Viet Nam enjoys a strong and solid partnership with Germany and is now one of Germany’s most important partners for international cooperation in Asia. GIZ has been working in Viet Nam for more than 20 years. It currently has around 250 specialist staff deployed across the country, including national and international personnel, development workers and CIM experts.
Despite or perhaps due to its dynamic economic growth, Viet Nam faces major challenges over the next few years. Rural poverty, environmental degradation and high energy consumption continue to be pressing problems in a country which has now built up a reputation as one of South-East Asia’s leading economies. In 2012, the Government of Viet Nam responded by adopting its Green Growth Strategy, which aims to achieve accelerated, efficient and sustainable economic development based on more sparing use of natural resources, a workforce whose skills are aligned to the needs of an ever more challenging market, and an energy sector with the capacity to meet the increasingly rigorous demands anticipated in future.
On behalf of the German Government, GIZ provides advisory services to the Government of Viet Nam and is currently engaged in three priority areas:
- Vocational training
GIZ is supporting the development of a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system for Viet Nam, aligned to labour market needs. This includes the provision of comprehensive policy and system advisory services, the development of practical training for various industrial occupations, the establishment of a competence centre, and basic and continuing training for technical staff in the sanitation sector.
- Environmental Policy and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
GIZ is contributing to the conservation of biodiversity and forest ecosystems by improving the management of protected areas and promoting sustainable natural resource use. GIZ also supports climate change adaptation in coastal areas in the Mekong Delta through targeted action to foster sustainable development.
The aim is to meet Viet Nam’s steadily growing energy demand in a sustainable and equitable manner. GIZ therefore supports the expansion of renewables such as wind, solar and bioenergy and promotes increased energy efficiency.
With its Macroeconomic Reforms Programme, GIZ directly links these priority areas of activity with Viet Nam’s Green Growth Strategy in order to achieve lasting impacts in all sectors and facilitate Viet Nam’s progress towards a sustainable future. GIZ is also engaged in local health system development and the sanitation sector. Cross-cutting social topics, such as civil society, cooperation with the private sector, gender equality and integration of people with disabilities, are mainstreamed in GIZ’s programmes.
GIZ’s main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Other commissions come from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF). GIZ is also engaged in various projects cofunded by the Australian Government (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – DFAT) and the European Union and cooperates closely with the German development bank KfW.
Projects and Programmes
Environment and climate change
Economic development and employment
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