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November 15, 2018

Quang Tri, a province in the North Central Coast of Vietnam, has high disability prevalence. The provincial government has estimated that there are 37,000 persons with disabilities in the province, but the actual number is believed to be higher. According to Quang Tri authorities, there are about 3,610 families that have two members with disabilities; 874 families that have three members with disabilities, and almost 500 families have four members with disabilities. Last week, USAID launched a new three-year $1.9 million activity Quang Tri, marking USAID support for persons with disabilities for the first time in the province. In addition to providing legal counselling, community reintegration support, and women’s reproductive health services, the activity will also help enhance disability rights advocacy in the province and build local capacity in implementing Vietnam’s disability law and policies.

November 15, 2018

Wildlife trafficking is a lucrative form of transnational crime that is decimating populations of elephants, rhinos, and pangolins. On November 9-11, the UK Embassy, a key diplomatic partner in the effort to combat wildlife crime, hosted the “Inspire Me Festival” in Hanoi. As part of the broader event, USAID’s Saving Species activity created a Wildlife Village at Hoan Kiem Lake, a popular destination in the historical center of Hanoi. This jungle-themed village was created to educate and inspire adults and children not to buy, consume, or trade illegal wildlife.

November 8, 2018

The Law on Competition in Vietnam aims to reduce monopolistic business practices, such as economic collusion that results in unfair competition for other businesses and ultimately higher prices for consumers.  The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), the National Assembly, and the USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) program have worked together since 2016 to gather feedback from various stakeholders on monopolistic practices and to provide recommendations for the revised Law on Competition, which was adopted by Vietnam’s National Assembly in June 2018.

Last week, the USAID GIG program organized a workshop for businesses, experts, and researchers in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss the follow-on draft decree, which will focus on the investigation and detection of monopolistic practices and increasing punitive damages for such practices. This workshop followed a similar one held in September in Ninh Binh that included officials from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The follow-on draft decree will be submitted to the Vietnamese government in January 2019 and is expected to take effect in July 2019.

United States and Vietnam Complete Environmental Remediation at Danang Airport
November 7, 2018

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink and Vietnam Ministry of National Defense (MND) Vice Minister Nguyễn Chí Vịnh witnessed the signing of an agreement to hand over 13.7 hectares of remediated land at the Danang International Airport to the control of the Ministry of Transportation. This is the third and last portion of land to be turned over for expansion of Danang International Airport. The ceremony also marked the completion of the six-year, $110 million Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Danang Airport Project, jointly implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MND.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink answers media questions at the event.
November 6, 2018

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) hosted an event to mark the completion of the USAID Governance For Inclusive Growth (GIG) program.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene, and Vice Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc opened the event. It was attended by about 250 representatives from government ministries, business associations, social organizations, international organizations, and news agencies.

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Last updated: November 16, 2018

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