On August 2, 2018, at the Headquarters of MOLISA, Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung had a cordial meeting and working with Mrs. Astrid Bant, Head Representative of UNFPA in Viet Nam. Attending the meeting were representatives from the International Cooperation Department, the Social Assistances Department, the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs and the Office of National Committee for the Elderly, and the relevant units...
At the meeting, the two sides discussed on the cooperation in the field of population aging and research, perfecting the legal policies to adapt to this issue; caring for the elderly with domestic and international resources and assessing the implementation of the Law on the Elderly in Vietnam.
Speaking at the meeting, Mrs. Astrid Bant said that UNFPA has been accompanied with Vietnam for 40 years, focusing on reproductive health issues and programs in the field of population. UNFPA recognized that the population aging issue of Vietnam poses many challenges that Vietnam needs to address. Mrs. Astrid Bant affirmed that UNFPA and its partners had a long-standing program of cooperation with the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs, in which aging is one of the priorities. UNFPA is willing to support MOLISA in this area, in addition to child issues, family planning, youth, maternal and elderly health.
Speaking to Astrid Bant, Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung thanked and highly appreciated UNFPA's support Vietnam during the past time. He also appreciated the cooperation between the two sides which brought the good results and achieved the objectives set by UNFPA and Vietnam.
Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung said that the Government of Vietnam has shown a strong commitment, in December 2017, the Government promulgated an Action program to implement the population policy in the new situation. In particular, the Government assigns MOLISA an important task to study the impact of population aging; Study revised the Law on Elderly. The Deputy Minister hoped that MOLISA would receive the cooperation and assistance from UNFPA in this issue, especially in the recommendations about policy for population aging and the elderly.
The Deputy Minister also proposed to Mrs. Astrid Bant a number of contents in the coming time such as: the assessment of the implementation of the Law on the Elderly, especially obstacles, barriers and inadequacies in the implementation of the Law. At the same time, support for communication, sharing of international experience in adaptation to population aging; support training, capacity building for Vietnamese experts in the study of the elderly, as well as supporting the network of staffs working in the population aging and the elderly in Vietnam.