Gwinnett leaders signed their latest MOU with the Georgia Vietnamese-American Chamber of Commerce.

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has signed a collaborative agreement with the Georgia Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce, the latest tie-up between the county’s largest economic development organization and its minority business communities. 

Gwinnett has signed a raft of agreements with chambers representing Italy, Korea and other countries, an acknowledgment of the global nature of its business community in the form of active foreign-born diasporas as well as inbound investors. More than 500 international companies have operations in Gwinnett. 

“We continue to be intentional in our outreach to our bilateral chamber partners, and we are excited to have formalized another agreement,” said Nick Masino, president and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett. Mr. Masino said the county is home to a third of the state’s 60,000-strong Vietnamese community. 

“The opportunity to partner and collaborate could not have come at a better time. The two organizations share a common goal, which is to advocate and provide a resource for businesses to connect and thrive,” said Michael Tran, vice president and founding member of the Georgia Vietnamese-American Chamber, said in a statement. 

The agreement has an extendable 12-month term and commits the organizations to partnering on two events per year, with each side pledging to promote exchanges and visits by delegations representing each respective region. Read the full text here

On Jan. 21, the same day as it signed an agreement with the Italy-America chamber, Gwinnett announced that the following internationally oriented organizations would have ex officio seats on the chamber’s board of directors:  

  • The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (JCCG)
  • Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Georgia Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce (GVACC)
  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Chinese Business Association of Atlanta (CBAA)
  • Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta-Georgia

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