The United States Advances Global Procurement Initiative Partnership in Vietnam

Media Release

HANOI, Sept 15, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) expanded its partnership with Vietnam under the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative (GPI). USTDA and the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam signed a grant agreement to cooperate on a feasibility study that will develop a database to track contractor past performance. The database represents a component of Vietnam’s e-government procurement (e-GP) project, which aims to modernize the country’s procurement processes.

The USTDA-sponsored feasibility study will develop plans for a database to track and monitor the performance of the contractors who provide goods and services to the Government of Vietnam. Once the new database is in place, public tenders in Vietnam can be awarded transparently to contractors with high performance ratings, ensuring greater quality for the Government of Vietnam.

“This feasibility study will support Vietnam’s 2016 – 2025 master plan and roadmap for its e-GP project that was approved by the Prime Minister,” said Mr. Nguyen Dang Truong, PPA Director General, who signed the agreement alongside Ms. Andrea Lupo, USTDA’s Director for Global Programs. “The database will help improve the transparency, ensure the accuracy of past performance reviews, and reduce the workload, as data entries will be shared among government ministries.”

“USTDA has been pleased to sponsor training workshops and a study tour for PPA officials under our GPI partnership with Vietnam,” said Ms. Lupo. “I am thrilled to be expanding that partnership through this feasibility study, which will ultimately improve the quality of public procurements.”

The opportunity to conduct this USTDA-sponsored feasibility study will be competed through Federal Business Opportunities (FBO). A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA’s website at Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement.