The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has launched BESS Vietnam – the British Educational Suppliers Show Vietnam – to give British suppliers the chance to enter the local education market.
BESA has partnered with Giaoducso to run the event, which will take place between March 5th & 6th 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) will be making a number of grants available for UK companies to attend the show through their Tradeshow Access Programme, which BESA will be administering.
Vietnam has been experiencing rapid and inclusive economic growth since the early 1990s (World Bank, 2016). After developing the Fundamental School Quality Level in 2006, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) is now looking to change the country’s curriculum, aiming to have new resources in place by 2020.
Caroline Wright, Director General of BESA, said: “Vietnam’s exciting vision for education is leading to the development of closer links and synergies between our two education systems and resources. World-leading UK education suppliers have been working closely with Vietnamese educationalists over recent years and BESS Vietnam will further strengthen these connections.
“We are looking forward to working with Giaoducso and the UK and Vietnamese governments to launch BESS Vietnam, and are delighted that the Department for International Trade is providing grants so that SMEs from the UK can take advantage of the opportunity.”
William Prieto-Parra, Head of Events at BESA, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for the whole of the UK educational suppliers sector, as it will give them the chance to work more closely with the Vietnamese government on the new curriculum, at a time of rapid change.
“I expect BESS Vietnam to become another unmissable event for our world-leading British educational suppliers, to help them build upon their strong track-record of export success in the region.”
Mr Binh, Chairman of Giaoducso, said: “We are honoured to work with BESA to organise this British exhibition show. It will provide a bridge for British companies to support and lend their educational expertise to the Vietnamese government as they develop a new curriculum.
“We look forward to working with UK companies to maximise their opportunities to engage with the Vietnamese education market at BESS Vietnam, and know they will receive a warm welcome by educators and officials from across the country.”