The “Vietnam–Oregon Initiative” (VOI) was introduced in the southern province of Binh Duong on April 22 in honour of the 20 th anniversary of the normalisation of Vietnam-US ties.

The initiative, co-organised by the provincial People’s Committee and Portland State University in Oregon, the US, aims to create various and more efficient forms of collaboration among Vietnamese offices and organisations with Oregon and other localities of the US.

According to the provincial People’s Committee Chairman Tran Van Nam, the principal purpose of the VOI’s introduction in southern region is to speed up cooperative and investment partnerships between the province and the US state, while developing a cooperative network among Vietnamese individuals and organisations and Oregon in economics-trade, education-training, and public management.

Currently, the US is the seventh largest of 39 countries and territories with investment projects in Binh Duong with 80 projects and total investment capital of over 630 million USD.-VNA