The European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) came into force on 1 August 2020 and is the most comprehensive and ambitious trade and investment agreement that the EU has ever concluded with a developing country in Asia. For the EU it is the second free trade agreement in the ASEAN region, after the agreement with Singapore, and it has intensified bilateral relations between Vietnam and the EU on all fronts. For Vietnam it is an equally important milestone in the establishment of preferential trade with its key partners, following the country’s successful and forward-looking accession to the World Trade Organization.
The EU Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, in an effort to fill the EVFTA with further life and to assist stakeholders in realizing the potentials and opportunities brought by the EVFTA, is pleased to organize a full-day workshop titled “The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement – Benefits, Opportunities, Challenges”. The workshop manager shall be Dr. Carsten Schittek – Minister Counselor of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam. The workshop will feature opening and closing plenary sessions as well as four interactive thematic sessions, with presentations from Vietnamese government officials, EU delegates and experts, leaving significant space for involvement from participants in the integrated Q&A sessions. While the workshop will allow for exchanges among delegates on the full breadth of the EVFTA, the focus of the four substantive sessions will be on four topical themes, namely:
- Trade Facilitation
- Rules of Origin
- Intellectual Property
- Public Procurement.