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This section provides information about the development cooperation between Vietnam and Denmark.

Since Vietnam was selected as a Danish Programme Country in 1993, it has been one of the largest recipients of Danish development aid. The majority of the aid has been funnelled into activities concerning poverty reduction, in particular within the areas of fisheries, water, sanitation, agriculture and environment. In addition, a key priority for the aid has been good governance, including economic, administrative and judicial reforms as well as anti-corruption activities.

Development aid to Vietnam up and until 2015 has been focused on:

  1. Green growth and accommodating climate change and securing socially responsible and green growth: Support for Vietnam's national programs for climate change and energy efficiency, support for research within business administration and climate and support for export-oriented and socially responsible growth in small- and medium sized enterprises in the poorest regions.
  2. Reaching the 2015-Goals: Supporting the national poverty eradication program within water and sanitation as well as focus on the poorest regions and most vulnerable parts of the population.
  3. Good governance: Capacity building and reformation of the public sector, the public financial administration, the justice sector and the National Assembly. In addition, a focus on strengthening civil society and combating corruption.
  4. Cultural cooperation: The culture program aims at strengthening Vietnamese access to and participation in a variety of cultural and artistic expressions, hence contributing to furthering democracy and human rights in Vietnam.

The phasing-out of the Danish development cooperation with Vietnam as a priority country was concluded in 2015. This will be succeeded by a strategic collaboration with particular focus on sustainable growth. Vietnam remains eligible for receiving Danish development assistance through e.g. certain business instruments, strategic sector cooperation, targeted activities in the rights area, and the global part of the climate envelope.

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