Vietnam Business Forum (VBF)

For over a decade, AmCham has been a strong supporter of the Vietnam Business Forum, which was financed and managed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

In February 2012, the IFC officially transferred the coordination function of the VBF Secretariat to a consortium of 14 foreign and Vietnamese business associations, led by AmCham, EuroCham and VCCI. The Consortium established a New VBF Secretariat to coordination all day – to – day activities of the Forum. The Management structure of the VBF Consortium consists of a Management Board with seven representatives (AmCham, EuroCham, VCCI, JBAV, KorCham, IFC, HYBA). This year’s co-chairmen of the Management Board are VCCI and EuroCham.

AmCham is working to make the forum more effective at addressing the advocacy needs of our members. You are invited to participate and have your issues heard. Become involved in a VBF working group. Click HERE for a list of the working groups and contact information for the working group leaders. Contact the AmCham office if you want more information about how AmCham’s involvement in the Vietnam Business Forum can help you.

The Midterm VBF on May 29, 2012 was the first Vietnam Business Forum organized by the new VBF Consortium in partnership with Ministry of Planning and Investment, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. After the transition, the VBF activities have swiftly come to stabilization and strongly promoted thanks to great support from the MPI, the WG and IFC.

The Year-end VBF meeting is scheduled in late November or early December 2012.

Working Groups’ (WG) Recommendations and Contact Points

Working GroupWG HeadCompany
BankingMr. Louis Taylor CEO, Standard Chartered Bank
Capital MarketsMr. Dominic Scriven Director, Dragon Capital
EducationMr. Khalid Muhmood Chairman, Apollo Education
.Mr. Brian O’Reilly Project Director, ERC Institute
Infrastructure (Power)Mr. Tony FosterManaging Partner, Freshfields
Infrastructure (Ports)Mr. Peter Smidt-Nielsen General Manager, Maersk Vietnam
Investment & TradeMr. Fred BurkeManaging Partner, Baker&McKenzie
.Mr. Tran Anh DucPartner, Vilaf Hong Duc
… (Land)Mr. David LimPartner, Mayer Brown JSM
… (Tax)Ms. Huong VuTax Partner, Ernst&Young
… (Tax)Mr. Thomas McClellandTax Partner, Deloitte
… (Tax)Ms. Dinh Quynh VanTax Partner, PwC
… (Human Resources)Ms. Nicola ConnollyGeneral Director, Adecco Vietnam
MiningMr. Bill HowellDirector, Triple Plate Junction
.Mr. Le Mionh KhaOlympus Pacific
TourismMr. Ken AtkinsonManaging Director, Grant Thornton