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“After five years of negotiation, signing the TPP is an important milestone in our efforts to set high-standard rules of the road in the Asia Pacific region and more generally, and to deliver an agreement that will benefit American workers, farmers and businesses,” said USTR Michael Froman. The TPP Ministers’ Statement said “”The signing … is the beginning of the next phase for TPP. …  our respective domestic processes.”

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In Vietnam, private sector stakeholders remain relatively untapped as a source of insight into transport and logistics policy making and planning. But increased public-private engagement can greatly enhance Vietnam’s logistics competitiveness. A World Bank report suggests establishing legally backed platforms for public-private and public-public collaboration, furnishing such partnerships with sufficient resources to carry out their mandate, ensuring comprehensive representation of stakeholders across the supply chain, and observing common-sense “business meeting” norms regarding timeliness and the prompt issuance of minutes with clearly assigned responsibilities and well-defined next steps.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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