II. Cooperation with the main partner countries


Vietnam - Support for workers’ cooperatives enables the increase of their incomes (Cao Bang)


Population 91,7 millions
Surface area 330 960 km2
GNP per inhabitant (PPP in $) 4 892
Classification in HDI 121/187

The 8th partnership committee meeting between Luxembourg and Vietnam was held on 23 September 2014 in Hanoi at director level. In the margins of this meeting, during which all ongoing projects of the Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP) were reviewed, the restitution of the mid-term review of the third “consolidation”- ICP between the two countries took place. This restitution provided the opportunity for a very useful exchange between the two sides’ representatives on their cooperation.

During the partnership committee meeting, the Vietnamese side was reminded that the third ICP (2011-2015) was the last ICP elaborated and implemented between the two countries, because of the gradual phasing out of Luxembourg’s development cooperation from Vietnam after 2015. Ongoing projects and those scheduled to start in 2015 will obviously be implemented as planned. Some of these projects won’t probably be completed before 2018.

The relations between the two countries should in fact further diversify through an adaptation to Vietnam’s new situation: since 2012, the country has been a middle-income country which has undergone huge positive changes over the last twenty years, including in terms of poverty reduction. Some ideas for new collaborations have been discussed and explored.

The vocational training project in hospitality and tourism in Vietnam has in addition been part of a meta-evaluation of all the interventions of Luxembourg’s development cooperation in its partner countries in that specific sub-sector. Vocational training and the development of human resources are indeed one of the key sectors of the successive ICPs with Vietnam. The evaluation report on the interventions in this field in Vietnam and the guide to best practice, which both resulted from this exercise, will enable the last vocational training interventions in hospitality and tourism in this partner country of Luxembourg’s development cooperation to be finalised and consolidated wisely and effectively.