Wednesday, October 28 8:00 AM- 12:25 PM (Hanoi Time) (ICT)
Tuesday, October 27 9:00 PM - 1:25 AM(U.S. Eastern Time) (EDT)

*As of October 26, 2020, Subject to Change*

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM ICT | 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM EDT

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Full Live in Hanoi Agenda
Keynote Remarks
  • Dr. Vu Tien Loc
    Chairman and President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
    Myron Brilliant

    Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Pham Binh Minh

    Deputy Prime Minister, Vietnam
    Michael Pompeo

    Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

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Promoting Infrastructure Investment in the Indo-Pacific for a Resilient Future

As Indo-Pacific countries respond to the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, investment in quality, responsibly-implemented infrastructure will be essential to ensuring inclusive growth and recovery. Both public and private financing mechanisms can help governments successfully move infrastructure projects from concept to implementation. This session will focus on how governments are approaching infrastructure development in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how Indo-Pacific countries can leverage private sector financing and U.S. government tools to promote investment.

Moderator: Jared Smith
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation
Dr. Vu Tien Loc
Chairman and President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

Julie Monaco

Managing Director, Global Head Public Sector, Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory Division, CITI
Bob Pragada
President and Chief Operating Officer, Jacobs
Stephen Renna
Chief Banking Officer, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Masayuki Tanimoto
Managing Executive Officer and Global Head of the Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

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Promoting a Regional Ethanol Strategy

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has developed a regional strategy to promote U.S. ethanol exports while assisting Indo-Pacific region countries in meeting their fuel needs sustainably. Vietnam has emerged as a promising market for U.S. ethanol as domestic fuel standards evolve to include ethanol blends. Many policy, infrastructure, and consumer awareness constraints exist in the region as countries seek to develop fuel standards that incorporate ethanol. This panel discussion will address these constraints using examples from Vietnam and the greater Indo-Pacific region. Watch Now

  • Welcome Remarks by Danny Whitley
    Associate Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
    Robert Hanson
    Agricultural Counsellor, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam
    Firdaus Hussain
    SEA Regional Ethanol Consultant, U.S. Grains Council
    Brian Healy

    Director of Global Ethanol Market Development, U.S. Grains Council
    Trần Duy Đông
    Director General, Domestic Market Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade

    Manuel Sanchez
    Regional Director for Southeast Asia & Oceania, U.S. Grains Council

9:25 AM - 10:15 AM ICT | 10:25 PM - 11:15 PM EDT

Concurrent Breakouts
Challenges and Opportunities in the Indo-Pacific Digital Economy

With some of the fastest growing rates of connectivity in the world, the digital economy in Indo-Pacific nations is growing at an unparalleled pace. However, rapid technological advancements have created incredible opportunities for the region has also provided new challenges for regulators. This session will explore how rapid change in the digital economy is affecting governments, civil society, and industry in the region and the opportunities for Indo-Pacific countries to pursue sustainable growth in the digital economy.

  • Moderator: Todd Abrajano
    Chief Operating Officer, Head of Agency, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
    Charina Chou
    Global Policy Lead for Emerging Technologies, Google
    Jared T. Doughertry

    Head of External and Regulatory Affairs for the Asia-Pacific, AT&T
    Bonnie Glick

    Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
    Sean Heather
    Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation

U.S. Economic and Foreign Assistance Strategy Across the Indo-Pacific

The panel will provide a direct opportunity to hear from U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific Region and how this commitment is shared across the United States. The inclusion of Chairman Ami Bera and Ranking Member Ted Yoho will help frame a larger panel discussion about how the U.S. government (legislative/executive branch) and private sector are engaging in the region. In support of the National Security Strategy, USTDA has doubled its investment in the region; opening new markets for increased exports of U.S.-manufactured goods and services, while creating quality infrastructure and bankable projects for partners in the region that is built to last. Similarly, with the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, their new Program on China and Transformational Exports is designed to support loans, guarantees and insurance that is fully competitive with rates being offered by China. This panel, moderated by the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, will also bring in private sector voices from Nathan Associates and Honeywell, two U.S. companies with operations across the region, providing direct on-the-ground perspective to the growth and opportunities present.

Moderator: Alex Feldman
Chairman, President & CEO, US-ASEAN Business Council
Todd Abrajano
Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Congressman Ami Bera
California’s 7th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives
Susan Chodakewitz
Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Associates

Shane Tedjarati

President of Global High Growth Regions, Honeywell

David Trulio

Counselor to the Chairman and Senior Vice President for the Program on China and Transformational Exports, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Congressman Ted Yoho
North Central Florida's 3rd Congressional District, U.S. House of Representative

10:35 -11:25 AM ICT ǀ 11:35 PM - 12:25 AM EDT

Concurrent Breakouts
Smart Sustainable Cities

Smart Cities are premised on the integration of urban systems, in part through technological applications to advance the accessibility to essential city services, optimize resource efficiency, promote sustainable economic prosperity, and ensure a healthy quality of life. This session will inform regional stakeholders on the U.S. government and private sector approaches to smart cities, raising awareness of the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership’s activities and highlighting opportunities for enhanced engagement between the U.S. government and the private sector.

  • Moderator: David Feith
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
    Chuck Chaitovitz

    VP for Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Verinda Fike

    Regional Director, Indo-Pacific, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
    Karen Frost

    VP Economic Development, Milwaukee Water Council
    Danielle Lam
    Global Cities Manager, Enterprise Partnerships Mastercard - City Possible
Pacific Prosperity: Promoting Mutually Beneficial Trade and Economic Policies in the Pacific

U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, Joseph Cella will moderate a conversation between Fiji’s Minister of Economy Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum, Nauru High Commissioner Michael Aroi, and Kiribati High Commissioner David Teaabo on investment opportunities in the region.  Pacific island nation leaders will voice their economic development priorities and needs.  The moderator will lead the conversation with questions on trade, tourism, investment opportunities, renewable energy, and other topics of regional interest.

11:35 AM -12:25 PM ICT | 12:35 AM - 1:25 AM EDT
Concurrent Breakouts

Corporate Social Responsibility and Excellence: Perspectives from the Indo-Pacific Region

U.S. business leaders from the American Chambers of Commerce in Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore will exchange views on the state of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in the region in this moderated panel. Participants will discuss the endurance of this key American value; what it means in the context of the region, how CSR was leveraged during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this year changed – and didn’t change.

  • Moderator: Alfred Kwek
    Director, Public Affairs, Edwards Lifesciences
    Scott Chang

    Asia Pacific Director, Ford Motor Company Foundation
    Jenny Foo

    Director, Communications, Customer Experience and AP Technical Information Services, Keysight Technologies
    Lillian Wang

    Myanmar Country Manager, VISA


Thursday, October 29 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Hanoi Time) (ICT)
Wednesday, October 28 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) (EDT)

*As of October 26, 2020, Times Subject to Change*

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM ICT | 9:00 PM - 9:50 PM EDT
Opening Remarks

  • Charles Freeman
    Senior Vice President for Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Nisha Biswal

    President, U.S.-India Business Council
    Dan Brouillette

    Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    Wilbur Ross

    Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Dr. Tran Tuan Anh

    Minister of Industry and Trade, Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM ICT | 10:00 PM - 10:50 PM EDT
Concurrent Breakouts
Regional Health Investments for Post-Pandemic Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of global and regional collaboration to address the ability of health systems to respond to both pandemic threats and chronic illnesses. This session will explore how governments and the private sector can work together to foster an investment climate that drives and incentivizes innovation and builds more resilient and responsive health systems.

Moderator: Edgard Kagan
Deputy Chief of Mission, New Delhi
Susan Capps
Chair of the U.S. Chamber’s Global Initiative on Health and the Economy, Executive Director for International Health Policy, Amgen
Trevor Gunn
Vice President, International Relations, Medtronic; Chair/Founder, USA Healthcare Alliance; Adjunct Professor- Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University
Colin Mclff
Deputy Director for the Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Dr. K. VijayRaghavan
Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India
Andy Wentzy
Senior Director, Sanford World Clinic, Sanford Health

Enhanced Market Connectivity between South and Southeast Asia to Foster Economic Growth, Resilience, Stability, and Security in the Indo-Pacific

Global and regional market connectivity is a key ingredient for fostering economic growth. Rapidly growing South and Southeast Asian economies offer unprecedented opportunity for the public and private sectors to strengthen cross-regional trade and investment, and expand commercial networks in key sectors like energy, telecommunications, health and emerging technologies. This session will examine ways that governments and businesses can think creatively about how to reinforce market connectivity and foster continued investment in the Indo-Pacific region.

  • Moderator: Dhruva Jaishankar
    Director, U.S. Initiative at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
    Deepak Bagla
    Managing Director and CEO, Invest India
    Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus
    Principal Secretary to Honorable Prime Minister, Bangladesh

    Masayuki Tanimoto
    Managing Executive Officer and Global Head of the Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
    Le Thi Hai Van
    Deputy Director General of the Foreign Investment Agency, MPI

U.S.-Southeast Asia Aviation Cooperation Program Anniversary and Looking to the Future of Aviation

One year ago, on the margins of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), along with 30 U.S. industry partners, launched the U.S.-Southeast Asia Aviation Cooperation Program (SEA ACP). The SEA ACP is a public-private partnership that works with aviation stakeholders in Southeast Asia to design programs that promote technical, policy and commercial cooperation in civil aviation. When the SEA ACP was launched one year ago, the Indo-Pacific Region was an area of high aviation growth, but the COVID-19 pandemic has instead caused the aviation market to shrink worldwide. Air traffic is not predicted to reach pre-pandemic levels for several years. Even when that happens, the COVID-19 pandemic will have left a lasting impression on the aviation sector. This panel will explore the future of the SEA ACP and civil aviation development in the Indo-Pacific. Speakers from USG and U.S. industry will discuss their outlook on key topics for the future of aviation.

  • Welcome Remarks by Steve Dickson
    Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
    Moderator: Leslie Riegle
    Assistant Vice President, Civil Aviation, Aerospace Industries Association
    Todd Abrajano
    Chief Operating Officer, Head of Agency, U.S. Trade and Development Agency 
    Daniel K. Elwell
    Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
    Kathy MacKenzie
    Vice President for Sales, Asia-Pacific, GE Aviation

    Gary Renfrow
    Assistant Administrator for Internal Operations, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
    David Short
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation

10:00 AM-10:50 AM ICT ǀ 11:00 PM-11:50 PM EDT
Concurrent Breakouts

Building ASEAN’s Workforce for Tomorrow

The world is entering the fourth industrial revolution and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of the economies of Southeast Asia. Governments across the region are seeking to retool their workforce and prepare their youth and employees for the jobs of tomorrow. Moderated by the Director of Human Development, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, of the Department of the ASEAN Secretariat, this virtual panel will explore how American companies and the U.S. government are working to help ASEAN member governments prepare for the changing world of work.

  • Moderator Rodora Turald-Barbaran
    Director of Human Development, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, Department of the ASEAN Secretariat
    Ambassador Kelley E. Currie

    Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women's Issues, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State
    Ambassador Michael W. Michalak
    Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, US-ASEAN Business Council
    Melissa A. Brown
    Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Mission to ASEAN
    Simon Dale
    Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Adobe
The United States and Singapore: Business and Government Leveraging an Enduring Partnership for all of ASEAN

The American Chamber in Commerce in Singapore's Chief Executive Officer will provide an overview of the more than 600 U.S. companies in Singapore and their role in economic prosperity not only in Singapore, but the entire Indo-Pacific. She will take questions from attendees regarding how AmCham Singapore's members are looking to the future and how they plan to collectively address the challenges introduced by Covid-19. On the Government side, representatives from the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy will discuss how the two countries are working together to improve public policy practice in key areas like cybersecurity, intellectual property rights, and environmental regulation with the nations of Southeast Asia through the U.S.-Singapore Third-Country Training Program or TCTP. They will take questions and suggestions for future capacity building efforts in 2021.

  • Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
    Chief Executive Officer, The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore
  • Chad Norberg
    Economic Unit Chief, United States Embassy Singapore

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ICT ǀ 12:00 AM-1:00 AM EDT
Concurrent Breakouts

Business Opportunities and Outlook in the Mekong Countries

The U.S. Ambassadors to each of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam will provide briefings for business with an eye toward the broader Mekong region. Briefings will include information on commercial opportunities, investment incentives, regulatory reforms, and the overall outlook for the business climate as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will also highlight the benefits that a free market system and investment by U.S. companies can bring to the development of the Mekong region. The Ambassadors will take questions from the audience following their individual remarks.

  • Moderator: Ambassador Michael George DeSombre
    U.S. Ambassador, Kingdom of Thailand
    Gwen Cardno

    Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy in Myanmar
    Ambassador Peter M. Haymond
    U.S. Ambassador, Lao People's Democratic Republic
    Ambassador Daniel J. Kritenbrink
    U. S. Ambassador, Vietnam
    Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy
    U.S. Ambassador, Cambodia

Supporting Indo-Pacific Industry Engagement and Investment through Asia EDGE

According to International Energy Agency projections, by 2040 the Indo-Pacific’s overall energy demand will grow 60 percent and require trillions of dollars of investment. Government has a key role in creating the proper environment to accelerate private sector investment and create open, efficient, rules-based, and transparent energy markets. This session will focus on how Asia EDGE works hand-in-hand with the U.S. private sector to strengthen energy security, increase energy diversification and trade, and develop energy markets that can power the region’s future.

Welcome Remarks: Frank Fannon
Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), U.S. Department of State
Moderator: Mitchell A. Silk

Assistant Secretary for International Markets, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Daniel Bustos
Chief Commercial Officer, Excelerate Energy

Anatol Feygin

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Cheniere
Mark Green
President, AES Eurasia Business Unit
JC Sandberg
Managing Director and Executive Counsel Global Government Affairs and Policy, GE Renewable Energy

Building on Strengths: Partnering on Pacific Island Infrastructure Development Efforts

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been a prime driver of infrastructure investments across the Indo Pacific Region since its creation in 1966. The United States is a founding member and the co-largest shareholder along with Japan, with each holding 15.571% of ADB’s shares. The Pacific Island Countries (PICs) feature prominently among ADB plans. Moderated by the U.S. Executive Director to the ADB, Ambassador Jason Chung, this panel will explore ADB’s activities in this important sub-region and the historical connections that provide special advantages for US firms bidding on projects in the PICs. For more information following the panel, please visit the ADB Business Opportunities Outreach Virtual Launch Event website and registration.

  • Moderator: Ambassador Jason Chung
    U.S. Executive Director, Asian Development Bank
    Rustam Abdukayumov
    Director, Procurement Division 2, Asian Development Bank

    Paul Curry
    Principal Operations Coordination Specialist, Asian Development Bank
    Mark OGrady
    U.S. Commercial Liaison, Asian Development Bank