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Cablegate: Vietnam: Gvn Submits Revised Wto Services Offer

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150947Z Apr 05

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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7355
INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY
USMISSION GENEVA
USDOC WASHDC
USDA WASHDC

UNCLAS HANOI 000888

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD WTRO VN WTO
SUBJECT: VIETNAM: GVN Submits revised WTO Services Offer

REF: HANOI 794

1. This is an action request. See paragraph 3.

2. The Ambassador received a letter dated April 15 and CD-
Rom from Vice Minister of Trade Luong Van Tu transmitting
the GVN's revised WTO services offer and three additional
documents related to Vietnam's bilateral market access
negotiations with the United States. The letter requested
another round of WTO bilateral negotiations with the United
States in Washington, D.C. May 9-12 (replacing the request
for negotiations at the end of April reported reftel).
Embassy emailed the documents contained on the CD-Rom to
EAP/BCLTV via encrypted email. Text of the letter follows
in paragraph 2.

2. Unofficial translation of the text of the letter:

Begin text:

Ministry of Trade
31 Trang Tien Street
Ha Noi, Vietnam

Hanoi, 15 April 2005

H.E. Mr. Michael W. Marine
Ambassador
Embassy of the United States
7 Lang Ha, Hanoi
Vietnam

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

Following our bilateral meeting in March 2005 in Washington,
I would like to send you enclosed herewith our revised
services offer to the United States and request your kind
transmittal to your responsible authority.

Following a view to promoting our bilateral negotiation, we
have provided a number of new flexibilities in sectors and
sub-sectors of significant interest to the United States
such as telecommunications, financial services, oil and gas
services etc. This clearly shows our goodwill toward the
United States in our bilateral negotiation. We do hope that
the United States can take these movements into account and
reflect the essential flexibilities in our negotiation.

In that light, we would like to suggest that the next round
of bilateral negotiations be held in Washington from 9-12
May 2005 and seek your assistance in working with your
capital to confirm the above-suggested dates.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your consistent
support and assistance and I am looking forward to hearing
from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

(signed)

Luong Van Tu
Vice Minister
Chief Negotiator

4. Action request. Post requests guidance on how to respond
to the GVN's request for WTO bilateral negotiations May 9-12
in Washington.

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