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UK-Vietnam Business Forum


To celebrate the 45th anniversary of UK-Vietnam diplomatic relations, the UK-ASEAN Business Council, along with the Vietnamese Embassy in London, are delighted to host the ‘UK-Vietnam Business Forum’.

The Forum will feature a keynote address by Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Pham Binh Minh and bring together over 150 government officials and business leaders from the UK and Vietnam to discuss Vietnam’s future economic outlook and opportunities for UK businesses.

According to the Asian Development Bank, Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with an expected growth rate of 7.1 percent in 2018. Currently, 70 percent of the population is under 35 years of age and by 2050, Vietnam’s population is expected to reach 120 million.

As a member of ASEAN, APEC and the CPTPP, Vietnam is increasingly integrating itself into the global economy through free trade agreements and business-friendly policy reforms. With an increasingly educated workforce and a growing middle class, Vietnam has positioned itself to be a significant part of the global supply chain and a vibrant economic hub to do business with Southeast Asia.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to find out more about this dynamic market in Southeast Asia, network with government officials and business leaders and hear first-hand from British success stories in Vietnam.

After the Forum, delegates are invited to what will be an amazing evening of cultural performances featuring stunning Vietnamese dancers flown in specially for the event, delicious Vietnamese food and VIP speakers.




2.30pm – 3.00pm

Opening Session

Welcome by Ross Hunter, Executive Director, UK-ASEAN Business Council

Address by Baroness Rona Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Department for International Trade

Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and UK-ASEAN Business Council

3.00pm – 3.15pm

Keynote Address

Keynote Address on ‘Vietnam Rising: Opportunities in a Dynamic Future’ by Pham Bình Minh, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam and Minister of Foreign Affairs

3.15pm – 4.15pm

Panel Discussion on Vietnam’s Economic Future

The Outlook for Vietnam’s Growth: In these dynamic times, how is Vietnam positioning itself? What does the future of the UK-Vietnam trading relationship look like?

Mr Hoang Quoc Vuong, Vice Minister for Industry and Trade, Vietnam

Rt Hon. Ed Vaizey MP, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam

Matthew Cavanagh, Director Group Government Relations, Prudential Plc

Fraser Wilson, Director, Dragon Capital Vietnam

Moderated by Oliver Cornock, Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Business Group

4.15pm – 4.45pm

Networking Break

4.45pm – 5.45pm

Panel Discussion on Vietnam’s Business Opportunities

Vietnam 4.0: A connected and innovative nation. Where are the investment opportunities? What should UK businesses now be planning for to be an integral part of Vietnam’s dynamic future?

Nguyen Ba Cuong, Deputy Director, Foreign Investment Agency, Ministry of Investment and Planning

Vo Tan Thanh, Vice Chairman, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce

Ms Le Hoang Diep Thao, CEO, MTV TNI Company Limited

Huy Nguyen Trieu, Co-founder, CFTE & Associate Fellow, University of Oxford

Moderated by: Oliver Cornock, Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Business Group


Concluding Remarks

Delegates are to proceed to the Methodist Central Hall for the evening Reception to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UK and Vietnam.

Registrations are now full for this event.

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