The ceremony saw the attendance of Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, former member of the Party Central Committee, former Deputy Minister of National Defense, President of VAVA; Lieutenant General, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dang Nam Dien, Vice President - General Secretary of VAVA; Mr. Nguyen Van Khanh, Vice President - Director of the Vietnam Fund for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin; Senior Colonel Le Dinh Vu, Chief of the Office of the Standing Office of the National Steering Committee for overcoming the consequences of bombs and mines and toxic chemicals after the war in Vietnam (also known as Steering Committee 701); Dr. Tran Duc Hung, Deputy General Director of the National Action Centre for Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Treatment (NACCET); Ms. Ann Marie Yastishock, Director of USAID (attending online); Ms. Pham Kieu Oanh, Director of CSIP; offices, departments and units under VAVA; leaders of the 8 provincial associations for victims of Agent Orange/dioxins within the scope of the project, including: Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Kon Tum, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh.
At the ceremony, Mr. Nguyen Van Khanh reported on the main contents of the Cooperation Agreement, including: Developing and improving the capacity of VAVA and its affiliates; mobilizing and managing resources, consulting, advising and advocating policies for the victims of Agent Orange; improving the managerial and implementation capabilities of activities and programs to support the victims of 8 provincial associations in the project area.
Addressing the ceremony, President Nguyen Van Rinh hoped that VAVA and USAID would cooperate in implementing the Project with the highest responsibilities, contributing to helping the victims and their families improve their living standards and have a better life, as the wish of the Vietnamese Government that "Leaving no one behind". On this occasion, President Nguyen Van Rinh also expressed his thank to Ms. Ann Marie Yastishock for her active contribution to the project to support the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange and wished that USAID would pay further attention to supporting the nurturing of the victims in the centers of the associations (currently there are 26 centers across the country) and the victims who are living with their families, and at the same time open more projects in provinces and cities with many victims, including the northern ones.
As the representative of the owner of the project "Supporting to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in provinces heavily sprayed with Agent Orange" funded by the United States, Dr. Tran Duc Hungf, Director of NACCET, hoped and believed that the contents of the project would be quickly implemented effectively, directly improving the capacity of the beneficiaries. The results achieved would strengthen, build and improve the ability to manage and implement the activities to support the victims of Agent Orange, making practical and positive contributions to the meaningful mission of helping the victims of Agent Orange and people with disabilities alleviate their pain, overcome difficulties, and improve the quality of life both in the present and in the future.
CSIP is one of the three partners selected by USAID to fine-tune the Project management, as CSIP has extensive experience in helping to improve organizational capacity and improve living conditions of disadvantaged groups through innovative and sustainable solutions and its connection with locally available resources. The project is one of the important cooperations with humanity expressed through objectives, beneficiaries and expected results from specific activities.