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SpaceX, Netflix, Boeing to join “biggest-ever” US enterprise mission to Vietnam


Mar 17, 2023

HANOI, March 17 (Reuters) – SpaceX, Netflix and Boeing are amongst the firms joining the “biggest-ever” U.S. enterprise mission to Vietnam subsequent week to go more than investment and sales possibilities in the booming Southeast Asian nation, the organiser described.

A lot a lot more than 50 firms, which consists of defence, pharmaceutical and tech firms, will participate in the mission organised by the US-ASEAN Enterprise Council, an sector physique, according to a list noticed by Reuters.

The delegation is a sign of escalating interest in the international manufacturing hub, which is benefiting from a shift away from China amid Sino-U.S. trade friction.

Vietnam, with a population of 1 hundred million folks, also has a immediately-building client industry location as its middle class expands.

“This is the biggest-ever mission in Vietnam,” described Vu Tu Thanh, the US-ASEAN Enterprise Council’s representative in the nation, noting that the physique had been organising these events for three decades.

Streaming giant Netflix (NFLX.O), which Reuters final month reported was preparing to open an workplace in Vietnam, is amongst the firms joining the trip. Netflix did not respond to a request for comment.

Aerospace corporations Boeing (BA.N), Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Bell (TXT.N) will hold meetings with state-owned Vietnamese defence procurement firms, Thanh told Reuters, adding that it was the really initial time in about a decade that security firms had decided to join the annual mission to Vietnam.

In December, the precise identical firms held talks with Vietnamese government officials about the achievable sale of helicopters and drones, as the nation seeks new suppliers and the Ukraine conflict strains the capabilities of Russia, for decades Vietnam’s principal military companion.

“Helicopters is a single of the challenges the firms hope to sell to the Vietnamese,” Thanh described, although he cautioned that defence presents took time to be completed and no rapid breakthrough was anticipated.

Boeing described in a statement that its discussions with officials would concentrate on its building partnership with Vietnam and solutions to strengthen the country’s aviation and defence capabilities.

Lockheed Martin and Bell did not respond to requests for comment.

The majority of the firms joining the enterprise mission at present have a enterprise or manufacturing presence in Vietnam, which consists of Apple (AAPL.O), Coca-Cola (KO.N) and PepsiCo (PEP.O), Thanh described, with some preparing to expand it.

Some firms are also coming to get a higher sense of the political circumstance just soon after existing turmoil in the Communist-Celebration led nation, which consists of the resignation of the president in January, Thanh added.

Participants will have meetings with Vietnam’s important political and regulatory leadership, which consists of with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

Thanh described some firms have been interested in Vietnam as a manufacturing hub and in delivering options to increasingly wealthy buyers at a time when monetary improvement reached a lot a lot more than eight% final year.

Amongst them is SpaceX, which is searching for to sell its satellite globe wide internet options to Vietnam and other nations in the region, Thanh described. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.

The mission will also include semiconductors firms, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer (PFE.N) and Johnson &amp Johnson (PFE.N), overall health-associated device maker Abbott (ABT.N), financial firms Visa (V.N) and Citibank (C.N), globe wide internet and cloud firms Meta (META.O) and Amazon Net Options (AMZN.O), the list showed.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio Editing by Jamie Freed

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Francesco Guarascio

Thomson Reuters

Francesco leads a group of reporters in Vietnam that covers important financial and political news in the speedy-building southeast Asian nation with a concentrate on give chains and manufacturing investments in quite a few sectors, which consists of electronics, semiconductors, automotive and renewables. Just prior to Hanoi, Francesco worked in Brussels on EU affairs. He was also aspect of Reuters core international group that covered the COVID-19 pandemic and participated in investigations into income laundering and corruption in Europe. He is an eager traveler, commonly keen to location on a backpack to learn new regions.