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U.S. Ambassador David Shear speaks at the launch of Ha Long Bay Alliance.
April 15, 2014

HANOI, April 15, 2014 -- The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with Quang Ninh People’s Committee, today launched the “Ha Long Bay Alliance,” a joint public-private effort that will bring together U.S. and Vietnamese government officials, private sector business partners, and key local and national stakeholders to help preserve and protect Ha Long Bay. The Alliance will be supported with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s major international tourist attractions and a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also sustains a range of other economically important activities such as aquaculture, fisheries, harbor, mining and transportation. These economic development activities have increasingly placed pressure on the Bay, degraded the environment, and made the livelihoods of communities who are dependent on the Bay more vulnerable.

The Ha Long Bay Alliance aims to foster cooperation to ensure the sustainability of the Bay by raising the awareness and capacity of local nongovernmental and governmental organizations to effectively manage natural resources.

USAID Mission Director Joakim Parker Speaks at the 2nd Vietnam Engineering Education Conference
March 26, 2014

There is no one model for successful PPPs in general or in support of innovation in engineering education in particular. But many of Vietnam's challenges and the principles I've described at least begin to be addressed by the very effort to form alliances of government, business and educational institutions. We can make a contribution just by trying, and USAID is enthusiastic about trying.

The liquid and vapor treatment system has been constructed north of the containment structure.
March 25, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Air Defense – Air Force Command of Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense, working with the Danang Peoples’ Committee, today held a session to share information with community representatives about progress on the Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Danang Airport Project, which was officially launched in August 2012 with approval of the Prime Minister.

USAID Vietnam Mission Director, Joakim Parker, speaks at the seminar for female entrepreneurs.
March 7, 2014

 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Vietnam Women’s Union, and the Hanoi Entrepreneur Women Association (HNEW) partnered to bring together female entrepreneurs from seven Northern provinces and Hanoi to share their experiences in business management and business start-up in connection with International Women’s Day. 

March 4, 2014

Scouring local markets to examine fish species is not where Dr. Dang Thuy Binh expected to find herself.  She dreamed of being a journalist but was inspired by her mother to study biology, for which she later found her great passion, especially marine biodiversity and conservation.

March 2, 2014

Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Minh gives a whole new meaning to cutting edge. To understand why, you only need to look at her title: Vice Dean of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), School of Mechanical Engineering - Material Cutting and Industrial Instrument Department.

It's more than a mouthful, but it's also a statement of her resolve in going where few women in Vietnam, at least so far, dare to tread. She and only one other professor represent women in her department's 18-strong faculty. She's hoping that one day this will change.

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Last updated: April 15, 2014

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