2018 WAVBC Committee,
From left – Van Collin, Peter Le, (Vice President), David Conn, Graeme Eastman, David Morgan, (President) Hugh Collin, (Vice President) Mark Jackson, Thuy Nguyen, (Marketing Coordinator)
The Western Australia Vietnam Business Council (WAVBC) is based in Perth, Western Australia and is a ‘not for profit organisation’. WAVBC’s origins are from 2003 but it ceased operation around 2008. The appointment of a Vietnam Consul General based in Perth Western Australia in 2012 rekindled Western Australian interest in Vietnam and the existing WAVBC was reformed in early 2016.
Throughout 2018 the WAVBC has been actively supporting the Western Australian Government’s ‘Asia Engagement Program,’ an initiative that is focussed on four South East Asian countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. The objectives are to deliver outcomes in three key areas: increasing trade, attracting investment and diversification of the WA economy.
The WAVBC like the other respective Asian Business Councils has committed to supporting the ‘Asia Engagement Program’ program by providing market intelligence, business networks, and experience in intercultural communication in the high context culture of Vietnam.
A series of ‘Country of Focus Roundtable Workshops’ supported by the WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation in 2019 will help shape the future strategies that will enable the Councils to realise their full potential and become go to ‘points of reference’ for Western Australians seeking information on the focus countries.
During 2019, the WAVBC will continue to hold regular events of interest for its members and friends and host a 2019 members tour to Vietnam (Watch website for dates and details).
Vietnam has a transforming economy and with already strong relationships between Australia and Vietnam the committee of the WAVBC are determined to assist with the development of business relationships between Vietnam and Western Australia.