Advancing circular cconomy in Viet Nam’s industrial parks for sustainable development

13:30 - 17:30 12/04/2024 Online/Offline English - Vietnamese

Advancing circular cconomy in Viet Nam’s industrial parks for sustainable development

Event Type: Conference

Date & Time: 12 April 2024 at 13:30-17:30 ICT

Organising Agency: UNDO, MPI

Location: Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, 88 Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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The objectives of the conference on circular economy and Eco-Industrial Parks in Viet Nam are multifaceted, aiming to address various aspects of sustainability and economic development. The main objectives are:

  • Raise awareness about policy and action plans on green growth strategies and circular economy approaches and the principles and benefits of circular economy in industrial parks
  • Facilitate policy dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders to develop and implement supportive regulations and practices.
  • Promote knowledge sharing, capacity building, and innovation to effectively support the transition towards sustainable and resilient industrial development in Viet Nam.


Time Details
13.00 – 13.30 Registration
13.30 – 13.40 Welcome speeches

·       Ms. Le Thanh Thao, UNIDO Country Representative to Viet Nam

Opening speech

·       SECO Representative

Opening Session: The opening session of the conference aims at emphasizing the urgency of addressing environmental challenges while advancing economic prosperity. It will shed light on the critical role of industrial parks to implement circular economy principles in Viet Nam and their contribution to the implementation of the National Green Growth Strategy. It will stress the importance of collaborative efforts to drive innovation, policy coherence, and practical implementation strategies.
13.40 – 13.55 Introduction to the agenda, the e-discussion and the material sharing tool (e.g. via SLIDO)

·       Moderator (Ms. Vuong Thi Minh Hieu, MPI)

13:55 – 14:10 Green Growth Strategy and Circular Economy in Viet Nam

·       Representative of Department of Science, Education and Environment, MPI 

14:10 – 14:25 National Action Plan on Circular Economy in Vietnam

·       Representative of Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE)

14:25 – 14:35 UNIDO’s work promoting Circular Economy in industries

·       Mr. Jerome Stucki, Unit Chief, Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency at UNIDO


The session will focus on the significance of Eco-Industrial Parks (EIPs) as a catalyst for promoting circular economy principles, shedding light on the pivotal role these parks play in driving sustainable development. Expert speakers will also elaborate on how Eco-Industrial Parks serve as dynamic hubs, where industries converge to optimize resource use, minimize waste, foster innovation, and implement EIP approaches. Examples and case studies from Viet Nam and other countries will be presented.

14:35 – 14:45 Introduction to the plenary session and speakers

·       Moderator (Mr. Nguyen Hong Quan, CE Institute)

14:45 – 14:55 Eco-Industrial Parks in the context of circular economy

·       Ms. Nilgun Tas, International Expert

14:55- 15:05 A practical example of circularity in Nam Cau Kien Industrial Park

·       Mr. Pham Hong Diep, Director general of Shinec, Nam Cau Kien IP

15:05 15:15 Examples of industrial symbiosis to promote circularity from other GEIPP countries

·       Mr. Christian Susan, Programme Manager of GEIPP, Industrial Resource Efficiency Division, UNIDO.

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break

In this session the speakers will highlight the pivotal role of the private sector in advancing circular economy initiatives through transformative changes in businesses to drive sustainable change. Expert speakers will present circular economy initiatives realized by the private sector to mainstream circular economy principles across industries. Case studies in the mobility and textile sectors catalyzing the transition towards a circular economy in Viet Nam and beyond will be presented.

15:45 – 15:50 Introduction of the session

·       Moderator (Mr. Salil Dutt, Chief Technical Adviser, GEIPP Indonesia country level intervention, UNIDO Jakarta Office)

15:55 – 16:10 Circular Economy initiatives in Viet Nam

·       Mr. Nguyen Hong Quan, Director of Circular Economy Institute

16:10 – 16:25 ·        Circular Manufacturing Systems – Experience from Saitex International Company

Ms. Nguyen Ngọc Kim Oanh, Complaint & Sustainability Manager, Saitex International Dong Nai Co., Ltd

16:25 – 16:35 Circular economy in the textile and footwear industry

·       Mr. Huynh Tien Dung Country Director, IDH Viet Nam


This session is dedicated to promoting circular economy in Vietnam through a collaborative spirit and a shared commitment to sustainable development. It will highlight the approaches, strategies, and importance of policy coherence to overcome the barriers to capitalize on the potential of the circular economy practices. Case studies up from the secondary materials marketplaces and benefits of adopting circular approaches across various sectors in advancing circular economy in Viet Nam will be presented.

15:45 – 15:50 Introduction of the session

·       Mr. Christian Susan, Programme Manager of GEIPP, Industrial Resource Efficiency Division, UNIDO

15:50 – 16:10 Energy for transition for Circular Economy promotion

·       Mr. Trinh Quoc Vu, Deputy Director General of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Industrial and Trade

16:10 – 16:25 IS in IP/Industry sector, a move towards circular economy: potential and legal barriers

·       Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Lien

16:25 – 16:35 CE Hub and Secondary material marketplace

·       Mr. Hoang Thanh Vinh, Manager of waste management and circular economy program, UNDP


This session aims at discussing the vision for circular economy in industrial parks; it will elaborate on the testing mechanisms for circular economy in various industry sectors. Drawing on examples from megacities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong City, the speakers will provide valuable insights into the development trends of green growth and circular economy strategies at the urban scale to underscore the importance of city policies that prioritize circular economy. The session will demonstrate how proactive measures can spur economic development while safeguarding the environment, driving Viet Nam towards a more prosperous and environmentally sustainable future.

16:35 – 16:45 Introduction of the session

·       Mr. Jerome Stucki, Unit Chief, Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency at UNIDO

16:45 – 16:55 The testing mechanism for Circular economy in industry sectors

·       Mr. Nguyen Anh Duong, Head of the Macro-economic Policy Research Committee, Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)

16:55– 17:05 Development trends, green growth and circular economy strategy in Ho Chi Minh (mega) City

·       Mr. Pham Binh An, Vice president, Ho Chi Minh City Institute for Development Studies (HIDS)

17:05 – 17.15 Hai Phong City strategy to promote circular economy

·       Mr. Bui Ngoc Hai, Deputy Director of Hai Phong PMA

17:15 – 17:30 Conclusions and closing

·       SECO Representative


17:30 Cocktail party