May 23, 2016 Of course the headlines this week are about the visit of President Obama, the third serving President to visit Vietnam. As a major trading and investment partner to Vietnam the visit is widely expected to help boost both the economic relationship as well as political ties.
TPP: Improvement to Relative Competitiveness of Vietnamese exports to the US the biggest medium term payoff
The biggest medium term impact from TPP will be a significant improvement in Vietnam’s trading position vis-a-vis the United States. The US & Japan are amongst Vietnam’s largest trading partners (accounting for 19.06% and 9.78% of exports in FY2014) and are both key members of TPP. However, Vietnam already has an FTA in place with