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Ba Ria – Vung Tau (VNA)
– A three-day conference on impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal on Vietnam convened in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau’s Vung Tau city on June 16.

The event gathers representatives from the National Assembly (NA)’s Council of Ethnic Affairs, Standing Committee and Committee for External Relations, deputies from the south recently elected to the 14 th NA, experts and businessmen.

Participants will delve deeply into the content of the TPP agreement, including chapters related to labour, intellectual property, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, as well as rules of origin.

They will discuss the role of the NA in ratifying the pact and overseeing its implementation.

Vietnam’s commitments, legal gaps, law amendment options and the preparation of domestic firms are also subjects to be discussed.

The conference will lay the groundwork for further discussion and for the vote on the ratification of the TPP, that is slated to take place at the first NA’s session in July.

The event was co-organised by the NA Committee for External Relations together with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Governance for Inclusive Growth Programme. The two agencies will continue their work together until December 2018 in a bid to encourage the participation of the National Assembly, ministries, businesses and social organisations involved in the national reform.-VNA