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New deadline for your contributions to UK-Vietnam trade talks

Consultation period prior to the forthcoming annual trade talks has been extended until 7 September 2014.

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Minister without portfolio Grant Shapps and Vice Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa at the plenary session of JETCO 7
Minister without portfolio Grant Shapps and Vice Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa at the plenary session of JETCO 7

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.

Email: ngo.mhang@fco.gov.uk; telephone: +84 4 39360536

Published 30 July 2014
Last updated 1 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. The deadline for submitting contributions to the eighth annual UK-Vietnam Joint Economic and Trade Committee meeting is extended until 7 September 2014.
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