A/P and ASEAN Integration: Opportunities and Challenges for Local and Global Firms

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New World Hotel Saigon • Friday, March 23, 2007

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Schedule and Agenda

08:00-12:00nMorning – U.S. Policy and Programs in the Asia/Pacific Region
.Ben Thanh Hall, New World Hotel Saigon

08:00-08:25aRegistration and Refreshments
08:25aWelcome Remarks

08:30-09:15aAPEC – A Business-Driven Trade & Investment Framework
.Amb. Michael Michalak, U.S. Ambassador to APEC

In addition to discussing the framework and direction of APEC initiatives, how does APEC fit into the global trade environment (WTO Doha Round and U.S. Trade Promotion Authority). What are the key U.S. trade & investment initiatives vis-à-vis leading economies, such as Japan, Korea, China, ASEAN, Australia-New Zealand, India, etc. Click the topic to read the remarks. Click the name for biographic information. Click here for additional background reading.

09:15-09:35aIntel’s Investment: Global Firm and Local Government Partnership
.Rick Howarth, General Manager, Intel Products Vietnam

Intel Products Vietnam is part of Intel’s global supply chain network producing the world’s most advanced silicon products, and will assemble and test Intel’s latest technology products ranging from Microprocessors to Chipsets. Announced in 2006, this $1 billion, 500,000 sq.ft. facility will be the largest in Intel’s network and is estimated to start production in early 2009, in the Saigon High-Tech Park. What is Intel’s strategy in selecting Asia, Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City for this global facility?

09:35-09:55Intel’s Investment: Global Firm and Local Government Partnership
.Le Trong Hieu, Deputy Manager, SHTP Investment Department

“It takes two to tango” is a well known saying. Intel’s partner in this venture was the Saigon Hi-Tech Park. How did the management at the SHTP work to understand Intel’s needs and build the relationship and the infrastructure that would encourage and support Intel’s decision? Click the highlighted name and title to download the presentation.

10:00-10:15aCoffee/Tea Break

10:15-11:15aPanel: Turning Policy Initiatives into Business Opportunities
.Moderator: Bill Marshak, U.S. Senior Commercial Officer, HCM City
.Mark Lewis, U.S. Standards Attache, U.S. Embassy Beijing
.Jennifer Ness, Regional IPR Manager, U.S. Embassy Bangkok
.Greg Walters, Regional TDA Manager, U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Brief presentations (7 minutes each), followed by discussion of how policy initiatives in key areas like standards/conformity, IPR protection, ,and infrastructure development funding, are translated into business reality with government/business cooperation programs. Click the highlighted name(s) and title(s) above to download the presentation(s).

11:15-12:00nEast Asian Economic Integration: A Political View of What It Means for the U.S.
.Amb. Raymond Burghardt (ret.), Director, East-West Center Seminars

In addition to the U.S. strategy, other major Asia/Pacific economies have their own visions and strategies for economic and business development in the region. How can we develop positive synergies with these different visions? Ambassador Burghardt’s broad, senior-level experience in the region (Beijing, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Hanoi) will help provide a valuable perspective for your business strategy. Click the topic to download the remarks. Click the name/title for biographic information. Click here for additional background reading.

.Vietnam’s Role in ASEAN, APEC, and the Global Economy
.H.E. Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
.Indochine Grand Ballroom, New World Hotel Saigon

14:00-17:15pAfternoon – Regional Institutions and Business Views of A/P Integration
.Ben Thanh Hall, New World Hotel Saigon

14:00-14:40pA/P Trends in the Eyes of a Renowned Asian Business Leader
.Washington SyCip, Chairman and Founder, SGV Group

Mr. SyCip is founder of the SGV Group, an auditing and management consulting company with operations throughout East Asia. He is chairman of the Asian Institute of Management (Philippines), honorary chairman of the Euro-Asia Centre, INSEAD (France), chairman of the Asia Pacific Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange (New York), member of the Board of Governors of the Chinese Heritage Centre (Singapore), and member of the board of directors of numerous companies in Southeast Asia.

14:40-15:20pAPEC: Opportunities, Challenges, and Results for Business
.Amb. Colin Heseltine, 2007 Executive Director, APEC Secretariat

Australia is host country for APEC in 2007, and Australian Ambassador Heseltine will provide an update on the APEC focus this year. In 1989, APEC began as an informal Ministerial-level dialogue group with 12 members, so Ambassador Heseltine will have a valuable perspective on the development, current status, and future of APEC. For the U.S., APEC is the premier regional institution in the Asia Pacific. The Bogor (Indonesia) Goals of “free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacifric by 2010 for developed economies and 2020 for developing economies” were established in 1994.

15:20-15:50pADB in Regional Integration: The Case of the Greater Mekong Subregion
.Jean-Pierre Verbiest, ADB Country Director Thailand

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the development of infrastructure in the Greater Mekong Subregion, including transport infrastructure such as the “East-West Corridor” and the “North-South Corridor” as well as telecommunications infrastructure. In Vietnam, the ADB assistance strategy to Vietnam for the period 2007-2010 including a plan to provide US$ 3 billion in 2007-2009.

15:50-16:00:pCoffee/Tea Break

16:00-17:15aPanel: Moving Information and Goods Across Borders in the APCAC Region
.Moderator: Rick Yvanovich, TRG Int’l, and Chair, AmCham HCMC ICT Committee
.Dr. Robert De Souza, Executive Director, The Logistics Institute A/P
.Steve Okun, VP for Public Affairs, UPS Asia/Pacific
.Terry Adams, Infor Global Solutions (Thailand)
.Mark Ketelaar, Vice President, DHL Exel Supply Chain Vietnam

An APEC Goal 2000-2005 was to *“reduce business transactions costs by 5%”* with a focus on telecommunications and logistics and supply chain management. This goal was achieved. Now APEC has set a goal to reduce business transactions costs by another 5% between 2006-2010. Recently a Logistics/Supply Chain Management (L/SCM) expert noted that L/SCM costs WITHIN China were 30% of GDP, compared with about 10% in the US and Europe. How can improvements in cross-border cooperation on ICT, L/SCM (including Customs), and other efforts by regional institutions (APEC, ASEAN, ADB, etc.) and businesses (APCAC members, etc.) achieve the targeted efficiency goal?

17:45pBusses depart from New World Hotel Lobby to Reunification Palace

18:30-21:30pCccktails and Dinner with Entertainment at the Reunification Palace
.Welcome Remarks
.H.E. Lê Hoàng Quân, Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee

21:30pBusses depart from Reunification Palace to New World Hotel