The following is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:
Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh to discuss strengthening development cooperation and USAID’s ongoing efforts to combat the climate crisis and environmental pollution, improve higher education, and address war legacies in Vietnam.
Administrator Power expressed her gratitude to Prime Minister Chinh for Vietnam’s COP26 commitments to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and strengthen adaptation efforts and reaffirmed USAID’s commitment to work together to meet these goals. She also thanked the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for their work on the recent Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes USAID’s partnership with the Vietnamese government on combating climate change and environmental pollution, and raised the issue of ocean plastics as a key area of collaboration.
They also celebrated the recent expansion of USAID’s agreement with the Ministry of Planning and Investment to support local capacity development and private sector competitiveness. Administrator Power reaffirmed USAID’s commitment to working with the people and the government to promote an open, prosperous, and secure Vietnam that is effective and inclusive in tackling its development challenges.