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Fitch on Vietnam Forum

Emerging from the frontier

08 June 2018 • Hilton Hanoi Opera

2017 was a record-breaking year for Vietnam's economy, driven by the manufacturing and export sectors that performed strongly last year. The recent signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (CPTPP) brings exciting opportunities for Vietnam as it expands free trade and enhances sustainable economic development.

Vietnam’s positive outlook has led Fitch Ratings to upgrade its long-term foreign currency issuer default rating for Vietnam to ‘BB’ from ‘BB-‘ on the back of the country’s improving policies focused on strong macroeconomic performance. According to Fitch, the country’s GDP growth accelerated to 6.8% in 2017 and looks set to grow by another 6.7% this year.

In spite of increased trade protectionism and threats of a trade war between the US and China, it may add to Vietnam's allure as a global manufacturing hub. The country's financial markets are also set to benefit from a growing economy. Traditionally reliant on bank loans, Vietnamese corporates are increasingly turning to capital markets for funding.

Organized in association with Fitch Ratings, the forum will timely highlight discussions on how Vietnam is transforming itself into an emerging market from its current frontier status as well as the opportunities and challenges such transformation brings.

Hilton Hanoi Opera
1 Le Thanh Ton , Hoan Kiem
Date: 08 June 2018


Registration and coffee
Asset Events Speaker
Welcome remarks
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu
The Asset
Asset Events Speaker
Keynote address
Asset Events Panel
Panel one: Vietnam – emerging from the frontier
  • What are the biggest risks to the Vietnamese economy in 2018?
  • The privatization of SOEs – opportunities and challenges
  • How will a global trade war affect Vietnam? What are the implications for Vietnamese corporates and banks?
  • What are the challenges faced by Vietnamese corporates and banks as they access new consumer markets?
  • What position will Vietnam play in the global/Asian economic order?
Can Van Luc
chief economist
Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV)
Jonathan Cornish
Jonathan Cornish
head of North Asia Bank Ratings
Fitch Ratings
Stephen Schwartz
head of sovereign ratings for Asia-Pacific
Fitch Ratings
Sagarika Chandra
associate director and primary sovereign analyst for Vietnam
Fitch Ratings
Tran Thi Kim Cuong
CEO & chief investment officer
Manulife Asset Management
Bradley Lalonde
chairman and co-founder
Vietnam Partners
Sebastian Eckardt
lead economist and program leader
World Bank Vietnam
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu
The Asset
Networking and coffee
Asset Events Panel
Panel two: Vietnam’s credit market
  • How do global investors view Vietnam?
  • What is Fitch’s view of Vietnam’s sovereign, corporate, FI sectors?
  • What are the biggest risks facing the domestic credit market?
  • Increased cross border issuance and its impact on Vietnam’s capital markets
  • What is the outlook for Vietnam’s bond/credit markets?
  • What will it take for Vietnam to transform to become an emerging market?
Boo Hock Khoo
Vice President Operations
Credit Guarantee Investment Facility
Dominic Scriven
Dragon Capital Group
Ngo The Trieu
chief investment officer for equity and fixed income
Eastspring Investments
Ambreesh Srivastava
head of South/SE Asia financial institutions
Fitch Ratings
Hasira De Silva
Hasira De Silva
director, APAC corporate ratings team
Fitch Ratings
Sing-Chan Ng
managing director, head of APAC business origination
‎Fitch Ratings
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu
The Asset
Networking and lunch

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