Update on U.S.-Vietnam Economics, Trade and Investment Policy Programs and Agreement

Date(s) - 15/05/2017
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Ms. Diane Farrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, will update the latest information on economics, trade and investment policy programs and agreements between U.S. and Vietnam.

She will also join panel discussions with AmCham’s business leaders in Energy and Health Groups to discuss the key advocacy issues for 2017 in these two sectors.

In addition, our last panel will discuss the future of trade relations between the U.S. and Vietnam post-TPP, the impact of the U.S. withdrawal from TPP on Vietnam and the region, the status and prospects of a bilateral U.S.-Vietnam agreement, other important ongoing trade related agreements such as the Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation, the Trade Facilitation Agreement, the regular TIFA talks, and many other channels for continuing momentum in the U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment relationship.


8:30am Registration
9:00am Welcome Remarks – Ms. Mary Tarnowka, Consul General, U.S Consulate
9:10am Speech from Ms. Diane Farrel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia U.S. Department of Commerce
9:25am Panel Discussion – Ms. Diane Farrel and Energy group representatives
10:15am Panel Discussion – Ms. Diane Farrel and Health group representatives
11:00am Panel Discussion: TPP Back to the Future

  • Mr. Fred Burke, AmCham Board Member, Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie Vietnam
  • Mr. Sesto Vecchi, AmCham Board Member, Managing Partner, Russin & Vecchi
12:00pm   Q&A
12:15pm  Closing remarks
12:30pm  Networking Lunch


AmCham Member: vnd 1,200,000   | Non-member: vnd 1,500,000

Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line, by email, or by fax. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.

Speakers & Panelists

Ms. Diane Farrell
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, Diane Farrell is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets on all matters concerning international economics, trade, investment, and commercial policy programs and agreements with respect to Asia. She also oversees planning and execution of Commerce commercial diplomacy and export promotion strategies at United States Missions in Region Asia.

Most recently, Ms. Farrell worked at the U.S. India Business Council (USIBC). As Executive Vice President, she oversaw business advocacy and membership service for Infrastructure Development, Real Estate, and Media and Entertainment.

Prior to joining USIBC, Ms. Farrell served on the Board of Directors at the Export Import Bank of the United States (U.S. Exim Bank). A Presidential appointee, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she was responsible for voting on the transactions in excess of $10 million as well as on significant policy matters.

Her portfolio responsibilities included small business, India, Southeast Asia, and portions of Latin America. In addition, she was named a member of the White House Business Council. During her tenure at U.S. Exim Bank, India transactions expanded and diversified as aircraft sales and conventional and green energy projects, among others, led to India becoming the second largest country by U.S. dollar allocation in the bank’s overall portfolio.

Before serving at U.S. Exim Bank, Ms. Farrell was elected as the First Selectwoman in Westport, Connecticut. A strong mayor form of government, she managed multimillion dollar budgets within the Consumer Price Index and maintained the town’s Aaa bond rating at a time when significant infrastructure investment was taking place. She oversaw the construction of schools, a municipal waste water treatment plant, affordable housing, and other necessary facilities.

Ms. Farrell also served as Chairwoman of the Southwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Agency Metropolitan Planning Organization that was responsible for federally funded transportation infrastructure in a vital commercial corridor. As a select member of the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Steering and Policy Committee, she helped set policy goals for transportation and infrastructure initiatives in support of cities and towns across the United States.

Consul General Mary Tarnowka

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with Minister Counselor rank, Consul General Mary Tarnowka arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in August 2016.  Prior to arriving in Vietnam, she served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea.

Ms. Tarnowka has over two decades of experience in the Foreign Service, focused mainly in Asia, where she has served as Deputy Principal Officer and Political and Economic Section Chief in Shanghai, Deputy Economic Counselor in Delhi, and Economic Officer in Taipei, as well as postings in La Paz, and Santo Domingo.  She also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Global Issues and Senior Congressional Advisor for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and as Trade Policy Officer at the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the Department of State, as well as Director of U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Coordination at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Tarnowka was a Certified Public Accountant and International Tax Manager in San Francisco.  Ms. Tarnowka has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master’s from Golden Gate University.  Ms. Tarnowka speaks Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Spanish.  She has two daughters.  The eldest lives and works in San Francisco and the youngest attends Middle School in Ho Chi Minh City.

Jonathan Moreno Mr. Jonathan Moreno
Chair, AmCham Vietnam – HCMC 
General Director, Medovations Vietnam

Jonathan is the General Director of Medovations Vietnam, a member of the Diversatek group of medical technology companies. Medovations opened its Vietnam manufacturing operation in Binh Duong, December 2010, representing the “third wave” of US high technology investment in Vietnam, and continues to expand.

In 2012, Jonathan helped form AmCham’s first Manufacturing Committee and has served since in a leadership capacity. The committee was established to increase value for AmCham’s manufacturing sector members, including the supporting supply chain, by providing networking opportunities and collaborative solutions which cannot be achieved as effectively by individual member companies. The committee continues growing with more than 40 AmCham manufacturing leaders participating in its monthly meetings. Key initiatives include advocacy related to trade facilitation and the annual “Supplier’s Day.”

Jonathan has served on the AMCHAM HCMC Board of Governors since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and a MBA from the University of Hawaii.

Fred-Burke-20131-767x1024Mr. Fred Burke
Board Member, AmCham Vietnam – HCMC
Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie Vietnam

Fred has been active in AmCham in Vietnam since it was first established in 1994. He served as a member of the Board of Governors from 1995 – 2003 and was Chairman in 1997. After a hiatus of four years, he was re-elected to the Board in December 2007.

He has been a leader of the Legal Committee since 2004, as Chairman and then Board Liaison, focusing on articulating the American business community’s issues to the Vietnamese and United States governments in the contexts of the World Trade Organization negotiations, the Vietnam Business Forum, and more recently in the implementation of Vietnam’s WTO commitments. He has helped to write many of the Chamber’s position papers, was one of the Chamber’s leaders in supporting the conclusion of the landmark 2001 Bilateral Trade Agreement, and he has represented the Chamber in numerous governmental and private sector briefings and seminars.

Before coming to Vietnam in 1991, he served as the Secretary and Member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China.

Fred is Managing Partner of Baker & Mckenzie Vietnam, with Practice Areas: Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Foreign Investment & Securities, Financial Services, Real Estate, Construction/Projects, Taxation, International Trade & WTO, International Employment, Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer and Dispute Resolution. Baker & McKenzie’s international ties are complemented by strong roots in Vietnam, and helps bridge cultural and linguistic gaps which can stand in the way of success in international business.

Russin & Vecchi Sesto VecchiMr. Sesto Vecchi
Board Member, AmCham Vietnam – HCMC
Managing Partner, Russin & Vecchi

Sesto has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2001, and served as Vice Chair in 2003. He manages the Vietnam practice group of the law firm of Russin & Vecchi. The firm is active in the practice of law in developing countries.

Sesto has lived and practiced law in Vietnam for over 25 years. He began coming to Vietnam in 1965 as a US Navy Lieutenant on special assignment. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1966, he returned to Vietnam and opened Russin & Vecchi’s office. He practiced law in Vietnam until 1974. During that time he was twice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam.

In early 1993 he reopened the firm’s Vietnam offices and has lived continuously in Vietnam since that time. He graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and received his law degree from Temple Law School. He is a member of the bars of New York and Washington, DC.

Mr. John Rockhold
Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam – HCMC
Executive Director, ABBO Investment Consultancy & Engineering

John is handling an investment profile of over $250 million in Vietnam. He chairs the Power and Energy Working Group in the Vietnam Business Forum (Ministry of Planning and Investment, IFC, World Bank and 17 International Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations).

In 2000, he founded Pacific Rim Investment and Management Inc. (PRIM) out of Los Angeles to work with private international companies on Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in and around HCM City and in the Mekong Delta. He has worked with over 50 such investors from USA, Europe, and Asia from investment applications to operations of their industries. In 2011, PRIM joined a Vietnamese, ABBO, to work on FDIs in the areas of shipping, animal feed, fertilizers, resorts, food industries and renewable energy investments. In 2012, he started investments in Wind and Solar power projects as part of Vietnam renewable energy policy.

In 1995, he was Managing Director in establishing Vietnam’s first 100% foreign-invested Environmental Consulting firm, which worked with a number of Utilities/ SOEs in the design, construction and operation of social infrastructure throughout Vietnam. Prior projects include working on strategic corporate and social infrastructure development programs around the world at one of the top 10 Consulting Planning and Engineering firms, 1986-1992 and Project Director for the return of Vietnamese refugees and establishing vocational training centers to integrate them back into society, 1992-1995.

kevin-mooreMr. Kevin Moore
Board Member, AmCham Vietnam – HCMC
Managing Director,Vietnam Waste Solutions

Kevin has been the Managing Director for Vietnam Waste Solutions (VWS) since 2006.  Prior to that he worked as a private consultant for Veolia Environmental Services in Hong Kong for 6 years.  Waste Management Inc., in California was his employer for the previous 12 years.

VWS is a subsidiary of California Waste Solutions, a private firm with recycling operations in Oakland and San Jose, California.  His position requires direct interaction with HCMC leaders and Departments as well as Vietnam Ministries.  VWS represents the first privatization of a public service enterprise and one of the larger environmental services investments in Vietnam, valued at over $150 million and based on a 50-year contract with the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.  VWS is expanding services with a new project in Long An province that moves beyond landfill to re-cycling, recovery, and transformation, developing “waste to energy” and “waste to feedstock” solutions.

Kevin has worked in the waste management and environmental industry for 28 years.  Raised in Northern New Jersey, he is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Mr. Pham Ba Linh
Managing Partner
LLB (Vietnam), LLM (Nottingham, England), FSIArb

Pham Ba Linh is the Managing Partner of Lexcomm Vietnam LLC and the Head of Finance, Projects and Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Ba Linh is a commercially astute and highly experienced transactional lawyer with more than 18 years of legal practice, focusing primarily on energy and resources, major projects and infrastructure, project finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, debt and equity capital markets, derivatives and structured products. He is increasingly active in the international arbitration of complex and high profile construction and energy-related disputes under various institutional rules.

Ba Linh wins praise from clients for his technical legal excellence as well as his outstanding commercial sense and pragmatic approach. Ba Linh has acted for project sponsors, financiers, governments, equity investors and major works contractors.

Ba Linh is admitted to practice in Vietnam as a qualified lawyer of the Hanoi Bar Association and a member of the Vietnam Bar Federation. He has extensive experience working in both civil and common law jurisdictions, having previously based in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Melbourne.

Ba Linh holds a Bachelor of Laws from Hanoi Law University and a Master of Laws (LLM in International Commercial Law) from the University of Nottingham School of Law, England. Ba Linh is an active member of the AmCham Energy Committee, the Infrastructure Working Group of the Vietnam Business Forum (“VBF”),
and has genuine in-depth industry knowledge. He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (“SIArb”).

Prior to joining a reputable foreign law firm in 2005, Ba Linh was an upstream lawyer in the Vietnam Business Unit of BP Exploration, where his focus was in exploration and production, pipelines and IPP power projects. He also held the position of in-house counsel at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Hanoi branch).

Ba Linh was seconded to leading Australian-based international law firm Freehills in its Melbourne office (Banking and Projects Practice Group) from 2008 to 2009 with a particular focus on all aspects of energy and major infrastructure projects in Australia both from project development and project finance perspectives.

Ba Linh has an acclaimed energy practice, and he regularly advises international oil and gas companies on a wide range of ‘big ticket’ energy and resources projects in Vietnam, including complex project structuring, upstream and midstream developments and acquisitions and divestments.

In addition, Ba Linh has represented numerous issuers and underwriters on a broad spectrum of public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, and has substantial experience advising on and documenting OTC derivatives transactions and related credit support arrangements in Vietnam.

Ba Linh has written and presented papers at industry conferences on upstream oil and gas, pipelines, power, project finance and securities offering issues in Vietnam.

Mr. Koen C. Kruijtbosch
Managing Director
MSD Vietnam and Indochina

As Managing Director MSD Vietnam and Indochina, Koen is leading a team of professionals dedicated to providing access to MSD’s innovative product portfolio, making a difference for the people in Vietnam / Indochina.

Koen holds a Master’s of Science degree in Business Economics and Management Information Systems from the State University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Koen joined MSD through the companies that he worked for during a career that spans over 30 years; i.e. Organon and Schering-Plough, which became part of Merck/MSD (Merck Sharpe and Dohme) in 2009.

Within these 30 years, Koen held General Management positions of increasing scope and responsibility in Europe, Asia, the Middle-East and Africa.

Before accepting his current position in September 2015, Koen was the Executive Director of Institutional Business Africa (IBA), dedicated to providing sustainable access in the areas of Family Planning and Vaccines in sub-Saharan Africa & Managing Director French West Africa.

It is his personal mission to help improving the health and quality of life of people, specifically making a difference for the people in Vietnam and Indochina.

Mr. Gavin Smith
Director, Clean Development
Dragon Capital Group Limited

Gavin Smith is Chief Investment Officer of the Clean Development Fund, managed by Dragon Capital Group, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Gavin joined Dragon Capital after 20 years experience in the commercial banking sector. He was led the financing of clean technology, particularly wind and hydropower for 15 years. His broader financial experience includes leading deals in the distribution trade, services sector, and sustainable agriculture, waste treatment and recycling.

The Clean Development Fund has investments throughout the ASEAN region, in clean water, hydropower, solid waste management, biomass power and solar energy.

He represents the Clean Fund on the Board of several hydropower and solar power companies.

The Solar Hub, a donor funded rooftop solar project for HCMC and southern Vietnam was launched in 2016, Mr Smith is the project director.

He is leading member of the Amcham Power and Energy Group which advocates the development of efficient investment markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vietnam.

Mr Smith was a member of the Investment Advisory Panel of the Vietnam Business Challenge Fund, assessing sustainable business models for funding by this SME focused scheme.

He is a graduate of Law from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and has been based in Vietnam since 2008.

Bradley A. Silcox
Country Manager & Chief Representative
Representative Office of Pfizer (Thailand) in Ho Chi Minh city

Brad Silcox is the Country Manager of Pfizer in Vietnam, and also a member of Pfizer APAC Extended Leadership Team.

He has been working for Wyeth/Pfizer for 25+ years, holding various Commercial and Finance roles. Prior to coming to Vietnam as Country Manager, Brad was the Regional Finance Director for APAC (2010-2012), Greater China (2009-2010) and Central Europe (2006-2009), having held key leadership roles in US, Europe and Asia. Given his extensive experience from different markets, Brad possesses a diverse perspective on the development of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, as well as deep insight into market trends in APAC. Brad is the Chairman of Pharma Group, a Sector Committee under the European Chamber of Commercial in Vietnam since 2015, whose purpose is to create fast and sustainable access to high quality, safe and innovative medicines for Vietnamese patients in collaboration with the Government of Vietnam.

Brad earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 1989 and a Bachelor Degree in Accounting in 1992.

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