Secretary of State John Kerry announced a technical assistance program for Vietnam to help implement the TPP Commitments during his visit to Vietnam Dec 14-16, “And today, I am happy to announce USAID’s Governance for Inclusive Growth. It’s a program to help implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is not aid. I want to make that clear. This is an investment, and it’s an investment in broad-based and sustainable growth.” Secretary of State John Kerry, Dec 14, 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City.
On Jan 14, USAID signaled its robust support for the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership with an event to launch its Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), which outlines the USAID’s development assistance program in Vietnam from 2014 through 2018. At the event, USAID signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Justice to officially begin USAID’s new “Governance for Inclusive Growth” program.
The $42 million, 5-year program will focus on improving policymaking processes in Vietnam in support of an improved regulatory environment and public administration and look to strengthen oversight, performance management and other accountability mechanisms. The program will include capacity building support relevant to Trans-Pacific Partnership commitments.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has been assigned by the Government of Vietnam to be the prime counterpart of the program. The program will work directly with the National Assembly, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment, the State Audit Office of Vietnam and MOJ. The program will also develop partnerships with the private sector, civil society organizations, universities, local governments, and development partners on specific issues.
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