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Hanoi to host US-Vietnam Business Summit 2020 on October 9

15:13 | 01/10/2020

On October 9, the US-Vietnam Business Summit 2020 is scheduled to commence in Hanoi.

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“Trusted Partners Prospering Together”

According to VOV News, the upcoming event will be co-hosted by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), along with the US Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi (Amcham Hanoi), with the title, “Trusted Partners Prospering Together”. The occasion serves as an annual advocacy discussion aimed at talking about the future of the bilateral commercial relationship between the two countries, in addition to commemorating 25 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United States.

According to an announcement made by AmCham Hanoi, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Adam Boehler, CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, will both be present at the event to deliver speeches.

hanoi to host us vietnam business summit 2020 on october 9
Photo: Amcham Hanoi

Key points of discussion during the occasion will include the need to promote sustainable and predictable investment policies, how to drive growth and innovation through the digital economy, addressing the country’s energy development needs, and navigating Asia’s supply chain and manufacturing landscape in a post-COVID-19 world. Indeed, other topics include how to work together to help Vietnamese businesses and entrepreneurs reach their full potential, global trade dynamics, the US presidential election, and new opportunities aimed at fueling Vietnam’s economic recovery.

The Vietnam Trade Office in the US cite data provided by the United States Census Bureau as saying that the US remains one of the country’s leading trading partners, with trade exchange enjoying a 130-fold increase since 1994, from a figure of US$450 million in 1994 to US$75.7 billion by late 2019.

hanoi to host us vietnam business summit 2020 on october 9
Photo: Amcham Hanoi

Two-way trade between the nations has witnessed strong growth and has been a bright spot in the mutual partnership, especially since the Vietnam-US Trade Agreement (BTA) came into force.

Since the BTA was signed in 2000, the structure of Vietnamese exports has changed significantly, with agricultural and aquatic products making it into the list of important export commodity groups, as opposed to main export items such as textiles and garments, leather and footwear has had been in the past.

In 2019, the five largest export commodity groups to the US, apparel and textiles, and footwear, telephones and components, computers and electronic products, and furniture, all saw impressive growth ranging from 9% to 24%.

Most notably, there are currently 10 commodity groups whose exports to the US market have a value of more than US$1 billion, including garments and textiles at US$14.8 billion, telephones and accessories at US$8.8 billion, and footwear at US$18.3 billion.

hanoi to host us vietnam business summit 2020 on october 9
Photo: VOV News

Furthermore, the nation also imports a large quantity of goods and materials from the US, such as computers, electronic products and components, cotton, machinery, equipment and spare parts, plastic materials at US$6.6 billion, and wood products at US$5.3 billion.

An annual advocacy discussion about the future of the bilateral commercial relationship.

According to Amcham Hanoi, the US-Vietnam Business Summit is an annual advocacy discussion about the future of the bilateral commercial relationship. Next week’s Summit, co-hosted with VCCI and the US Chamber of Commerce, is titled, “Trusted Partners Prospering Together” and is the centerpiece of activities to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United States.

The remarkable transformation of the relationship is a testament to those who worked to overcome the past and build a better future for both countries.

Key Summit discussion topics will include: promoting sustainable and predictable investment policies; driving growth and innovation through the Digital Economy; addressing Vietnam’s energy development needs; navigating Asia’s supply chain and manufacturing landscape in a post-Covid world; working together to help Vietnamese businesses and entrepreneurs reach their potential, global trade dynamics and the US presidential election; and new opportunities to fuel Vietnam’s economic recovery.

hanoi to host us vietnam business summit 2020 on october 9
Photo: Newsbeezer

This Summit has enthusiastic support from both governments and participation at the highest levels is expected – either in-person at the Sheraton Hanoi, or via our virtual platform. We have a great lineup of speakers including some very special guests. Check back in a couple of days for the full agenda.

This is our most important advocacy event of the year and we hope you will join us next Friday morning to promote enhanced trade and investment between our two countries. Moving between cities or crossing borders is challenging this year. Members that are unable to attend in person can view the Summit live on YouTube starting at 7:45am on October 9.

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