Summary of Issues and Communications

AmCham’s objective is to promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the United States, in particular by working to improve business conditions. One of the key activities of AmCham, as provided for by the DECREE OF THE GOVERNMENT Promulgating the Regulations on the Establishment of Foreign Business Associations in Vietnam, Decree No. 08/1998/ND-CP, dated 22 January 1998, is: ” … to represent the Association in putting forth proposals and measures to Vietnamese state management authorities for the purpose of protecting the lawful rights and business of member businesses and contributing to the creation of a healthy business environment.”

Vietnam has made commitments to transparency and consultations with businesses to be affected by laws and regulations in the  Bilateral Trade Agreement, in the report of the Working Party on the Accession of Vietnam to the WTO, and as ratified by the National Assembly in Resolution No. 71, Nov 29, 2006.

Proposals to Vietnamese and U.S. Authorities, Related Background Information

2015

Dec 01 Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 1, 2015 – Vietnamese and English, All Statements
Dec 01 AmCham Statement at Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 1, 2015
Sep 01 Letter re Minimum Wage 2016 (English) | (Vietnamese)
Jun 09 Vietnam Business Forum, June 9, 2015
Jun 09 AmCham Statement at Vietnam Business Forum, Jun 9 (English) | (Vietnamese)
Apr 03 AmCham Letter re Visas (English) | (Vietnamese)
Apr 03 AmCham Letter re Visas, Attachment 1
Apr 03 AmCham Letter re Visas, Attachment 2

2014

Dec 02 Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2014
Sep 25 Recommendations and Background Reading on Draft Decree re Customs Law
Sep 24 CEO Forum 2014 AmCham Scene Setting Interview re TPP and AEC 2015 – New Strategy
Sep 12  Export Forum 2014: TPP and TFA – Prepare now to be a “qualified supplier”
Sep 12  Export Forum 2014: Electronic Data Interchange – A Requirement to be a “qualified supplier”
Sep 12  Export Forum 2014: Exporting to the United States – Requirements & Best Practices
Sep 11  Letter regarding Visa Policy to Promote Tourism to Vietnam (V)
Sep 11  Letter regarding Visa Policy to Promote Tourism to Vietnam (E)
Aug 01 Carbonated soft drinks will not be subject to excise tax; Resolution 56
Jun 02 Letter re Proposed Excise Tax on Carbonated Soft Drinks
Mar 28 AmCham-VCCI Forum on Vietnam’s Food and Beverage Industry Sector (Hà Nội)
Mar 24  Vietnam Business Forum Meeting in HCM City
Mar 14  Letter from AmCham and EuroCham to Ministry of Finance et al re Price Controls (E)
Mar 14  Letter from AmCham and EuroCham to Ministry of Finance et al re Price Controls (V)
Mar .  ASEAN Food & Beverage Alliance (AFBA) comments re excise tax on carbonated soft drinks
Feb 27 . Member Strategy Workshop: VNACCS/VCIS Implementation and Customs Risk – Summary.Presentation: VNACCS/VCIS Implementation and Customs Risk in Vietnam
Ref .WTO “Bali Package” Trade Facilitation Agreement, Dec 2013
Jan 27 .Letter to Vietnam Customs re VNACCS/VCIS Implementation on Apr 1, 2014

2013

Dec 24  Letter to U.S. Senate, House Agriculture Committees et al. re U.S. Farm Bill and Inspection of Catfish(ENG) (VIE)
Dec 3  Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement, Dec 3, 2013 (VN)
Dec 3 Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement, Dec 3, 2013
Oct 23  Letter to Ministry of Finance re Proposed Excise Tax on Carbonated Soft Drinks (ENG) (VIE)
Sep 27  TPP Seminar in Da Nang: How Can VN Companies Become Suppliers to U.S. Buyers?
Aug 30  Statement at Dialogue Meeting with HCM City People’s Committee & MPI/FIA
Aug 02 “Hoa Kỳ – TPP – Việt Nam” Thế giới & Việt Nam Cơ Quan Trực Thuộc Bộ Ngoại Giao
Jul 25  Joint Statement • President Truong Tan Sang’s Official Visit to Washington
Jul 25  Q&A with FBNC re TPP and Vietnam-U.S. Trade and Investment
Jul 24  Q&A with HTV re TPP and Vietnam-U.S. Trade and Investment

Jul 24  Thương mại Việt Nam – Hoa Kỳ: Sẽ đạt 51,5 tỷ USD” Thế giới & Việt Nam

Jul 24 .  Q&A with The World and Vietnam – TPP and President Sang’s Visit to Washington
Jul 17  TPP Workshop: Opportunities and Challenges, HUBA, HUFO, AmCham
Jul 10  TPP Seminar: LBC and AmCham – How Can VN Companies Become Suppliers to U.S. Buyers?
Jun 3  Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Written Statement, Jun 3, 2013 (VN)
Jun 3  Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Written Statement, Jun 3, 2013
Jun 3  Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Verbal Statement, Jun 3, 2013
May 24 .  Business Leaders’ Forum re TPP: Interests and Concerns of Businesses in Vietnam
May 24 .  TPP Overview and Quantitative Assessment: Presentation by AmCham • Fred Burke
May 24 .Statements by Leading FDI Investors’ FBA: S Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong
May 24 .Statements by some TPP Participant Countries’ FBA: Australia, Canada, Malaysia
May 08  .Dialogue Meeting re TPP • AmCham, VCCI, and Key Export Industry Associations                          .AmCham Statement
.Vietnamese Associations’ Statements: VCCI, VITAS, LEFASO, etc.
May 06  .Letter fr MoIT re WTO Trade Policy Review of Vietnam Preparations, May 6-10, 2013            .Letter fr MoIT re WTO Trade Policy Review of Vietnam Preparations (Eng)
.WTO Trade Policy Review of Vietnam Preparations, AmCham Statement
.Letter to USTR, Concerns of U.S. Business regarding Vietnam’s WTO Accession, Sep 24, 2004
Apr 05  .Letter regarding Visa Waiver for visitors from Japan, S Korea, Russia, etc. (EN) 
Letter regarding Visa Waiver for visitors from Japan, S Korea, Russia, etc. (VN)
Mar 31  .Viewpoint regarding proposed amendments to Vietnam’s Constitution (EN) Viewpoint regarding proposed amendments to Vietnam’s Constitution (VN)
Mar 28  .Seminar: Vietnam’s Viewpoints on TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)
.MoIT: TPP Negotiations and Vietnam’s Participation
.VCCI: TPP Negotiations and Vietnam’s Business Community Interests and Concerns 
VITAS: TPP Negotiations – Opportunities and Challenges for Vietnam’s Textile & Apparel
.LEFASO: TPP Negotiations: Impact on Vietnam’s Leather & Footwear Industry
.PETRI: Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of TPP on Vietnam’s GDP and Trade
Feb 12  .Background: Barbara Weisel, Chief U.S. TPP Negotiator, “The key country is Vietnam … “ Background: Peter Petri, PhD., “Vietnam would be the largest beneficiary on the TPP track.”
Mar 08  .Letter to U.S. Trade Representative re Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Feb 08  .Submission to U.S. Trade Representative re Intellectual Property Rights in Vietnam
Jan 24  Letter to MOLISA regarding draft decree on Foreign Employees in Vietnam (EN)
Jan 24  .Letter to MOLISA regarding draft decree on Foreign Employees in Vietnam (VN)  
Dec 03  .Statement by Vice Minister of Justice re Law on Lawyers at Vietnam Business Forum\
Dec 03  AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 3, 2012 (VN)
Dec 03  .AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 3, 2012
Nov 30AmCham Letter re Law on Lawyers (VN)
Nov 30  .AmCham Letter re Law on Lawyers
Aug 16  .VBF Consultation Meeting on Draft Decree on IT, Decree v3.8, Comments
May 29  .Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement, May 29, 2012
May 29  .Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement, May 29, 2012 (VN)

Feb 10AmCham Submission to USTR: Intellectual Property Rights in Vietnam

Dec 02  AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2011

Dec 02  AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2011 (VN)

Dec 02  AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2011 (Key Points)

Dec 02  Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2011 • All Statements (Eng)

Nov 04  VCCI Letter to Ministry of Health re Food Safety Law (Eng)

Nov 04  VCCI Letter to Ministry of Health re Food Safety Law (VN)

Oct 25  AmCham Letter to Ministry of Health re Food Safety Law

Oct 24  AmCham Statement • National Employers Conference 2011: Labour Code Revision

Oct 24  All Statements • National Employers Conference 2011: Re Labour Code Revision (V)

Oct 24  All Statements • National Employers Conference 2011: Re Labour Code Revision (E)

Jul 29  AmCham Letter to Prime Minister re Decree 46 and U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement

Jul 18  AmCham Letter to National Labour Relations Committee re Proposed Amendments to Labour Code (VN)

Jul 18  AmCham Letter to National Labour Relations Committee re Proposed Amendments to Labour Code (Eng)

Jul 08  AmCham Statement Regarding Minimum Wage Adjustment for 2012 (Eng)

Jul 01  Joint AmCham-EuroCham Position Paper on the Draft Law on Price

Jun 19  AmCham Vietnam Statement on Transpacific Partnership (TPP)

May 27  AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, May 27, 2011 (Eng)

May 27  .  AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, May 27, 2011 (VN)

Dec 15  Letter to Ministry of Health re Healthcare Issues

Dec 15  Position Paper: Key Healthcare Issues for Vietnam

Dec 15  Letter to Ministry of Health re Healthcare Issues (Vietnamese)

Dec 15  Position Paper: Key Healthcare Issues for Vietnam (Vietnamese)

Dec 15  World Bank: Enhancing MoH Capacity to License Medical Professionals

Sep 28  ADB to mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects 2011-2015

Sep 24  Vietnam must address concern that VND may slide, IMF’s Benedict Bingham says

Jul 15  Vietnam and TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Promotion Agreement

Jul 15  Vietnam’s Socio-Economic Development Strategy: 2011-2020

Jul 15  Project 30 Update: PM’s Advisory Council on Administrative Procedures Reform

Apr 02  Revised Labour Code, 2009-2010, and National Conference on Industrial Relations,

Apr 1-2Jan 26  Letter to Office of Government re Draft Circular on Price Registration/Stabilization

Jan 26  .  Letter to Minister of Finance re Draft Circular on Price Registration/Stabilization

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