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SpaceX, Netflix, Boeing to join “most substantial-ever” US organization mission to Vietnam


Mar 17, 2023

By Francesco Guarascio

HANOI (Reuters) – SpaceX, Netflix and Boeing are amongst the providers joining the “most substantial-ever” U.S. organization mission to Vietnam subsequent week to speak about investment and sales possibilities in the booming Southeast Asian nation, the organiser stated.

Substantially a lot more than 50 providers, such as defence, pharmaceutical and tech firms, will participate in the mission organised by the US-ASEAN Enterprise enterprise Council, an business enterprise physique, according to a list observed by Reuters.

The delegation is a sign of growing interest in the worldwide 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 men and women currently, also has a swiftly-growing client marketplace as its middle class expands.

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

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

Aerospace producers Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Bell will hold meetings with state-owned Vietnamese defence procurement providers, Thanh told Reuters, adding that it was the incredibly 1st time in about a decade that security firms had decided to join the annual mission to Vietnam.

In December, the equivalent providers held talks with Vietnamese government officials about the feasible 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 1 distinct of the products the providers hope to sell to the Vietnamese,” Thanh stated, regardless of the truth that he cautioned that defence bargains took time to be completed and no immediate breakthrough was anticipated.

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

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

The majority of the providers joining the organization mission presently have a organization or manufacturing presence in Vietnam, such as Apple, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, Thanh stated, with some preparing to expand it.

Some providers are also coming to get a superior sense of the political circumstance appropriate soon after present turmoil in the Communist-Celebration led nation, such as the resignation of the president in January, Thanh added.

Participants will have meetings with Vietnam’s major political and regulatory leadership, such as with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

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

Amongst them is SpaceX, which is looking to sell its satellite net options to Vietnam and other nations in the region, Thanh stated. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.

The mission will also consist of semiconductors providers, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Johnson &amp Johnson, well being-connected device maker Abbott, monetary firms Visa and Citibank, net and cloud providers Meta and Amazon Net Options, the list showed.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio Editing by Jamie Freed)

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