(Washington, D.C.) – The US-ASEAN Business Council held a roundtable, reception and dinner in honor of Minister Mai Tien Dung, Chairman of the Office of the Government of Vietnam, in Washington, D.C., ahead of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring Meetings.
“The Council is pleased to reciprocate the hospitality Minister Dung demonstrated during our March Business Mission to Vietnam, which was our largest ever delegation of American businesses,” said Alexander Feldman, President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “This continued engagement with the Chairman is valuable to our members and is a testament to the leadership of the Government of Vietnam’s use of domestic economic reforms and aggressive participation in free trade area agreements to make the domestic business environment more attractive and competitive for American exporters and investors.”
The roundtable offered Council members the opportunity to continue our discussions on many of the issues raised during our meetings in Hanoi last month, including topics related to Vietnam’s energy security and cooperation, the cybersecurity and OTT decrees, customs and logistics issues, automotive policies, health opportunities, and innovation and e-commerce in the food, beverage, and agriculture sector. During the dinner, both U.S. Deputy Trade Representative Ambassador Jeffrey Gerrish and Minister Mai Tien Dung highlighted two common points in their remarks - the importance of the U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment relationship, and the Vietnamese Government’s commitment to creating fair and favorable conditions for American companies exporting, investing, manufacturing, and doing business in Vietnam. 2020 will also be an auspicious year for Vietnam, as the year marks both Vietnam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN as well as the 25th Anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations.
His Excellency Ha Kim Ngoc, Ambassador of Vietnam to the United States and other ASEAN Ambassadors and diplomatic officers attended the dinner. In addition to Ambassador Gerrish, Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert B. Kaplan, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Karl Ehlers and Acting Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy were also present.
US-ASEAN Business Council Members that sponsored the event were Diageo, Bayer, ExxonMobil, Cheniere Energy, Rio Tinto, AES, Amazon, Apple, FedEx Express, Ford, Gilead Sciences, JUUL Labs and Philip Morris International.