as the 2nd Session of the 114th Congress begins. Though the support of all three groups was expected, their roles in helping the Obama White House lobby Congress to pass the deal is considered crucial, particularly in convincing Republican leaders to move forward with a final ratification vote this year. The business groups said they would fight for the deal in Congress, but the direct message in each of the statements was to the administration, not congress. The Business Roundtable’s statement said: “We want Congress to approve the TPP this year. To that end, we are urging the administration to quickly address the remaining issues. …Read More →
Over 1,500 delegates will attend the 12th Party Congress in Hanoi, representing over 4.5 million Party members.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said 68 centrally-run Party organisations sent their reports on the 12th National Party Congress’s draft documents. The Viet Nam Fatherland Front, social organisations, administrations at different levels and many sectors held workshops and conferences to collect recommendations. Large numbers of Party members, people from all strata and overseas Vietnamese also sent in their suggestions on the drafts. …Read More →
The 15th Annual AmCham Scholarship Awards, with 50 outstanding scholarships (VND 10,000,000) and 30 scholarships (VND 4,000,000) to third year and above students including: University of Technology, University of Natural Sciences, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Economics and Law, University of Information Technology, International University, Hoa Sen University, Banking University Ho Chi Minh City, Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, School of Medicine and University of Technical Education. …Read More →
An estimated 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year. Over the past few years, high-profile outbreaks related to various foods, from spinach to peanut products, have underscored the need to make continuous improvements in food safety. …Read More →
On October 4, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, announced conclusion of their negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia. The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, and balanced agreement that will promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; reduce poverty in our countries; and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labor and environmental protections. We envision conclusion of this agreement, with its new and high standards for trade and investment in the Asia Pacific, as an important step toward our ultimate goal of open trade and regional integration across the region. …Read More →
Autos and dairy seem to have been settled. Now only IP for biopharmaceuticals seems to remain. The U.S. has made a compromise proposal, moving from twelve years to eight, more than half-way to the Australian position of five years. U.S. congressional leaders have reminded negotiators that the TPP must be approved by U.S. Congress, along with eleven other legislatures. TPA passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a 218 – 208 vote. Talks have been extended until Oct 4. Canada, Mexico, NZ Trade Ministers said they’ll stay until TPP is concluded. Japan’s Trade Minister said …Read More →