Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan receives Director of USAID Vietnam

Date modify: 01-22-2018
Recently, at the Ministry's head office, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan had a cordial meeting with Mr. Michael Greene, Director of USAID Vietnam. Attending the meeting were representatives from the Department of International Cooperation, the Department of Planning Financial and the Department of Social Assistances.

At the meeting, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan emphasized that MOLISA and USAID would worked closely to promote the rights of people with disabilities in Vietnam when discussing on the project "Promoting the rights of people with disabilities in Viet Nam in the period of 2015 - 2018".

The project "Promoting the rights of people with disabilities in Viet Nam in the period of 2015 to 2018". Total capital of the project is 21.2 million USD. Of which, ODA capital is 21 million USD, counterpart fund is 0.2 million USD.

Mr. Michael Greene said that the cooperation between MOLISA and USAID has brought good results, especially the project to support people with disabilities. He highly appreciated the  establishment of the Coordination Committee for the implementation of the Convention in Vietnam, and said that this was a big improvement. Mr. Michael Greene said that during the field trips monitoring the implementation of the  Project for people with disabilities and meeting directly the beneficiaries, he was delighted  with the important results achieved.

"The overall objective of the project is to provide technical assistance to the Government of Vietnam’s programs to improve the ability of people with disabilities to live independently and integrate into the community; Improve policies and laws to effectively implement action plans to assist people with disabilities; Improve the quality of treatment and rehabilitation services; Promote the participation of organizations and individuals with disabilities in the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and services aimed at achieving the goals of integrating people with disabilities into the better lives. This result thanked to the close cooperation between the two sides," said Michael Greene.

Sharing at the meeting, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan highly appreciated the past time, USAID has coordinated and supported MOLISA to implement many cooperation activities in the fields, such as: promoting labour relations, labour inspection, vocational education… and especially, on April 4, 2016, the Prime Minister signed the Decision No. 536 / QD-TTg on approving the list of projects promoting the rights of people with disabilities in Vietnam sponsored by USAID.

The project was implemented in 7 provinces: Thai Binh, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc. At the meeting, the Deputy Minister provided more information that in 2016, 2017, and in 2018, MOLISA in collaboration with USAID developed the implementation plan and sent an official dispatch to seven provinces mentioned above on the  implementation of Decision 536/QD-TTg.

She highly appreciated the contributions of international organizations in general and USAID in particular to the support people with disabilities in Vietnam. According to the Deputy Minister, the Ministry always accompany with the USAID in local field trips and meet the project beneficiaries directly to improve the effectiveness of the project.

At the end of the meeting, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan  hoped that the cooperation between MOLISA and USAID would be more effective, and pledged to intensify coordination and implementation in this project for the practical effects for people with disabilities.

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