Update on Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Vietnam
The TPP countries continued their negotiations today on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Negotiating teams continued accelerating their discussions on the rules of origin and began talks on technical barriers to trade, government procurement, competition, goods market access, e-commerce, and labor.
The Vietnamese Government hosted a workshop on Vietnamese labor law and practice for the TPP negotiators. Representatives from the Vietnamese Labor Ministry, unions, and industry discussed current labor law and efforts to reform the labor code and trade union law. They placed particular focus on efforts to include in the reforms feedback from the International Labor Organization concerning consistency with international standards. TPP Labor delegations also toured a footwear factory in Dong Nai province to get a first hand look at labor conditions in Vietnamese factories.