BRIEF OF CBA’S 10 - YEAR OPERATION
On January 28th, 2005, the Can Tho Business Association (CBA) was established in its first General Meeting. At that time, no one thought a non-profit, non-governmental organization, created based on only trust and confidence of the enterprises and members of the Executive Committee would survive and operate well until now. Today, the name Can Tho Business Association is familiar to governmental officials, organizations and associations from the northern, the central to the southern regions of Vietnam; and even to some foreign organizations. The name CBA has become well-known to the enterprises of Can Tho City particularly.
CBA members, from the first 73 companies, have gradually increased and once reached 223 as the highest number. Although it does not reach the ideal number yet, these companies are core members that recognize the benefit of participation and are always willing to support the activities of their association.
CBA has many friends and partners. They are individuals or organizations. But regardless of their positions or professions, whether they are businessmen, journalists, independent experts, Vietnamese or foreigners, CBA always receives their support in building CBA as a playground of Can Tho City’s enterprises. To equip the office, CBA received office devices and items from its members and from the Consulate General of the United States of America and the Consulate General of Canada. The visits of the Ambassador and the Consul General of the United Kingdom, the Consul General of the United States of America, the Consul General of Canada and the French Trade Attaché for learning about CBA’s activities motivated an international collaboration. Some cooperating activities took place afterwards to help enterprises get more information and new experiences in doing business.
Right from the first year of operation, CBA was a link of Vietnam Business Forum (VBF). Through this forum, CBA stated its proposals on taxes, on land procedures and other administrative procedures. CBA was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Vietnam Private Sector Support Program (VPSSP), a joint project of the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the European Union that was implemented in Can Tho in the period 2006 – 2008. In the period 2009 – 2011, CBA was a partner of EuroCham in the project Mutrap 3, contributing to the White Paper of proposals on trade policy. Under the sponsorship of DANIDA, CBA supported the Global Competitiveness Facility (GCF) in introducing to the enterprises information about the non-reimbursement fund for new export products. As a result, a total amount of 15.8 billion VND was granted to 5 among 8 participating companies in fields of agriculture, fisheries, tourism and handicraft. CBA also cooperated with the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund (SMEDF), a project of the European Union to organize training on business planning for 167 participants of SMEs in 4 provinces in the Mekong Delta. CBA also supported the U.S. Vietnam Trade Council in a project of exchanging young business leaders by sending 2 young entrepreneurs to Oklahoma State for a study tour. The Organization of Volunteers of Australia (ABV) in collaboration with IBM (US) provided business consulting for 7 companies in Can Tho on IT, marketing, legal matters and management through the connection with CBA.
By the initiative of CBA, the cooperating program of business associations started. In 2006, the first cooperation signing-ceremony was held in Can Tho chaired by CBA with the participation of 4 associations. Until now this program has spread to the Southwest, Central Highlands and Ho Chi Minh City with the participation of 19 business associations. In the last 10 years, CBA has sent 14 delegations including 115 individuals and enterprises of Can Tho to visit and interact with enterprises of other provinces. It also received 15 delegations from other provinces for building exchange relations with CBA and Can Tho enterprises with the total number of 432 participants.
CBA is the bridge between the enterprises and the People’s Committee and the relevant departments of Can Tho City. In recent years, CBA has joined as an organizational member of the People's Committee in the Technical Innovation Contest in 3 seasons. CBA has also played its role in supporting Can Tho SMEs Development Program for the period 2010 – 2015 by organizing training activities for SMES in Can Tho. In cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Planning and Investment and the Department of Science and Technology, CBA also helps to deal with business problems. In the last 10 years, CBA supported the claims on land, taxation matters, intellectual property, business registration procedures, advertising licensing and others. CBA reported to the People's Committee on the difficulties of businesses concerning output market, surplus stock, lack of business capital, etc. On behalf of over 80 member companies and non-members in Can Tho, CBA has forwarded their complaints to the relating governmental offices and the People’s Committee. Favorable resolution was done for one third of the cases.
Since 2005, supporting activities by CBA are mainly training and information providing. Total participants in 235 training courses of CBA during the recent 10 years were 13,058 from 1,743 companies. Information on different subject matters has been delivered on the website of CBA, and its weekly and monthly newsletters which have been sent to members via e-mail.
With the motto "Linking for Sharing; Cooperating for Success", in the last 10 years, CBA has brought to the community and society some certain contributions. It is expressed that "CBA is a non-profit organization, setting a place for reputable enterprises, aiming to support the connection and cooperation among enterprises in order to develop their business through enhancing knowledge and business skills and their positions in the community; and at the same time to strive for a favorable business environment."