Date: March 29, 2021
Participants: 102 (Zoom), 50 (YouTube Live Views as of March 30)
Partner: Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam
Overview: Around 100 owners and executives of Vietnam Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participated in the webinar session titled, “Advancing Greater Participation by Vietnam SMEs in the Digital Economy Era”. Hosted and moderated by Ms. Bui Kim Thuy, Senior Country Representative Vietnam, US-ASEAN Business Council (the Council), the webinar was officially opened by Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the Council, followed by a remark by Ms. Bui Thu Thuy, Deputy Director-General Agency for Enterprise Development, Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).
The webinar began with a keynote address from Ms. Nguyen Thi Le Quyenof MPI who shared MPI’s program on Supporting Enterprises’ Digital Transformation 2021-2025. And it followed with a presentation from the Council’s members, Visa and Amazon. In the first session, Visa’s presenters, Ms. Dang Tuyet Dung, Visa Country Manager for Vietnam and Laos, and Ms. Say Ling Ng, Head of Small Business at Visa Asia Pacific, presented their digital payments solution for small businesses and promoted their Practical Business Skills program to help SMEs understand and improve their payment experience of the Vietnamese consumers. During the second session, Amazon’s speaker, Mr. Hoang Giang Nam, Marketing Manager for Government and Strategic Partnership, Amazon Global Selling Vietnam, shared Amazon’s global infrastructure and resources for helping SMEs develop a global business by leveraging cross-border e-commerce. Lastly, Mr. Dang Duy Khanh, Director Digital Transformation SME Project, Vietnam Posts and Telecommunication Groups (VNPT) explained their program to support digital transformation for SMEs.