Vietnam is currently seeking WTO accession and has committed to working
towards joining the global trading body by 2006. The US Vietnam Trade
Council was an integral part of the successful passing of the Bilateral
Trade Agreement (BTA) in 2001 and the Trade Council will use its experience
to work with key ministries and counterparts involved in WTO accession.
The WTO involves such issues as tariffs, non-tariff barriers, subsidies,
trade remedies, TRIMS, and financial services. Work conducted to assist
the team in Vietnam, Washington, DC and Geneva will aim to facilitate
the understanding of issues raised by the overall negotiations, accession
processes, and membership commitments. Throughout, the Trade Councils
Educational Forum is involved in providing expertise and technical assistance
to the inter-ministerial team negotiating Vietnams WTO accession.
The Educational Forum will involve the building of an international trade
legal curriculum for Vietnamese professionals and academics. The Trade
Council also hopes to be able to assist in capacity building the legal
capacity for global integration and compliance with international commitments.
The programs and assistance that the US Vietnam Trade Council and its
Educational Forum consist of study missions, technical assistance, public
awareness and outreach programs, seminar series, and cooperation programs
(including Singapore and New Zealand). These activities are designed to
facilitate the WTO accession process. The Trade Council also provides
numerous consultations with high- level officials and conducts research
and analysis to the Ministry of trade, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of
Finance, Ministry of Planning & Investment and Ministry of Agriculture
on Chinas Accession and Implementation, Russias accession,
Doha developments, and Trade Policy Reviews of other countries.
Technical Assistance Programs
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. Click here for more information.
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