Vietnam’s growth soared to more than seven percent last year, its highest in a decade, fueled by robust domestic demand, and increases in exports, manufacturing and foreign investment. The country has long been one of Asia’s fastest growing economies but last year’s GDP growth exceeded even the most positive expectations.
With the Year of the Pig just around the corner, what can we expect from Vietnam’s economy in the new year? Can Vietnam protect itself from escalating global trade tensions? What’s the outlook for the VND, inflation, and monetary policy? Find out by joining AmCham for a lunch discussion on January 29 featuring the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Vietnam Sebastian Eckardt.
About the guest speaker:
Sebastian Eckardt is the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Vietnam where he coordinates the Bank’s work on macroeconomics, trade, finance, agriculture, poverty and public sector reforms. He joined the World Bank in 2006 and has since worked on a range of analytical, advisory and lending operations supporting clients in the areas of macroeconomic, fiscal and institutional reforms across several countries in Europe, South and East Asia, including Indonesia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Romania, Armenia, Serbia, Ukraine, Colombia, Russia, Moldova, and Kazakhstan. Prior to his position in Vietnam, Sebastian was country economist for Ukraine where he managed the Bank’s support to help Ukraine tackle a severe macroeconomic crisis. Prior to joining the Bank, Sebastian worked for the German Government. A German national, he holds an MSc from the University of Birmingham, UK and PhD in Public Finance from the University of Potsdam, Germany.
EVENT: Economic Outlook 2019
DATE: Tuesday, January 29
TIME: 12:00pm – 1:45pm
PLACE: InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, 5 Tu Hoa, Tay Ho
COST: VND 650,000 (members); VND 900,000 (non-members)
AmCham Executive Director Adam Sitkoff will interview Sebastian about Vietnam’s economic prospects for 2019. Please register your participation in this event by clicking on the button below or by calling the AmCham office (84) 24.3934.2790.