US launches cooperation strategy for Vietnam

(VOV) - The US Consulate General in HCM City has announced the US Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for Vietnam in 2014-2018.

The strategy aims to help strengthen the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the US.

At a March 25 launch for the strategy, USAID Mission Director in Vietnam Joakim Parker gave a presentation on the contents of the strategy to partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and representatives from the private sector and provinces and cities in Vietnam.

Over the next five years, USAID will provide Vietnam withUS$344 million to help implement support programs pertaining to  trade, enhancement of competitive edge, the development of the private sector and the widespread participation of all sectors in economic activities.

The strategy will also help upgrade the healthcare system, provide services to prevent bird flu, treat HIV/AIDS cases and cope with climate change towards green growth.

In addition, USAID is also intent on finalizing the treatment of dioxin at Da Nang airport and plans to assess dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa airport.

US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Rena Bitter said that the most important thing is that the strategy will help put us on the right track to pursuing sustainable development for the environment, economy and the population.

She expressed her hope that both governments will fulfill important targets in coping with these challenges.

The US is keen to cooperate with the Vietnamese government, organisations and individuals to make major advancements toward a strong and prosperous Vietnam, she added.