South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk

Conference: “EU-Vietnam FTA: New Opportunities”

Event Details:  


Event type:



14 September 2016


16:00 – 19:00 (Brussels time)


The Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU, 61 - 63 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels



Event partner:

Business Europe


Event Description:


On 2 December 2015, the European Union and Vietnam have successfully concluded the negotiations on a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. The agreement is the first the European Union has concluded with a developing country.

In order to introduce the new opportunities that the Agreement could open up to the EU’s investors and business representatives, Business Europe, together with other co-organisers, will organize the conference: “EU - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement: New opportunities” on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU, 61 - 63 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels.

The representatives from the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk will participate in the conference to meet with potential partners and service users to promote the Helpdesk, distribute the Flyers to increase visibility for the Helpdesk.



Moderator:        Mr. Fraser Cameron, Director of EU – Asia Centre

 16:00 - 16:30   Registration

16:30 - 16:50    Welcoming remarks by


H.E. Ambassador François ROUX, Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of Belgium to the EU


Mr. Markus J. Bayer - Director General of Business Europe


H.E. Mr. VUONG Thua Phong, Vietnam Ambassador to Belgium and Head of Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the EU


H.E. Ambassador Bruno Angelet, Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam         

16:50 - 17:10   Open dialogue with Chief negotiators Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh (Vietnam) and Mr. Mauro Petriccione (EU)

17:10 - 17: 45   Panel discussion on expected impacts/changes by the EVFTA 


Mr. Paul Skehan – Director General of Spirits Europe


Michelin or Heineken (tbc by Businesseurope)


Ms. Patricia Leers, Managing Partner –A-Law International Law Firm  


Mr. Pierre Groning, Trade Policy Director, Foreign Trade Association


Mr. Luong Hoang Thai, Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy Dept. of VN. MOIT

17:45 - 18:00    Testimony


Mr. Jo de Grand Ry, Honorable Consular of Vietnam in Belgium


Mr. Piet Steel, 1st Ambassador of Belgium to Vietnam

18:00 - 18:05    Closing remarks: Ms. Pascale Delcomminette, CEO of AWEX

18:05 – 19:00    Cocktail networking



For registration and further information, please visit here.


About the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk:

The South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk is an European Union co-funded project that provides free, practical, business advice relating to SEA IPR to European SMEs. To learn about any aspect of intellectual property rights in South-East-Asia, visit our online portal at For free expert advice on South-East Asia IPR for your business, e-mail your questions to: You will receive a reply from one of the Helpdesk experts within three working days. The South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk is jointly implemented by DEVELOPMENT Solutions, European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Thai European Business Association & European Business Network.


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Mercoledì, Settembre 14, 2016 - 07:00 to 20:00



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