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Last updated: January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

Every winter, northern Vietnam struggles with air pollution, with ten provinces experiencing unhealthy levels of air pollution. To help Vietnam develop effective solutions to improve air quality, on January 7th, USAID’s new Reducing Pollution project and the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) held a Scoping Workshop on “Collective Impact for Air Pollution Reduction” for the Northern Region of Vietnam.

January 14, 2022

On January 13, USAID announced two awards to support persons with disabilities in Thua Thien – Hue, one of eight target provinces under the USAID Disability Program which works to address the needs of persons with disabilities in communities sprayed with Agent Orange.

December 24, 2021

Vietnam is among the top five plastic waste polluters of the world’s oceans. Of the approximately 25 million tons of solid waste Vietnam generates each year, it is estimated that plastic products constitute 10 to 20 percent. Properly managing the country’s pressing plastic pollution problem requires collective action on the part of industry, the government, and citizens. USAID Local Works, through the " Local Solutions for Plastic Pollution" (LSPP) project, has supported Vietnam since 2020 to reduce plastic pollution through a network of partners that share this common interest. On December 17, LSPP and its partners officially launched the Network on Plastic and Health Action Partnership. The ceremony was chaired by Dr. Nguyen Trung Thang, Vice Director of the Institute of Strategy, Natural Resources and Environment Policy within Vietnam’s Ministry of Nature Resources and Environment, and attended by representatives of the 18 partners, including government agencies, LNGOs, INGOs, enterprises, research institutes, and others.

December 17, 2021

On December 8, USAID’s Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (LinkSME) project and Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) held a workshop on “Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises in Adapting to the New Normal.” The event showcased achievements and lessons learned on delivering technical assistance to enhance SME competitiveness and post-COVID-19 adaptability by USAID LinkSME in close coordination with MPI. The event featured many SMEs who have employed varied techniques to manage through and prosper during the COVID-19 pandemic, underscored MPI’s efforts to address SME needs, and highlighted USAID’s broader efforts to support legal and regulatory reform, and digital transformation in Vietnam.

December 17, 2021

Dong Nai is one of the biggest manufacturing hubs in Vietnam and exports more than any other province to the U.S. market. On December 10,  the USAID Trade Facilitation Program and the Dong Nai Department of Industry and Trade organized a workshop on “Compliance with requirements on origin and transhipments for goods exported to the U.S.,” with nearly 100 participants joining in-person and virtually from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the Provincial Trade Facilitation Committee (PTFC) of Dong Nai, Dong Nai business association, and local companies.