28.10.2020, 18:35

Indo-Pacific Business Forum helps connect bussinesses

Indo-Pacific Business Forum helps connect bussinesses
Viet Nam and US government officials witness the signing of a US$1.4 billion joint venture between the PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Company (PV GAS) and the US-based AES Corporation. — VNA Photo

HÀ NỘI — Senior government officials, industry executives and partners participated in the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF), which began today in Ha Noi, to discuss policies and help connect business communities in the region.

The virtual event was co-organised by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ha Noi.

The first IPBF was held in Washington DC, the US in 2018. This is the first time Viet Nam hosted the event after the previous one took place in Thailand last year.

Cooperation opportunities

At the forum, the PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Company (PV GAS) and the US-based AES Corporation signed a joint venture agreement for the development of the Sơn Mỹ LNG Import Terminal Project – a project with a total investment cost of US$1.4 billion.

Minister of industry and trade Trần Tuấn Anh said the event is an opportunity for US businesses and investors, as well as those in the region, to come together to share ideas and foster cooperation and partnerships.

VCCI’s chairman Vũ Tiến Loc said the Indo-Pacific business community plays an important role as the region’s economy with a focus on security, economic development and management.

“In a fast-changing world and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, technologies and digitalisation bring many opportunities for those who are able to take the lead,” said Loc.

This year marks a quarter of a century since the normalisation of Viet Nam-US relations.

Charles Freeman, vice-president of the American Chamber of Commerce, said there have been remarkable changes in the business environment in the region, which has prompted businesses to make adjustments. Freeman also affirmed the importance of the region to the US’ economic interests and that its commitment to the region remained unchanged.

During today’s forum the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Vietnam Mission announced the launch of the Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program II (V-LEEP II). The five-year, $36-million programme is to accelerate Viet Nam’s transition to a clean, secure, and market-driven energy system.

“As USAID V-LEEP comes to a close early next year, USAID/Vietnam remains committed to strengthening partnerships and developing innovative solutions for a clean, affordable energy future for Viet Nam, by continuing our support through V-LEEP II,” said Mission Director Yastishock.

USAID V-LEEP II will focus on improving government energy planning practices; increasing competition and private sector involvement in energy service provision; deployment of advanced, clean energy systems; and improving grid planning to incorporate clean energy transmission. It will also help Viet Nam attract qualified investors for advanced energy projects and advise private firms to develop high quality and bankable projects. — VNS