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September 30, 2022

Vietnam has achieved impressive growth over the past 20 years with an average annual GDP growth rate of more than 6 percent. However, maintaining this growth rate will become more difficult over time as capacity constraints go unaddressed. Additionally, governance challenges at national and provincial levels to promote a business-enabling environment and greater inclusive development need to be addressed. This includes greater transparency, improving public-private engagement and improving the capacity of local government to be responsive with local stakeholders.

September 30, 2022

Medical oxygen is essential in the treatment of several diseases, including COVID-19, chronic lung and other respiratory diseases. However, in Vietnam, on-site oxygen storage at smaller and provincial hospitals is rare, necessitating dependence on regular oxygen deliveries. Oxygen can run out in times of surge demand, as happened during waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this, in 2022, USAID provided 13 hospitals in five provinces in Vietnam with liquid oxygen systems that provide a reliable supply of medical oxygen to thousands of additional patients. On September 26, USAID announced it will provide 10 more systems to hospitals across six additional provinces, located in some of the poorest and most remote areas of Vietnam.

September 30, 2022

As Vietnam experiences steep increases in energy demand and rising air pollution, it is critical to develop cleaner and more reliable sources of energy, and, most importantly, use these resources in the most efficient way possible. On September 20, USAID launched a project in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), the country’s biggest economic hub, to accelerate renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions to the city’s urban energy challenges. The $14 million USAID Vietnam Urban Energy Security project will work with the HCMC and Danang city governments to improve urban planning related to clean energy, mobilize investment, and integrate clean energy solutions into the power system. These include rooftop solar, electric vehicles, waste-to-energy, and other energy efficiency solutions. For HCMC, the project plans to deploy at least 400 megawatts of clean energy, mobilize at least $540 million in public and private investments, and take at least 15 innovative solutions to urban energy issues to market.

September 30, 2022


   ISSUANCE DATE: September 30, 2022

CLOSING DATE/TIME: October 30, 2022 at 17:00 Hanoi local time   

SUBJECT: Solicitation for Resident-Hire U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC) –

Economic Governance and Competitiveness Program Management Specialist.

USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Aler Grubbs (third right) presents trophies to representatives (provincial Departments of Health and hospitals) of 13 sites that have received USAID-funded liquid oxygen systems.
September 27, 2022

HANOI, September 27, 2022 – On September 26, 2022, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced liquid oxygen systems for 10 additional Vietnamese hospitals. In total, USAID is providing 23 hospitals with liquid oxygen systems. USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Aler Grubbs made the announcement Monday afternoon alongside leaders from the Ministry of Health and numerous provincial departments of health, who were gathered to celebrate the completion of USAID’s installation of liquid oxygen systems in 13 hospitals across five provinces. 


For USAID/Vietnam Newsroom items issued before January 2017, please visit the 2012-2017 Archive Site.


Last updated: September 12, 2022

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