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International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council



The 36th IPC Seminar

International Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia

October 31, 2005
Sofitel Plaza Hotel
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District
Hanoi, Vietnam

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The IPC is organizing a seminar in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 31st held in partnership with the National Committee for International Economic Cooperation (NCIEC), the World Wide Fund for Nature Vietnam Programme Office and Macroeconomics Programme Office. This seminar will look at Vietnam's agricultural policy in terms of how development can remain sustainable while satisfying both domestic goals and international commitments.

The seminar will be split into two main themes. Mornings sessions will cover issues in agricultural trade and the progression of multilateral negotiations, with specific attention on Vietnam's accession to the WTO. The afternoon sessions will focus on domestic issues such as, rural development, building local competitiveness into global value chains, and environmental concerns; as well as highlighting projects on sustainable agricultural production.

Trade has been a strong driver for Vietnam's recent economic growth and when it comes to securing its place in international trade, Vietnam sees its membership to the WTO as vital. Yet some of the concessions that will accompany accession, especially with regards to some of Vietnam's state dominated sectors, will be demanding and may cause significant shifts in certain industries and produce considerable political fallout.

Participants in the seminar will include high-ranking Vietnamese government officials and ministers, farm leaders, trade associations, business groups, NGOs with projects in the region, academics from universities in the region and representatives from foreign embassies.

On October 31, the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) will hold a seminar in Hanoi, Vietnam, which will explore ways that US agricultural policies could be designed to meet these policy goals. The seminar will feature speakers from government, farming, food and agribusiness. Confirmed speakers include:

• Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development _ Vietnam
• Luong Van Tu, Deputy Minister of Trade, Head of Governmental Delegation of Vietnam
• Eugenia Serova, President, Analytical Centre of Agri-food Economics _ Russia
• Jikun Huang, Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy _ China
• Eric Coull, Director, WWF-Indochina
• Csaba Csaki, Head of Department and Professor, Corvinus University, Budapest _ Hungary
• Dang Kim Son, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development _ Vietnam
• Bui Quang Toan, Director, Center for Agricultural Extension Volunteers _ Vietnam
• Chu Tien Quang, CIEM, Research Department on Rural Economic Development Policies, Ministry of Planning and
        Investment _ Vietnam
• Nguyen Tien Quan, President _ Vietnam Cooperative Alliance
• Raul Montemayor, Business Manager, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperative _ Philippines
• Doan Trieu Nhan, Chairman, Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association (VICOFA)
• Hans Jφhr, Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestlι

International Corporate Rate - $80
Vietnamese Corporate Rate - 700,000 VND
International Trade Association Rate - $30
Vietnamese NGO/Academic/Individual Rate - 200,000 VND
International Non-Profit/Government Rate - $15
*There will be an additional $5 fee for all registrations received after October 15, 2005
Seminar fees paid in Vietnamese dong may be submitted upon check-in at the seminar.

Please indicate which rate applies below.  Fees include lunch and refreshments.

Individual Registration (For group registration, click here)

                            Personal Information

Pricing: Please indicate the applicable rate.
International Corporate Rate - $80 Vietnamese Corporate Rate - 700,000 VND
International Non-Profit/Government Rate - $15 Vietnamese Non-Profit Rate - 200,000 VND
International Individual/Academic Rate - $15 Vietnamese Individual/Academic Rate - 200,000 VND
International Trade Association Rate - $30  
Payment: Please indicate your method of payment.
Cash - Cash payments will be accepted upon check-in at the seminar.
                 Please note: fees paid in Vietnamese dong can only be accepted in cash.
Check - Checks payable to the International Policy Council must be received by October 15.  Send checks to:

International Policy Council
1616 P St. NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036

Credit Card - To ensure the safety of your information, the IPC accepts credit card payments by telephone and fax only.  To pay by credit card, click here for the credit card form, then print the form and fax it to the IPC at 1-202-328-5133.  The IPC accepts Visa and Master Card. 


For questions, please contact Kyle Chapman at 1-202-328-5117 or agritrade@agritrade.org