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Fox’s IEI organizes first-ever commercial delegation from Vietnam to Philadelphia

Photo by Sarah Schultz
(From left) Vietnamese Trade Executive Director Le Xuan Duong, Small Business Development Center Director Eustace Kanaju and U.S. Department of Commerce Director Michael Lally talk during the recent visit of the Vietnam trade and business delegation to Temple.

In December, The Fox School of Business’ Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute organized and sponsored a visit from Vietnamese Trade Executive Director Le Xuan Duong, which was the first-ever formal trade delegation from Vietnam to visit Philadelphia.

The delegation headed by Vietnam’s Ministry of Trade also visited New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, Las Vegas and Los Angeles to study U.S. trade policies and survey the U.S. market for exporting items such as coffee, tea, cashews, rubber, paper and rice from Vietnam and importing items such as wood for furniture, soybeans, animal feed and fertilizers from the United States.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, a co-sponsor of the event, talked to the delegation about helping Vietnam establish an online tourism portal.

This is only the first planned collaboration between the IEI and Vietnam’s Ministry of Trade. In the near future, the two groups plan to bring Vietnamese businessmen to Philadelphia, with IEI acting as host, to introduce the local business community to opportunities for trade and investments with Vietnam. This effort is part of IEI’s intention to expand its outreach to the Greater Philadelphia region with projects that benefit and stimulate the local economy, especially small and emerging businesses.

- By Lisa Z. Meritz

Former HHS secretary visits Health Sciences Center

Louis Sullivan (left), former secretary of health and human services under President George H.W. Bush, talks with third-year M.D./M.P.H. student Albert Hicks during his recent visit to the Health Sciences Center. Sullivan addressed an audience of faculty, students and staff on diversity in health care. He is the founding dean and first president of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The visit was sponsored by John Daly, dean, and Donald B. Parks, assistant dean of minority affairs, at the School of Medicine.