Two MOU’s Signed with US

Two Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) were signed Thursday, one between the Vice Chairman of the Office of the Government Mr. Nguyen Quoc Huy and the United States Ambassador to Viet Nam, Michael W. Marine, and the other between Viet Nam’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The first is to provide new policy and capacity to build assistance programs for Viet Nam’s trade. It was signed at the Office of the Government.

This MOU extends the United States Agency for International Development’s highly successful STAR-Viet Nam (Support for Trade Acceleration) program. 

The project has been a primary resource for the Government of Viet Nam in implementing the requirements of the US-Viet Nam Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA), as well as supporting Viet Nam’s previously approved charter into the World Trade Organization.

The second MOU is concerned with combating transnational drug-related crimes. 

DEA Regional Director Andre W. Kellum and MPS General Police Department Director Gen. Tran Van Thao signed the agreement at a ceremony in Ha Noi with US Ambassador Michael W. Marine and representatives from Viet Nam’s MPS drug enforcement agencies on hand.

This MOU is intended to improve information sharing and coordinate operations between the DEA and MPS, as well as to strengthen and consolidate existing cooperative efforts to combat transnational drug trafficking and money laundering organizations that have operations in both Viet Nam and the United States.

The MOU is the result of an initiative first introduced at a June 2005 meeting between MPS Vice-Minister Nguyen Van Huong and DEA Deputy Administrator Michelle Leonhart at the DEA headquarters in Washington, DC. 

Reported by Uyen Phuong

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