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Enhancing the cooperation relationship in the field of social welfare between Vietnam and Korea

30/08/2019

On August 28, 2019, in Hanoi, a Ceremony of signing the MOU Between the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs of Vietnam and Ministry of Health Care and Social Welfare of Republic of Korea and other agencies relating to the field of social welfare has been organized. The MOU will establish the cooperation framework in the field of social welfare and social security, enhancing the sharing and exchanging about policies, experience between the two countries in this field. Attending the ceremony, MOLISA’s delegation were Mr. Le Tan Dung, Deputy Minister of MOLISA; Mrs. Cao Thanh Thuy – Deputy Director General of Department of International Cooperation; Mr. Nguyen Van Hoi, Director General of Department of Social Assistances; Mr. Ha Xuan Hung – Principal of University of Labour and Social Affairs; Mr. Bui Ton Hien – Principal of Training School for Official, Civil Servants on Labour and Social Affairs.

ROK’s Ministry of Health Care and Social Welfare Delegation were Mr. Ganglip Kim – Deputy Minister of Ministry of Health Care and Social Welfare; Mr. Jeong – gon Seol – General Secretary of National Council on Social Welfare; Mr. Hee-teag Lim – President of Agency information service on social protection; Mr. Sun Hun – Director of Reseach Academy on Human resource Developing on Health Care and social welfare; Mr. Eun-sook – Head of Committee for Strategic Plan, Community Fund.

In the speech at the Signing Ceremony, Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung affirmed that: enhancing and ensuring social security, welfare for society, people with the objective of "no one left behind" is one of the leading priorities in the Goals of Sustainable Development of United Nation till 2030. These were also the key duty which Vietnam Government has implemented during the past years.
MOLISA Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung noted with pleasure that after nearly 30 years since Vietnam and RoK established their diplomatic relations, the two countries have seen remarkable cooperation in politics, economics, trade, investment, tourism and labour.
According the Deputy Minister, the social security policies of Vietnam has been more and more completing, covered all basic demand of people on employment, vocational training, social insurance, caring people with merit, health care, rehabilitation and social assistances. As well as the benefited subjects of social security policies also have increasingly opened, the allowance level has increasingly higher, and people have had the better chance to approach to basic social service.
The ROK has become the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam, with nearly 6,000 projects which have created jobs and ensured social welfares to more than 700,000 Vietnamese labourers, he stated.
He emphasised that since the ROK has gained outstanding achievements in social welfare over the past decades, Vietnam can learn a lot from RoK’s experience in this field, particularly its models and policies on caring for people with disabilities, the elderly, low-income people and disadvantaged groups.
For his part, MOHW Vice Minister Ganglip Kim expressed his hope that the signing of the MoU will open up new opportunities for stronger cooperation between the two countries in social welfare.
The signing will also help people of the two countries to get more benefits from welfare policies and live a happier life, he added. According to the ROK Vice Minister Ganglip Kim, ROK’s Government has focused on Social Insurance and the social welfare regime. Recently, the Korean Government has been reviewing policies for completely development of policy on social welfare.
He believes the signing ceremony will be a good departure, an opportunity for the two sides to learn, exchange and share experiences in the field of social welfare.
Based on a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs of Vietnam and the Ministry of Health care and Social Welfare of Korea, the units under the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs include the Department of International Cooperation, Department of Social Assistances, University of Labour and Social Affairs, Training School for Officials, Civil Servants on Labour and Social Affairs will sign cooperation agreements with Korean agencies including the Community Fund, Research Academy for Human Resource Development and Social Welfare, National Council on Social Welfare, Agencies on Information Service on social protection.
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