Weekly Update from the Executive Director, Michael Roberts [12 July 2018]
Dear Members and Friends,
As you know I have only been in the role for a short period of time, but already I’ve discovered that there are many things to be excited about, and every day has new challenges that need to be dealt with. The level of interest coming from Australia in terms of doing business in Vietnam is growing rapidly, which obviously augurs well for AusCham, and I am constantly meeting new people with new products, services and ideas that fit the Vietnamese market. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting many young Vietnamese people who are growing businesses in such an entrepreneurial manner that each and every one of them is a fascinating story in its own right. The majority of these young people are, of course, Australian alumni, and it is so pleasing to see the result of what a quality Australian education has given them. Our Education Symposium that will be held on the 30th August at The Reverie Saigon, “How Australian Education Prepares Students for the 21st Century” will highlight how the benefit of an Australian education is something that will position young Vietnamese people for successful futures, and I urge anyone involved in the education sector to make sure that the date is marked in their diary.
Getting back to the most enjoyable aspects of my role, this week I had the pleasure of “connecting” a new Australian exporter in to Vietnam with a young Vietnamese entrepreneur and Australian alumnus who has taken his family business and grown it almost exponentially over the last few years. I’m confident it will be a huge win-win for both parties, and it happened simply because each organisation was an AusCham member. Sometimes it can be difficult to justify membership of an organisation like AusCham, and the team here are constantly finding new ways to enhance your membership and provide a good value proposition. But one thing is certain, the example I have just given would not have happened without membership of AusCham. We do a lot of things behind the scenes which I have spoken about previously and will continue to speak about, but the ability to “connect” is and will always be a major advantage of being part of this organisation.
Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
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