Harmonization of Law for Economic Development in Vietnam and Impacts of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement Toward this Process and Future US-VN Trade Relations: Part 1
University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
June 1, 2010
University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2010-05
In this Project Paper, Ambassador Nguyen Quy Binh brings alive Vietnam’s transition from a controlled economy to a market-based economy. For him, this is not just a period of scholarly interest, but one where the people of Vietnam went from not having enough food to eat, to having food, clothes, consumer goods and even transport. It is a story not just of GDP, FDI, ODA and other acronyms, but of children getting happier lives, with families acquiring distinctive houses and of people learning to benefit from their own work habits.
As he points out, Vietnam is now on the verge of another transition. Will it graduate to the next level of development or will it remain where it is due to the challenges facing the nation? Will it become a mid-level income developing country by 2010 and approach being a developed country by 2020? To him, the answer will depend on the emergence of a new generation of leaders who face the problems and find ways to resolve them.
This Project Paper is a great road map for such leaders to learn what Vietnam has done in the past and what it must do next. It is also a great way for leaders of other nations to understand how Vietnam emerged.
In his discussion of negotiations between Vietnam and the United States, he describes the issues they faced, how they resolved the disagreements and even how their misunderstandings complicated the negotiations. The lessons from these negotiations can benefit the next group of negotiators in Vietnam and the United States, as well as leaders of other countries who must negotiate with either nation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 69
Keywords: Vietnam, international law, economic development, GDP, FDI, ODA
JEL Classification: K33working papers series
Date posted: August 5, 2010
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