Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh
From November 9th to 17th 2017

The twentieth mission headed by the Port of Barcelona, has been integrated by companies of the logistics and port sector, and led by Damià Calvet, Regional Minister of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, and Mercè Conesa, President of the Port of Barcelona, accompanied by Pere Padrosa, Director General of Transport and Mobility of the Government of Catalonia.

The purpose of the mission was to improve foreign trade between Catalonia and the ASEAN countries area, promote new business opportunities, and establish or consolidate business links in the region. This leap from the Americas to Asia is due to the interest of the Port Logistics Community and the particular circumstances through which the country is passing, with a growing market entailing sectors in which the Port of Barcelona is strong, such as coffee, machinery, industrial goods, textile products, food products and wooden furniture

The business conference, in both cities, had the attendance of 500 people, with a high institutional profile and a considerable media impact.The Port of Barcelona's President highlighted the privileged position of the Port, which is the best node for the redistribution of goods from Asia throughout Europe.

In the framework of the mission the members of the Port delegation, apart from their private agenda, held various work meetings, during the lunch networking and in the session of bilateral contacts, organised in Ho Chi Minh City.

A sizeable agenda of institutional contacts was also made as part of the mission with administrations and Vietnamese entities. In Hanoi a meeting was held with Nguyen Van Cong, Deputy Minister from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, with the Vice-President of Da Nang Port, with the Director General of international Cooperation of VINAMARINE, with the General Secretary of VICOFA - the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association. In the port city some comercial meetings were held with the main shipping companies operating in Vietnam (CMA-CGM, MSC y Hapag Lloyd), facilities and factory of VOLCAFE was visited, the third largest global coffee trader and the the Catalan delegation also visited the facilities of Saigon Newport Corporation in the port of Cai Lai (Vietnam's first container terminal).

In Ho Chi Minh, the city in which the main economic activity is concentrated, Mercè Conesa, President of the Port of Barcelona, and Le Cong Minh, President of the Vietnam Seaport Association (VPA), signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen exchanges between both countries and to share information on port planning and construction, security and Port Community Systems

On the other hand, the President of the Association of Freight Forwarders and Logistic Operators of Barcelona (ATEIA-OLTRA), the President of the Barcelona Shipping Agents Association and the President of the Barcelona Official Customs Brokers' Association (COACAB) signed a collaboration agreement with their respective counterparts, to cooperate on issues of common interest.