Breakfast Briefing: Cambodia Trade & Investment Opportunities, Aug 18, 2011


When: Thu, Aug 18th 2011 08:00am to 10:00am
Where: New World Hotel Saigon

Cambodia FlagStrategically located between Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard (“Detroit East”) and Vietnam’s growth-leading region around HCM City and the Mekong Delta, Cambodia is closing the gap to become part of the action, with cross-border road networks, nationwide communications, and comprehensive reform and long range development programs.

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Cambodia now is at an ideal stage of development for trade and investment opportunities. The speakers will highlight:

• Outlook for key industries, including garments, tourism, agri-business, consumer products, and trans-border commerce
• Potential for Cambodia in relation to Thailand and Vietnam, including the Thailand Economic Cooperation Strategy, and Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) development
• The role and disbursement of foreign aid, and the creation of a self-reliant economy
• Foreign investors views of Cambodia’s strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and challenges
• Identification of key sectors of high potential
• Infrastructure development needs and roles for public private partnership
• The legal and business environment, rule of law and security situation
• Relations between investors, employers, labor unions, and workers

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Speakers

Brett SciaroniSciaroni & Associates (Chairman, AmCham Cambodia)
Daniel MitchellCEO, Grandis Timber Limited, SRP International Group

“Brett Sciaroni, one of the first foreign lawyers in Cambodia, and Daniel Mitchel, manager of a planation of cultivated teak, will discuss the current environment, opportunities and challenges, in Cambodia as a place to invest and do business, as well as prospects for the future.”

Agenda

08:00Registration and Refreshments
08:30Breakfast is served
08:45Introduction and Presentation during Brkfst, followed by Q&A
10:00Event Ends

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Costs

Member: vnd 550,000/ea. w/ reservation Non-member/Walk-in: vnd 650,000/ea

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About the Speakers

Bretton G. Sciaroni has been a lawyer and investment adviser in Phnom Penh since 1993, making him one of the first foreign lawyers in Cambodia in the modern era. Focusing principally on commercial law, Mr. Sciaroni negotiated the first foreign investment in Cambodia under the 1994 foreign investment law. He also served as legal adviser to the Royal Cambodian Government’s delegation to negotiate the release of assets frozen in the United States since the fall of the Lon Nol regime in 1975. In 1995, he entered into a partnership with Tilleke & Gibbins International, the oldest law firm in Thailand. As the resident partner in Cambodia, Mr. Sciaroni opened the Phnom Penh office of Tilleke & Gibbins and Associates. In 2004, the firm became independent, and now operates as Sciaroni & Associates Read more …

Daniel Mitchell Based in Phnom Penh, Daniel Mitchell is the CEO of Grandis Timber Limited and Founder/Managing Director of SRP International Group Ltd. SRP International Group, an investment firm focused on developing opportunities in the emerging markets of Asia. The focus of the firm in Cambodia is commercial reforestation/ plantation developments focused on plantings of tropical hardwoods on previously degraded and deforested areas of Cambodia. Mr. Mitchell serves as CEO of Grandis Timber, a joint venture with Capricorn Forest Fund K/S, under the management of International Woodlands Company A/S of Copenhagen, which is developing a 10,000 hectare (38.6 square miles) teak forest plantation.

Mr. Mitchell has over 15 years of business experience in Asia in the areas of international finance, business planning, and program management. Over the past 10 years he has developed expertise in the cultivation and management of plantation teak.

Prior to moving to SRP International Group, full-time in 2001, Mr. Mitchell was the head of Strategic Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions for Ford Motor Company’s automotive components division, Visteon, based in their Tokyo offices. Prior to this, Mr. Mitchell was a manager in charge of Strategic Planning for Mitsubishi Motors, in their Los Angeles office. Mr. Mitchell began his career in Detroit as a Program Manager at ASC Inc., a specialty automotive manufacturing company, where he was in charge joint vehicle development program with Mitsubishi Motors. Mr. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration from Miami University (Ohio), and is a MSC Forestry candidate at Bangor University, in Wales.

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Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Development

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Road Network in 2015 (ADB) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the development of infrastructure for economic integration of the Greater Mekong Subregion, including transport infrastructure such as the East-West Economic Corridor and the “North-South Corridor” as well as telecommunications infrastructure, railway infrastructure, common customs procedures, etc. In Vietnam, the ADB assistance strategy for the period 2007-2009 included a plan to mobilize US$ 3 billion. And ADB plans to mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects over 2011 – 2015

Delta Research and Global Observation Network – Mekong Delta

Pls click the below link for a video of research on major river deltas, including the Mekong Delta, dams upstream, and the impact on the agriculture and economy of the Mekong Delta.

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Lower Mekong Initiative

U.S. to spend $ 187 million on Lower Mekong Initiative on projects to help four nations of the Lower Mekong River basin lessen the impact of climate change on water resources, food security and the health and livelihoods of nearly 60 million people.

During the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting July 22, 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described growing cooperation between the United States and the Lower Mekong countries, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The spending plan for 2010 covers environmental issues, health concerns, and education and training, with the largest share going to health programs.

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