2014 Outlook on Vietnam
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (PST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
International Hot Topic Series presents:
2014 Outlook on Vietnam
Ambassador Michael Michalak
Former United States Ambassador to Vietnam
Additional speakers to be announced shortly
Tuesday, December 17th, 2103
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Complimentary for Members
Join the Trade Alliance for the final installment of the International Hot Topic Series for 2013! We’ll look at Vietnam: 2014 in light of key economic and political initiatives that are set to take place in the immediate and near future. This program will examine outcomes of the recent central committee plenum, look at the country's policy priorities for 2014 in light of an ailing financial services sector and state owned enterprises and Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. We will also get the perspective from Washington state firms that are operating in Vietnam and hear from them about their experiences.
Michael W. Michalak retired from the Foreign Service at the end of 2011 after over 30 years of service. A career Foreign Service Officer with extensive knowledge and experience in Asia, he was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Vietnam in 2007 and served there until 2011 when he took on the position of Special Advisor to the Private Sector Host committee for APEC 2011 USA. Since retirement, Ambassador Michalak has begun a consulting business in international trade and government relations. In his over 30 years of service with the U.S. State Department, Mr. Michalak has worked in Tokyo, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Islamabad, Pakistan; Beijing, China; as well as Washington, D.C. He received a group award for valor for his actions in time of crisis when the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad was burned down.
Mr. Michalak received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Physics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., respectively. He received a second Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He speaks Chinese, Japanese and is still struggling with Vietnamese.
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