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SCORE Training helps Vietnamese SMEs to become more competitive and responsible

27.10.2017 — Local news Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, October 27, 2017 – The ILO Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Programme is co-financed by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The program has supported 146 Vietnamese SMEs during 2011 - 2017, mostly in the wood and furniture industry, to improve productivity and working conditions. 91 per cent of participating enterprises report production cost savings, 61 per cent have improved work place communication, and 42 per cent have reduced labour turnover.


Remote sensing technology brings speed and accuracy

25.10.2017 — Local news Vietnam

Monitoring of rice production in Viet Nam through satellites brings more accuracy and timeliness, according to the makers and users of RIICE technology; it is also meant to be more cost-effective.


Conference "Non-Performing Loan resolution in Vietnam"

26.09.2017 — Local news Vietnam

SECO (Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Cooperation) has sponsored the international conference to discuss viable solutions to non-performing loans (NPLs) in Vietnam back to back with revival of domestic businesses. This conference was supported under the framework of SECO’s 2017 – 2020 economic development cooperation in Vietnam with an overall budget of over CHF 80 million. 


Biotrade initiative to develop natural ingredient sector in Vietnam financed by SECO

21.06.2017 — Local news Vietnam

Hanoi, 20 June 2017 - The BioTrade SECO project organized the Vietnam Project Launching Ceremony of the Regional BioTrade Project South East Asia.  The new project is financed by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), a Swiss Government Agency, and implemented in Vietnam by HELVETES Vietnam, a Swiss-based, international Non-Government Organization. The total funding of the project for Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar is USD 4.9 million. Fund allocation for Vietnam component and Vietnam PMU is USD 2.7 million from 2017 to the end of 2020.


Swiss Import Promotion Program SIPPO to build export service capacity in Vietnam

02.06.2017 — Local news Vietnam

Hanoi, June 2, 2017 - the Swiss Import Promotion Program SIPPO is funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO) with CH 19.4 mio for four years (2017 – 2020) to boost export and create new jobs and incomes from eleven developing and transition countries. In Vietnam, the program will be implemented by Swisscontact Foundation in partnership with Helvetas Vietnam though strengthening long-term stable export structures in two sectors: technical wood and added value textile.


Swiss funded satellite technology generates big impact in rice monitoring

26.05.2017 — Local news Vietnam

Switzerland has funded pilot phase (2012-2015) and the scale up phase (2015-2017) the RIICE project in Vietnam as part of its global support to several rice producing countries. The concept of the project is to use high quality, free of charge satellite data that has been recently made available internationally for the monitoring of rice production, natural disasters (notebly floods and droughts). After the pilot phase in 2 provinces, the concept has been proved to work perfectly in providing a cost-effective way of providing accurate, unbiased and timely data. In the scale up phase, the project is implemented in 8 provinces in the Red river Delta and 2 other ones in the Mekong Delta.

MARD expreesed its willingness to continue the project and expand to cover other major rice producing provinces as well.


Kick-off workshop - Mekong Urban Flood Proofing and Drainage Project

Kick-off workshop - Mekong Urban Flood Proofing and Drainage Project

31.03.2017 — Local news Vietnam

The Mekong delta and its important role to Vietnam’s socio-economic development is particularly vulnerable to climate change and flood-related disasters. To address this challenge, SECO has recently developed the “Mekong Urban flood proofing and drainage project” in cooperation with its implementing partner GIZ. On 30 March 2017, the implementation of this project was successfully kicked off in Can Tho in a workshop with more than 60 representatives from the Ministry of Construction of Vietnam (MOC), An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau province, SECO, GIZ and other relevant stakeholders.


Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production helps improve competitiveness of Vietnam’s rice sector

21.03.2017 — Local news Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, 3 March, 2017 – Vietnam is known as one of the world’s biggest rice producer and exporter. However, it is facing fierce competition from other countries due to fragmented value chain with low quality and high production costs. Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has successfully supported the rice sector during the last four years to apply resource efficient and cleaner production methods to address these challenges.    


Improving social dialogue, productivity and working conditions is key to Viet Nam’s integration success

24.10.2016 — Local news Vietnam

HANOI (ILO News) – The agenda of social dialogue, productivity and working conditions is becoming more important than ever as Viet Nam is entering a new era of deeper global integration.

This is the main message of a conference jointly organized by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) today in Hanoi.


High Level Delegation from Switzerland pays offcial visit to the Business Registration Office in Hanoi

11.10.2016 — Local news Vietnam

During her official visit to Vietnam, State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Ms Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, took the opportunity to visit the Business Registration Office (BRO) in Hanoi’s Cầu Giấy district. The BRO has been supported in the context of Switzerland’s economic development cooperation that works through one of its flagship program to simplification business registration processes in cooperation with Vietnam’s Agency for Business Registration (ABR). Starting a business has become much easier in Vietnam and it can be done in only 3 days while legally binding information of over half a million active enterprises is now accessible online.


Switzerland announces New Development Cooperation Strategy 2017 - 2020 with Vietnam

11.10.2016 — Local news Vietnam

The Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Ms Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen Fleisch, together with Vice Minister Nguyen The Phuong, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, has launched today Switzerland’s new Development Cooperation Strategy 2017-2020 with Vietnam. In alignment with Vietnam’s evolving reform needs and emerging new challenges, the strategy will focus on the area of economic development cooperation, implemented by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It indicatively foresees commitments of CHF 90 million of ODA grants and represents a solid basis for continuing the longstanding collaboration between the two countries in the coming four year.

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