HANOI, October 13, 2023 – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) launched a $3.25 million activity to facilitate digital trade. The activity comes as part of the new U.S. – Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership announced during U.S. President Joseph Biden’s visit to Vietnam last month.
“During his recent visit, President Biden emphasized the United States’ commitment to support Vietnam to compete in a digital global economy,” said USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Grubbs. “We are pleased to sign an MOU with MOIT. This new digital trade activity led by USAID and MOIT is our first to be launched under our two countries’ newly upgraded partnership and will go a long way toward unleashing the potential of digital trade to form a key driver of the country’s continued growth.”
USAID’s three-year activity, called Vietnam Digital Trade, supports MOIT’s implementation of policy frameworks that facilitate digital trade, in consultation with the private sector. Regulations that are responsive to private sector needs remove trade bottlenecks and increase regulatory transparency, helping to shape an e-commerce sector where enterprises of all sizes can benefit.
In addition, the activity encourages small and medium enterprise participation in digital trade by introducing new business models and other best practices, such as traceability of goods, as well as facilitating cross-border connections between enterprises via MOIT’s digital trade promotion platform, called DECOBIZ. The project supports business associations such as the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Vietnam E-commerce Association to promote digital trade across the country. The project works through MOIT and business associations to target female-owned enterprises and minority communities in support of inclusive economic growth.
USAID’s Vietnam Digital Trade activity builds on the United States’ successful partnership with Vietnam over the past two decades facilitating increased trade and improving the business enabling environment.
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For more information about USAID’s economic growth support, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/vietnam/improving-governance-for-economic-growth