Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin visited Ho Chi Minh City on May 28 and 29. Before coming to Ho Chi Minh City, he visited Hanoi.
On May 29, Assistant Secretary Rivkin spoke to participants at a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) workshop on entrepreneurship. YSEALI is a professional development exchange program for community leaders from across ASEAN, sixty of whom were attending the event at the newly renovated American Center. He met with members of the American Chamber of Commerce about their work and the business climate in Vietnam. Assistant Secretary Rivkin also spoke to students at the University of Economics as part of the commemoration of the the 20th anniversary of normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations.
During his time in Asia, Assistant Secretary of State Rivkin also visited Taipei.
Charles H. Rivkin began serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs on February 13, 2014. He leads a bureau at the U.S. State Department that is responsible for managing trade negotiations, investment treaties, economic sanctions, transportation affairs, telecommunications policy, international finance, and development-related issues. Prior to his government service, he worked in the media sector for over 20 years where he served as President and CEO of award-winning entertainment companies such as The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain.