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The eighth annual UK-Vietnam Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting will take place in London in late 2014. In preparation, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) are asking for feedback and suggestions about priority matters to be raised at the talks.
This is an opportunity for UK businesses to shape the agenda for these high-level talks. BBGV would like to hear about the market access issues that British businesses face in Vietnam, specifically:
What are your greatest concerns about doing business in Vietnam and how could they be addressed?
Do you have specific recommendations for bilateral initiatives that could improve the business climate?
What could you or your company offer to support such initiatives?
While it will not be possible to include all issues in the talks, UKTI/BBGV would be pleased to explore other channels to raise concerns if appropriate. Feedback is welcomed throughout the year.
Background on JETCO
JETCO was established in 2007 to identify and address issues relating to bilateral trade and investment between the UK and Vietnam. These Government-to-Government talks are held annually, and alternate between London and Hanoi.
The seventh round of talks took place in Hanoi in January 2014, where the UK raised four priority issues:
Supporting Vietnam’s preparations for the 2019 Asian Games
Discussion of regulatory issues affecting the alcohol industry
Greater cooperation to tackle illicit trade
Closer cooperation in support of Vietnam’s civil nuclear programme
UKTI has been following up on these issues since then with the Vietnamese authorities
Please email your suggestions to Hang Ngo, Senior Commercial Officer at the UK Trade & Investment Vietnam team by Sunday, 7 September 2014.