Plausible WTO Entry for Viet Nam in November

A senior official announced October 9 that the World Trade Organization negotiators plan on giving Viet Nam the green light to join the global body in early November.

Mr. Eirik Glenne, the chairman of the working party on Viet Nam's WTO accession and also the chairman of the ruling WTO General Council, said that this was the first time the working party has had the complete set of documents representing Viet Nam's terms of membership for the WTO.

The Norwegian trade ambassador also set an October 26 targets for concurrence within the working party on Viet Nam's accession to hasten progress during their talks in coming weeks.

If everything goes successfully, Viet Nam will officially become a WTO member in early November.

Viet Nam waits eagerly, but firmly, for its approval. The Vietnamese working board, led by Trade Minister Mr. Truong Dinh Tuyen, was sent to Switzerland to join the 13th multilateral negotiations session October 9.

A self-imposed time constraint faces Viet Nam as it hopes to join the WTO before Ha Noi hosts an APEC summit in November which US President George W. Bush is expected to attend.

Source: TT – Translated by Trong Khuong

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