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Last updated: June 21, 2021

June 18, 2021

Digital transformation is progressing at a heightened speed all around the world, especially in the COVID-19 context, as it helps enterprises increase the value they deliver to customers and be better positioned to meet customers’ demands and expectations. The USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (LinkSME) project is supporting Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to carry out its “Supporting Enterprises’ Digital Transformation from 2021 to 2025” as part of its efforts to help Vietnamese enterprises boost productivity, resilience, and global reach. With USAID support, this week, MPI launched the first ever Digital Transformation Guidebook for Vietnamese Enterprises, which discusses the fundamentals of digital transformation, offers a roadmap to it, and lays out technology solutions that will help enterprises get there. The guidebook also introduces tools that small and medium businesses can use to assess their readiness for digital transformation. This will be a useful resource for Vietnamese enterprises to apply digital transformation in order to retain their competitive edge.

June 18, 2021

Despite the passage of a disabilities law in 2010 mandating accommodation and access for persons with disabilities to public buildings, locations, and services, many facilities have still not been structurally modified. This lack of access prevents full social participation of persons with disabilities.  To strengthen  implementation of the law and ensure persons with disabilities have access to public buildings, USAID’s Raising Voices, Creating Opportunities project collaborated with the Organization of Persons with Disabilities and others in Quang Tri province to carry out an assessment survey on building accessibility.

June 14, 2021

Despite dislocations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam continues to attract substantial amounts of foreign investment. Spillover benefits to the domestic economy multiply when foreign investors, as well as large domestic lead firms, turn to domestic enterprises for parts, supplies, and other intermediate goods rather than importing them from abroad. USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (LinkSME) accelerates this trend by strengthening the capabilities of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to meet the exacting demands of foreign investors and domestic lead firms. It provides these services through intermediary organizations in Vietnam -- business associations, manufacturing support centers, and SME promotion agencies -- to leverage their networks and make these support efforts sustainable long term. Concurrent with this effort USAID LinkSME enhances the business enabling environment by supporting key reforms and facilitating business-to-government interactions. Overall, this project will advance the Indo-Pacific vision of improved economic competitiveness, and support USAID/Vietnam’s objective of expanding inclusive, market-driven, private sector-led growth.

June 11, 2021

Water pollution and plastic waste are among the greatest environmental challenges for Vietnam. USAID Local Works is supporting local government efforts to promote a better environment by providing meaningful opportunities for collective participation by every citizen, local actor and government agency, fostering behavior change, collaboration, and increased local knowledge.

June 11, 2021

For persons with disabilities, rehabilitation care to improve or restore mobility and communication capabilities is a vital part of interdisciplinary treatment. Therefore, improving and increasing access to rehabilitation care has been a priority for USAID/Vietnam for the past five years. To ensure hospitals have access to the most current research and best practices, USAID’s Advancing Medical Care and Rehabilitation Education project supported the translation and validation of several assessment tools that rehabilitation practitioners in Vietnam can apply to improve the impact of rehabilitation intervention with their patients and refocus the treatment on the outcomes on daily life functions, independent living and social participation. These tools have recently been adopted in six large hospitals in Vietnam, with plans for expansion to several more, as well as continuing medical education workshops.