Participants at the launching event in Hanoi on January 18
The five-year, up to $36 million project was first announced during US Vice President Kamala Harris' visit to Vietnam in August 2021. The project will be implemented in cooperation with MPI's Agency for Enterprise Development.
Small and growing businesses are key contributors to Vietnam's economic growth, accounting for 40% of GDP and 60% of total employment in 2018. However, these businesses face barriers and constraints impeding their continued and sustained growth, including new technologies, networking, market linkages, and lack of access to management training and skills building opportunities.
USAID's new Improving Private Sector Competitiveness project will encourage broad-based, inclusive economic growth through improved business practices, innovation and technology adoption, policy reform, and increased market access. This project will foster locally-led, locally-owned solutions that leverage the strength of the Vietnamese talent pool, including the promotion of "Made by Vietnam" products, services, and technologies, as well as solutions that contribute to improving the business enabling environment.
Mission Director Yastishock lauded MPI for its long-running partnership with USAID. She called on key stakeholders, from policymakers to the private sector, to "work hand-in-hand" with USAID and MPI to achieve the project's ambitious targets.
Over the life of the project, the Improving Private Sector Competitiveness project aims to support 5,000 small and growing businesses, with 240 businesses successfully participating in domestic, regional and international markets, and 60 pioneering these businesses successfully creating value-added products and positioning their "Made by Vietnam" brands in regional and global markets.
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