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Development assistance in Vietnam

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Overview of Australia's development program to Vietnam

2020-21 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
$57.2 million
2020-21 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$78.9 million
2019-20 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$78.2 million

Pillar 1 — health security:

To strengthen health security in Vietnam, Australia will promote a more resilient Vietnamese health system, better able to maintain full health service delivery in the event of further health security threats, including a future wave of COVID-19. Our global health investments will help strengthen Vietnam’s health systems, provide access to lower cost health products and address other major disease burdens, including tuberculosis and malaria. We will support equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in Vietnam through multilateral and regional initiatives to finance, assess, deliver, and monitor COVID-19 vaccines. Australia will continue its regional support for sexual and reproductive health. We will invest in Vietnamese innovation to support new health approaches, including the trial of artificial intelligence in COVID-19 responses.

We will increase links between Australian and Vietnamese scientists, health professionals, security forces and research institutions. This will include offering health fellowships, identifying health as a development priority within our scholarship programs, and linking scientific research efforts through CSIRO, Australia’s Centre for Disease Preparedness and the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security.

Australia’s law enforcement agencies and defence forces will continue to exchange information with Vietnam to strengthen health security. Australia will contribute to COVID-19 recovery effort through ASEAN dialogues and forums. Australia will exchange knowledge with border officials on strengthening border reopening practices as the health situation improves.

Pillar 2 — stability:

Australia will support Vietnam to strengthen its institutions and train its future leaders, so they are equipped to manage future shocks and regional challenges. The new Vietnam-Australia Centre (VAC), situated in the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics will be the centrepiece of these efforts. The VAC will strengthen collaboration in leadership and innovation to enable Vietnamese and Australian experts to pursue solutions to shared regional challenges and to protect international rules and norms. Australia’s cyber security program will assist Vietnam to navigate challenges and opportunities in the digital sphere while driving economic growth.

Australia will promote social cohesion by enhancing Vietnam’s awareness of human rights standards and ways to protect the most vulnerable. Australia will work to prevent and respond to violence against women and children, ensure gender equality is central to recovery efforts and promote inclusive recovery. We will deliver training to strengthen Vietnamese law enforcement, including promoting the role of women in police management. We will continue our whole-of-government efforts to reduce transnational crime in the region.

Australia will help Vietnam’s planners manage the pressure of rapid economic restructuring necessary for recovery, including by strengthening food, energy and water security. We will strengthen local resource planning and water delivery, with a strong gender focus. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research will continue to foster research connections and Australia will provide grants to support agricultural resilience.

Pillar 3 — economic recovery:

To support economic recovery, Australia will provide targeted policy advice to Vietnam’s economic leaders to help reform the policy and business environment and accelerate public and private investment. We will work with Vietnamese partners to lift the quality of public and human capital in order to buttress Vietnam’s long-term growth. This includes developing skills, especially through vocational education and training, for the workforce of the future.

Australia will support the development of industry skills boards, strengthen education and university governance standards, and quality assure higher education qualifications, including online delivery. We will deepen bilateral innovation system partnerships, preparing us to access future growth industries and manage tomorrow’s shocks. We will help Vietnam’s transport planners more rapidly access high-quality infrastructure finance to support recovery.

Australia will support Vietnam’s trade and customs officials to reopen supply chains disrupted by the pandemic and implement trade commitments. Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment will support the biological security of trade in plant and animal products with Vietnam.

Austrade will support Australian businesses to trade and grow their connections with Vietnamese partners. We will work with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam to continue to represent and promote the interests of Australian businesses operating in Vietnam.

Australia is increasing women’s economic empowerment by encouraging greater female participation in the labour market and global value chains. This includes supporting Vietnamese farmers, logistics providers and tourism operators to revive and improve their livelihoods, especially businesses led by women and people from minority groups.

Australia’s development efforts are set out in Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response

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