AmCham Power & Engery Committee


To develop a functioning private sector in the Energy Sector focusing on clean energy, LNG and energy efficiency markets Vietnam, that will assist the implementation of the greenhouse gas emissions targets of the Vietnam INDC and its Green Growth Strategy.

To promote transparency and competitiveness, to create low cost sustainable energy supplies, with the most appropriate and sustainable modern technologies while protecting those living below the social pyramid.

To facilitate request for support from the Ministry of Planning and Investment on Climate Finance Acceleration, Communist Party Central Economic Commission on Masterplan #8 and MOIT on DPPA and other market stimulating measures.

To professionalize the work of the Power and Energy with a full-time think tank with $200,000 year funding with other Chambers

John Rockhold photo 2 (1)John Rockhold – Chairman

ABBO Investment Consultancy & Engineering

John Rockhold is Executive Director at ABBO Investment Consultancy & Engineering, which is handling an investment profile of over $250 million in Vietnam. He chairs the Power and Energy Working Group in the Vietnam Business Forum (Ministry of Planning and Investment, IFC, World Bank and 17 International Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations).

In 2000, he founded Pacific Rim Investment and Management Inc. (PRIM) out of Los Angeles to work with private international companies on Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in and around HCM City and in the Mekong Delta. He has worked with over 50 such investors from USA, Europe, and Asia from investment applications to operations of their industries. In 2011, PRIM joined a Vietnamese, ABBO, to work on FDIs in the areas of shipping, animal feed, fertilizers, resorts, food industries and renewable energy investments. In 2012, he started investments in Wind and Solar power projects as part of Vietnam renewable energy policy.

In 1995, he was Managing Director in establishing Vietnam’s first 100% foreign-invested Environmental Consulting firm, which worked with a number of Utilities/ SOEs in the design, construction and operation of social infrastructure throughout Vietnam. Prior projects include working on strategic corporate and social infrastructure development programs around the world at one of the top 10 Consulting Planning and Engineering firms, 1986-1992 and Project Director for the return of Vietnamese refugees and establishing vocational training centers to integrate them back into society, 1992-1995.

Gavin Smith – Vice chair

Ginny Foote – Vice chair

Nguyen Thanh Hai – Legal Advisor

Luong Hung – Executive Director and Advocacy

Strategic Planning support to the Government of Vietnam in implementing their strategy of private sector involvement in the power and energy sector.

To engage with the Government of Vietnam in the process of developing a Power Development Plan (Masterplan) #8 beginning quarter 1 2019 and continuing to 2020.


Meeting between ministry of industry & trade, ministry of planning and investment and VBF on the draft of prime minister’s decision on encouragement mechanism for solar power development in Vietnam

Annex of Power & Energy Working Group’s Position Paper

Position Paper of Power & Energy Working Group

List of activities that VBF PEWG has attended/ (co-) organized during last 6 months 2019

Cover Letter_Introduce Made in Vietnam Energy Plan 2.0

Made in Vietnam Energy Plan 2.0 (English version)

Made in Vietnam Energy Plan 2.0 (Vietnamese version)

Market Assessment (Vietnam, SE Asia comparative data),

Commercial Finance Map (what is available to do what, at what price and under what conditions),

Legal and policy support, what are the best practices in ASEAN and the world showing results.

Retail Energy Pricing Assessment (measuring consumer price sensitivity, electricity needs and concerns)

Climate Finance Resources Map (what concessional funds are available to promote the private sector engagement in sustainable energy)

Consensus Promotion by leveraging VBF’s existing relationships in MOIT (ERAV, EREA), MPI (the office of the NDA),

MONRE, MOF, MOC, The Central Economics Committee of the Communist Party and the National Assembly

2019 plan, please find details here

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