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Book gathers firms' trade policy views

Update: August, 20/2011 - 08:12
HA NOI — The European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) is publishing today a volume entitled Trade Policy Recommendations from Vietnamese Business Associations.

"We are pleased to support Vietnamese business associations in publishing the book," EuroCham executive director Matthias Duehn said yesterday.

This book seeks to summarise for the Vietnamese Government the positions of member companies of various Vietnamese trade associations on key issues affecting the nation's business climate, including taxation, import and export duties, intellectual property rights, environmental issues, infrastructure and the legal system.

Publication of the book is part of a EuroCham project entitled Capacity Building on Trade Policy for Vietnamese Business Associations. The project is funded by the EU under the framework of the Viet Nam-EU Multilateral Trade Assistance Project III (MUTRAP III).

To compile the book, EuroCham polled nine business associations: the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association, the Viet Nam Leather and Footwear Association, the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, the Ha Noi Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises Association (HASMEA), the HCM City Handicraft and Wood Products Association, the Young Business Persons Association of HCM City, the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry branch in HCM City, Dong Nai Province's Exporters and the Importers Club and the Can Tho Business Association.

"Our project team has been engaged in a variety of activities to enhance policy advocacy capacity for Vietnamese business associations," said Duehn. "From training on how to improve strategies and build capacity in policy advocacy, to collecting recommendations from member companies and compiling the book, we hope that our efforts can create an active dialogue between business associations, enterprises and the Vietnamese Government, to help business associations improve their voice."

EuroCham welcomes additional Vietnamese business associations, beyond the initial nine associations surveyed, to add recommendations to the next edition, said Duehn. The first edition is a trial and everything isn't perfect.

On the occasion of the book launch, EuroCham and members of the Vietnamese business associations hosted a roundtable dialogue with key Government representatives from relevant ministries and agencies in Ha Noi. Members of the Delegation of the European Commission, which has strongly supported the book efforts, rounded out the announcement workshop. — VNS

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