APEC workshop discusses management on technical barriers

Delegates discuss ways to enhance regulators’ expertise as it relates to the WTO agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) in the Asia-Pacific region at a workshop held in HCM City on August 21. — VNS Photo Bo Xuan Hiep Improving the ability of regulators to conform to the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will help APEC economies avoid trade impediments and have better access to international markets, experts said at a workshop held on Monday in HCM City. Ninety delegates from 21 APEC-member economies met to discuss ways to improve regulatory expertise and skills in developing technical regulations. The workshop was held within the framework of the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) now being held in the city. Nguyễn Văn Khôi, deputy director general of Việt Nam’s Department of Standards, Standardisation, Metrology and Quality under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said: “We hope that economies will be able to use the information provided by the workshop to produce higher quality regulations and reduce the chances that proposed measures could impede trade.” The TBT Agreement aims to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) SMEs in Việt Nam face many challenges in applying the TBT Agreement, according to Khôi, who chaired the workshop. “The workshop is expected to have benefits for all APEC economies and for the multilateral trading…... [read more]

Delegates discuss ways to enhance regulators’ expertise as it relates to the WTO agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) in the Asia-Pacific region at a workshop held in HCM City on August 21. — VNS Photo Bo Xuan Hiep Improving the ability of regulators to conform to the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will help APEC economies avoid trade impediments and have better access to international markets, experts said at a workshop held on Monday in HCM City. Ninety delegates from 21 APEC-member economies met to discuss ways to improve regulatory expertise and skills in developing technical regulations. The workshop was held within the framework of the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) now being held in the city. Nguyen Van Khoi, deputy director general of Viet Nam’s Department of Standards, Standardisation, Metrology and Quality under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said: “We hope that economies will be able to use the information provided by the workshop to produce higher quality regulations and reduce the chances that proposed measures could impede trade.” The TBT Agreement aims to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) SMEs in Viet Nam face many challenges in applying the TBT Agreement, according to Khôi, who chaired the workshop. “The workshop is expected to have benefits for all APEC economies and for the multilateral trading…... [read more]

The APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance convened its tenth Conference on Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) in Ho Chi Minh City on August 19-20. The event brought together more than 100 representatives of both member and non-member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), along with experts from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Economic Committee, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), among others. The delegates reviewed progresses in GRP made by APEC economies and discussed major issues mentioned in the Renewed APEC Agenda for Structural Reform. They talked about processing and consideration of public comments in standards and technical regulations, trends and practices in regulatory impact analysis, and international coordination in rulemaking activities.  They also shared good practices in fulfilling tasks set for members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).  The SCSC was established in 1994 to help reduce the negative effects that differing standards and conformance arrangements have on trade and investment flows in the Asia-Pacific region. The SCSC also promotes open regionalism and market-driven economic interdependence by encouraging greater alignment of APEC member economies' standards with international standards. The first conference on GRP was held in 2000 and the 9th edition took place in 2016. VOV... [read more]

Bags of fertiliser are loaded on to a truck. According to the Vietnam Fertiliser Association, with a designed capacity of about 660,000 tonnes of DAP per year, Vietnamese enterprises could satisfy about 80 per cent of local demand. — Photo VNA The imposition of temporary safeguard duties on DAP and MAP fertiliser imports into Viet Nam, which came into effect on August 19, is an effort to help protect the domestic fertiliser industry but might push up production costs for farmers. Under the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Decision No 3044/QD-BCT, the temporary safeguard tax has been set at VND1,855,790 (US$82) per tonne, and is effective from August 19, 2017 to March 6, 2018, or until the MoIT releases a decision to impose an official measure. The imposition of taxes is also in line with the international rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). According to the director of the ministry’s Department of Chemicals, Nguyen Van Thanh, the imposition of safeguard duties will benefit domestic fertiliser producers because they will be able to proactively control their supply and will not be significantly affected by the import sources. This is also a good opportunity for local enterprises to dominate the market, while the tax imposition will create conditions to revive “zombie” enterprises producing DAP such as Dinh Vu and DAP 2 Lao Cai. Pham Ngoc Hung, vice chairman of the Vietnam Anti-counterfeiting Fund, said the application of trade defence measures would help fight…... [read more]

The imposition of temporary safeguard duties on DAP and MAP fertiliser imports into Việt Nam, which came into effect on August 19, is an effort to help protect the domestic fertiliser industry but might push up production costs for farmers. Bags of fertiliser are loaded on to a truck. According to the Vietnam Fertiliser Association, with a designed capacity of about 660,000 tonnes of DAP per year, Vietnamese enterprises could satisfy about 80 per cent of local demand. - Photo VNA Under the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Decision No 3044/QĐ-BCT, the temporary safeguard tax has been set at VNĐ1,855,790 (US$82) per tonne, and is effective from August 19, 2017 to March 6, 2018, or until the MoIT releases a decision to impose an official measure. The imposition of taxes is also in line with the international rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). According to the director of the ministry’s Department of Chemicals, Nguyễn Văn Thanh, the imposition of safeguard duties will benefit domestic fertiliser producers because they will be able to proactively control their supply and will not be significantly affected by the import sources. This is also a good opportunity for local enterprises to dominate the market, while the tax imposition will create conditions to revive “zombie” enterprises producing DAP such as Đình Vũ and DAP 2 Lào Cai. Phạm Ngọc Hùng, vice chairman of the Vietnam Anti-counterfeiting Fund, said the application…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 3 (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently approved a plan to enhance communications about Vietnam’s international integration through major events from 2017 to 2020.  From now to 2020, Vietnam will hold several important international positions such as host of the APEC Year 2017, Chair of ASEAN in 2020 and is a candidate for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.  It is also set to fulfill major international commitments, including commitments to the World Trade Organisation in 2018, and to sign, ratify and implement many new-generation free trade agreements (FTAs).  Stronger communications are expected to help raise society’s awareness, especially among businesses, of international agreements, particularly opportunities, challenges and requirements that must be satisfied when the country implements new-generation FTAs.  Under the plan, agencies need to boost communication activities during APEC Vietnam 2017 to show the country as a dynamic nation that is creating new momentum for regional growth and connectivity, and to reflect the hospitality of Vietnamese people.  Communications about the ASEAN Community should focus on the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN and Vietnam’s 22-year membership in ASEAN in 2017, 25 years of Vietnam’s ASEAN membership and the country’s role as the ASEAN Chair in 2020 and the three pillars of the ASEAN Community.  Meanwhile, the content, opportunities and challenges of the FTAs Vietnam has joined or is going to sign will be popularised, including FTAs with the Republic of Korea, the EU and the…... [read more]

A view of Da Nang city, which will host the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting later this year (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently approved a plan to enhance communications about Vietnam’s international integration through major events from 2017 to 2020. From now to 2020, Vietnam will hold several important international positions such as host of the APEC Year 2017, Chair of ASEAN in 2020 and is a candidate for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021. It is also set to fulfill major international commitments, including commitments to the World Trade Organisation in 2018, and to sign, ratify and implement many new-generation free trade agreements (FTAs). Stronger communications are expected to help raise society’s awareness, especially among businesses, of international agreements, particularly opportunities, challenges and requirements that must be satisfied when the country implements new-generation FTAs. Under the plan, agencies need to boost communication activities during APEC Vietnam 2017 to show the country as a dynamic nation that is creating new momentum for regional growth and connectivity, and to reflect the hospitality of Vietnamese people. [Integration generates practical benefits: Deputy PM] Communications about the ASEAN Community should focus on the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN and Vietnam’s 22-year membership in ASEAN in 2017, 25 years of Vietnam’s ASEAN membership and the country’s role as the ASEAN Chair in 2020 and the three pillars of the ASEAN Community. Meanwhile, the content, opportunities and challenges of…... [read more]

NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a plan to enhance the communication of outstanding international integration events for the 2017-2020 periods. From now to 2020, Vietnam will take on numerous international responsibilities such as hosting the APEC Year 2017, assuming the role of ASEAN Chair in 2020, nominating for the non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 tenure. In addition, the country will complete major international commitments, including commitments to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2018; as well as sign, ratify and implement many new-generation Free Trade Agreements (FTA). Under the plan for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, the communicated overarching message of the APEC Year 2017 will be ‘featuring the image of a renovated, dynamic and potential Vietnam, creating positive contributions and becoming a new driving force for the region’s growth and connectivity as well as fostering in the Vietnamese people attributes of hospitality, harmony and affection’. It is essential to enhance the communication of ASEAN Community with major milestones including the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN’s establishment (August 8, 1967 – 2017) and the 22nd anniversary since Vietnam joining ASEAN (1995-2017); 25 years since Vietnam has joined ASEAN and the year that Vietnam will assume ASEAN Chair in 2020. The communication of results in implementing ASEAN Community’s priorities, include ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and master plans for the three pillars of the Community, Agenda for ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and the third Phase of the…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently approved a plan to promote dissemination work on global integration events in 2017-2020. The plan aims to popularise images of Vietnam, its culture and people at home and abroad, contributing to improving Vietnam’s stature in the international arena. It targets ministries, ministry-level agencies and those from the central to local level, socio-political-economic organisations, businesses, foreign entities operating in Vietnam, researchers, students, workers, citizens from ASEAN member states, Vietnam’s strategic partners and countries that signed free trade agreements with Vietnam. The work will focus on the Party’s policies and guidelines, State laws on global integration, Vietnam’s achievements in politics, national defence-security, socio-economy, education-training, science-technology, bilateral and multilateral cooperation with countries and international organisations. Information will be regularly disseminated via mass media such as Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam, Nhan dan newspaper, grassroots media and prestigious news websites. Between now and 2020, Vietnam will assume a number of positions such as host of APEC Year 2017, ASEAN Chair in 2020 and bid for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021. The country is due to deliver on international commitments regarding entry to the World Trade Organisation by 2018 and embark on several free trade agreements.-VNA... [read more]

NDO – At the second Vietnam Private Sector Forum (VPSF), held recently in Hanoi, representatives from many private companies directed a number of wholehearted ideas to the leaders of the Government, ministries and sector, asking for the construction of a favourable business climate, so that the private sector may further contribute to the cause of national socio-economic development. >>> Private sector vital to fuel economy: PM Currently, the private economic sector contributes 40% of the national gross domestic product (GDP), whilst attracting 85% of the country’s total labour force. The Party, State and Government have attached great importance and determination to improving the investment environment and strengthening the capabilities for private firms. The Resolution of the fifth plenum of the 12th Party Central Committee on the private sector has been issued, identifying the development of the private sector as a crucial motivation of the economy and targeting the elimination of any obstacles and prejudices to ensure the development of private businesses healthy and on track. The Government and specialised management agencies should develop more specific commitments, links and action programmes in order to help private firms to become more creative and dynamic, as well as to boost business production. In reality, there remain a lot of legal barriers combined with overlapping and ambiguous regulations, which have forced private firms to consume huge amounts of money and time. A recent business confidence survey has shown that 60% of businesses reported growth in revenues in 2016, while 67% of them are projected…... [read more]




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