged, with gratitude extended for her contributions in making the 20th-anniversary celebration of BeLuxCham a resounding success. Kim will continue to serve as a Board Member of BeLuxCham.

Please see pictures of the event here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CjFHKiYBEp_Jg6FNYUwzIf7ATpwAwcEc?usp=share_link

Photographer team: B9 Media – Corporate & Diplomatic 

D&I Seminar: Redrawing the Balance! 

On the afternoon of April 27th, 2024 BeLuxCham, HAWEE HCMC Business Women Association, NordCham Vietnam and Women In Business SC of EuroCham Vietnam gathered 80 participants to discuss and put a spotlight on the importance of D&I.
The event started with an opening welcome by co-chair of WIB SC EuroCham Zaida de Jager, followed by the first keynote speech of Grant Thornton Vietnam on the latest numbers on female empowerment globally and in Vietnam and the 3 ways of the road to parity. The first panel discussed the different aspects of D&I across industries. Highlighting the challenges of recruitment, mobility and policies regarding respect in the workplace in its broader meaning, as well as how to go from diversity as a first step to inclusion through different pathways.

The second part of the seminar focused on the future strategy, kicked off by Mimi Vu from Raise Partners on the impactful speech on Vietnamese culture, the behaviour and expectations towards women, as well as the impact of D&I on the economic growth in Vietnam. The second panel continued this discussion, highlighting the experience from the educational, banking, media and tech point of view and the consequences this brings into Vietnamese society and what still needs to be enabled.
The event was closed by an impactful speech of H.E. Mr. Karl Van den Bossche, Ambassador of Belgium to Vietnam, on the policies of D&I in Belgium, and Europe, linking it with the current status of Vietnam, and the road that has been walked until today and what are the takeaways from this.

We inspired people to hashtag#walkthetalk, spread the word and put more focus on D&I and the next steps still to come.

A big thank you to our partners and sponsors for enabling this event!
HDBank Conservation Vietnam Grant Thornton Vietnam Allianz Partners MEDiCARE VIETNAM Hilton Hotels & Resorts

hashtag#strongertogether hashtag#Diversity hashtag#diversityandinclusion hashtag#womenleadership hashtag#ESG

To see more pictures: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18xFYkslvxpXfBjj4caToB8_PHUe_N5eZ

Photographer team: B9 Media – Corporate & Diplomatic 

[News from Member] Vietnam Economic News Recap – January 2024

With the dawn of the new year, Grant Thornton Vietnam is excited to introduce the 2024 series of the “Economic News Recap” publication, covering the essential macro-economic headlines in Vietnam each month throughout the year, starting with the January report.

In this release, we summarized some of the most important news and stories in January 2024, including:

  1. Positive projections for Vietnam’s economic growth in 2024;
  2. Emerging challenges for Vietnam’s exports;
  3. Report on Vietnam’s industrial property market in 2023;

and more to be discovered in our publication.

Please kindly find the publication in the attachment. We hope our publication will be of good value to you.

Please find report here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n4jBgcD0LB5IlH_h7s-Igk7JIB5oH1LZ/view?usp=sharing

Recap Day 2 Breakout sessions “ESG: Evolving to the Next Level” – Afternoon

Exactly one week ago, in the afternoon of December 1st, BeLuxCham had its last 4 breakout sessions of its biggest #esgconference ever.

#transparency and #disclosure, moderated by the Vice-Chairman of EuroCham Vietnam, brought together speakers of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry VCCI HCMC Branch, who discussed how Vietnamese companies are tackling the lack of transparency on #esgdata, followed by PNJ‘s example on how they apply ESG and #dataprotection, and Fair Finance Vietnam who presented the initial progress towards #sustainability through disclosure of #ESGcommitments in the banking sector.

#greenhousegasemissionsreduction, moderated by BeluxCham Vietnam’s Chairman, discussed #greenlogisitics with ITL (In Do Trans Logistics Corporation), the practical approach of #carbonemissionsreduction across buildings by Teraoasia, and ERM provided an overview of what it means on a corporate level.

#diversityandinclusion discussed the #genderwagegap and #paternityleave by Women In Business SC of EuroCham Vietnam, #diversityandinclusion in child’s rights and business by UNICEF Viet Nam – Quỹ Nhi Đồng Liên Hợp Quốc, how to leverage the #womenleaders in business network to promote D&I in Vietnam by HAWEE – Hội Nữ Doanh Nhân HCM, and gave clear examples on how Merck Vietnam fosters #diversity, #equality, and #diversion.

#leadershipdevelopment discussed the fact that #leading has different angles: your business, others and yourself, that #resilience is a key skill in today’s world, that #feedback has to happen on a regular basis, and that #leadershipdevelopment is #relevant for all and should not be mixed up with career development. The active discussion was moderated by Televic Conference‘s APAC Business Development Director, who gave the floor to DEEP C Industrial Zones – Khu công nghiệp DEEP C’s CEO, Starbucks Vietnam’s GM, BOSCH VIET NAM‘s Managing Director, and Managing Director of Dynamic Consulting Co., Ltd

#ESG#ESGconference#20yearsBeLuxCham#50yearsBelgiumVietnam#innovation#sustainability #childrenareourfuture #makingadifference #strongertogether