TPP’s Advantages & Opportunities For Expansion

Date(s) - 30/11/2015
8:30 am - 11:30 am

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Sofitel Saigon Plaza


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TFA and TPP Presentation for VSIP – Mr. Herb Cochran

TPP – Industrial Estate Solution – Mr. Toan Nguyen

TPP Opportunities for Viet Nam – Mr. Walter Blocker

Advantages & Disadvantages for Vietnam Based Businesses – Mr. Fred Burke

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Event Description

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was concluded on Oct 5 and on Nov 5 the text was released, while the President notifited Congress of intent to sign after 90 days. TPP is a key focus of Vietnam’s international integration strategy, and will offer great business opportunities. AmCham Vietnam, together with VSIP invite you to join the conference: TPP’s Advantages and Opportunities for Expansion.


8:30 Guests’ Registration
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:10 TPP Opportunities for Vietnam
Herb Cochran, Executive Director, AmCham
9:35 Industry Estate Solution for TPP
Nguyen Chi Toan – Marketing Manager, VSIP
10:00 Vietnam Post TPP: What you need to know to get your business on track for the coming market boom
Walter Blocker, Chairman, Vietnam Trade Alliance (VTA)
10:25 Advantages & Disadvantages for Vietnam-Based Businesses
Frederick Burke, Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie
10:50 Q&A
11:30 Event Ends


Members:  VND 550,000 | Non-members: VND 700,000
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.



Mr. Herb Cochran, Executive Director – American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

Herb Cochran has helped transform AmCham into an influential organization that promotes trade and investment between Vietnam and the United States, with a focus on developing networking, information-sharing, and advocacy activities to improve the business environment.

He mobilized AmCham Vietnam members’ substantial efforts to conclude negotiations on the Vietnam-U.S. Bilateral Trade Agreement and Vietnam’s WTO Accession, and to have these two agreements approved by the U.S. Congress. As a result, Vietnam-U.S. trade increased from $ 1.2 billion in 2000 to about $45 billion in 2015. And Herb expects that total Vietnam-U.S. trade will exceed $80 billion by 2020. Recently, together with VCCI and other key Vietnam business associations, he launched the Vietnam Trade Facilitation Alliance (VTFA), to provide technical assistance to help Vietnam implement commitments in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the TPP Chapter on Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation.  The VTFA, is funded in part by USAID, and is a component of the World Bank Trade Facilitation Support Program.

Prior to joining AmCham, Herb was Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. He helped establish the commercial office of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, hiring staff and establishing trade and finance programs, including theU.S. Ex-Im Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). In 1998-99 he established the commercial office of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

Walter-Blocker-photo1Mr. Walter Blocker 

Chairman and CEO, Vietnam Trade Alliance

Walter Blocker is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vietnam Trade Alliance, with offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Can Tho, Da Nang, and Hanoi Vietnam. He is a native of Kentucky and has been a resident of Vietnam since 1995. The firm provides nationwide FMCG and Material distribution from 6 hubs and cross docking in 45 provinces. The Vietnam Trade Alliance offers nationwide, 24 hour direct distribution, and cash collections with real time reporting using its own proprietary Alli management software.

Walter served three terms as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, served on the board of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Vietnam, YPO Southeast Asia, and is past Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers.

Walter is first and foremost an entrepreneur. Over the past 20 years, he founded several business units encompassing industrial scale milk, juice, and tea production, nationwide warehousing and distribution, brand management, and general asset management. The group serves as the exclusive supply chain provider for numerous multinational consumer product companies in the beer/beverage, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and industrial chemical space. His firm was twice recognized by the Vietnamese Government for being one of the top 10 foreign enterprises in both Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai and is one of the nation’s largest private American investors.

Walter has played an active role in the successful economic and social development of Vietnam, participating on multiple levels in both the private and government sector. He is a regular speaker as a Vietnam trade and investment expert in national, regional, and international circles.

He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and is married to Doan Phuong Ly, a native of Hanoi.


Baker & McKenzie Fred BurkeMr. Fred Burke
Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie Vietnam

Fred has twenty-six years’ experience in the planning, negotiation and operation of cross-border trade and investment projects in Vietnam and China, as well as in the related issues of finance, regulatory compliance, property development, construction, securities, finance, tax, labor and dispute resolution. Building on his experience with the Bilateral Trade Agreement between the United States and Vietnam in 2000, and Vietnam’s accession to the WTO in 2006, he has recently been devoting his energies to the successful conclusion of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement. This new agreement would provide substantial opportunities for AmCham members in terms of trade and investment, market access and protection of intellectual property rights. By providing a much needed stimulus to the Vietnam economy, the TPP would also offer new opportunities for Am Cham members operating here.


Nguyen Chi ToanMr. Nguyen Chi Toan
Marketing Manager, VSIP

Toan is VSIP Marketing Manager who is in charge of VSIP Industrial park business. He has 15 years’ experience in inviting companies to set up manufacturing bases in all projects of VSIP in Vietnam. Prior joining VSIP, he worked as Tour guide and Tour Operator for both inbound and out bound guests . These experience makes him unique to give excellent advice for investor to look for best location for investment location in Vietnam.



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