Vietnam Program Updates

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Last updated: July 01, 2022

July 1, 2022

Developing and promoting multidisciplinary rehabilitation services at health facilities is one of the key objectives of the USAID disability program in Vietnam. In line with this objective, on June 17, USAID’s Disabilities Integration Services and Therapies Network for Capacity and Treatment (DISTINCT) project launched the first Speech Therapy Unit for children in Tay Ninh at the Tay Ninh Rehabilitation Hospital. The establishment of this unit is an outstanding result of a series of collaborative activities between the project and the provincial health sector, from formulating developmental rehabilitation strategy, planning, and capacity building, to providing speech therapy services in Tay Ninh Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as to beneficiaries throughout the project’s focal provinces.

July 1, 2022

USAID’s Improving Private Sector Competitiveness (IPSC) project is providing customized technical assistance to 60 pioneering enterprises (PEs) to help them add value to  products through the application of Vietnamese intellectual property, nurturing them to become sustainable models for other small and growing businesses (SGBs) to emulate and scale up. In the first round of submissions from January - March 2022, IPSC received 154 applications from potential PEs seeking project support. After conducting an initial screening assessment, 28 enterprises were shortlisted. To initiate USAID support, IPSC has conducted scoping visits for the 28 PE candidates in June to consolidate information into business profiles for a PE Selection Committee to determine enterprises qualified to receive customized technical assistance for up to two years, depending on their situation, needs, development capacity, commitment to participate, and willingness to co-invest.

July 1, 2022

The USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (LinkSME) project is strengthening SME support organizations to facilitate supplier-buyer relationships between Vietnamese SMEs and lead firms located in Vietnam, and expand SME capacity to participate in manufacturing supply chains. On June 23–24, USAID LinkSME, in collaboration with the Agency for Enterprise Development, organized a two-day training in Ho Chi Minh City for nearly 40 representatives of business support organizations (BSOs) on matchmaking events and membership retention/expansion. As a follow-up to the training, USAID LinkSME identified eight BSOs interested in future collaboration on matchmaking events, access to finance, and digital transformation, allowing them to enhance their capacities to serve SMEs.

July 1, 2022

As a follow-up to the e-learning training program that USAID provided to VCS during the COVID-19 pandemic, on June 21-23 in Binh Dinh province, the USAID Trade Facilitation Program supported VCS to organize a three-day advanced training course on e-learning teaching skills and e-learning course design. The training, attended by 38 participants (24 females, 14 males) from VCS and local customs departments, covered a range of technical skills, including designing, synchronizing and packaging e-learning courses; applying virtual teaching methods and techniques; and creating attractive and interactive activities in virtual classrooms.

July 1, 2022

USAID is helping the Government of Vietnam accelerate the digitization of administrative services to meet the country’s ambitious goal of digitizing all public services by 2030. Under this cooperation, USAID supported the Office of the Government to develop a set of real-time indicators to measure the digitization progress and quality of public services offered by all ministries and provinces nationwide.  Provinces and ministries will receive measurable scores (poor, good, very good, exceptional) for their digitization and service quality improvement efforts. The scores/performance will be reported to the Prime Minister, leaders of ministries and provinces and publicly available on the National Public Service Portal as well as ministerial/provincial portals. These indicators were officially launched by a Prime Minister’s Decision dated June 23 and will act as the key measurement of Vietnam’s digital public service quality from August 1, 2022.

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