Vietnam Program Updates

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Last updated: September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019

From September 11-13, the USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (LinkSME) hosted a pavilion at NEPCON Vietnam 2019, a commercial trade fair focused on the electronics industry supply chain. Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment also shared the space to introduce their new SME support project, an online Evaluation System for Business Performance. NEPCON drew nearly 8,000 trade visitors over three days, meeting more than 200 exhibitors from 20 countries. USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene toured USAID’s pavilion on September 12, showing USAID interest in and commitment to supporting Vietnam’s SME growth.

September 20, 2019

Since its launch in 2017, FUV has made great strides in Vietnam’s higher education system reform – it is the country’s first fully independent non-profit university. USAID support has helped FUV build admissions, financial aid, and recruitment offices; design curriculum and technology platforms; and develop student career and campus activity programs. On September 8, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink joined the 120 students that comprise FUV’s 2023 undergraduate class, their families, Vietnamese government officials, new Provost Dr. Ian Bickford, faculty, and staff to launch the university’s first conventional school year.

September 20, 2019

According to the World Bank, Vietnam will require an investment of up to $25 billion per year in order to meet its sustainable infrastructure needs. Given current budget constraints and a self-imposed public debt cap, securing private capital through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) is critical for creating fiscal space while addressing Vietnam’s public infrastructure needs.

September 20, 2019

From 2012-2018, USAID contracted with TerraTherm, a U.S. small business that is a global leader in thermal soil treatment technology, to complete the $110 million Danang Airport dioxin remediation project. During project implementation, USAID hosted site visits for South Korean environmental regulators facing emerging environmental remediation challenges similar to those in Danang. Impressed with TerraTherm’s success in Danang, Korean environmental officials selected Hyundai Engineering and Construction’s proposal to subcontract a $51 million dioxin remediation project near Incheon Airport to TerraTherm Asia.

September 13, 2019

In April 2019, USAID and Vietnam’s Air Defense Airforce Command (ADAFC) launched the dioxin remediation project at Bien Hoa Airbase, the largest remaining hotspot of dioxin contamination in Vietnam. This project, estimated to cost $390 million, will remediate high-risk areas over an estimated ten-year period using treatment and isolation methods similar to those used at the dioxin remediation project at Danang Airport. On September 6, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene and ADAFC Vice Chief Major General Chung launched the master planning process for the Dioxin Remediation at Bien Hoa Airbase Area project in Hanoi.