The project, funded by the RoK Government, was carried out from 2013 by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
The RoK supported Vietnam with training equipment and documents, teacher training and technology transfer costing US$3.4 million in total. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese ministry upgraded facilities like workshops, classrooms and the dormitory of the centre, based in Son Tay township of Hanoi, at a cost of nearly VND50 billion (US$2.2 million).
At the ceremony, Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep said occupational health and safety in the country has been improved recently. Between 2010 and 2015, training was provided for more than 70,000 managers, 15,000 business owners and millions of labourers, including over 500,000 farmers.
About 1.5 million people receive occupational health and safety training every year, much lower than the 21.5 million workers who need such knowledge. Hence, demand for training in this field is huge, especially after the law on occupational health and safety requests training for the sectors that do not have labour relations. These sectors have some 35 million workers who need training.
The project’s inauguration will help the centre become a leading facility of its kind in Vietnam and also assist the country to promote occupational health and safety, he added.