GBA 20 Year Anniversary


The German Business Association is proud to celebrate our 20 year anniversary of active presence and operation in Vietnam. In this section you will find the highlights of our history, especially from the past five years (2011 – 2015) after our 15th anniversary remark. These are the strongest proofs of how we are always on track as the most proactive business-organizations for its members and its community in Vietnam


  • Total events organized: 52
  • Total participants: 15,948
  • Membership development: 160 members
  • Activities highlights:

Joint-Resolution of Foreign Business Associations and Chambers to the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, his Excellency Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung against the implementation of Decree 46 (on recruitment and management of foreign employees in Vietnam amending Decree 34) on August 1st, 2011.

    • Total events organized: 41
    • Total participants: 17,689
    • Membership development: 166 members
    • Activities highlights:

    German Business Association (GBA) and Swiss Business Association (SBA) made a donation of 340,000,000 VND to the “Dariu Foundation” in Vietnam. The donation had been raised from the “Charity Gala Dinner for The Dariu Foundation” with his Excellency Gerhard Schroeder, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany organized by GBA and SBA

  • Total events organized: 44
  • Total participants: 18,120
  • Membership development: 159 members
  • Corporate Partnership Program:officially kicked off. We were happy to welcome for the first time 03 corporate partners: Etihad Airways, EIS and Mercedes Benz.
  • Activities highlights:
  • March 2013: Germany signed the Joint-Vocational Advanced Training Agreement with the Vietnamese Government based on the initiative of the GBA.
  • GBA, GIZ, AHK/GIC and German Embassy cooperated together to build “German Competence Centers” in advanced vocational training for German companies in Vietnam.
  • GBA and AHK/GIC launched the first Manpower Plan Survey for vocational training and internships across German companies in Vietnam.
  • September 2013: GBA, GIZ, AHK/GIC and German Embassy launched the first EZ-Conference on advanced vocational training in HCMC with more than 100 participants.
  • GBA cooperated with AHK/GIC and TerraVerde to organize the first German Ball Saigon 2013 which attracted more than 300 guests.
  • Total events organized: 50
  • Total participants: 22,636
  • Membership development: 171 members
  • Corporate Partnerships:: Deutsches Haus, Etihad Airways, EIS, Mercedes Benz and Tebodin.
  • Activities highlights:
  • GBA office was renovated to the new, modern and refreshing look.
  • 9 Jan 2014: Business Thursday in Hanoi was first promoted and became a popular business networking event in joint-cooperation between GBA, CanCham, CCIFV and BBGV
  • 5 May 2014: GBA was the first and only European Business Association to response with a letter regarding the Anti-Chinese rallies in industrial parks in Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An, HCMC & in the Central of Vietnam
  • 28 May 2014: EZ Workshop was held in Ho Chi Minh City as an implementation of the “Joint Declaration for Advanced Vocational Training” as a flagship project with the Vietnamese government and German companies in Vietnam
  • 10 July 2014: GBA and AHK/GIC signed MoU for a strategic partnership with the Vietnam – German University in Hanoi
  • October 2014: GBA co-hosted for the first time with JW Marriott in Hanoi the 5th Oktoberfest Hanoi on an open ground inside a specially designed tent “Festzelt” like in Munich on the original “Wiesn”.
  • 3 November 2014: GBA organized for the first time the Open Dialogue with Vice Chairman Le Manh Ha of Ho Chi Minh City People‘s Committee
  • 20 – 22 November 2014: GBA supported the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) which took place for the first time in Vietnam
  • Total events organized: 56
  • Total participants: More than 25,000
  • Membership development: 190 members
  • Corporate Partnerships:: Deutsche Bank, Deutsches Haus, Etihad Airways, EIS, Mercedes Benz and Tebodin.
  • Activities highlights:
  • Beginning of 2015: GBA Social Media Channels official launched
  • 18 Jan 2015: 93% of GBA members’ voted for the Potential Merger between AHK/GIC Vietnam and the GBA Vietnam to become an AHK Vietnam (including the Vote on the Amendment of the GBA Statutes to adopt the new AHK Charter)
  • 20 April 2015: the GBA Board had a meet-and-greet with MoIT Mr. Vu Huy Hoang. Through the meeting, Mr. Vu Huy Hoang expected to build a stronger economic foundation for the partnership between Germany – Vietnam with the contribution from the two representatives of the German community in Vietnam
  • 4 June 2015: the monthly GBA Business Meeting engaged the presence of H.E Deputy Minister Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Dong of the Ministry of Transport as VIP guest speaker. At the meeting, H.E Ambassador Mrs. Jutta Frasch also shared about “The German-Vietnamese relations and the development in political relations in the past 3 years” as her farewell speech to all GBA members & Aspirations from the GBA Board were published
  • 19 August 2015: new GBA Website & Flyer were introduced and launched
  • 17 August 2015: the first Unternehmerkreis in HCMC was organized
  • 28 September 2015: GBA and AHK/GIC entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department for Foreign Affairs of Provinces with the purposes to connect and promote business between the German companies and the provincial authorities.
  • October 2015: GBA hosted our 23rd Oktoberfest in HCMC which marked our 10th year in a row of cooperation with the Windsor Plaza Hotel and attracted more than 15,000 guests during 7 event days. Following the utmost success from previous year, the 6th Oktoberfest in Hanoi was extended from 2 days to 3 days and attracted more than 4,000 guests
  • 24 October 2015: GBA, AHK/GIC, Alumniportal Deutschland, and Trained in GermanY jointly-organized the 1st TalentBiz-German Job Fair 2015 at Hoa Lu stadium. It was the first large-scale German Job Fair organized in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting more than 2,000 students, young professionals, and more than 30 prestigious brands such as Bosch, Siemens, etc. to participate in this event
  • 21 November 2015: GBA and AHK/GIC were proud to bring back the German Ball Saigon 2015 at InterContinental Asiana Saigon. With more than 250 high-level personalities of the German and international community in Vietnam, friends and business-acquaintances, the 2nd German Ball Saigon received a very positive overall feedback, not only by the guests themselves, but also by the event’s sponsors.
  • 26 November 2015: GBA and AHK/GIC signed a MoU with the MoIT and the VCCI in Berlin enhancing the relationship and strategic cooperation. This MoU also serves as the next step to establish the bilateral German-Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce. The signing ceremony was witnessed by his Excellency, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and his Excellency Truong Tan Sang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam during his state visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • December 2015: Celebrating our 20 year anniversary, all GBA members were invited to our 20 Year Anniversary Celebration in HCMC on the 10th of December and our Traditional Christmas Goose Dinner 2015 in Hanoi on the 17th.

GBA Chairmen