TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Workshop • AAFA, May 18

When: Fri, May 18th 2012 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Hotel Nikko Saigon, 235 Nguyễn Văn Cừ, Ho Chi Minh City
Google Map: Hotel Nikko Saigon


08:30-9:00Registration and Coffee

Event Background

The United States continues to negotiate with its partners – Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – towards completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement. Canada, Japan, and Mexico continue to express interest in joining the TPP.

Billed as a 21st century trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping up to be one of the more important trade negotiations of our time. Not only will it eliminate barriers and stimulate trade and investment among some of the most dynamic economies in the Pacific, but it could also set the terms of trade in this region and throughout the world for the coming decades. TPP’s treatment of textiles, apparel, and footwear has emerged as a pivotal issue. The U.S. has insisted on restrictive yarn forward rules of origin while others have advocated for a more flexible approach. Vietnam has identified this issue as one of its top three priorities in the TPP.

As the TPP nations converge in Dallas for the 12th round of trade talks, noted trade experts Eric Emerson from Steptoe and Johnson and Steve Lamar from the American Apparel & Footwear Association will discuss how the TPP discussions are evolving. They will also review how the TPP is fitting into the broader trade agenda from Washington with a discussion of how the upcoming Presidential elections will affect the balance of this key issue.

Key Discussion Topics

• TPP Apparel & Footwear Provisions: Rules of Origin, Customs, Market Access
• Other Key TPP Issues: State-Owned Enterprises, Agriculture, Canada/Mexico/Japan
• How TPP Compares to other FTAs
• TPP Impact on Trade Remedy Proceedings
• China’s Reaction to TPP
• Trade Agenda in Washington

Costs and Registration

Costs: 624,450 vnd (equivalent of about $ 30)

If paying in VND, please contact Ms. Christine Le, Tel: (84-8) 3742 1604 Ext: 109.

If paying in USD, please visit AAFA’s web site

and Susan Lapetina, Vice President, Industry Relations, American Apparel & Footwear Association


Steve Lamar
Executive Vice President, AAFA

Stephen E. Lamar is Executive Vice President at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). and is responsible for the design and execution of AAFA lobbying strategies on a series of issues covering international trade, labor policy, customs procedures, environment, judicial policy, product safety, and procurement practices. In that role, he also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies affecting the clothing and footwear industries. Before joining AAFA, Mr. Lamar worked for several prominent DC-based lobbying shops – Jefferson Waterman International and Neill and Company. He has more than six years of experience with the Executive Branch, including several years with the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration as a Presidential Management Intern Program. Before joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Lamar served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana. He is President of the Washington International Trade Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University in New York, and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs (with a concentration on African politics and international trade) from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Eric Emerson
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Eric Emerson is Managing Partner of Steptoe’s Beijing office and a partner in Steptoe’s International Trade and China practices. He helps companies remain competitive in the marketplace when facing challenges that threaten to disrupt the flow of trade. Mr. Emerson specializes in representing U.S. and foreign clients in all types of administrative proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”). In his 17 year career, he has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including steel, uranium, seafood, paper, non-ferrous metals, capital equipment and consumer goods. In addition to representing U.S. companies in trade proceedings, he has worked with companies in Japan, Canada, China, Thailand, Korea, Trinidad, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In addition to representing companies before U.S. trade agencies, Mr. Emerson also represents clients in litigation before U.S. courts. In some cases, he represents clients in challenges of DOC and ITC decisions before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has presented arguments before these courts on numerous occasions, and has succeeded in obtaining favorable outcomes for his clients in complex cases. Read more …

About the AAFA • American Apparel & Footwear Association

The May 18 TTP Workshop is organized by the AAFA • American Apparel & Footwear Association, whose member companies represent 80% of the U.S. wholesale business in apparel and footwear. In 2010, U.S. consumers spent nearly $ 340 billion on new clothes and shoes, and bought an estimated 20.5 billion garments and 2.3 billion pairs of shoes. This accounts for about 25% of the world’s overall apparel and footwear retail sales. . More than 80% of all footwear sold in the United States is now imported from China, and China accounts for about 40% of U.S. apparel imports.

AAFA members have strongly encouraged AAFA to bring this important TPP Workshop to Vietnam to provide necessary and important information to stakeholders in Vietnam.

Click here to view and download a pdf version of the AAFA • TPP Workshop Agenda.

Read more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The United States in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Ministers’ Report to Leaders
Outlines of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Rules of Origin for Textiles and Apparel: “Yarn Forward”
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) divides apparel and textile industry
Textiles, Vietnam, and the TPP
Vietnam and TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Promotion Agreement