The Political Section is responsible for the conduct of diplomacy and managing the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral political relationship. Political officers work with Vietnamese counterparts in government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), political parties, media, academia, and other fields, to enhance cooperation in areas that benefit both countries and to advocate for U.S. interests.
The Economic Section is responsible for the conduct of economic diplomacy between the U.S. and Vietnam, reports on key economic developments, and assists in the promotion of American business and trade in Vietnam. It also includes the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Office. The Economic Section works closely with other Embassy offices – particularly the Commercial Service and Foreign Agricultural Service – to promote U.S. business interests in Vietnam. Economic and ESTH Counselor Robert Gabor leads the Section, with ESTH Chief Jason McInerney primarily responsible for that office’s issues.
Public Affairs Section
The Public Affairs Section advances U.S. foreign policy by deepening ties between the peoples of Vietnam and the United States. Through diverse programs – from social media campaigns to academic exchange programs, to name just a few – Public Affairs delivers information about the United States, its policies, its government, its people, and its culture, to better align the Vietnamese public with U.S. interests of mutual concern. Public Affairs works closely with all members of the U.S. Mission in Vietnam to promote and amplify their policy efforts. For more information, click here.
The Management Section
Under the supervision of the Management Officer, the various components of the Management Section provide logistical and operational support to the Embassy. The Management Section is responsible for staffing, equipping, and supporting the Embassy as a whole. Activities of the Management Section include personnel, building maintenance, fiscal management, transportation, information systems and communications for the employees of the Mission. For more information, please click here.
Regional Security Officer (RSO)
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is a unique organization that plays an essential role within the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau’s personnel – who include special agents, engineers, diplomatic couriers, Civil Service specialists, and contractors-work together as a team to ensure that the State Department can carry out its foreign policy missions safely and securely. For more information, click here.
U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service in Hanoi welcomes you to Vietnam—a rapidly emerging economy ripe with commercial potential. We are here to help you and your business take the first steps towards expanding into this exciting market. Whatever your product or service, our team of industry specialists can offer the trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy you need to connect with lucrative business opportunities.
To learn more about our services, click here.
The U.S.-Vietnamese commercial relationship has grown dynamically since the United States lifted its trade embargo against Vietnam in 1994 and the two countries renewed diplomatic relations in 1995. The U.S. is now Vietnam’s largest export market and a major source of foreign direct investment, helping fuel Vietnam’s remarkable economic growth. This populous country of over 90 million consumers, with a positive view towards the U.S., exhibits the demographics needed for continuous growth over the next twenty years, and is a rising star among Asia’s bustling economies. U.S. firms, however, have been slow to take advantage of the growing opportunities that Vietnam presents, to the benefit of regional competition in Asia.
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Task Element Vietnam, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), is a selectively manned, joint duty, geographically separated, forward operating unit. Our mission is to plan, coordinate, and execute humanitarian efforts to achieve the fullest possible accounting of American citizens who became unaccounted-for during the Vietnam Conflict-era. Our mission is focused primarily in Vietnam, but we also assist with similar efforts in Laos and Cambodia. Within Vietnam, we conduct four joint U.S./SRV field activities (JFAs) per year to investigate the fates of unaccounted-for American citizens, and to locate and recover their remains. Each JFA is composed of up to nine teams with a combined force of approximately 100 U.S. service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, more than 100officials from all levels of the Government of Vietnam, and about 600 local laborers.
We are the United States Government’s resident experts in Vietnam on Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) issues.
Officially known to the Government of Vietnam as the U.S. MIA Office, Task Element Vietnam is manned by eight full-time Americans: Two officers, two non-commissioned officers, and four civilians. At Task Element Vietnam,about 20 Foreign Service nationals work as administration and logistics assistants, security guards, drivers, and housekeepers.
Our headquarters, DPAA, provides us policy, guidance, and the results of research. DPAA, was established on January 15, 2015. This new agency of the Department of Defense is transforming the way we account for missing personnel for conflicts dating from World War II through the First Gulf War.DPAA integrates the former offices responsible for this work: the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), and Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory (LSEL). More information onDPAA can be found at: http://www.dpaa.mil/
Office of Defense Attaché
As the senior military office in country, the Office of Defense Attaché (DAO) assists in coordinating the implementation of U.S. military policy and represents the interests of the Secretary of Defense, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, and the Service Chiefs. For more information, click here.
Through its activities since 2000, USAID works with Vietnam to strengthen capacities to address the harmful effects of HIV/AIDS and threats to global health security; expand access to quality higher education; enhance governance; improve welfare of persons with disabilities; advance gender equality, female empowerment and the role of vulnerable populations; and address environment challenges, including climate change, biodiversity conservation and dioxin contamination.
Vietnam Program Office
15/F, Tung Shing Building
2 Ngo Quyen Street
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supports the HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment priorities of the Government of Vietnam through service delivery and technical collaboration. PEPFAR encourages the principles for joint collaboration that are aimed at restoring responsibility of the HIV/AIDS response to Vietnam and promoting long-term sustainability. PEPFAR further coordinates with health development partners including The Global Fund, to promote high levels of collaboration across all partners engaged in Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS response.
Under the leadership of Ambassador Ted Osius, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Vietnam is implemented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Defense (DoD), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Department of State (DoS).
Through PEPFAR, the American people support a targeted program of health systems strengthening and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. Major program areas include:
- Providing HIV counseling and testing services targeting the most-at-risk populations;
- Supporting methadone maintenance therapy for injecting drug users, thereby lowering their risk of contracting HIV, and enabling them to access other services;
- Continued support to antenatal settings to reduce risk of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV;
- Support for sustainable condom programming (i.e., social marketing and total market approach) and expansion of the 100% Condom Use Program.
Care & Treatment
- Treatment, care and support for people living with HIV;
- Pediatric treatment, care and support for children living with HIV and support to orphans and other vulnerable children;
- Supporting antiretroviral procurement, distribution, and supply chain management;
- Diagnosing and effectively managing TB and HIV co-infection.
- Support to laboratories in development of the capacity to perform clinical laboratory tests;
- Support to laboratories for accreditation according to national or international standards.
Across the breadth of PEPFAR, we also support:
- Supporting development of national Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) curricula; training of trainers in M&E; program monitoring; dissemination of methods and direct technical assistance;
- Support to improve the quality of epidemiological research and surveillance.
Health Systems Strengthening
- Pre-service and in-service medical and nursing training, infection control, advocacy, addressing stigma and discrimination, strengthening engagement of civil society and the private sector, legal support services, governance and promoting sustainability and coordination across HIV health donors.
For more information:
PEPFAR Coordination Office
Tung Shing Square, 2 Ngo Quyen, 6/F
CDC & SAMHSA
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC Vietnam Office
Deputy Country Director
CDC Vietnam Office
Associate Director- HCMC Office
CDC Vietnam Office
Deputy Director- HCMC Office
CDC Vietnam Office
CDC Influenza Program Chief
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Vietnam Substance Abuse Treatment Advisor
SE Asia Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Advisor
5th Floor, TungShing Bldg
2 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (84-4) 3935-2929
Fax: (84-4) 3935-1918