Fair and ethnical trading schemes and eco-labeling are being encouraged and promoted through clauses in the European Union (EU) – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement published on February 1st
“The Parties recognize that voluntary initiatives can contribute to the achievement and maintenance of high levels of environmental and labor protection and complement domestic regulatory measures. Therefore, each Party, in accordance with its laws or policies, shall encourage the development of and participation in such initiatives, including voluntary sustainable assurance schemes such as fair and ethical trade schemes and eco-labels”.
On 14 October 2015, the European Commission launched the new trade and investment strategy for the European Union “Trade for All”. In the communication (paragraph 4.2.4), the EC committed to promoting fair and ethical trade schemes to small producers in third countries through the EU delegations and in cooperation with the High Representative, building on existing best practice initiatives.
As part of framework of the EU-Mutrap-funded Promoting fair trade in Vietnam Project, the Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute (VIRI) and its partners will organize a policy dialogue with representatives from ministries, local authorities, trade promotion departments, universities, associations and companies to promote fair and ethical trading in Vietnam, to be held on May 12, 2016.
Within this context, the Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute, EU-Mutrap-funded Promoting fair trade in Vietnam Project and Fairtrade Labeling Organizations (FLO) representatives in Vietnam had a meeting with representatives of the EU Delegation to Vietnam on 11th April 2016 to discuss about practical ways to cooperate and implement this new commitment in the new EU trade strategy, to promote fair trade and to advocate fair trade policies.
From the EU Delegation side, there were Mrs. Miriam GARCIA FERRER, First Counsellor, Head of Trade and Economic Affairs; Mrs. Jana HERCEG, First Secretary, Deputy Head of Trade and Economic section.
From VIRI and partners side, there were Mrs. Nguyen Bao Thoa (Director of VIRI, Manager of Promoting fair trade in Vietnam Project), Mr. Tran Ban Hung (FLO representative in Vietnam), Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hong Minh (Lecturer of the National Economics University, Promoting fair trade in Vietnam Project expert), and Mrs. To Hai Yen, Promoting Fair Trade in Vietnam project officer.
In the future, VIRI and its partners will look forwards to have meeting with ministries and local authorities to promote fair trade and advocate policies for further development of fair trade in Vietnam.