Việt Nam issues plan on RCEP implementation

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A Symbol of Unity is placed at the headquarters of ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh has signed a decision approving a plan on the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which became effective from January 1.

The plan aims to assign tasks and responsibilities to relevant agencies and organisations, decide on measures related to direction and administration, and other measures to implement this agreement fully and effectively.

Accordingly, ministries, ministerial-level agencies, Governmental agencies, People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities will step up dissemination of information about RCEP and legal documents revised, supplemented, annulled or promulgated to implement the agreement for relevant entities, especially those that may be affected such as the business community, industry associations, cooperatives, management agencies at the central and local levels, and workers through the media, websites, publications, documents, training courses, seminars, and dialogues.

Attention will be paid to improving and intensifying the provision of information and forecasts about import and export markets as well as the domestic market to help Vietnamese enterprises understand more about the information, technical requirements and import-export management regulations of RCEP signatories, thus facilitating their making and implementation of business and investment strategies.

Ministries, sectors and localities will build programmes to support and improve competitiveness for industries and businesses, especially micro-, small- and medium-sized ones, cooperatives, and farmer households in accordance with international commitments; and prepare response solutions and support policies for industries that are affected greatly and directly from the implementation of the agreement.

The plan also stresses the importance of focusing on restructuring agriculture, digital transformation, application of science and technology and advanced production models so as to improve product quality and traceability, and protect the environment, thus helping meet national and international standards.

Signed in November 2020, RCEP brings together 10 ASEAN member states, along with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand, covering 30 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) worth US$26.2 trillion.

It forms a market with 2.2 billion consumers, and becomes the largest free trade area in the world in terms of population. It will eliminate tariffs on as much as 92 per cent of goods traded between its signatories eventually, expand market access for investment, harmonise rules and regulations, and strengthen the supply chains within the massive free trade zone. VNS

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