Finding New Sources of Sustained Growth: Vietnam’s Transport and Logistics, HCMC – Jan 10; Hanoi – Jan 7

Inland and Coastal WaterwaysMore efficient transport and logistics can play a significant role in increasing productivity. By making supply chains more predictable, better transport and logistics allow manufacturers, transportation carriers, logistics service providers, and trade regulators to minimize avoidable delays, thereby increasing output per unit of time while reducing the cost of doing business. Such competitiveness enhancements can better position Vietnam to benefit  from global demand, to better serve domestic markets, to attract investment, and to generate quality jobs.

Jan 10, 2014 – InterContinental Asiana, Ho Chi Minh City 

Jan 7, 2014 – Melia Hotel, Hanoi

Due to limited seating, kindly confirm your attendance with Mr. Luis Blancas, [email protected]

Tentative Agenda 

08:00 amRegistration
08:30 amOpening Remarks
08:45 amRapid Growth, Limited Connectivity: Vietnam’s Need for More Efficient Logistics
Mr. Luis Blancas, Transport Specialist, World Bank 
09:30 amVietnam’s Logistics Sector: Perspectives of International Shippers and Service Providers
Mr. John Isbell, Cambridge Systematics, Inc. 
10:00 amCoffee / Tea Break
10:15 amGovernance Constraints for Efficient Logistics and a More Competitive Vietnam
Governance Practice, The World Bank in Vietnam
10:45 amInland Waterways and Coastal Shipping: Opportunities, Limitations, the Case for Investment
Mr. Luis Blancas, Transport Specialist, World Bank 
11:15 amDiscussion and Q&A
12:00 pmLuncheon

Due to limited seating, kindly confirm your attendance with Mr. Luis Blancas, [email protected]

Background
Click the below links to download the research reports, and be prepared to discuss and ask questions during the workshop.

Efficient Logistics: A Key to Vietnam’s Competitiveness

Facilitating Trade Through Competitive, Low-Carbon Transport: The Case for Vietnam’s Inland and Coastal Waterways

Over the past 20 years Vietnam has achieved sustained economic growth primarily driven by a rapidly expanding labor force and a shift in economic activity away from low-productivity subsistence agriculture toward the higher-productivity manufacturing and services sectors.

Vietnam’s continued macroeconomic stability, increasing economic liberalization, and young, vast labor pool have increased the country’s attractiveness as a destination for foreign direct investment, particularly as labor costs have increased in key competing markets, most notably China.

However, Vietnam’s socioeconomic success story now faces both short- and long-term challenges. Since the onset of the global economic crisis of 2008–2009, the Vietnamese economy has undergone a particularly challenging period of declining foreign capital inflows and subdued, as well as more contested, export markets. Recent reductions in economic growth, seen for the first time since the Asian economic crisis of 1999, highlight the importance of strengthening economic resiliency.

Over the longer term, Vietnam is faced with the challenge that both its main drivers of past growth, labor force growth and intersect oral shifts in economic activity, are being depleted and need to be replaced by intrasectoral productivity improvements.

Improvements in export, import, and domestic logistics operations as a driver of future growth for Vietnam are fully within grasp. There are opportunities to make freight itineraries more reliable, to make roads safer and more conducive to high-volume commercial use, to increase port sector efficiencies, and to better integrate barges, trucks, warehouses, and gateways. The right interventions and policies can address these challenges over the short term and following years.

Posted: Dec 23, 2013. Updated: Jan 6, 2014.

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