Business Leaders Forum • TPP – Interests and Concerns of Businesses in Vietnam • Dinner with U.S. Amb Shear, May 24

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Date(s) - 24/05/2013
2:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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TPP Overview and Quantitative Assessment: Presentation by AmCham • Fred Burke
Statements by Leading FDI Investors’ FBA: S KoreaTaiwanHong Kong
Statements by some TPP Participant Countries’ FBA: AustraliaCanadaMalaysia

Whether your company HQ is in a member country of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or not, you will enjoy many of the benefits of the TPP FTA if your company is operating in Vietnam. The 17th Round of TPP Negotiations is now underway in Lima, Peru, from May 15 – 24, and the negotiators plan to complete their work on some chapters and to accelerate progress on more challenging issues that remain including (1) intellectual property, (2) competition/State-owned enterprises, and (3) environment, as well as on the (4) market access packages for goods, services, and investment, and (5) government procurement. They seriously plan to work out solutions to outstanding sensitive issues, so that after the 18th Round of TPP Negotiations in July (in Malaysia?), all will be ready for the political decisions that need to be made in order to achieve the TPP Leaders’ objective of a high-quality, ambitious, and comprehensive agreement that can be signed this year at the October 1-8 APEC Leaders Meeting in Indonesia.

What does this mean for your business in Vietnam? Join us to hear the interests and concerns from major FDI business associations in Vietnam, some that are members of the TPP, and some that are not members, but their FDI investments will benefit since they are producing in Vietnam for export to TPP member countries.

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Business Leaders Forum

2:30 – 3:00 pm Registration of participants
3:00 – 3:15 pm Introduction and Welcome Remarks
3:15 – 3:45 pm TPP FTA Negotiations – Overview & Quantitative Assessment
Fred Burke, AmCham Governor, Baker & McKenzie Managing Partner
3:45 – 4:30 pm Textiles & Apparel – Vietnam’s Key Interest in TPP … or is it?
             Panel: VITAS (VN Textile & Apparel), HKBAV (Hong Kong), KoCham (Korea), CTCCV (Taiwan)
4:30 – 5:15 pm TPP Countries – Interests and Concerns regarding FDI and Market Access
             Panel: AusCham (Australia), CanCham (Canada), MBC (Malaysia), SBG (Singapore)
5:15 – 5:30 pm Closing Remarks

Dinner with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear

5:30 – 6:15 pm Networking Cocktail Reception
6:15 – 6:30 pm Go in to dinner – seating
6:30 – 7:00 pm Introduction and Welcome Remarks
People’s Committee Vice Chair H.E. Nguyễn thị Hồng
U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam H.E. David Shear
7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner is served
Enjoy dinner and entertainment
8:30 – 9:00 pm Event ends

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Business Forum only  450,000 vnd
Dinner only  1,200,000 vnd
Both Forum & Dinner  1,500,000 vnd

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U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear

David Shear
U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

Term of Appointment:
August 2011 to present

David B. Shear was sworn in as Ambassador to Vietnam on August 4, 2011. He joined the Foreign Service in 1982. He has served in Sapporo, Beijing, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur. In Washington, he has served in the Offices of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Affairs and as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He was Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in 2008-2009 and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in 2009-2011.

Mr. Shear was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s institute for the Study of Diplomacy 1998-99. He is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and the Defense Department’s Civilian Meritorious Service Award for his work in U.S. Japan defense relations.

Mr. Shear graduated from Earlham College and has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has attended Waseda University, Taiwan National University, and Nanjing University. He and his wife Barbara have a first degree rank in the practice of Kendo, or Japanese fencing. He speaks Chinese and Japanese. The Shears have a college-age daughter.