WTO Updates


Issue Updates

For more information on Vietnam and US-Vietnam relation, including materials on the BTA, WTO accession process, and other issues please visit www.usvtc.org

Highlights


On June 13, in Washington DC, US Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) led a group of eight Senators in introducing legislation to grant Vietnam Permanent Normal Trade Relations status (“PNTR”). US Representatives Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), and more than thirty House members introduced a companion bill in the House.

Please contact vncoalition@usasean.org for upcoming Coalition events.


Coalition Structure

1101 17 th Street NW, Suite 411
Washington , DC 20036
P: 202-289-1912
F: 202-289-0519
vncoalition@usasean.org

Secretariat
US-ASEAN Business Council /
US-Vietnam Trade Council

Corporate Co-Chairs
ACE-INA
AES Corp
American International Group
Amway Corporation
Anheuser-Busch
The Boeing Company
Cargill
Citigroup
Diageo
FedEx Express
Ford Motor Company
General Electric Company
JC Penney
The Levy Group

Liberty Mutual Group
Merck
New York Life International
Nike
Procter & Gamble
Target
Time Warner
UPS

Steering Committee Members
US-ASEAN Business Council /
US-Vietnam Trade Council
US Chamber of Commerce
National Foreign Trade Council
Business Roundtable
AmCham in Vietnam
National Association of Manufacturers
Emergency Committee for American Trade

Members
Click here for full listing of members



Vietnam Headlines

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U.S.-Vietnam Caucus (109th Congress)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR]
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU]
Rep. Vernon Ehlers [R-MI]
Rep. Lane Evans [D-IL], Co-Chair
Rep. Eni Faleomavaega [D-AS]
Rep. Al Green [D-TX]
Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL]
Rep. James (Jim) Kolbe [R-AZ]
Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA]
Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald [D-CA]
Rep. George Miller [D-CA]
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD]
Rep. Robert (Rob) Simmons [R-CT] , Co-Chair
Rep. Addison (Joe) Wilson [R-SC]

 

Invitation to join
the US-Vietnam WTO Coalition

(click here to download the invitation letter)

The U.S.-Vietnam WTO Coalition is pleased to invite you to become a member of the lead coordinating body to support the completion of Vietnamís accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the U.S. granting of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to Vietnam.

BACKGROUND

Vietnam is currently seeking WTO accession and has committed to working towards joining the global trading body by the end of 2006. The WTO involves such issues as tariffs, non-tariff barriers, subsidies, trade remedies, TRIMS, and financial services. One key element of Vietnam’s accession to the WTO will be US Congressional approval for Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for Vietnam. The successful conclusion of negotiations with the US would pave the way for Vietnam’s PNTR vote to be introduced to the US Congress in late Spring 2006 for passage before the August 2006 recess. The role of the Coalition is to lobby for a premium bilateral agreement, passage of PNTR, Vietnam’s accession to the WTO, and ultimately, and further improvements in US-Vietnam relations.

The Coalition is a leading source of educational information about PNTR and the WTO accession process, the importance of US-Vietnam relations, and the benefits of Vietnam’s WTO membership for US industrial, service and agriculture sectors as well as US consumers.

STRUCTURE OF THE COALITION

The US Vietnam WTO Coalition is made up of four key components: general Coalition membership, Steering Committee, Corporate Co-Chairs, and the Secretariat.

US companies and organizations interested in receiving regular updates, meeting invitations, and recognition as supporting Vietnam’s PNTR and accession to the WTO are encouraged to join the general Coalition membership (click here for Coalition signup form). Membership of the Coalition is free and open to any American company or organization supporting Vietnam’s PNTR and accession to the WTO.

Membership in the Coalition’s Steering Committee is also available to US organizations interested in taking on additional visibility and responsibility. US organizations interested in playing a leadership role in the Coalition are encouraged to join the Steering Committee. Steering Committee members will enjoy the benefits of regular membership, while also being offered the opportunity to support events and initiatives, and participation in coordination meetings. There is no fee to join the Steering Committee but members may be asked to contribute by way of “sweat equity”. For more information on how to join the Steering Committee, please contact vncoalition@usasean.org or call 202-416-6712.

In addition to the general membership and the Steering Committee, the US Vietnam WTO Coalition will also be made up of Corporate Co-Chairs who will lead the Coalition and contribute financially. The corporate Co-Chairs are companies that are prepared to commit significant levels of leadership to the Coalition in the form of expert personnel, sponsorship for key events and studies, participation in programs and meetings, and other efforts. There is a small fee associated with this level of membership in the Coalition.

Finally, the US-ASEAN Business Council / US-Vietnam Trade Council will serve as the Secretariat of the Coalition. The Secretariat is the focal point for coordinating meetings and sharing information among the Coalition principles and partners in the US and Vietnamese governments and private sectors.

The US-Vietnam WTO Coalition has been officially launched in April 2006. Please note on the membership reply form if a senior executive from your company or organization who would like to notified of meetings and events.

We welcome the participation of your company and organization and we look forward to working together to creating new opportunities for U.S. businesses and consumers as Vietnam joins the WTO, as well as opening a new chapter in US-Vietnam relations.

For more information on how to join the Coalition, please contact vncoalition@usasean.org.

 

Click here for important materials concerning Vietnam's WTO Accession

 

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