ISG ANNUAL PLENARY MEETING 2006
Vietnam's agro-enterprises and WTO

 

Chaired by:

Dr. Cao Duc Phat, MARD Minister
H.E Mr. Michael W. Marine, Ambassador of the United States

Date

25 October 2006 (all day)

Venue:

International Conference Center, 11 Le Hong Phong , Hanoi

Objective:

  • The ultimate goal of the policy dialogue is to creat a sound legal corridor that can assure the equal opportunities for Vietnam's agro-enterprises of every economic sector to be more competitive after Vietnam becomes a WTO member.

TIME

CONTENTS

SPEAKERS/
RESPONSIBILITY

MORNING SESSION
7.30 – 8.00
Registration ISG Secretariat
8.00 - 8.10
Introduction and approval of the meeting program

Dr. Le Van Minh, Director General, ICDMARD

8.10 – 8.25

Welcome and opening Speech
(Challenges of Vietnam's agro-enterprises beyond WTO and role of MARD)
For Vietnamese version, click here.

Minister Cao Duc Phat

8.25 – 8.40
Opening remarks by co-chairman
For Vietnamese version, click here
A mbassador Michael W. Marine
Session 1: Vietnam's Agriculture and WTO (Chaired by Dr. Cao Duc Phat, MARD Minister and Leader of Ministry of Trade)
8.40- 9.10
Needed changes in agriculture and rural development related policies in response to WTO requirements – challenges and opportunities for Vietnam's agro-enterprises.
For Vietnamese version click here
Mrs. Pham Chi Lan, Economic Specialist
9.10 – 9.40
Discussion on need of policy adjustment for enterprises in accordance with WTO's regulations  
9.40 – 9.50

Wrap up session 1

H.E Dr. Cao Duc Phat, Minister, MARD

9.50 - 10.20
Coffee break  

Session 2: Vietnam's agriculture integration from international perspective
(Chaired by H.E Ambassador Michael W. Marine)

10.20- 11.50

“Assessing the Vietnam rural investment climate: An update” (For Vietnamese version, click here)

“EC Trade-related Assistance”

Presentation by Australia Embassy (For Vietnamese version, click here)

Swedish cooperation with Vietnam's rural development (For Vietnamese version, click here)

Report on the ADB project “Market for the poor” (employment in rural areas) (For Vietnamese version, click here)

Presentation by representative of IFAD (For Vietnamese version, click here)

Mr. Rob Swinkels, WB


Mr. Hans Farnhammer First Secretary, EU
H.E. Mr. Bill Tweddell, Australian Ambassador

Mrs. Marie-Louise Thaning, Counsellor

Mr. Dominic Smith, Director Agrifood Consulting Int.


Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tung, IFAD Policy Specialist

11.40 – 12.00
Wrap-up session 1 and 2 Ambassador Michael W. Marine
12.00 – 13.30
Lunch (hosted by Dr. Cao Duc Phat) ISG Secretariat
 
AFTERNOON SESSION

Session 3: Viewpoints of Vietnam's agro-enterprises
(Chaired by H.E Mr. Hua Duc Nhi- MARD Vice Minister, H.E. Mr. Michael W. Marine - Ambassador of the US, Dr. Le Van Minh – Director General of ICD MARD, Mrs. Pham Chi Lan – Senior Economist)

13.30 – 13.45

Report on the status of Agro-enterprises' capacity for integration (For Vietnamese version, click here)
For full-text in Vietnamese, click here

Mr. Dang Kim Son, Director General – Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development.

13.45 – 14.00 Sugar subsector with sustainable rural development and poverty reduction in the integration process. (Reflecting policy's effectiveness to sugar subsector's business in all phases from producers to processors, traders, exporters/importers)
For Vietnamese, click here
Mr. Le Van Tam, Chairman of Vietnam's Sugar Association Director of Lam Son Sugar Company
14.00– 14.15
Presentation on Forest certification
Mr. Jan Ahlsen, IKEA One Swedish Enterprise in Vietnam
14:15– 14.45
Discussion on need of policy adjustment for enterprises in accordance with WTO's regulations Enterprises
14.50 – 15.00
Wrap-up of discussion in session 3 H.E Mr. Hua Duc Nhi Vice Minister, MARD
15.00 – 15.20
Coffee break  
Session 4: Roles of the State/ MARD in the development of agro-enterprises
( Chaired by Dr . Le Van Minh – ICD MARD Director General )
15.20 – 15.35
Roles of the State in ensuring sound competitive development environment for agro- enterprises in accordance with WTO's regulations towards sustainable rural development. (For Vietnamese version, click here)
Fulltext in English and Vietnamese
Mr. Chu Tien Quang, Director of Rural Economic Policy Dept., Central Institute for Economic Management
15.35 – 16.30
Discussion  
16.30 – 16.40
Wrap up discussion in session 4

Dr. Le Van Minh

16:40 – 17.00
Closing

H.E Mr. Hua Duc Nhi
Vice Minister, MARD

Minutes of the Plenary meeting
(English and Vietnamese) - PDF formated
Vietnamese version of tentative meeting agenda
Meeting announcement
List of background documents in service of meeting discussions (to be available soon)

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