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  N° 118  
Issue 2 2009  
Vietnam's WTO Accession and Export-Led Growth
Jean-Pierre Cling
Mireille Razafindrakoto
François Roubaud
Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2007 and became its 150th member. This accession is something of an endorsement of a long process of trade reform and international integration, which started more than two decades before in 1986 with the launch of Doi Moi (Renovation). Indeed, the launch of Doi Moi marked Vietnam's transition to a "socialist-oriented market economy" and the start of a process of trade liberalization and export-led growth. Vietnam's international integration met some initial difficulties, as the country was totally isolated at the beginning of the 1990s following the fall of the Berlin wall. After the end of the American embargo in 1994, Vietnam engaged successively in several regional and bilateral trade agreements: it joined first ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) in 1997, then signed the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) in 2001. It also signed a bilateral trade agreement with the United States (USBTA) in 2000, which opened the US market to Vietnamese products (but with quotas). At the same time, tariff disarmament has been gradual but significant, so that following WTO accession additional trade liberalization for goods is limited: average Vietnamese consolidated tariffs will only decline from 17.4 percent in 2007 to 13.4 percent in 2019. Abstract

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Vietnam; WTO; international trade; Asia; CGEM Keywords
O53; F10; C50 JEL classification
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