Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Bruno Jaspaert is General Director of Deep C Industrial Zones in Haiphong city, north Vietnam.
Prior to joining Deep C and elevating the scale up of the cluster, Bruno already had an international career of more than 20 years in the UK, US, Belgium, Singapore, managing and developing businesses in manufacturing, energy, servicing, logistics. Bruno experienced the growth of businesses at both startup and corporate levels, allowing tremendous insight and flexibility for his leadership in Deep C. Previous companies include Gates Corporation (power transmission solutions), Techflow (flexible hoses), Katoen (logistics solution), etc.
Deep C is one of the biggest industrial cluster in Vietnam, located in the biggest northern port, integrated with an intermodal system of highways, international airports and inland waterway ports. Deep C is also one the few premium spots left in Vietnam with ample industrial land capacity.
With its ready infrastructure and utilities system, Deep C has been the reliable ground for projects of various sizes, industries and nationalities, especially those with technology-driven, high value-added, labor saving. Long-term investors include Bridgestone (Japan), Knauf (Germany), Chevron (US), PetroVietnam, Flat Glass (China), C.Steinweg (Netherlands), Puma Energy (Singapore), PPT (Thailand), Pyeong Hwa Automotive (Korea), etc. Solutions offered to investors range from ready-built workshop, logistic warehouse, land and office lease to built-to-suit.
The industrial cluster has attracted over 100 projects at over $3.5 bn investment, being a major player in FDI into Haiphong city. This platform is a successful partnership between Belgian group Rent-A-Port and Haiphong People’s Committee. Deep C is working further initiatives on eco development and sustainability, including, recycled-plastic road, renewable energy, recycled water, etc.
Haiphong city itself has been the favourite destination for foreign investors. Being the fastest growing city in Vietnam, with a GDP growth rate of 14 per cent, Haiphong offers foreign businesses proximity to Chinese and SEA markets, excellent links to domestic consumers and a skilled labour force.
16:00 - 17:00
FDI Pillar Session 2 - Protectionism & Trade Wars: The Ripple effect
A rise in protectionism is contributing to economic uncertainty and a decline in global FDI. The increase in protectionist policies is forcing corporate investors to revisit their global footprints and supply chains, with investment decisions either being put on hold or reoriented towards new locations. In this session we will review the impact of protectionism and trade wars on FDI, including the changing nature of corporate investment decisions and the responses of governments and investment promotion agencies.