France Vietnam Business Delegation

Vietnam France Business Summit

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This month, Be-Bound was invited to join President François Hollande as part of the French Business Delegation in Vietnam, a trip meant to deepen economic ties between France and Vietnam. Be-Bound was honored to be among the 40 business leaders chosen to accompany Hollande as a representative of French Tech. Our CEO, Albert Szulman, was in attendance to advocate increased connectivity and bridging the digital divide.

As one of the most dynamic economies in Asia, Vietnam is a promising country for France. Since 1990, the country’s GDP has tripled, and foreign investors and businesses are taking note.  The trip was a success as far as strengthening the relationship between the  two countries. Vietnam Airways announced a $6.5 Billion purchase of France’s Airbus, and Hollande concentrated on renewable energy, health, and the Franco Vietnamese tech ecosystem. The President visited the commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City where he met with French entrepreneurs, many of whom involved in the burgeoning hi-tech sector, and also paid a visit to “La French Tech Vietnam”.


We’re grateful to Business France, who organized meetings so that members of the delegation could meet with the most relevant businesses and individuals related to their field. French businesses owners and executives met in Hanoi, the country’s capital, to form partnerships and move their international work forward together.

Business Delegates meet with Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Tran Huan
Business Delegates meet with Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Tran Huan

On the second day of his trip (September 6th), in Ho Chi Minh city, Hollande awarded the country’s Legion of Honor medal to science professor Lê Kim Ngoc for her scientific contribution to France. Lê Kim Ngoc is known for developing the concept of Thin Cell Layer – TCL, which revolutionized the field of plant biotechonlogy in the 1970’s. She has published hundreds of articles in scientific journals, and is also the Chairman of  NGO Aide à l’enfance du Vietnam, which supports three SOS villages in Vietnam.

Légion d'Honneur Be-Bound
President François Hollande presenting the country’s Légion d’Honneur to Science Professor Lê Kim Ngoc. In her thank you speech, Ngoc stated, «L’argent et la gloire, tout comme les nuages et la fumée, s’évanouissent d’une minute à l’autre alors que l’amour et l’humanité sont des valeurs éternelles», which translates to, “Gold and glory, like all clouds and smoke, disappear from one minute to the next, while love and humanity remain eternal values.”

After the #VietnamPR came to an end, Be-Bound’s CEO, Albert Szulman, stayed in town for more meetings.  He met with Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Phan Tam, and specifically discussed the country’s state of connectivity and how Be-Bound’s solutions can help Vietnam’s telecom network increase its coverage and service areas. Also joining the meeting, was Randy Walker, Chairman and Founder of IBM Asia Pacific.

Albert Szulman and Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Phan Tam
Be-Bound CEO Albert Szulman and Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Phan Tam

 

CEO Albert Szulman Meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr Nguyen Hong Truong
Be-Bound CEO Albert Szulman Meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr Nguyen Hong Truong

For more details, see the hashtag #VietnamPR on Twitter.

 

 


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