The National Assembly (NA) Standing
Committee met in Hanoi on Friday to hear a Government report on Vietnamís
negotiation process for admission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
and readjust the 2005 legal programme to serve the negotiation process.
the meeting, Minister of Trade Truong Dinh Tuyen informed the NA Standing
Committee about Vietnamís WTO negotiation process. Since its official
application for WTO membership in January 1995, Vietnam has held 9 working
sessions in this connection and conducted bilateral negotiations with 20
partners in which it was finished with six partners. These negotiations
were held bilaterally and multilaterally with the aim of abiding by the
WTO agreements and opening up commodities and services markets.
In the latest round of negotiations
last December, eight key issues on Vietnamís WTO admission were discussed
with a focus on the law-making programmes to serve the negotiation
process. Under the programme, Vietnam will abide by the principles of the
Most Favoured Nation Status, pledge to open up goods and services markets
and outline a roadmap from now to 2009 aimed at abolishing discrimination
in the field of export-import activities between foreign and Vietnamese
enterprises, iron out all snags to the import of goods, quotas and
subsidies for the exports of agricultural and non-agricultural products,
and remove dual-price mechanism later this year.
Addressing the meeting, NA Chairman
Nguyen Van An said in order to enter the WTO this year, the Government
should accelerate the negotiation process and basically finalise
negotiations in June or July. Meanwhile, bilateral negotiations remain a
great challenge to Vietnam as the country still has to negotiate with 21
partners, including major partners such as the US, China, Japan and
Canada. Therefore, the Government should try its best and consider every
possibility to help the country accede to the WTO soon.
agenda in WTO bid
07/Mar/2005 Dau Tu (VIR) page 1
In a bid to conclude negotiations on
Vietnam's entry into the World Trade Organisation, upon consideration and
assessment on reality of negotiation process, the government by late last
week submitted an official letter to the National Assembly's Standing
Committee proposing to adjust the law building programme to serve
negotiations on Vietnam's entry to the world trade body.
the sideline of the conference, Dau Tu had a talk with trade minister
Truong Dinh Tuyen over law amendment and results of Vietnam's entry into
the WTO. Excerpts:
How is negotiation process of
Vietnam's entry into the WTO progressing?
applied to join the WTO in January 1995 and jumpstarted negotiations to
enter into this organisation in July 1998. To date, Vietnam has conducted
nine sessions of the working board on Vietnam's entry into the WTO and
opened bilateral negotiations with more than 20 partners. Reportedly, at
multilateral negotiations, partners wished to clarify our trade statutes
and to negotiate on adjusting such laws according to principles
interpreted in the WTO agreements. At the ninth session December 2004,
based on progress made in fulfilment of the WTO's statues, the working
board presented a draft report to members for consideration, which marked
a new phase for negotiations on Vietnam's entry into the WTO.
What about fields of
date, twenty seven partners have asked for bilateral negotiations with
Vietnam on both goods and services. Accordingly, Vietnam has concluded
negotiations with six partners of Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, the EU
and Singapore. It is scheduled in March we will open talks with Japan, the
US and some other partners.
Though having not specified time for
entry into the WTO, Vietnam will make the greatest effort to speed up
bilateral negotiations. We also wish partners to apply preferential
treatment to Vietnam that is a transitional country at a low level of
development so that Vietnam is able to end bilateral negotiations with
such partners this year.
Will the speeding up of completion of
legal matters that the government has recently submitted to the NA
Standing Committee support the negotiation process?
Absolutely right. The law-building
programme is one of key documents demonstrating commitments of an
applicant in realising the WTO obligations and is one of the most
important aspects of negotiations on entry to the WTO. The aforesaid
programme is designed by the applicant upon rechecking its legal system.
Adjusting the legal system according to the WTO's rules is always a
difficult task requiring involvement of many different agencies and human
resources. Thus, a transparent, detailed and highly feasible law-building
programme is something which clearly demonstrates the determinations of
Vietnam on the path to the WTO.
How many laws will be
amended or new laws issued?
Upon rechecking the whole legal
system, Vietnam has drawn up a law building programme serving for
negotiations on joining into the WTO including 30 legal documents covering
different fields which are all under the authority of the NA. The majority
include new legal documents and amended and supplemented laws. The
remainder are legal documents that have been amended or supplemented or
new laws issues, which are aimed at making the government's policy system
transparent, increasing administrative efficiency and the final transition
to a market-based economy, which is not directly related to the WTO
Despite approval of
the NA Standing Committee, will the government and state agencies have
enough time to deal with the large volume of legal changes?
number of legal documents that must be changed is large and this workload
has already been defined in the NA's law building programme for 2005. The
two biggest law building projects is the Unified Business Law and the
Amended Law on Investment by the planning and investment ministry, the
government determined to submit them in the next conference session.
gear up for WTO bid
The National Assembly
(NA) will work ďdays and nightsĒ to finish the legislation program for
Vietnamís World Trade Organization membership negotiations, pledged
the top lawmaker Friday.
In a NA Standing Committee meeting
in Hanoi, NA Chairman Nguyen Van An and most committee members showed
their support for the cabinetís efforts to join the WTO and swore to
adjust and speed up their lawmaking program.
During the meeting, Trade Minister
Truong Dinh Tuyen reported matters concerning the legislation program.
The minister, on behalf of the
government, also proposed that the NA Standing Committee adjust the
program for 2005.
The NA Standing Committee asked the
government to promptly require relevant agencies to make preparations
for amendments and supplements to the related laws and ordinances and
make an official report on the adjustment of the program at the
seventh session of the NA in May this year.
(Source: Vietnam News Agency Ė
Translated by The Vinh)