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Rep. Sander Levin said the TPP deal is not right for America. The leading House Democrat on trade policy said he opposes the TPP, underscoring the hostile political environment. He said he doesn’t support the TPP in its current form because it contains insufficient provisions to protect labor, lacks binding rules to prevent currency manipulation, and could ease the movement of the auto industry from his home state of Michigan to Mexico.

“To not get it right is to get it wrong, and this TPP, as negotiated, is not right for America,” Mr. Levin said. “My position has never been no TPP, my position has been we have to address these very major issues that I outlined a year ago,” Levin said.

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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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