Extended Producer Responbility in Vietnam
A Conversation with the MONRE

Vietnam is witnessing tremendous changes in the country’s growth strategies and legal framework to achieve “Net-zero” by 2050. The new Environmental Protection Law and Decree 08/2020 creates a road map to implement Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for manufacturers and importers to collect and to recycle discarded products. The Asia Foundation, in cooperation with AmCham’s Sustainable Development Committee, will organize a panel discussion with representatives from the Legal Department of MONRE and members of Vietnam Business Forum’s Environmental Working Group to help businesses to better understand how Vietnam’s EPR system will operate and listen to any concerns from businesses on challenges they may encounter once EPR implemented.

Dr. Michael DiGregorio
The Asia Foundation


Dr. Michael R. DiGregorio is the  Country Representative of the Asia Foundation’s Vietnam office since 2014. He has been leading projects and programs to address business-related disaster risk reduction, city-level climate resilience, green finance, blockchain traceability for export agriculture, energy planning, and digital finance. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California in 2001. Michael is currently a member of AmCham’s Energy Committee and Head of VBF’s Environment Working Group. He has lived in Vietnam for 30 years, currently serves on the AmCham board of governors. 

Mr. Nguyen Thi


Mr. Thi is the Principal Specialist at the Legal Department of MONRE. Mr. Thi has a background in Law and a master’s in international Trade Law from Foreign Trade University. Mr. Thi has more than 16 years of experience working in MONRE, and he has consulted the Ministry in development and implementation of environmental policies in general and EPR in particular.

Mr. Erick Contreras


Erick has a background in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from University of Manchester. Erick has been the Managing Director of BASF in Vietnam since 2019. Before joining BASF, Erick had 10 years’ experience with Shell in various roles in Malaysia and the Philippines. In Vietnam, BASF offers solutions to key Vietnamese industries, including agriculture, construction, automotive, footwear, paint & coatings, and electric & electronics.

Seating is limited. There is also a virtual option to participate. Please register quickly by clicking on the button below or by calling the AmCham office (84) 24 3934 2790.