TPP: Opportunities & Challenges • How Can Vietnam Companies Become Suppliers to U.S. Buyers?

Date(s) - 27/09/2013
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Da Nang Riverside Hotel


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Introduction and Welcome Remarks, by Vu Kim Hanh (VN)
TPP – Overview & Quantitative Assessment – Opportunities & Concerns, by Fred Burke (EN | VN)
TPP – Viewpoint of Vietnam’s Agriculture Sector, by Van Duc Muoi (EN | VN)
TPP: Opportunities and Concerns for Vietnam Businesses, by Laura Stone (EN)
Requirements to Qualify as a Supplier to U.S. Commpanies, by Herb Cochran (EN | VN)
Basic Requirements: Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); e-Commerce, by John Nguyen (EN)

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TPP Meeting in Da NangLunch with Ambassador Shear

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Event Description

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AmCham members join together with Vietnamese entrepreneurs from the Leading Business Club in a networking and information-sharing seminar on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges, including a discussion on “How Vietnam Companies Can Become Suppliers to U.S. Buyers.” AmCham experts will provide detailed, specific requirements for Vietnamese companies to join supply chains of U.S. buyers, and take full advantage of the opportunities that will be offered in the Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA.  Using examples such as Wal-Mart, AmCham will share details about the practical aspects of doing business with U.S. companies.


08:30 – 09:00 Registration of participants
09:00 – 09:15 Introduction and Welcome Remarks
Mr. Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, Chairman, Leading Business Club (LBC), GBIC
09:15  – 09:45 TPP – Overview & Quantitative Assessment – Opportunities & Concerns
Mr. Fred Burke, AmCham Governor, Baker & McKenzie Managing Partner
09:45  – 10:15 TPP – Viewpoint of Vietnam’s Agriculture Sector
Mr. Van Duc Muoi, Chairman, VISSAN, HCMC Food Industry Association
10:15 – 10:30 . Tea / Coffee Break
10:30 – 10:45 TPP: Opportunities and Concerns for Vietnam Businesses
Ms. Laura Stone, Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
10:45 – 11:00 Requirements to Qualify as a Supplier to U.S. Commpanies, such as Walmart
Mr. Herb Cochran, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam (HCM City)
11:00 – 11:15 Basic Requirements: Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); e-Commerce
Mr. John Nguyen, Chief Strategy Officer, DICentral Vietnam
11:15 – 11:45 Summary and Concluding Remarks
Mdm Vu Kim Hanh, Business Studies and Assistance Center
11:45 – 11:50 Meeting ends. Move to Jasmine Room for Lunch with US Ambassador David B. Shear
11:50 – 12:05 Networking cocktail reception
12:05 – 12:35 Lunch is served
12:35 – 12:40 Introduction and Welcome Remarks
Mr. Mark Gillin, Chairman, AmCham Vietnam (HCM City)
12:40 – 13:00 Remarks by US Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear
13:00 Event ends

Simultaneous system in English and Vietnamese will be available. 

Registration Costs

Seminar Only  330,000 vnd
Lunch with U.S. Ambassador Only  350,000 vnd
Seminar and Lunch 680,000 vnd

About the Leading Business Club

The LBC (Leading Business Club), a club of leading entrepreneurs of Vietnam, including 100 top businesses of industries and services in Vietnam, was established in February 23rd, 2008. The core of this club is from the promotion program High Quality Vietnamese Goods which has been organized since 1997 and was officially announced as one of the most important promotion program of HCM City. The government of HCM City is responsible for legally directing and organizes the club in a new model: the entrepreneurs will engage in economic and social activities of HCM City but they won’t receive money from the government – the money will come from themselves in the form of the club, self – sufficient in finance and organization. After 10 years, we now can form a club of 100 leading businesses (was officially confirmed by the Board of Governors of HCMC since April 30th, 2007) and the LBC is established. There are now 51 members in LBC (3 in Hanoi, the rest are in Hochiminh city and main provinces) – successful, well-known for being at the top of the market, well-experienced in business and the most important is they are willing to share the responsibility with leaders of the society and communities. The Advisory Board of this club includes 3 members: Madam Pham Chi Lan, former member of Board of Research of the Prime Minister – vice chairman of department of Commercial Industry of Vietnam, Mr. Pham Phu Ngoc Trai – Chairman and CEO of Asean PepsiCo and Vice President of Vietnam Marketing Association and Mr. Tran Kim Thanh – CEO of Kinh Do Corporation. The members include 3 CEOs and Presidents of major investment funds and banks: Vinacapital, ACB and Dong A Bank, large enterprises (Textiles Corporation, Viettel), Dong Tam Company, the Coop mart supermarket chain, SJC, PNJ, Phu Thai Distribution company …

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.


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