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2004

   

  August 30: Ambassador Raymond Burghardt's remarks at a farewell luncheon organized by American Chamber of Commerce, HCMC

 

    August 12: USVTC/HCMC General Sciences Library IPR Seminar Series: "Trademark Protection" and  "Copyright Workshop for Librarians"

 

     August 2 - 8: USVTC Seminar on International Trade Law conducted by David Gantz - George Washington University Law School

     for Hanoi Law University and Ho Chi Minh University of Law

 

    August 7:  USVTC Workshop on Trade Remedies for HCMC Bar Association conducted by Professor David Gantz

 

    August 6:  USVTC Workshop on Investor State Arbitration for Ministry of Justice conducted by David Gantz

 

    August 4:  Trade Council Meeting with U.S. Ambassador Designate to Vietnam  Michael Marine

 

    August 3:  Trade Council Meeting with Assistant Secretary of State James A. Kelly

   

    July 22 - 23: Deputy USTR Josette Shiner visit to Hanoi

 

    July 23: USVTC July 2004 Update

 

    July 19: U.S. House Floor Vote on H.R. 1587 - Vietnam Human Rights Act. 

     U.S.-Vietnam Congressional Caucus Letter Urging Non-Support of H.R. 1587
     
U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council Letter to Members of Congress 

 

    July 6:  U.S. Department of Commerce Assesses Preliminary anti-dumping tariffs on imports of shrimp
     from Vietnam and China.
 

 

    June 28 - July 2: USVTC / Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs Workshop on Vietnam WTO Accession 

 

    June 23:  Workshop for Ho Chi Minh Bar Association conducted by Ambassador Richard Fisher -
    USVTC Senior Advisor to the Board

 

    June 15:  Vietnam WTO Working Party Meeting in Geneva, June 15.  Trade Council hosts reception in

    honor of Vice Minister Luong Van Tu and Vietnam WTO Negotiation Team.   

 

    June 15:  Closing of 5th Session of Vietnam's National Assembly XI, May 11 - June 15, 2004

 

    June 8:  Trade Council hosts briefing and luncheon in honor of Trade Minister Truong Dinh Tuyen. 

 

    June 3:  President Bush signs letter to Congress renewing the Jackson-Vanik waiver for Vietnam. 

 

    June 2:   "Do Visa Delays Hurt U.S. Business?" - Survey results and analysis on behalf of Aerospace 
    Industry Association, American Council of International Personnel, Association for Manufacturing Technology,
    Coalition for Employment Through Exports, National Foreign Trade Council, US China Business Council, US
    Russia Business Council, and U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council. 

 

    June 1:  Phillips Fox Launches Vietnam Law Database, www.vietnamlaws.com

 

May 17 - 21: U.S.-Vietnam BTA Joint Committee Meeting in Washington, DC. 

 

May 20: Meeting for Trade Council Members with Deputy USTR Josette Shiner. 

 

May 20: USVTC and Embassy of Vietnam reception in honor of Vice Minister of Trade Luong Van Tu on the  occasion of the U.S. Vietnam BTA Joint Committee

 

May 20: USVTC Memo on MFN and Textile Agreements

 

May 18: USVTC Update of Recent and Upcoming Activities

 

May 13: U.S. Department of Commerce Summary of Investigation into U.S. Data from Vietnam used to determine Quotas in the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Textile Agreement. 

 

May 12: U.S. House of Representatives Passes H. Con. Res. 378 Urging the Release of Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly

 

May 12: USVTC Seminar on "Vietnam's Participation in International IPR Agreements", Ho Chi Minh City.

 

May 7: USVTC Memo on PNTR for Vietnam

 

May 7: USVTC Memo on Trading & Distribution RightsClick here to download in Vietnamese - Tieng Viet

 

May 7: USVTC Memo on the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA)

 

May 6: Confirmation by the Senate, Michael W. Marine, of Vermont, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

 

May 3: USTR Special 301 Report

 

April 30:  Vietnam's National Assembly Passes Anti-dumping Ordinance.  Click here to see full text of this Ordinance. 

 

April 29: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vote for Ambassadorial Nominees, including Ambassador Designate to Vietnam, Michael Marine.  Senate floor vote still required. 

 

April 28: Reception marking the establishment of the Vietnam Congressional Caucus Caucus Mission Statement

 

April 22: Confirmation Hearings for U.S. Ambassador Designate to Vietnam, Michael Marine, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

 

April 18 - 30: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Law Faculty visit to Kansas University, George Washington University, Georgetown University and National University of Singapore

 

April 13:  Trade Council meeting with John Boardman -  Deputy Chief of Mission (Beginning  Summer 2004), U.S. Embassy,  Hanoi.  

 

April 5 - 8: WTO Deputy Director General Rufus Yerxa visits  Hanoi to work  with Vietnam's WTO Negotiation Team .   Meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, Minister of Trade Truong Dinh Tuyen and other senior government officials.  WTO  Luncheon hosted by Embassy of New Zealand. 

 

April 2 - 4:   USVTC off-site staff retreat  in  conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the Establishment of the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council, Nha Trang, Vietnam

 

March 28 - 31:  USVTC/USAID Study Mission on Financial Services, Budget Restructuring and Fiscal Policy
 

March 6 - 21:  USVTC and Georgetown University Law Center WTO Program for Delegation from National Committee for International Economic Cooperation (NCIEC), Washington, DC and New York, NY. 

 

March 17: Joint Workshop on WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism for HCM University of Law and Ho Chi Minh Bar Association by Victoria Donaldson - WTO Appellate Body Secretariat 

 

March 8: Workshop on WTO Dispute Settlement for Hanoi Law University by Victoria Donaldson and Jan Bohanes - WTO Appellate Body Secretariat

 

March 4:  Senator Brownback introduces S. Res. 311 calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly , and for other purposes.

 

February 21-28: USAID/USVTC Study Mission on IPR Enforcement

 

February 12: Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs, hearings  on "Trade and Human Rights: The Future of U.S.-Vietnamese Relations."
U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council Testimony

 

February 6:  WTO Workshop for Ho Chi Minh City  Bar Association

 

February 3: "The U.S.-Vietnam BTA: Survey of U.S. Companies on  Implementation Issues" - Report & Interviews by the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council Education Forum.  Click here to see the Report in Vietnamese (tieng viet)
Press Release.   Related Articles. 

 

January 16:  U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council and Ho Chi Minh City General Sciences Library sign MOU to establish an Intellectual Property Rights Reference Collection.   Press Release.
 

January 11-16:  USVTC Congressional Staff Visit to Hanoi, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City

 

2003

 

December 16 - 17: Workshop for Hanoi Law University, HCM Law University, and Ministry of Justice  with Viet Dinh - Associate Professor, Georgetown University

 

December 1 -12 Vietnam WTO Bilaterals &  Working Party Meeting in Geneva

 

December 5: U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council & US ASEAN Business Council host banquet in honor of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan's Visit to Washington and 2nd Anniversary of the BTA. 

 

December 1:  Launching Workshop with Hanoi Law University

 

November 30 - December 6:  USAID/USVTC Study Mission to Washington, DC and New York City on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)

 

November 22: Workshop with Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association

 

November 10 - 12: Vietnam Minister of Defense visits Washington, DC.  U.S. Department of Defense Press Release

 

November 3: Vietnam and Japan Conclude Bilateral Investment Treaty

 

October 25 - November 1: USVTC/USAID Study Mission to Wellington and  Auckland, NZ on Financial Services and Fiscal Impact of Trade Liberalization

 

2003 APEC Key Issues and Joint Ministerial Statement

 

September 28 - October 10:  Visiting Fellows from Hanoi & HCMC Law Faculty  Participate in Harvard University Kennedy School Executive Program on The Practice of Trade Policy: Economics, Negotiations and Rules

 

October 5 - 10:  Minister of Planning & Investment Vo Hong Phuc Visits Washington, DC and New York City.   U.S.-Vietnam Trade  Council and US ASEAN Business Council co-host a breakfast in his honor.  U.S.-Vietnam Investment Seminar, New York City,  9 October.

 

October 3:  Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs James Kelly addresses a conference on U.S.- Vietnam  relations in Washington organized by SAIS and Vietnam's Institute for International Relations

 

September 2003:  Update on Upcoming Trade Council Activities and Technical Assistance Programs.

 

September  29 - 30 The Impact of Tariffs: Econometric and Empirical Analysis in Support of WTO Accession - Technical  Assistance Program  in cooperation with Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vietnam Ministry of Finance.  

 

September 24: Ambassador Raymond Burghardt speech on U.S.- Vietnam Relations - The Need for a Broader Vision

 

September 23:  Ambassador Burghardt and Deputy Chief of Mission Bob Porter host dinner for USVTC/USAID Study Mission Delegates. 

 

September 16 - 20:  Minister of Trade Truong Dinh Tuyen Visits Washington, DC - Trade Council hosts Luncheon in his honor.   Sponsors include ACE, Boeing, Oracle, PHRMA, New York Life International and Nike. 

September 19:  Trade Council Member Far East National Bank Organizes Seminar on Factoring with State Bank of Vietnam. 

 

September 10 - 14 Vice Minister of Trade Luong Van Tu Heads Delegation to WTO Ministerial in Cancun
Trade Council Member New York Life International hosts dinner in honor of Vietnamese delegation.   
Click here for news on the WTO Ministerial in Cancun

August 5 - 6: Vietnamís Accession to the WTO: Strategies for Negotiations and the Implementation Process  Seminar sponsored by New York Life International in cooperation with Vietnam Ministry of Trade and the USVTC
Keynote Speech by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan

 

July 30 - August 1:  USVTC hosts Cato Adrian - Counsellor, WTO Accessions Division  to work with Vietnam's WTO Negotiation Team

Cato Adrian Interview  (Vietnam News - August 7, 2003)
U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council President Virginia Foote Interview  (Lao Dong Newspaper - August 7, 2003)

 

July 19 - 27:   USVTC/USAID Agricultural Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Study Mission to Washington, DC & Oklahoma

 

July 12 - 19: USVTC/USAID Telecom Study Mission to Washington, DC

 

July 15 :  House vote on Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) sanctions amendment on H.R. 1950 - Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005

 

July 7:  The Ministry of Justice and US-Vietnam Trade Council (USVTC) signed a project memorandum on assistance to  international trade law training project

 

July 1:  USVTC Workshop on Trade in Services at the Ho Chi Minh City University, School of Law

 

June 16 Decision memo to Joe Spectrini from Barbara Tillman for the Antidumping duty Investigation of Catfish from Vietnam 

 

June 5:  Ambassador Ray Burghardt briefs a group of Congressional staffers on US-Vietnam relations, organized by USVTC and House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee 

 

May 29:  President Bush transferred to Congress the one year renewal of the Jackson-Vanik 2003 waiver for Vietnam

 

May 12-13 Vietnam WTO Working Party Meeting in Geneva      

 

April 25 U.S. and Vietnam Sign Textile Agreement

 

April 3 Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) Introduces Vietnam Human Rights Act  (Press Release)

 

March 25 - April 2 USVTC/USAID Intellectual Property Rights Study Mission to Washington, DC

 

February 22 - March 1 USVTC/USAID State Bank of Vietnam Study Mission  to Washington, DC