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August 31, 2017

Obtaining national and provincial health spending data has been difficult, slowing down health policy development with accurate data. The Vietnamese Government would like to change this situation. With support from USAID’s Health Finance and Governance Project, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has successfully completed analyses of national and provincial data for five pilot provinces, including Hanoi, Can Tho, Nghe An, Ho Chi Minh City and Khanh Hoa, for 2014 and 2015.

August 31, 2017

On August 23, USAID’s Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (V-LEEP) and the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association  organized a workshop with leading textile manufacturers and sustainable industry experts to promote energy efficient technologies and practices that have the potential to reduce manufacturing energy consumption by 30%.

August 24, 2017

With technical assistance from USAID’s Healthy Markets Project, in July 2017, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MoH) issued Circular 31 in which condoms are featured among the list of Class II goods regulated by the MoH. This policy reform, which will become effective on September 15, will promote condom quality assurance and regulation of condom counterfeiting.

August 24, 2017

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF) is a major public-private partnership led by the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom to support implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement. GATF selected Vietnam for its first pilot program in Asia in order to address operational and legal issues and then scale up a program of trade facilitation initiatives. On August 16, Vietnam’s Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Finance to begin work on developing a customs bond system under this pilot program.

August 24, 2017

USAID’s Partner Capacity Development (PCD) program is working with approximately 15 Vietnamese non-governmental organizations (VNGOs) to build their human and institutional capacity. Over the last 12 months, the program improved the capacity of these organizations through providing a series of trainings on topics such as financial management, human resources, organizational monitoring and evaluation, and fundraising. On August 16-19, a training in this series on the topic of “Project Design and Management” attracted 30 representatives from VNGOs including those representing vulnerable groups in Vietnam such as persons with disabilities, LGBTI, blind and deaf groups.

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