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 Textiles, footwear and leather products made in Vietnam have been added to a list of goods produced using child or forced labor, compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor. The “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” or TVPRA list, mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act 2005, is released by the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs every two years. The report is based on data from a survey released by the Vietnamese government and the International Labour Organization.

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Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer skirted a question about how he would vote on TPP, should it come to the floor this fall, by simply saying that it would not. “It’s not going to come to a vote,” When pressed, he added: “And neither Clinton’s for it. Trump’s not for it. The majority leader has indicated he’s not going to put it on the floor. It’s not coming to a vote.”

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Vietnam’s Government has been working on a plan to grant official electronic visas for foreign visitors next year. The World Economic Forum ranked Vietnam 75th out of 141 countries in its 2015 report of Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked relevant ministries to reinforce the management of the tourism environment to “turn tourism into a spearhead economic sector.”

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A group of Vietnamese travel enthusiasts, hailing from all walks of life, have joined together to help complete the Google Map of Vietnam, free of charge to the technology giant.
The 15-member Google Map Maker team in Vietnam is entrusted by Google to approve and deny requests for new locations in the Southeast Asian country, while consistently updating sites and improving the map’s quality.

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After the April Monthly Government [Cabinet] Meeting, Resolution 33/NQ-CP, May 9, 2016, para. 4 (see link below) explained Vietnam’s process of TPP ratification and implementation legislation, which could take up to two years from the Feb 4, 2016 signing date. There will be a proposal for an omnibus TPP implementation bill,  ” …  reported to the Government [Cabinet] at the regular meeting in December 2016. The Prime Minister signs the Proposal before submitting to the President to consider and decide the submission of the Proposal to the National Assembly” for review, consideration, and ratification.

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Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Minh is perhaps one of the most interesting and qualified foodtech entrepreneurs you’ll meet in Vietnam. A seafood processing engineer by trade, she got her PhD in political economy and was eventually appointed as the Deputy Minister of Fisheries to head up food safety and fishery exports in Vietnam.

Due to her background, Dr. Nguyen naturally grew passionate on the topics of food safety, transparency and traceability, an internationally-recognized methodology to collect and offer transparent information about the food that is eaten or sold to determine whether it is safe or of high quality.

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Senegal and Uruguay have ratified the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The submission of the instruments of acceptance means that nearly 85% of the ratifications needed to bring the TFA into force have now been received.

The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of the WTO membership has formally accepted the Agreement. With the acceptance by Senegal and Uruguay, the number of TFA ratifications now stands at 92 (56%). The TFA will enter into effect when 2/3 (110) of the 164 WTO members have ratified the agreement.

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Although the East Sea (SCS) covers only 2.5% of the Earth’s surface, it comprises some 12% of the total global fish catch. Unfortunately, the region’s fisheries are in serious jeopardy. As of 2008, virtually all SCS fishery stocks were collapsed (roughly 25%), over-exploited (roughly 25%), or fully-exploited (roughly 50%). The situation is only worsening. The most important aspect of the disputes is not oil or sovereignty—it is whether or not SCS fish continue to appear on Asia’s menus. 

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation that would establish a five-year pilot program to help developing countries implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which aims to cut red tape in customs and other international trade procedures. The legislation was sponsored by Chairman Bob Corker and ranking member Ben Cardin. 

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