Summary of Issues and Advocacy (all)

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 managment authorities for the puprose of protecting the lawful rights and business of member businesses and contributing to the creation of a healthy business environment.”

AmCham Position Papers, Proposals to Vietnamese and U.S. Authorities, and Background Information

2012

Aug 16 VBF Consultation Meeting on Draft Decree on IT, Decree v3.8, Comments
Feb 10 AmCham Submission to USTR: Intellectual Property Rights in Vietnam

2011

2011-12-02 AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2011
2011-12-02 AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2011 (VN)
2011-12-02 AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2011 (Key Points)
2011-12-02 Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 2, 2011 • All Statements (Eng)
2011-11-04 VCCI Letter to Ministry of Health re Food Safety Law (Eng)
2011-11-04 VCCI Letter to Ministry of Health re Food Safety Law (VN)
2011-10-25 AmCham Letter to Ministry of Health re Food Safety Law
2011-10-24 AmCham Statement • National Employers Conference 2011: Labour Code Revision
2011-10-24 All Statements • National Employers Conference 2011: Re Labour Code Revision (V)
2011-10-24 All Statements • National Employers Conference 2011: Re Labour Code Revision (E)
2011-07-29 AmCham Letter to Prime Minister re Decree 46 and U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement
2011-07-18 AmCham Letter to National Labour Relations Committee re Proposed Amendments to Labour Code (VN)
2011-07-18 AmCham Letter to National Labour Relations Committee re Proposed Amendments to Labour Code (Eng)
2011-07-08 AmCham Statement Regarding Minimum Wage Adjustment for 2012 (Eng)
2011-07-01 Joint AmCham-EuroCham Position Paper on the Draft Law on Price
2011-06-19 AmCham Vietnam Statement on Transpacific Partnership (TPP)
2011-05-27 AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, May 27, 2011 (Eng)
2011-05-27 AmCham Statement • Vietnam Business Forum, May 27, 2011 (VN)

2010

2010-12-15 Letter to Ministry of Health re Healthcare Issues
2010-12-15 Position Paper: Key Healthcare Issues for Vietnam
2010-12-15 Letter to Ministry of Health re Healthcare Issues (Vietnamese)
2010-12-15 Position Paper: Key Healthcare Issues for Vietnam (Vietnamese)
2010-12-15 World Bank: Enhancing MoH Capacity to License Medical Professionals
2010-09-28 ADB to mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects 2011-2015
2010-09-24 Vietnam must address concern that VND may slide, IMF’s Benedict Bingham says
2010-07-15 Vietnam and TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Promotion Agreement
2010-07-15 Vietnam’s Socio-Economic Development Strategy: 2011-2020
2010-06-15 Project 30 Update: PM’s Advisory Council on Administrative Procedures Reform
2010-04-02 Revised Labour Code, 2009-2010, and National Conference on Industrial Relations, Apr 1-2
2010-01-26 Letter to Office of Government re Draft Circular on Price Registration/Stabilization
2010-01-26 Letter to Minister of Finance re Draft Circular on Price Registration/Stabilization

2009

2009-12-16 Joint Letter re Project 30 and Draft Circular on Price Registration/Stabilization
2009-12-16 Letter to Minister of Finance re Draft Circular on Price Registration/Stabilization
2009-11 Revised Labour Code, Draft 2 (November 2009) for public comments
2009-10-16 Letter to Prime Minister re Minimum Wage Adjustment
2009-07-29 List of Administrative Procedures proposed for Reform under Project 30 (ACAPR)
2009-04 Electricity Pricing in Vietnam
2009-04 Vietnam’s Power Development Master Plan VII
2009-03-03 AmCham Statement to National Assembly Social Affairs Committee re Labor Relations
2009-02-17 Government “Industrial Relations Centres” to tackle labour disputes
2009-01-20 Statement at Conference on Apparel and Footwear Sectors in 2009

2008

2008-12-23 Letter to Prime Minister re: Labor Relations, Dec 23, 2008
2008-12-17 Letter to National Labor Relations Committee, Dec 17, 2008
2008-12-01 AmCham Statement at Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 01, 2008
2008-12-01 Phát biểu của AmCham, Diễn đàn Doanh nghiệp Việt Nam, Ngày 1 tháng 12 năm 2008
2008-12-01 Vietnam Business Forum Book w/ All Statements, Dec 01, 2008 (Eng)
2008-12-01 Diễn Đàn Doanh Nghiệp Việt Nam, ngày 1 tháng 12 năm 2008 (VN)
2008-11-20 U.S. Apparel Imports from Vietnam up 22% Jan-Sep 2008
2008-11-20 Letter to Labor Relations Committee re Harmonious Industrial Relations
2008-11-20 Thư gửi Ủy ban Quan hệ Lao động v/v quan hệ lao động hài hòa
2008-10-09 Congressional Research Service: Potential Trade Effects of GSP for Vietnam
2008-08-18 Prime Minister Requests Harmonious Industrial Relations
2008-06-19 Letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary re Prime Minister’s Visit
2008-05-20 Letter to Prime Minister re Industrial Relations in Vietnam
2008-06-02 Statement at Vietnam Business Forum, Jun 02, 2008
2008-04-22 Letter fr Minister of Industry and Trade re Trading Rights
2008-04-10 Letter to Minister of Industry and Trade re Trading Rights (Decree 23 and Circular 9)

2007

2007-12-09 Position Paper: Concerns re WTO Commitments on Trading and Distribution Rights
2007-12-04 Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement
2007-10-12 Letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary re November Mission and Key Issues of Concern
. U.S. apparel imports from Vietnam continue to surge: up 26% in first nine months
. Concerns re WTO Commitments on Trading Rights, Distribution Rights, etc.
2007-08-23 Letter to Minister of Industry and Trade re Vietnam-U.S. Apparel Trade
2007-05-30 Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement
2007-02-08 Letter to Minister of Trade re Vietnam-U.S. Apparel Trade after WTO Entry

2006

2006-12-20 HCM City Party-Government-Business Dialogue – AmCham Statement
2006-12-13 Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement
2006-10-06 Letter to USTR Schwab and Commerce Secretary Gutierrez re: Apparel
2006-06-08 WTO Accession and Implications for Vietnam – AmCham Statement
2006-06-05 Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement
2006-05-09 Position Paper: Vietnam’s WTO Accession – Re-emphasis of three key issues
2006-03-17 Position Paper: Vietnam’s WTO Accession and Export Subsidies
2006-02-09 Prime Minister’s Dialogue with Entrepreneurs – AmCham Statement
2006-01-11 Letter concerning illegal strikes and violence

Update and Background on WTO Implementation (and Apparel Trade) Includes (1) summary and downloads of complete information on the Working Party Report (260 pages), Commitments on Goods (560 pages), Commitments on Services (60 pages); (2) detailed specifics on the U.S.-Vietnam WTO Bilateral Agreement for Agricultural, Industrial, Services, Textiles and Apparel. Note that apparel imports account for nearly 40% of all U.S. imports from Vietnam; (3) Import Monitoring Program for Textiles and Apparel from Vietnam; and (3) regular Update of developments.

2005

2005-12-05 Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement
2005-06-01 Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement
2005-03-01 Position Paper: U.S. Businesses Need a Tax Treaty with Vietnam

2004

2004-10-13 Prime Minister’s Dialogue with Entrepreneurs – AmCham Statement

Policy Issues – Asia-Pacific Council of AmChams

Summary of Policy Issues of the Asia-Pacific Council of AmChams

Policy Issues – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum

Key policy issues for APEC include: support for the WTO Doha Round conclusion by December 2006, regional trade arrangements (RTAs) and free trade agreements (FTAs), and the implementation of the Busan Roadmap (to the Bogor Goals).

APEC’s focus is on three key areas (known as APEC’s ‘Three Pillars”)

  • Trade and Investment Liberalisation – the “Busan Roadmap to the Bogor Goals”
  • Business Facilitation – the “Bogor Business Agenga”
  • Economic and Technical Cooperation

    U.S.-ASEAN Enterprise Initiative, Enhanced Partnership, Plan of Action, and TIFA

    U.S.-ASEAN Enterprise Initiative, October 2002
    focuses on regional and bilateral trade initiatives that will reinforce global efforts in the WTO Doho Development Round, including: bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs, for example with the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand), followed by bilateral Free Trade Agreements (for example, with Singapore).

    U.S.-ASEAN Enhanced Partnership, July 28, 2005
    focuses on economic, political and security issues.

    Plan of Action, July 27, 2006
    The foreign ministers of ASEAN and the U.S. Secretary of State signed the framework document for the plan of action to implement the ASEAN-U.S. Enhanced Partnership on 27 July 2006, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The plan of action serves as a five-year master plan from 2006 to 2011, aimed at pursuing joint actions and measures to enhance cooperation.

    U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, August 25, 2006
    “The U.S.-ASEAN TIFA signed today reflects our commitment to establishing the architecture that will facilitate an even more vigorous U.S. economic engagement in the ASEAN region,” said Ambassador Schwab. “The TIFA will be a platform to intensify our trade and investment relations with the ASEAN region, which collectively constitutes our fourth largest trading partner and represents one of the most rapidly growing and dynamic economies in the world.”

    Increased Efforts to Combat High Level Corruption

    World leaders are increasingly attacking hgh level corruption by senior government officials, or kleptocracy. The G8 Leaders agreed to fight high level corruption in a joint statement on July 16. President Bush outlined the U.S. stragegy internanationalize efforts against kleptocracy on August 10. The World Bank/IMF meetings in Singapore September 19-20 is expected to develop a coordinated and comprehensive anticorruption strategy. Read more … .

    Additional Background Reading

    U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Relations, Statement by Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Mar 12, 2008.

    USTR’s Library of Trade Agreements between Vietnam and the United States

    Transformational Diplomacy – Fact Sheet (and link to Secretary of State’s 18 Jan 06 Speech)

    “I would define the objective of transformational diplomacy this way: To work with our many partners around the world to build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that will respond to the needs of their people—and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system.”

    “Hands-On. Diplomats will not only be analyzing policy and shaping outcomes, but also running programs. They will be helping foreign citizens to promote democracy building, fight corruption, start businesses, improve healthcare, and reform education.”

    Rice-Chertoff Joint Vision: Secure Borders and Open Doors in the Information Age

    “To decrease the wait time for visa appointments for travelers, and building on best practices at several posts, all American embassies and consulates have now established procedures to expedite the processing of business visas and are working closely with local American Chambers of Commerce in over 100 countries to expedite the visa process for bona fide business travelers.”

    Advancing a New Paradigm in Foreign Assistance

    “For too long, in the world of foreign aid, many have considered “good intentions” to be “good enough.” The era of sprinkling some money around the world and feeling better about ourselves simply has to end. Our foreign assistance must have a strategic focus.”

    “But the dominance and the permanence of such donor-led responses has had the effect of shifting the focus of responsibility away from the host governments to international donors. We’ve often created parallel systems of service delivery that have allowed governments to shirk their responsibility, and shifted citizens’ expectations away from their own governments to the international donors.”

    “What we want all our U.S.-based partners to do, is to say: while we are providing fish to eat, let’s also teach people how to fish for themselves.”