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Vietnam-Oregon Initiative 2020 Highlights and Activities
Vietnam-Oregon Initiative 2020 Highlights and Activities

On behalf of the Vietnam Oregon Initiative, it is our honor to announce and affirm the commitment of our state through a proposed 2020 agenda to build on multi-sector partnerships that strengthen mutually beneficial trade, education and security relations. Through the State Partnership Program of the National Guard (which will celebrate 10 years in 2022), import and export exchange through state agencies and the Port of Portland and training and educational programs advanced by Portland State University—Oregon and Vietnam have built a broad network of partners and beneficiaries. In 2019 several successful exchanges occurred that inform strategic activities for the 2020 agenda as follows:

  • (April 2019) Nguy Thi Khanh, Goldman Environmental Prize Winner met with Governor Brown to launch a shared climate agenda to advance market-based solutions for advancing energy efficiency and reducing emissions modeled from Oregon’s Climate Agenda
  • (May 2019) PSU won a competitive contract for USAID Strengthening Provincial Capacity Program 2019-2024 to work with Vietnam institutional partners (National Academy of Public Administration, University of EconomicsHCMC and Startup Vietnam Foundation) to advance capacity development services
  • (September 2019) Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno, State Treasurer Tobias Read, State Auditor Kip Memott and Senator Dembrow hosted Chairman Hai and the National Assembly Budget and Finance Committee delegation
  • (October-November 2019) Governor Brown, General Michael Stencel, PSU Provost Susan Jeffords, Dragonberry Founder Amy Nguyen and Nike leadership met with Consulate General Mr. Nguyen Trac Toan and his staff to share strategic opportunities for 2020 and beyond and celebrate 2019 successes including trade agreements which led to sales of over 1 million pounds of blueberries. See further highlights from 2019 in the attached press release
  • (January 18, 2020) an Oregon delegation attended the Consulate General’s Tet Celebration in San Francisco to celebrate opening doors to partnerships. Our Vietnam Oregon Initiative delegation included Port Commissioner and Bambuza Hospitality CEO Katherine Lam, Deputy Director of the Oregon National Guard State Partnership Program Lt. Col Evan Hessell, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture Trade Manager Eric Garmen, Chrissy Erguiza and Matt Martinez

We look forward to strengthening partnerships between Oregon and Vietnam in 2020 as part of the 25th anniversary of normalized relations between the U.S. and Vietnam.

Julia Babcock
Portland State University-Vietnam Oregon Initiative

Melinda Lepore
Lieutenant Colonel Oregon National Guard-State Partnership Program

Katherine Lam
CEO Bambuza Hospitailty and Port of Portland Commissioner

View the full VOI Final Letter, Agenda, and Press Release