Post-WTO Challenges – Ports and Related Infrastructure

When: Wed, Sep 6th 2006 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: New World Hotel, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Overview: Will port delays slow Vietnam’s growth? 06 Sep 2006

Sustained economic growth across Vietnam since the BTA went into effect in Dec 2001 has created millions of jobs and billions of dollars in export earnings. With Vietnam’s accession to the WTO likely in the next several months, foreign and local investment will surely increase, bringing further growth.

Export oriented activities are possibly the single most important element of Vietnam’s economic development. From manufactured goods such as textiles, footwear and furniture, to seafood and agricultural products, exports create jobs and generate significant revenues for Vietnam.

FDI investors, along with major shipping and logistics providers, have been tracking developments in both export growth and infrastructure planning carefully, and are concerned about potential delays and related challenges on the horizon.

Decisions or actions regarding infrastructure made this year (2006) could have a profound impact on Vietnam’s continued export growth, and its competitiveness with other countries in the region. As large infrastructure projects take years to complete, early planning, commitment and development of projects is critical.

Agenda

12:00-12:30pRegistration and Refreshments
12:30pLunch is served
12:50pWelcome and Introduction
1:00 – 1:20pWTO Accession and New Challenges – Ports and Related Infrastructure
The Impact on Vietnam’s Future Export Growth
1:20 – 1:30pQuestions & Answers
1:30 – 1:45pPost-Lunch Networking

Costs

Registered Members US$ 20Non-Members and Member Walk-Ins: US$ 25

Speakers

John Isbell, Director of Logistics, NIKE

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