The below is attributable to Spokesperson Jessica Jennings:
On her third day in Vietnam, Administrator Samantha Power visited Cai Rang Market, a wholesale floating market, to see firsthand how the Mekong Delta’s waterways play a critical role in the agricultural sector, and to hear from local farmers on how their livelihoods are being impacted by climate change.
Next, Administrator Power met with the Can Tho People’s Committee leadership and discussed USAID cooperation with the local government. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership, the Administrator conveyed the United States’ desire to strengthen our relationship with Vietnam and, under the Mekong-U.S. Partnership, address climate change, environmental protection, public health, and inclusive growth in the Mekong Delta. The Administrator also highlighted USAID’s long-running assistance to Vietnam to strengthen its ability to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging infectious disease threats.
Finally, the Administrator traveled to Can Tho University, a USAID partner and the Mekong Delta’s leading university, and met with environmental studies students to hear their experiences and perspectives on the challenges Vietnam faces due to climate change. The conversation reflected the dedication and commitment that Vietnam’s rising generation of leaders have for tackling global challenges.