Summary of publication
This report summarises the performance of Australia’s aid program in Vietnam from July 2017 to June 2018 against the Vietnam Aid Investment Plan 2015-16 to 2019-20.
Australia’s total official development assistance to Vietnam in 2017-18 was $82 million.
Australia's assistance to Vietnam focuses on enabling and engaging the private sector for development, assisting the development of a highly-skilled workforce, and promoting women's economic empowerment including ethnic minorities.
Three programs — the Cao Lanh Bridge construction project, the Restructuring for a more Competitive Vietnam program, and the Integrated Coastal Management Program — were completed during the year. Two programs did not commence in 2017-18 as expected: Aus4Water and Aus4Innovation. Four new programs commenced implementation: Aus4Transport, Aus4Reform, the non-scholarship components of Aus4Skills, and Aus4Equality.
This report assesses that overall the Vietnam aid program is on-track. The last year saw a continuation of the transition, commenced in 2015-16, away from a traditional donor-recipient aid relationship towards an economic partnership with the Government of Vietnam. Australia’s development assistance continues to be highly valued by Vietnam, and the program is well-aligned to Australia’s national interests.