Vietnam Program Updates

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Last updated: November 09, 2018

November 8, 2018

The Law on Competition in Vietnam aims to reduce monopolistic business practices, such as economic collusion that results in unfair competition for other businesses and ultimately higher prices for consumers.  The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), the National Assembly, and the USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) program have worked together since 2016 to gather feedback from various stakeholders on monopolistic practices and to provide recommendations for the revised Law on Competition, which was adopted by Vietnam’s National Assembly in June 2018.

Last week, the USAID GIG program organized a workshop for businesses, experts, and researchers in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss the follow-on draft decree, which will focus on the investigation and detection of monopolistic practices and increasing punitive damages for such practices. This workshop followed a similar one held in September in Ninh Binh that included officials from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The follow-on draft decree will be submitted to the Vietnamese government in January 2019 and is expected to take effect in July 2019.

October 25, 2018

Communities living in the buffer zones of Vietnam’s protected areas, especially ethnic minority groups, have traditionally depended on forests for their livelihoods. USAID’s Green Annamites project recently helped establish “A Luoi Cooperative for Safe Agro-Products” in Thua Thien - Hue province. The cooperative brings together and empowers Co Tu ethnic minority women to produce fruits and vegetables in accordance with environmentally friendly and safe farming practices. USAID is guiding the cooperative on how to effectively market and maximize profits from sales of their safe and delicious produce. Following a recent USAID-funded products-introduction event in A Luoi district, BigC - a leading supermarket chain in Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos - selected the cooperative’s locally produced bananas for sale at all BigC stores in Thua Thien - Hue province.

October 25, 2018

In response to declining donor funds towards ARVs, Vietnam has committed to sustaining ARV procurement using its SHI Fund. In early October, with support from USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health successfully bid for the first procurement of ARVs through SHI. The bid package, which is valued at approximately $5.9 million, will cover medication for 48,000 HIV/AIDS patients for an entire year - the number of HIV/AIDS patients estimated to be covered by SHI in 2019. The ARVs are expected to be available in January 2019. The bidding process also resulted in a 19 percent savings due to secured purchase prices now being both competitive and comparable to the price of drugs purchased by international donors.

October 25, 2018

With financial and technical support from the USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) Program, three auditors from the Indonesian Audit Board (Southeast Asia’s premiere Supreme Auditing Institution) reviewed the environmental audit manual drafted by the State Audit of Vietnam (SAV). Following a desk review, these experts visited Vietnam from October 16-18 to work with SAV’s environmental audit team to review each chapter of the draft manual. SAV will finalize and submit the final Environmental Audit Manual, which has undergone extensive peer review, for approval in November 2018.

October 25, 2018

Starting in 2018, USAID (through PEPFAR) focused its support in Vietnam to two geographic regions: Northern Economic Zone and the Ho Chi Minh City Metro area. Dong Nai,Tay Ninh, and Tien Giang provinces were added to the list of target provinces in the Ho Chi Minh City Metro area. On October 9, USAID’s Healthy Markets project worked with Dong Nai health officials to launch USAID-supported HIV services for the first time in the province. These services include community-based HIV testing and partner testing, which works with newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals to contact their at-risk partners and family members, and could also lead to them being tested for HIV. Community-based testing and partner testing are part of an essential strategy that aims to reach 11,000 people and eventually attain HIV epidemic control.