Event Description

Join this exclusive event with HCMC Party Secretary Dr. Nhan, People’s Committee Chairman Phong, U.S. Ambassador Kritenbrink, Consul General Damour, and top tech leaders from HCMC, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Singapore including Zoom’s Eric Yuan, Vinod Khosla, and VNG’s Le Hong Minh.

Celebrate the 25-year anniversaries of U.S-Vietnam diplomatic relations and the HCMC- San Francisco Sister City relationship – and discuss opportunities for technology and innovation investments in HCMC that will drive partnership and innovation for the future.

Panels on Technology Supply Chains; Fintech for Vietnam and Beyond; and HCMC’s Smart Cities, Innovation District, and International Financial Center.

Learn from U.S. tech investors about their experience and interest in developing local supply chains and partnerships. Learn from HCMC authorities about HCMC technology and innovation strategic plans and policies to welcome foreign investors, and from USG authorities about new programs to support U.S. tech exports and investment under the Indo-Pacific Strategy, through the Trade and Development Agency, Development Finance Corporation, and EximBank.

Virtual participation: Available via Zoom, with simultaneous interpretation
provided both in English and Vietnamese, and opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions.

Physical Participation: In-person participation is limited in accordance with HCMC guidance, with seating arranged to promote social distancing. Temperature screening and hand sanitizer use required upon arrival. Face masks required by participants on arrival and encouraged throughout. Hand shaking is strongly discouraged. Simultaneous interpretation provided both in English and Vietnamese.

As of August 18, Hồ Chi Minh City has imposed new restrictions on individuals who recently returned from Hanoi, Hai Duong, Bac Giang, Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai, categorizing them into four groups and applying different levels of monitoring, including COVID testing, self quarantine, or centralized quarantine. (https://vn.usembassy.gov/covid-19-related-quarantine-requirements-and-travel-restrictions). If you were planning to attend physically and have returned from one of these areas on or after  August 11 , please DO NOT join our event in person and instead, contact us immediately, and we can send you a link to facilitate your virtual participation.

Please arrive between 7:15 to 7:45 to register and enjoy networking over coffee, tea, and snacks. You will be asked to take your seats at 7:50 so the event can start promptly. A buffet luncheon will be served following the event.

Dress code is business, with the understanding for those in the tech sector, that may be different than for Vietnamese or U.S. government officials.