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HANOI, March 17 (Reuters) – SpaceX, Netflix and Boeing are amongst the businesses joining the “greatest-ever” U.S. small business mission to Vietnam subsequent week to go over investment and sales possibilities in the booming Southeast Asian nation, the organiser mentioned.

Much more than 50 businesses, which includes defence, pharmaceutical and tech firms, will participate in the mission organised by the US-ASEAN Organization Council, an business physique, according to a list observed by Reuters.

The delegation is a sign of increasing interest in the worldwide manufacturing hub, which is benefiting from a shift away from China amid Sino-U.S. trade friction.

Vietnam, with a population of one hundred million persons, also has a quickly-expanding customer industry as its middle class expands.

“This is the greatest-ever mission in Vietnam,” mentioned Vu Tu Thanh, the US-ASEAN Organization Council’s representative in the nation, noting that the physique had been organising these events for 3 decades.

Streaming giant Netflix (NFLX.O), which Reuters final month reported was arranging to open an workplace in Vietnam, is amongst the businesses joining the trip. Netflix did not respond to a request for comment.

Aerospace suppliers Boeing (BA.N), Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Bell (TXT.N) will hold meetings with state-owned Vietnamese defence procurement businesses, Thanh told Reuters, adding that it was the initially time in about a decade that safety firms had decided to join the annual mission to Vietnam.

In December, the exact same businesses held talks with Vietnamese government officials about the doable sale of helicopters and drones, as the nation seeks new suppliers and the Ukraine conflict strains the capabilities of Russia, for decades Vietnam’s major military companion.

“Helicopters is 1 of the issues the businesses hope to sell to the Vietnamese,” Thanh mentioned, though he cautioned that defence offers took time to be completed and no quick breakthrough was anticipated.

Boeing mentioned in a statement that its discussions with officials would concentrate on its expanding partnership with Vietnam and techniques to strengthen the country’s aviation and defence capabilities.

Lockheed Martin and Bell did not respond to requests for comment.

The majority of the businesses joining the small business mission currently have a small business or manufacturing presence in Vietnam, which includes Apple (AAPL.O), Coca-Cola (KO.N) and PepsiCo (PEP.O), Thanh mentioned, with some arranging to expand it.

Some businesses are also coming to get a improved sense of the political scenario right after current turmoil in the Communist-Celebration led nation, which includes the resignation of the president in January, Thanh added.

Participants will have meetings with Vietnam’s prime political and regulatory leadership, which includes with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

Thanh mentioned some businesses have been interested in Vietnam as a manufacturing hub and in supplying solutions to increasingly wealthy shoppers at a time when financial development reached additional than eight% final year.

Amongst them is SpaceX, which is searching to sell its satellite world-wide-web solutions to Vietnam and other nations in the area, Thanh mentioned. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.

The mission will also consist of semiconductors businesses, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer (PFE.N) and Johnson &amp Johnson (PFE.N), healthcare device maker Abbott (ABT.N), monetary firms Visa (V.N) and Citibank (C.N), world-wide-web and cloud businesses Meta (META.O) and Amazon Internet Solutions (AMZN.O), the list showed.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio Editing by Jamie Freed

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Francesco Guarascio

Thomson Reuters

Francesco leads a group of reporters in Vietnam that covers prime monetary and political news in the quick-expanding southeast Asian nation with a concentrate on provide chains and manufacturing investments in many sectors, which includes electronics, semiconductors, automotive and renewables. Ahead of Hanoi, Francesco worked in Brussels on EU affairs. He was also element of Reuters core worldwide group that covered the COVID-19 pandemic and participated in investigations into cash laundering and corruption in Europe. He is an eager traveler, generally keen to place on a backpack to discover new areas.

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