Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and Embassy of the United States of America in Hanoi on December 9 organised a round-table discussion between Vietnam business community and Ms Caroline Atkinson, the White House Deputy Assistant to the President and the Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, to find solutions for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
Ms Caroline Atkinson noted that Vietnam was one of important partners of the US’s focus on Asia, especially Asia-Pacific, and TPP agreement would create more benefits for Vietnam and all TPP members.
Dr Vu Tien Loc, VCCI President, remarked that this was a good opportunity for representatives of Vietnam’s business associations to express their concerns and sensitive issues over TPP negotiations between Vietnam and the US in many industries, such as garments and textile, leather and footwear, seafood, agricultural products, intellectual property, labour, financial services, and others.
Apart from showing advantages, disadvantages and difficulties of Vietnam’s products and services after joining TPP, representatives of business associations also urged the US Government to provide more investment, technical support and human resource training to Vietnamese companies.
The US understands Vietnam is facing sensitivities in TPP negotiations and hopes that the two sides can find out the best solutions to step by step implement the agreement effectively, instead of seeing it as too difficult to deal with, said Caroline Atkinson.