(Asia Society) Asia Society to Host Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam - March 5-7, 2003

NEW YORK--January 27, 2003

The Asia Society, Dow Jones and the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam invite internationally-focused investors, executives, financial and service professionals, journalists and other interested individuals to participate in its annual Asian Corporate Conference. It will be held on March 5-7, 2003 at the Meliá Hanoi Hotel, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

This conference, entitled "Opening Markets and Continuing Growth: Vietnam and the Asian Economy," will examine the implications of Vietnam's historic trade agreement with the U.S. and the Mekong Region's rapid emergence as an important part of the Asian economy. Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai will deliver the opening keynote address at the conference, followed by a wide range of prominent speakers, including:

  • Rafidah Aziz, Minister of Trade and Industry, Malaysia
  • Guillermo Balce, Executive Director, ASEAN Center for Energy
  • Myron Brilliant, Vice President, Asia, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Raymond Burghardt, US Ambassador to Vietnam
  • Maria Cino, Assistant Secretary and Director of US & Foreign Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce
  • Tarun Das, President, Confederation of Indian Industry
  • Marc Faber, Editor and Publisher, "The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report"
  • Javed Hamid, Regional Director, East Asia & Pacific, International Finance Corporation
  • James Hunt, Former Governor, North Carolina, US
  • Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Deputy US Trade Representative
  • Richard C. Holbrooke, Vice Chairman, Perseus Group
  • Peter Kann, Chairman, Dow Jones & Co.
  • Kantathi Suphamongkon, Thai Trade Representative
  • Tommy Koh, Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore
  • Lee Hong-Koo, Former Prime Minister, Republic of Korea; Chairman, Seoul Forum for International Affairs
  • Linda Yuen-Ching Lim, Professor of International Business, Michigan Business School
  • Robert Madelin, Director, Directorate General of Trade, European Commission
  • Phongthep Thepkanjana, Minister of Energy, Thailand
  • Hilton Root, Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; Former Executive Director, Asian Development Bank
  • Nguyen Xuan Nham, President and CEO, PetroVietnam
  • Ong Keng Yong, Secretary-General, ASEAN
  • Cham Prasidh, Minister of Commerce, Cambodia
  • Tadakatsu Sano, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • Yu Xiaosong, Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade


  • Vu Khoan, Deputy Prime Minister
  • Vo Hung Phuc, Minister of Planning and Investment
  • Nguyen Sinh Hung, Minister of Finance
  • Truong Dinh Tuyen, Minister of Trade
  • Nguyen Dy Nien, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Le Duc Thuy, Governor, State Bank of Vietnam
  • Hoang Van Nghien, Chairman, Hanoi People's Committee
  • Le Thanh Hai, Chairman, Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee
  • Pham Chi Lan, Executive Vice President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Nguyen Xuan Ha, Vice Chairman, State Securities Commission
  • Bui Xuan Khu, Vice Minister of Industry

This event will be sponsored by American International Group, Poongsan Corporation, Boeing, Samsung Electronics, CT&D Group, GM Daewoo, Keppel Corporation, LG Electronics Inc., Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Philip Morris and POSCO. Outreach partners include KWR International, Inc. and a wide range of prominent entities that focus on the Asia Pacific region.

"This conference promises to be one of the most important business gatherings in Vietnam since the county began opening up its economy over a decade ago," says Asia Society President Nicholas Platt. "The meeting will bring international attention to Vietnam's prospects for growth as its leaders, increasingly supportive of serious economic reform, work to forge closer trading ties with the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region."

Detailed information about the conference, including the latest agenda, speaker updates and registration information is available at:


To find out more about the conference, contact: hanoi2003@asiasoc.org or contact Justin Summers, Business Programs, Asia Society at tel. (212) 327-9292.

Members of the press interested in attending the conference should contact Elaine Merguerian (212) 327-9313 for information about press registration.


March 5 -7, 2003
Meliá Hotel, Hanoi
Asia Society's 13th Asian Corporate Conference

Co-organized by Dow Jones & Company and Vietnam's Ministry of Planning and Investment

To register, please print and fill out this registration form, then fax to 212-527-8315

You may also contact the Asia Society Box Office by phone: 212-327-9276 (M-F 10AM to 5PM EST) or email boxoffice@asiasoc.org

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Visa and Travel Information

A visa is required of travelers from certain countries when entering Vietnam. Please contact Vietnamese authorities in your area to determine if you need a visa. Please allow time for processing if you find a visa is required. The Asia Society recommends that delegates apply for a tourist visa.

If you need help making travel arrangements or wish to use a visa service, please contact Maria Sirico at New York Travel Service at 800-727-6987, or by email at maria@nytravelservice.com

Upon receipt of registration payment, confirmation of registration will be sent. Payment must be received before March 1st to guarantee your place.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be sent or faxed to the Asia Society by February 15 in order to receive a refund.

Hotel Information
To reserve a room at the Meliá Hanoi Hotel, please contact Mrs. Le Thuy Duong, Sales Executive at the Meliá, by email at asm@meliahanoi.com.vn or fax at (844)-934-3344. Please indicate that you are reserving a room for the purpose of attending the Asia Society's 13th Asian Corporate Conference. There are a limited number of rooms at special rates available for conference delegates. Please make your reservation by February 28. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space availability basis at prevailing published rates.

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