The Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts (AVSE Global) and the Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (BUH) are pleased to announce the 1st Vietnam Symposium on International Business (VSIB-2019), which will take place on 20-21 June 2019 in Vietnam.  

The VSIB conference is broadly intended to provide a platform for academics, practitioners, researchers and policymakers from various fields to exchange knowledge and evolutions of disciplines related to international trade policy, the impacts of globalisation, the experience of countries at different level of development and the interaction of different countries, different institutions in the global context. It also aims at promoting collaborative research initiatives and experiences between Vietnamese experts and their foreign colleagues within both Vietnamese and international contexts. Participants will find an excellent opportunity for presenting new researches, exchanging information and discussing current issues of international economics, business and finance.

The scientific and organizing committees welcome submissions in all areas of international economics, business and finance as well as their interfaces. The following topics, but not limited to, are particularly welcome: Economics of Free Trade Agreement; Trade, Technology and Innovation; Globalisation and Wage Inequality; Climate Policy and Trade; Global Value Chain; Sources of the Gains from Trade; Trade Exposure and Politics; Trade Network and Spillover Effects; International Economic and Financial Integration; Trade and Health; Trade, Growth and Investment; International Capital Flows; Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age; E-commerce


Christian EWERT, President of AMFORI (formerly Foreign Trade Association)


Christian Ewert is the Director General of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA represents over 1,500 retailers, importers and brand manufacturers to promote and defend free trade and supports their international business by providing information and practical solutions towards sustainability in the international supply chain.

In the context of FTA sustainability, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is the leading initiative aimed at improving working conditions in factories and farms worldwide. FTA also provides the Business Environmental Performance (BEPI) that supports enhanced environmental performance in international supply chains. More information is available at www.fta-intl.org.

Prior to his role at FTA, Christian worked as President and CEO of ICTI CARE Foundation, the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) programme to promote social compliance in the supply chain producing for the toy and children's products industry. Christian previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Zapf Creation, Europe's leading manufacturer of branded play & function and collector dolls and doll accessories. For more than 10 years he held the position of Managing Director and Chairman of North Sails Lanka which is the leading manufacturer of products for the windsurfing industry.


Pasquale SGROProfessor and current Head of the Department of Economics in Deakin Business School, Australia


Pasquale Sgro is a Professor and current Head of the Department of Economics in Deakin Business School. Pasquale received his B.Ec (H1) and PhD from La Trobe University and he joined Deakin University as Foundation Professor in Economics in 1989.

Professor Sgro is currently Co-Editor of Journal of International Trade and Economic Development.

His research interests include international trade, growth theory and labour economics. He has published papers in journals such as the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, The World Economy, Review of International Economics, International Review of Economics and Finance, Southern Economic Journal and Economic Record.


Calla WIEMER, President of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Asian Economics


Calla Wiemer is President of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Economics. She is writing a textbook titled “Macroeconomics for Emerging East Asia” to be trialed in the classroom the summer of 2019 at the Korean Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management. Calla has held faculty positions at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1984-97), the National University of Singapore (2004-08), and the University of the Philippines Diliman (2015-18). Through most of her career, Calla’s research has involved China, recently focusing on Chinese saving behavior with an article in Oxford Economic Papers. Her geographic purview expanded through work on China’s cross border economic relations with Central Asia and Southeast Asia. Calla received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 with dissertation research conducted at Nanjing University.



Extended Submission deadline
April 21, 2019

Notification of review results
May 10, 2019

Registration deadline
May 31, 2019

Conference event
June 20-21, 2019


  • Gene Grossman, Jacob Viner Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University, United States
  • Duc Khuong Nguyen, Professor of Finance, IPAG Business School, France & Indiana University, United States
  • Edward Cartwright, Professor of Economics, De Montfort University, United Kingdom



The Singapore Economic Review will publish a special issue on "International Trade and Business in the Age of Digital Transformations" under the Guest Editorship of Dr. Tuan Anh Luong (De Montfort University) and Prof. Duc Khuong Nguyen (IPAG Business School & Indiana University). Papers accepted at the VSIB conference are encouraged to submit to the Special Issue. See Call for Papers.


The Journal of Risk and Financial Management has a topical collection on "Trends in Emerging Markets Finance, Institutions and Money", under the Guest Editorship of Prof. Stéphane Goutte (University of Paris 8) and Prof. Duc Khuong Nguyen (IPAG Business School & Indiana University). Please see the Call for Papers for more details.


In consultation with the conference organizers and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Asian Economics, authors of best conference papers will be invited to submit their papers to a regular issue of the Journal.


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