Vietnam Program Updates

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

Last updated: November 17, 2017

November 16, 2017

The “Connecting Voters” web page is an important section of the National Assembly’s internet portal to connect Deputies and the public, and to answer questions from voters. To improve the functionality of this website, USAID’s Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) activity restructured the interface of the web page to make it more user-friendly and designed a training plan on managing the web page. This week, the website was finalized and submitted to the Office of National Assembly (ONA) for testing and final approval.

November 16, 2017

Vietnam seeks to ramp-up renewable energy generation from solar and wind power to 1,650 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and to 18,000 MW by 2030. In order to accomplish this, USAID and Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) are working together to allow private sector electricity buyers and renewable energy providers to enter into Direct Power Purchase Agreements (DPPA). The DPPA mechanism will allow businesses to competitively procure renewable energy in Vietnam while also creating new business opportunities for world-class clean energy technologies.

November 16, 2017

As Vietnam moves from externally-funded to locally-financed treatment services under Social Health Insurance (SHI), Vietnam’s Social Security Payment Center will play an important role in the bidding and procurement of these HIV drugs under SHI. However, the Payment Center only has limited experience in procurement activities. In response, on October 26, USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Activity trained the Payment Center’s staff on bidding and procurement processes based on real experiences in Vietnam, specifically the closing and opening of bids, reporting for bid opening, product selection, forecasting methodology, supply planning, stock management, and reallocation.

November 16, 2017

On November 9, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Jr. participated in a ceremony to celebrate the success of a joint project between USAID and Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense to remediate dioxin at Danang Airport. During the ceremony, Under Secretary Shannon announced that the United States is committed to contributing to joint US-Vietnam dioxin remediation efforts at the Bien Hoa Airbase. As the U.S. and Vietnam close the door on a painful wartime legacy and open the door into a new era of partnership, Under Secretary Shannon said that the U.S. and Vietnamese people would cross the threshold together into a shared future of prosperity and peace.

October 30, 2017

Chung and Minh* met when Chung was volunteering with HIV prevention activities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Minh was looking for more support to properly adhere to his HIV antiretroviral therapy regimen.  Chung was happy to help, and before long they became a couple. Chung maintains that their love is so strong that Minh’s HIV status doesn’t change things, but when the pair learned about oral pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP), they jumped at the opportunity to add an extra layer of protection along with practicing safe sex and using a condom. One year ago, this would not have been possible.

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