Planning to conclude negotiation of Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2015

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh said so at periodic Government press conference session of November/2014, taking place on the afternoon of 01/December


In 2015, negotiation of TPP can be concluded

Being asked by the press about plans and schedule for negotiating Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh said that in recent years, negotiation of TPP had undergone over 20 official sessions, many mid-term negotiation sessions between small groups.

Especially, the negotiation underwent 5 Ministerial sessions, the most recent negotiation was organized in Australia. Shortly thereafter, the leaders met on the sideline of APEC Summit Meeting in Beijing to consistently determine the early completion of negotiation process. Leaders of nations did not give a specific time, but the statement of leaders in negotiating TPP showed the spirit of determination and urgency in assigning specific tasks aiming to conclude negotiation as soon as possible.

“In this evening (01/December), Vietnam group is on the road to attend the negotiation among group leaders in Washington DC focusing on some relatively complex contents: State-owned enterprises (SOE), environment, commodity market opening, especially negotiation on rules of origin. Subsequently, the time has not been specified yet, but likely in January/2015, there will be another round of negotiation discussing difficult issues such as intellectual property and submitting a package option to Ministers to conclude negotiation early in 2015”, Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Khanh said.

Answering the question of the press whether TPP negotiation refers to the digital economy and personal privacy guarantee, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh confirmed that in TPP negotiation, Vietnam had negotiated ecommerce program. One of two basic principles of ecommerce is free circulation of information on the Internet. If there is no free circulation of information, there cannot be ecommerce. The second principle is no requirement of other parties’ servers on its own territory, so ecommerce can be performed.

However, while recognizing those basic principles, all nations in TPP negotiation as well as Vietnam, European Union (EU) accepted the exception of those principles. The first exception is national security issues, a nation can implement any measures including limitation of ecommerce to ensure national security.

Secondly, relevant nations may implement any measures which are inconsistent with the provisions of convention if those measures ensure legitimate public objectives. We have many legitimate public objectives such as safety, public order.

Thirdly, all nations have the right to control information on the Internet to ensure fine traditions and customs, national legislation about privacy, etc.

“In the future, we will welcome all suppliers of ecommerce on the Internet but we have the right to implement national legislation to ensure privacy with service suppliers, even service suppliers are in our territory or from outside Vietnam, regardless any supplier etc.”, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade said at periodic Government press conference session of November/2014./.

(Source: Journal of Finance)


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