The U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council and its educational affiliate of the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council Education Forum have an ongoing program of events and technical assistance programs designed to further relations and understanding between the US and Vietnam and to assist Vietnam with its goal of global integration. The Trade Council and Education Forum are dedicated to strengthening the foundation for a positive long- term relationship between the United States and Vietnam.

With contributions from our Member companies and pursuant to grants from Atlantic Philanthropies, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (formerly the U.S. Information Agency), the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and other funding, the Trade Council and its Education Forum conduct technical assistance programs such as fellowships, study missions, conferences, seminars, curriculum development and exchanges, and other related events.

The U.S. - Vietnam Trade Council Education Forum currently provides technical assistance to Vietnam on issues relating to the implementation of the U.S. - Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA), and on issues raised by Vietnam's accession to WTO. Our assistance also covers key issues such as Intellectual Property Rights, Goods, Services, Investment, Transparency, and Labor.


Past programs:

upcoming & ongoing activities on Vietnam's WTO accession

The Trade Council has various technical assistance programs and activities in support of the WTO accession and the BTA that are ongoing. Examples include the ad hoc seminars on issues related to WTO accession for members of the Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association, public awareness and outreach programs and cooperation programs with Singapore and New Zealand.

  1. Public Awareness and Outreach Programs -- “Business Hotline” Radio and TV shows

    The U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council’s Education Forum is working with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics (“ HUE ”) on the Business Hotline program. Filmed monthly and broadcast weekly on radio and television the programs provide analysis and discussion of key international issues facing Vietnam today. The program broadcasts throughout Vietnam to provide information to the general public and reflect the promises and challenges that the country faces in adapting to Vietnam ’s global economic integration.

    The first of the series was recorded on 6 March 2003.
    Please click on this link to access the Business Hotline Website.

  2. Singapore Cooperation Program
    The U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council Education Forum is pleased to be conducting a joint collaborative program with the Government of Singapore in support of WTO accession and the development of Vietnam's international trade law curriculum.

    Below is a list of activities completed under the program so far:
    • Consultations with the National University of Singapore Law Faculty for visiting faculty members from Vietnam's Hanoi Law University and Ho Chi Minh City University of Law. Singapore, April 2004. Click here for more information.
    • Study Mission on Financial Services and Budget Restructuring in support of BTA implementation, and assisted with consultations with Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Trade & Industry for Vietnam Ministry of Finance. Singapore, March 2004. Click here for more information.
    • Sponsorship of PHD candidate from Ho Chi Minh University of Law at National University of Singapore Law Faculty, Academic Year 2004.
    • Joint Program with Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs on The Impact of Tariffs: Econometric and Empirical Analysis in Support of WTO Accession. Hanoi, 29-30 September 2003.

  3. New Zealand Cooperation Program
    The U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council Education Forum is pleased to have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Victoria University in Wellington to provide training and degree opportunities for Vietnamese individuals in New Zealand on International Trade Law and Business/Legal English.

    The Education Forum also looks forward to developing opportunities for professors to teach courses in Vietnam.

    Below is a list of activities completed under the program so far:
    • Memorandum of Understanding with Victoria Law School
    • Study Mission to New Zealand on Financial Services in support of BTA implementation. October 2003

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