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SpaceX, Netflix, Boeing to join “greatest-ever” US small business mission to Vietnam


Mar 17, 2023

HANOI, March 17 (Reuters) – SpaceX, Netflix and Boeing are amongst the providers joining the “greatest-ever” U.S. small business mission to Vietnam subsequent week to go over investment and sales possibilities in the booming Southeast Asian nation, the organiser stated.

Additional than 50 providers, which includes defence, pharmaceutical and tech firms, will participate in the mission organised by the US-ASEAN Company Council, an market physique, according to a list noticed by Reuters.

The delegation is a sign of increasing 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 one hundred million men and women, also has a swiftly-developing customer marketplace as its middle class expands.

“This is the greatest-ever mission in Vietnam,” stated Vu Tu Thanh, the US-ASEAN Company Council’s representative in the nation, noting that the physique had been organising these events for 3 decades.

Streaming giant Netflix (NFLX.O), 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 suppliers Boeing (BA.N), Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Bell (TXT.N) will hold meetings with state-owned Vietnamese defence procurement providers, Thanh told Reuters, adding that it was the 1st time in about a decade that safety firms had decided to join the annual mission to Vietnam.

In December, the very same 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 major military companion.

“Helicopters is 1 of the factors the providers hope to sell to the Vietnamese,” Thanh stated, though he cautioned that defence offers took time to be completed and no instant breakthrough was anticipated.

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

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

The majority of the providers joining the small business mission currently have a small business or manufacturing presence in Vietnam, which includes Apple (AAPL.O), Coca-Cola (KO.N) and PepsiCo (PEP.O), Thanh stated, with some preparing to expand it.

Some providers are also coming to get a much better sense of the political circumstance right after current turmoil in the Communist-Celebration led nation, which includes the resignation of the president in January, Thanh added.

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

Thanh stated some providers had been interested in Vietnam as a manufacturing hub and in delivering solutions to increasingly wealthy customers at a time when financial development reached much more than eight% final year.

Amongst them is SpaceX, which is searching to sell its satellite world wide web solutions to Vietnam and other nations in the area, Thanh stated. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.

The mission will also include things like semiconductors providers, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer (PFE.N) and Johnson &amp Johnson (PFE.N), healthcare device maker Abbott (ABT.N), monetary firms Visa (V.N) and Citibank (C.N), world wide web and cloud providers Meta (META.O) and Amazon Net Solutions (AMZN.O), the list showed.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio Editing by Jamie Freed

Our Requirements: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Francesco Guarascio

Thomson Reuters

Francesco leads a group of reporters in Vietnam that covers leading monetary and political news in the rapidly-developing southeast Asian nation with a concentrate on provide chains and manufacturing investments in numerous sectors, which includes electronics, semiconductors, automotive and renewables. Just before Hanoi, Francesco worked in Brussels on EU affairs. He was also portion of Reuters core worldwide group that covered the COVID-19 pandemic and participated in investigations into dollars laundering and corruption in Europe. He is an eager traveler, often keen to place on a backpack to discover new locations.

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