Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, 11/18/2016 – The 14th session of the annual U.S.-Vietnam Labor Dialogue took place in Hanoi on November 15. The Department of Labor Chief of Staff for the Bureau of International Labor Affairs Thomas Richards led the U.S. delegation and held productive discussions with Vice Minister Doan Mau Diep of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). The two countries discussed their long-standing cooperation on workers’ rights, the successes of technical assistance projects in Vietnam funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and potential new cooperation in the future. They also discussed steps Vietnam is taking to strengthen worker’ rights and modernize the country’s industrial system. The U.S. – Vietnam Labor Dialogue was established through a Memorandum of Understanding in 2000 between the U.S. Department of Labor and MOLISA. The Dialogue provides a forum for the two countries to discuss labor and employment challenges and cooperative activities to address the challenges.
In other meetings held by DOL with various labor, business, government and civil society stakeholders in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, it became clear that the two countries continue to share a strong commitment to workers’ rights in Vietnam. Promoting better labor conditions remains a key component of U.S. foreign policy, including in our relationship with Vietnam, and we are committed to continuing frank and productive discussions with the Vietnamese government on these issues. The United States commends Vietnam for its commitment to economic and labor reforms, and we will continue to work closely with Vietnam to ensure those commitments become reality.