At the morning of August 21st 2020, in Hanoi, the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) co-held a signing ceremony of memorandum of understanding (MOU) on vocational education and training. Attending the signing ceremony were Dr. Truong Anh Dung, Director General of DVET, leaders of some departments and units of DVET; Mr. Vu Manh Cuong, Director of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs. On the KOICA side, there were Mr. Cho Han - Deog, Country Director, KOICA Office in Hanoi and officials of KOICA office. Attending the signing ceremony, there were also reporters from some central press agencies.
This MOU serves as a basis for implementing a project to support a segment of the disadvantaged people in Vietnam, helping them develop skills, create livelihoods, and stabilize their life and integrate well into social community. The beneficiaries of the project are Agent Orange victims and their families, women, disabled people and poor people, ... The implemented project will contribute to implementation of one of the priority tasks of vocational education and training, which is to develop an open, diversified and flexible system with many modes and levels of training to meet the needs of learning and improving laborers' lifelong skills; to give priority for investment in vocational education and training development for regions with extreme difficulties, ethnic minorities, remote areas and social policy beneficiaries and vulnerable groups, to creat opportunities for everyone to attend vocational training, set up a career, contributing to hunger eradication and poverty alleviation, implementing social balance.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Director General Truong Anh Dung highly appreciated the strategic cooperation relationship between Vietnam and South Korea over the years; significantly, cooperation achievements in labor and employment sector. Korea has supported Vietnam $74 million in this field. Korea has supported Vietnam to develop the model of Vietnam - Korea colleges. Up to now, the model has achieved some success, supporting programs on exchange of experience. Among cooperation activities, cooperation on skills competition is also an impressive highlight. South Korea has supported Vietnam to win two bronze medals in the Worldskills international Competition. 2020 is the end of the 10-year socio-economic development strategy. One of the strategic priorities in the next 10 years of Vietnamese government is to focus on developing a skilled workforce, contributing to increasing labor productivity and increasing national competitiveness. In addition to focusing on developing high skills, Vietnamese government also gives priority to develop skills for the disadvantaged people and people with extremely difficult circumstances. In 2021, the National Assembly of Vietnam ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which emphasized the issue of vocational training and training to create livelihoods for people with disabilities. On August 5, 2020, the Prime Minister approved the assistance program for people with disabilities for the period 2021-2030. This program is a concretization of the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Vietnam. One of the important solutions to implement this program is vocational education and training for the livelihoods of people with disabilities. DVET delight that the two sides have come to an agreement to sign a MOU and hope that after the signing ceremony, KOICA Office in Hanoi continues to work closely with DVET to specifically implement these cooperation contents.
Mr. Cho Han - Deog, Country Director of KOICA, expressed his pleasure about the signing of MOU between two countries. In recent years, Vietnam's economy has developed very rapidly, the strategic cooperation relationship between Korea and Vietnam has been increasingly enhanced in many fields. Training skilled human resources is very important, in which skills development for people with disabilities and disadvantaged people is very necessary. MOU between DVET and KOICA will satisfy that requirement.
Immediately after the signing ceremony, the two sides spent a lot of time exchanging and discussing specific solutions to effectively implement MOU in the coming time.