Cablegate: Vietnam: Gvn Textile Quota Counter Proposal
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 HANOI 000823
STATE ALSO PASS USTR SPOONER/MILLER
USDOC FOR DAS JIM LEONARD
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD KTEX VM
SUBJECT: Vietnam: GVN textile quota counter proposal
1. (U) Sensitive but unclassified protect accordingly.
2. (SBU) Post received a letter addressed to David Spooner,
USTR Special Textile Negotiator, from the Vietnamese
Ministry of Trade (MOT) dated April 02, 2003 forwarding the
GVN counterproposal on textile quota levels. The letter is
signed by Nguyen Thanh Bien, Director General of the Trade
Policy Department for Europe and America, who replaced Le
Van Dao as Chief Negotiator for the Vietnamese side. (Note
Mr. Dao left MOT to work for the Vietnam Textile and Apparel
Association (VITAS).) Post will fax a copy of the letter to
USTR and EAP/BCLTV at the Department of State. Text of the
letter and counter proposal follows.
3. (U) Begin text of letter - informal translation:
Ministry of Trade
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Hanoi, April 2, 2003
Mr. David Spooner
Special Textile Negotiator
Executive Office of the President
U.S. Trade Representative
Dear Mr. Spooner,
As specified in our note dated March 24, 2003 sent to the
U.S. Embassy in Hanoi that Vietnam would produce its counter-
proposal one week before the commencing date of
negotiations, I hereby forward to you Vietnam's proposal on
Annex B. Our drafted text shall be handed over to the U.S.
side during our talks in Washington.
I hope that we will have productive and constructive
discussions next week toward the completion of a mutually
I am looking forward to working with you.
Nguyen Thanh Bien
End text of letter.
4. (SBU) Begin text of counter proposal:
Vietnam's Counter Proposal on Annex B
Cat Description Units 2003 growth
--- ----------- ----- ----- -------
200 Retail yarn Kg 3,200,000 14%
301 Combed cotton Kg 5,600,000 14%
332 Cotton Hosiery Doz Pr. 5,000,000 14%
333 Men/Boy suit- Doz 100,000 14%
342/ Skirts Doz 4,900,000 14%
351/ Pajamas etc Doz 4,000,000 14%
352/ Underwear Doz 10,000,000 14%
359/ Swimwear Kg 7,000,000 14%
434 Men/Boy other Doz 160,000 8%
435 Women/Girl Doz 480,000 8%
440 Woven wool shirt Doz 40,000 8%
447 Men/Boy wool Doz 560,000 8%
448 Women/Girl Doz 420,000 8%
620 Woven Fabric Sq Mt 56,000,000 14%
of other synthetic
End text of counterproposal.