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Over the past two decades, Vietnam has become one of the most open economies in the world. However, inefficient border procedures are preventing Vietnam from improving its trade competitiveness. Specialized inspection is a step in the customs clearance procedure that is implemented by related ministries on import and export goods. Vietnam's specialized inspection involve multiple ministries, causing major delays in border clearances, costing traders time and money, and hurting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the most. The five-year USAID Trade Facilitation Program aims to support the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to adopt and implement a risk management approach to customs and specialized inspection agencies, which will strengthen the implementation of the World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of which both Vietnam and the United States are members. This will assist Vietnam in achieving its development objectives while reducing the time and cost to trade.

Over the past two decades, Vietnam has become one of the most open economies in the world. However, inefficient border procedures are preventing Vietnam from improving its trade competitiveness. Specialized inspection is a step in the customs clearance procedure that is implemented by related ministries on import and export goods. Vietnam's specialized inspection involve multiple ministries, causing major delays in border clearances, costing traders time and money, and hurting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the most. The five-year USAID Trade Facilitation Program aims to support the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to adopt and implement a risk management approach to customs and specialized inspection agencies, which will strengthen the implementation of the World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of which both Vietnam and the United States are members. This will assist Vietnam in achieving its development objectives while reducing the time and cost to trade.

Approximately 5,900 people displaced by fighting between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) elements in Dayr az Zawr Governorate arrived at Al Hasakah Governorate’s Al Hol camp from March 7–14, bringing the camp’s total population to an estimated 68,100 people, relief agencies report. Many individuals are arriving at the camp in poor health; at least 122 people had died while transiting to Al Hol or shortly after arriving at the camp as of mid-March, according to the UN.

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget Request for USAID continues to advance our efforts to strengthen U.S. national security through strategic investments that promote the Journey to Self-Reliance. The Budget envisions the day when USAID’s development assistance is no longer needed. USAID supports governments, civil society, and the private sector in partner countries to build self-reliance, defined as the ability of a country to plan, finance, and implement solutions to its own development challenges. The FY 2020 Budget also upholds the President’s commitment to serve the needs of American citizens, ensure their safety, and defend their values, as outlined in the President’s National Security Strategy. The Budget includes significant investments to reduce the reach of conflict; prevent the spread of pandemic disease; and counteract the drivers of violence, instability, transnational crime, and other security threats.

Young people are important for developing and maintaining peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and having shared goals and values decreases the social distance between them. This USAID program brings together young people of different ethnicities and from divided communities to play on the same sports teams, leagues, and tournaments throughout the year. The Youth Sports and Recreation Association implements this $500,000 three-year project for USAID.

 

The MEC was established in 2011 to monitor and evaluate the Government of Afghanistan’s progress fighting internal corruption.

Strengthening Civic Engagement in Elections in Afghanistan will work with domestic observation groups to ensure citizen participation and oversight of the electoral process.

USAID’s Rasana program supports the independent Afghan media sector to provide reliable and balanced information to citizens across the country.

K-SMNP contributes to the Government of Afghanistan's Urban National Priority Program (U-NPP) and the government's reform agenda for urban areas.

ESA provides technical and operational support for Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), including the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) to increase the likelihood of credible and transparent elections in Afghanistan.

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Last updated: March 21, 2019

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