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June 30, 2022

Although Vietnam’s economy has become one of the most open in the world, burdensome import-export procedures are a significant barrier to trade. For example, specialized inspections—a procedure that ensures import-export goods meet required quality standards—are particularly time-consuming. This is because specialized inspections in Vietnam involve multiple ministries. The resulting lengthy border clearance times cost traders time and money, hurting small and medium enterprises the most.

June 28, 2022

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT/ SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72044022R10009

ISSUANCE DATE:                          June 28, 2022                                                      

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       July 27, 2022, 17:00 Hanoi time

SUBJECT:    Job Announcement/ Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC) for Accountant position (The United States Embassy Vietnam’s Local Compensation Plan).

Dear Prospective Offerors/Candidates:

June 24, 2022

This week in Thua Thien-Hue province, USAID gathered input from diverse stakeholders to inform the development of its $25 million, five-year Local Capacity Development project, which will enhance engagement between provincial governments and local organizations. This will lead to more transparent policymaking and better delivery of services to Vietnamese citizens. USAID anticipates launching the project early next year, with Thua Thien-Hue as one of the potential target provinces. While in Thua Thien-Hue, Acting Consul General Robert Greenan and Acting Mission Director Bradley Bessire met with representatives of the Thua Thien-Hue Provincial People's Committee, relevant departments and agencies, academia, the private sector, and local organizations, and paid a visit to Huong River Ancient Pottery Museum for a discussion on cultural heritage conservation as a driver of local tourism.

June 24, 2022

Among the nearly 7,000 government-mandated administrative procedures in Vietnam, only 20% are processed at the local level, with the majority under central agency purview. This means that SMEs have to spend time and money traveling to major cities for the completion of administrative procedures, at times by public officials lacking full appreciation of the local impacts of their decisions. In response, the Prime Minister has urged the devolution of authority in the handling of administrative procedures from central ministries to local authorities. The USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises project (LinkSME) is supporting these efforts. On June 14 and 21, USAID LinkSME, in collaboration with the Administrative Procedure Control Agency (APCA), organized two workshops that each provided an opportunity for central government authorities to share their experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations with local authorities and representatives of the private sector.

June 24, 2022

The Vietnamese digital economy grew over 30% in 2021 and expects to expand at 29% annually in 2022-2025. In order to power this growth, Vietnam needs digitally skilled workers. The USAID Workforce for an Innovation and Startup Ecosystem (WISE) has been working with a number of private sector training institutions to scale their digital skills training programs to meet the increasing demand. As part of this, WISE conducted two co-creation workshops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on June 8 and 13 with training and financial institutions, fintech (financial technology) companies, and employers to explore financing arrangements to enable those that cannot afford training courses up-front to "learn now and pay later.” WISE will work with the participants to design and roll out financing packages and develop a promotional campaign to reach more students.

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Last updated: July 01, 2022

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