• DateDecember 4, 2015
  • TimeBusiness Forum: 13:30 – 18:30
    Dinner: 18:30 – 20:00
  • VenueSheraton Hanoi Hotel, K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam

This is invitation-only event


Vietnam - Global Opportunities for Sustainable Local Development

In line with the country’s economic reform and development, smalland medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have experienced a phenomenal growth and gradually contributed a bigger role to the economy. Given the weaknesses of Vietnamese SMEs and constraints for their development, there is an urgent need to shed lights on characteristics and factors of SMEs growth and dynamism such as SMEs networking, innovativeness, markets extension, and effectiveness of policies and programs in promoting SMEs in the country. The pattern of regional development in Vietnam is determined by a multitude of variables that can be classified into categories such as geography, history, and policy. Moreover, the regional development has also created different dimensions of the SMEs’ entrepreneurial orientation, and diversified patterns of the SMEs’ participation in national and global value chains. Identifying the relative importance of different groups of determinants is essential because it reveals the scope for change that influences the pattern of growth and development.

The Forum will begin with the Open Session by the IIB Council, giving the participants an opportunity to learn more about the IIB and its partners. Two main session will be dedicated to some of Vietnam’s key priorities, examining opportunities and challenges in relation to the development of SMEs and Vietnam’s regions and cities. The aim is to identify the problems and discuss possible solutions, especially tailor-made financial products and international cooperation with overseas partners.

Session I focuses on the importance and the internationalization of Vietnamese SMEs with discussions among IIB Council, the moderator corporate representatives and government officials. The objectives of Session I are to point out the vital role of SMEs for Vietnam’s economy and to identify obstacles as well as opportunities for SMEs’ growth in the internationalization context through involvement in export and import. The need to invest in Vietnam’s regions is emphasized on Session II. Representatives from IIB Council and foreign FIs as well as regional Vietnamese authorities will address different approaches of Vietnam’s region towards economic development and present innovative solutions for contributing to the development of Vietnam’s regions. In both Sessions, participants also learn about IIB products, its partners and the IIB role.

The event is expected to have about 200 participants including representatives of the government (both central and local), international and local financial institutions, diplomats, donors, development partners and business community.


Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong

Deputy Governor State Bank of Vietnam
  • Previously, Ms. Hong used to be the Head of International Payment Balance, Vice Director then Director General of the SBV Monetary Policy Department.

Dr. Cao Sy Kiem

Chairman of Vietnam SME Association
  • Mr. Kiem used to hold many important positions including Director of State Bank – Thai Binh province, Provincial Committee Secretary of Thai Binh province, Governor of State Bank of Vietnam, Deputy Head of Central Economic Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Member of the Advisory Council for National Financial and Monetary policy and Chairman of Dong A Bank.
  • Mr. Kiem holds a PhD degree in Economics.

Mr. Alexandru Florescu

Head of Strategic Development and Analysis Department, IIB
  • Mr. Alexandru Florescu has joined IIB as Head of Strategic Development and Macroeconomic Analysis Department within the International Investment Bank since 2013, responsible for: Coordination of a multinational (Russia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic) team of 8 people; strategic planning; business planning; macroeconomic analysis; Ensuring the cooperation with other departments of the Bank; managing the dialogue between Bank’s management and Romanian authorities, as country representative in IIB management structure; and Participation in collegial decision-making bodies.
  • Prior to his current position, he was Senior Expert in Ministry of Public Finance, and Economist/Project manager - conference organizer in SC Magenta Media SRL.

Mr. Le Ngoc Lam

  • Prior to current position, he has been serving as Head of Corporate Customer Department, Deputy Head of Credit Risk Management Department and Head of Risk Management Department of BIDV.
  • He holds Master degree in Financial Cash Flow.

Mr. Andy Ho

Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, VinaCapital
  • Previously, Andy was Director of Investment at Prudential Vietnam's fund management company. He also held many management position at Dell Venture and Ernst & Young.
  • Holding an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.

Mr. Pham Hong Hai

CEO, HSBC Vietnam
  • He first joined HSBC in 1995 and then became the first ever Vietnamese national to be appointed head of Global Markets at HSBC Vietnam in 2004 and head of Global Banking and Market (GB&M) in 2012.
  • Mr. Hai personally received a Certificate of Merit for excellence from Trade Union of the State Bank of Vietnam for his contribution to the Banking industry of Vietnam between 2011 and 2013.

Mr. Nguyen Huu Hieu

Co-founder & Vice-chairman, StoxPlus
  • Mr. Hieu is a specialist in the fields of project development, performance improvement, corporate governance, risk management and information system in Vietnam and England. Previously, Hieu was a senior adviser at the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) in Vietnam. He advised the government and large Vietnamese corporations on governance, process improvement and financial system implementation. Prior to DFID, he was a manager in PwC Management Consulting.
  • Hieu holds an MBA degree from National Economics University (Vietnam).

Ms. Victoria Kwakwa

Country Director, The World Bank Vietnam
  • Ms. Kwakwa, a Ghanaian national, is the World Bank’s Country Director for Vietnam in the East Asia and Pacific Region, based in Hanoi. She is an expert in Economic Policy.
  • She joined the World Bank in 1989 as a Young Professional. Prior to come to Vietnam, she worked as the Bank’s Country Manager for Rwanda, from January 2007, Country economist and Lead Economist for Nigeria from October 2000- December 2006. She was a member of the core team for the World Bank’s 2000/2001 World Development Report on Poverty.
  • Ms. Kwakwa holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Ghana, and Masters and PhD degrees in economics from Queen’s University in Canada.

Mr. Tran Viet Dung

Head of PPP Office, Public Procurement Agency, Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam
  • Mr. Tran Viet Dung is currently the Head of PPP Office under Public Procurement Agency, Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam. This Office is the focal point implementing PPP program in Vietnam.
  • Mr. Dung has participated in the drafting of PPP Decree which has just been issued last February. It remarks Vietnam’s readiness to welcome investors engaging in infrastructure development.
  • He graduated Hanoi University of Civil Engineering in Vietnam and completed Master Degree of Science in Construction Engineering and Infrastructure Management (CEIM) in the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand.

Ms. Maria Ponomareva

Project leader, Citymakers
  • As a project leader of Citymakers, Ms. Maria Ponomareva manages not only on organizational and communicational issues, but also developing methodology of unique products.
  • Previously Maria launched a consulting practice of Strelka Institute from scratch and simultaneously managed international architectural competitions for Zaryadye Park, Gorky Park, New National Center for Contemporary Art, Polytechnic Museum, The International Financial Center in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, etc.
  • Maria has a MC degree in finance from L’Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and MC degree in economics from Higher School of Economic. Right after graduation Maria worked for 5 years as financial analyst at Troika Dialog, Asset management (Sberbank CIB), the largest company on Russia’s private banking market.

Mr. Huynh Van Thanh

Deputy Director of Danang DPI
  • Prior to the current position, Mr. Thanh held several positions as: Deputy Secretary, Chairman - People Committee of Hanh Son District, Da Nang.

Mr. Vladimir Liventsev

Deputy Chairman of the Board, IIB
  • He joined IIB in 2005 and worked as Advisor to the Chairman of the Board, Assistant Chairman — Executive Secretary of the Board, Head of the Board Administration.
  • He graduated with honors from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, majoring in International Economic Relations in 1994.

Dr. Pham Sy Liem

Vice President, Vietnam Federation of Civil Engineering Association
  • Prior to the current position, Dr. Pham Sy Liem held the position as Deputy Minister of Construction.


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