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President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Phan Van Khai of Vietnam deliver statements to the media in the Oval Office Tuesday, June 21, 2005. "We discussed our economic relations. And I noted that the Vietnamese economy is growing quite substantially. We talked about our desire for Vietnam to join the WTO," said the President. "We talked about security issues and a mutual desire to coordinate in the war on terror." White House photo by Eric Draper


President Bush  and Prime Minister Phan Van Khai in the Oval Office during a historic visit to the United States. In their meeting, President Bush expressed strong support for Vietnam’s accession to the World Trade Organization. The two leaders welcomed the substantial progress achieved on the complete range of issues in the recent bilateral negotiations regarding the obligations of membership and agreed to intensify efforts to resolve remaining issues.





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USVTC – NZAID Legal Reform and WTO Workshops, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, June 21-24

Unified Enterprise Law Study Mission to Washington, DC, mid July 2005

U.S.-Vietnam Normalization 10th Anniversary : San Francisco Week in Vietnam: Ten Years After

IPR Seminar Series: Licensing and Reproduction of Recorded Works, August 8-12, Ho Chi Minh City



Recent Highlights


« June 21:  U.S.-Vietnam Business Forum and Gala Dinner organized by USVTC, US-ASEAN Business Council, US Chamber of Commerce and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry 


« June 20 - June 25:  Prime Minister Phan Van Khai's historic visit to the United States
 White House Joint Statement and Press Release      


« June 13 - 19:  USVTC/USAID WTO Omnibus Implementing Legislation Delegation to Washington, DC


« March 28 - April 5: USVTC Congressional Staff Delegation


« March 15, 2005:  USVTC "Catalog of Legal Updates: Vietnam Trade Policy Regime"


« February 24: USVTC/USFCS IPR Seminar:  Copyright Licensing, February 24, 2005


« February 16: Vietnam WTO Briefing with Elena Bryan, Deputy Assistant USTR for Southeast Asia and Pacific Affairs


« January 18 - 21:  USVTC/ECA Customs Study Mission to Singapore  


« January 18:  Former USTR Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky visit to Hanoi


« December 21: USVTC 4th IPR Seminar on “Copyright Protection in Vietnam”


« December 15: Vietnam WTO Working Party Meeting, Geneva


« December 3 - 13: USVTC/ECA Study Mission to the Washington, New York, & Seattle on Customs and Trade 


«  November 30: DOC Shrimp Final Determination


«  November 26: Vietnam and Singapore conclude WTO bilateral negotiations

«  November 24: U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council to Work Towards Joining US ASEAN Business Council
USVTC President Virginia Foote to take on role of Executive Vice President for US ASEAN Business Council

November 24:  
Vietnam Closes WTO Negotiations with Brazil, Argentina and Chile

November 13-21:  USVTC/USAID Steering Committee Study Mission to Washington, DC.


«   October 26-28: USVTC/USAID Workshop on the International Convention for the Settlement of Investment Disputes

  October 25:
Visit of Former BTA Negotiator,  USVTC Board Member, and Deputy Vice President of PhRMA
     International Joseph Damond to Hanoi


«  October 25: U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council meeting with USTR to discuss Vietnam's WTO Accession


«  October 29:  Follow-up meeting with USTR


«  October 12: Assistant Secretary of State Department Paul V. Kelly letter to Congressman Lane Evans regarding his
     concern about the designation of Vietnam as a "Country of Particular Concern" (CPC).


«  October 9 - 16:  Vietnam General Confederation of Labor visit to the U.S.


«  October 9: EU and Vietnam Conclude WTO Bilateral Negotiations

      EU Press Release: EU and Vietnam conclude bilateral deal for Vietnam’s accession to WTO


«  October 9:  USVTC 3rd IPR Seminar on “Trademark Enforcement in the Courts” with the Honorable Michael Moore,
     Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association


«  October 7:  USVTC October 2004 Update


«  October 5:  Trade Council Members luncheon with Vice Minister Le Thi Bang Tam, Ministry of Finance


«  September 20 - 24:   Ministry of Justice delegation visit to the U.S.


«  September 22:  Trade Council Members luncheon with Minister Uong Chu Luu, Ministry of Justice


  «  September 15 Vietnam has been designated as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) under the Religious Freedom


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Vietnam's WTO Team goes to China (Jan 19, SGT)
Articles on Former USTR Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky visit to Hanoi  (January 2005)
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