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May 20, 2022

Despite Vietnam’s dramatic economic transformation into a lower middle-income country, numerous development challenges threaten Vietnam’s continued pace of economic growth and hamper its deeper integration into the global economy. The United States supports a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam that contributes to international security, engages in mutually beneficial trade relations, and respects human rights and the rule of law.

May 20, 2022

The race to digitally transform business has started, and SMEs in Vietnam are trying to catch up with their larger competitors. On April 27 and 28, the USAID LinkSME Project, in collaboration with the Assistance Center for SMEs in the South of Vietnam (TAC HCM) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment's Agency for Enterprise Development, organized a training-of-trainers course for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on e-commerce platforms. More than 40 participants attended the training on-site in Vung Tau province with about 90 people participating online. The course introduced participants to practical toolkits on e-commerce that can be used to advise SMEs.

May 20, 2022

Vietnam is in the process of developing an automated Customs ICT system, called Smart Customs, with plans to fully install the new system by 2023. A fully integrated and automated Smart Customs system will reduce cargo clearance times, reduce physical inspection costs, and result in fewer audits after cargo is released. From May 9 to 13, the USAID Trade Facilitation Program and General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC) co-organized an in-depth workshop in Haiphong for key GDVC staff to equip them with the tools to finalize business requirements and processes for the new Smart Customs system. The workshop was attended by over 100 participants from Haiphong, HCMC, Danang, and Dongnai provincial customs departments.

May 20, 2022

As part of USAID's assistance for persons with disabilities, USAID supports Vietnam in strengthening the systems that provide essential health and social services. A key aspect of this effort is increasing human resources for multi-disciplinary rehabilitation services, including through comprehensive training and development of university-level education programs in line with international standards. On April 29th, the first cohort of 14 students to earn their Master’s in Speech and Language Therapy graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City. The graduates are rehabilitation lecturers from medical universities in Tay Ninh, HCMC, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue and Hai Duong. The new Master’s degree was developed in late 2017 and implemented with support from USAID through its Disabilities Integration of Services and Therapies Network for Capacity and Treatment (DISTINCT) project.

Cat Lai Port, Ho Chi Minh City
May 19, 2022

HO CHI MINH CITY, May 19, 2022 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC) released an action plan for reducing congestion at Cat Lai Terminal, Vietnam’s busiest container operation, located at the Port of Ho Chi Minh City. The action plan, unveiled at a workshop co-organized by USAID and GDVC, contains 21 recommendations to help position the port to meet increasing demand. Before COVID-19, the port was operating at full capacity, with demand as measured by container volume expected to double by 2030.


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Last updated: May 20, 2022

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