A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Vietnam was inked in Hanoi on December 11 between the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The five-year document was inked by MOLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam and USAID Vietnam Mission Director Joakim Parker.

With a view to supporting the promotion of the disabled’s rights, the USAID will give technical assistance to the Vietnamese Government’s programmes on creating favourable conditions for the target group, perfecting related policies and laws, implementing support action plans, and increasing the engagement of the disabled and their organisations in building and supervising policies and services.

Deputy Minister Dam said the Vietnamese Government, ministries and localities have made progress in realising the rights of people with disabilities, which was marked by the approval of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the recent eighth session of the 13 th National Assembly.

He thanked the USAID for its assistance to Vietnam over the past years and expressed his hope that the two sides will foster their joint activities so as to attain the best possible outcomes in promoting the disabled’s rights in the country.-VNA