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Viet Nam and Sweden in Focus 2012

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 16:48

Vietnam, Sweden sign new cooperation agreement

VNA 07/10/2009 - Vietnam and Sweden on October 6 signed a new development cooperation agreement in which the latter pledged at least 250 million SEK (or 36 million USD) of aid for Vietnam during the 2009-2011 period.
The agreement was inked between Director General of the Swedish International Development Agency, Anders Nordström, and Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Cao Viet Sinh.
According to a press release by the Swedish Embassy in Ha Noi the same day, the deal aims to promote enhanced democratic governance and increased respect for human rights, and promote environmentally sustainable development in Vietnam .
Aside from the grant, the Swedish support during this period will also be extended to partners outside the Government sphere such as civil society and the private sector.
The Swedish government will also continue to finance development in Vietnam through different forms of assistance including concessional credits and soft loans.
The regular existing development cooperation between Vietnam and Sweden will gradually be phased out until 2013 due to “rapid progress and development” of the country. In this phasing out period from now until 2011, the two countries will continue to selectively cooperate in priority areas of democracy and human rights; anti-corruption; and environment and climate change.
Research cooperation will also receive Swedish support for the period from July 2008 to December 2011.
The new selective cooperation is viewed as a bridge between the traditional donor-recipient development cooperation and the partnership cooperation in furtherance of the 40-year relations between the two countries./.

Vietnam values ties with Sweden

VNA 26/08/2009 - The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) always attaches importance to its relationship with the Communist Party of Sweden (SKP) and will continue strengthening ties in the future, helping boost the friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

The statement was made by Ngo Van Du, Secretary of the CPV Central Committee (CPVCC) and Chief of the CPVCC Office, while receiving a visiting SKP delegation led by President Anders Carlssons in Hanoi on August 26.

He thanked Swedish communists and the country’s entire people for their support for Vietnam ’s struggles for independence in the past as well as in the current effort of national construction and defence.

For his part, President Anders Carlssons highly praised Vietnam ’s achievements in the renewal process, considering them valuable experiences and a great encouragement for the SKP and forces struggling for peace, democracy and socialism all over the world.

He affirmed that the SKP will do its utmost to tighten the friendship between the two parties, helping to enhance the ties between the two countries and two peoples.

Earlier, Hoang Binh Quan, member of the CPVCC and Head of the CPVCC’s Commission for External Relations held talks with the Swedish delegation on issues of common concern and discussed measures to consolidate and strengthen the cooperation between the two Parties and the two countries.

During its stay in Vietnam from August 21-27, the Swedish delegation worked with the Central Theoretical Council, the Nhan dan (People’s) daily, and the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Administration as well as conducting fact-finding tours in Hanoi, Phu Tho and Quang Ninh provinces./.

The Swedish-Vietnamese concert tour: "The Six Tones"

In Vietnamese a word can be repeated with any of six tones to indicate six different meanings.


  • March 28, Stockholm, Nybrokajen 11, 15.00pm
  • March 30, Malmö, Inter Arts Centre/Babel, 19.30pm
  • April 1, Göteborg, Atalante, 19.30pm
  • April 2, Norrköping, Norrköpings Konstmuseeum, 19.00pm
  • April 4, Härnösand, Länsmuseet, 15.00pm

Sweden supports UN reform efforts in Vietnam

Hanoi (VNA) - The Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi has announced funding in excess of 1.2 million USD (10 million SEK) to support UN reform efforts in Vietnam.

The funds will help the UN better respond to Vietnam’s changing socio-economic development needs through more coordinated and effective assistance during 2009-2010.

Vietnam is one of eight countries worldwide piloting UN reform at the country level from late 2005.

According to Sweden’s Ambassador to Vietnam, the One UN initiative in Vietnam in particular has so far been well-organised and moved on with impressive pace.

“This process has showed the clear leadership of the Government of Vietnam but has also involved all concerned agencies, donors and other stakeholders in a constructive and transparent fashion,” he said in a press release.

The One UN Initiative in Vietnam was launched to better harmonise the activities of the UN agencies, funds and programmes as a means of achieving greater focus, efficiency and development.

The Initiative is comprised of five key areas: One Leader, One Plan, One Budget, One set of Management Practices and One UN House.