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US-ASEAN Business Council and Ministry of Health of Vietnam Formalize Partnership

(Hanoi) - The US-ASEAN Business Council and the Ministry of Health of Vietnam officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing a partnership to strengthen healthcare in Vietnam at the Council’s 20th U.S.-Vietnam Anniversary CSR Exhibition and Gala Dinner in Hanoi. The MoU was signed by Vice Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan and the Council’s Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director Amb. Michael W. Michalak. The signing was witnessed by Minister of Health Madame Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius.

“The Council, through its Health & Life Sciences Committee led by GE, Jhpiego, GSK, Merck Serono and Johnson & Johnson, is proud to announce this MoU, a major milestone in our longstanding and positive working relationship with the Vietnamese government,” said Council Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director Amb. Michael Michalak. “This MoU will pave the way for stronger cooperation between the U.S. business community and the government of Vietnam to achieve our mutual goal of bettering the health of people in Vietnam.”
Members of the Council’s Health & Life Sciences Committee span industries ranging from medical devices and diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, consumer health and hygiene, IT systems, nutrition and logistics. Collectively, member of the HLS Committee bring both breadth and depth of expertise and experience in areas across the healthcare value chain.

The MoU is wide in scope, covering areas of cooperation such as capacity-building of healthcare facilities, communications, organizational management, the healthcare insurance system, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, nutrition improvement, food safety and cosmetics. It calls for collaboration in the form of activities such as personnel training, expert delegation exchanges, and forums and workshops for sharing of information.

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