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The Global Island: Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region Mission Strategy of the Embassy of Ireland, Vietnam 2017-2020
2 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 3 I NDIA CH I N A ConTEnTS yR. add SUMMARY...............................................................................................................................6 I rraw MYANMAR/ BURMA Ha Giang Lao Cai Mandalay 1. INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................7 Re Lang Son d Dien Bien Ri ve r Bagan Heho Kengtung Phongsali HANOI Inle Lake Luang Prabang 2. GUIDING POLICIES ............................................................................................................8 Mrauk U gR. Chiang Rai VIETNAM Mekon NAYPYITAW Plain of Jars Vinh 3. IRELAND’S STRATEGY.....................................................................................................10 Chiang Mai VIENTIANE LA O Nong Khai PD Yangon R OUR PEOPLE ...................................................................................................................11 Pathein Hue Danang Hoang Sa THAILAND Hoi An Arch OUR VALUES....................................................................................................................13 Pakse Nam Tok Kantharalak BANGKOK OUR PROSPERITY ...........................................................................................................17 Mek ong R Angkor Wat Dawei Siem Reap Tonle Sap Chantabuni C AM BO DI A Truong Sa Arch OUR PLACE IN EUROPE..................................................................................................18 Nha Trang Me kon Ho Chi Minh City OUR INFLUENCE .............................................................................................................19 Sihanoukville gR . My Tho Phu Quoc Sura Thani Ca Mau 4. MAXIMISING OUR IMPACT ..............................................................................................20 Krabi Phuket 5. INDICATIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME BUDGET 2017-2020..................................22 Kota Bahru Penang MALA YS I A KUALA LUMPUR Malacca SINGAPORE SI N GAP O R E
4 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 5 IREland In VIETnaM and ThE MEkonG SUb-REGIon LA O PD R oUR PEOPLE oUR VALUES oUR PROSPERITY Support and protect the interests Support equality and promote Identify opportunities for Irish of Irish people and provide a respect of human rights, with a trade and investment and support quality service in response to strong focus on ethnic minority Irish business. Provide practical growing demand for consular rights, gender equality, support to two-way trade services. disarmament and economic missions, business-to-business growth that is inclusive, equitable exchanges, institutional linkages, Support ‘people to people’ links, and sustainable. trade fairs, education fairs, etc. building relationships through the Support civil society partners to oUR PLACE IN EUROPE oUR INFLUENCE diaspora, promoting Irish culture Work collaboratively with Irish and sport, and harnessing the strengthen their own capability for State Agencies for the delivery of networks of alumni and business social action and advocacy. an agreed Local Market Plan. Actively engage within EU Represent and advance Ireland’s communities from Ireland, Share ideas and knowledge and Delegation coordination structures policies and interests bilaterally Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR. build capacity through the Irish in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR through local fora and Development experience and and Myanmar to shape the EU multilaterally through international Sharing (IDEAS) programme. political, human rights, economic, organisations. trade and development agendas. Support a regional programme Communicate with the public in focussed on hunger/nutrition, and Promote and publicise the EU- Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR clearance of mines and Vietnam Free Trade Agreement to build interest in Ireland and unexploded ordnance. and opportunities for Ireland. demand for Irish products and services. Strategic engagement with multilateral partners in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
6 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 7 SUMMARY 1. INTRODUCTION This Mission Strategy sets out Ireland’s engagement in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region Ireland’s Embassy in Hanoi was established just over ten years ago. The Embassy has (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), and Myanmar) for the period 2017-2020. accreditations to Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR). Embassy Hanoi has The strategy seeks to serve Irish citizens, to advance Ireland’s interests and prosperity and to responsibility for a targeted development cooperation programme in Myanmar working in promote Ireland’s values in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region. collaboration with Ireland’s Embassy Bangkok which is accredited to Myanmar. This is a new Whole of Mission Strategy with an ii) Ireland’s prosperity is enhanced through IREland In VIETnaM and ThE MEkonG The evaluation noted that support provided indicative annual budget of €10 million, over the trade and investment, people-to-people SUb-REGIon towards improving livelihoods and nutrition and for period 2017-2020, in four countries – Vietnam, engagement and institutional exchange, humanitarian demining in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar. The Strategy and through our EU membership PDR and Myanmar was relevant, strategic and 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of Ireland- will be managed by Ireland’s Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam diplomatic relations. This relationship has making a positive difference. iii) Ireland’s values and influence contribute to which is accredited to Cambodia and Lao a more stable and secure rules-based been underpinned and strengthened over the past People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) and has international environment, to the protection ten years by a bilateral Irish Aid development The lessons learnt and evaluation have shaped the responsibility for a targeted development of human rights, to reduced inequality and cooperation programme. development of the new Mission Strategy for programme in Myanmar; working in partnership the empowerment of people to participate 2017-2020. with Embassy Bangkok which is accredited to in their own development. The Embassy in Hanoi works to promote a Myanmar. positive relationship between Ireland and our Ireland has had a development cooperation partner countries. The Embassy supports Irish The Mission Strategy is guided by Ireland’s foreign programme in this region since 2005. Building on citizens in the region with consular and passport policy The Global Island (2015) and Ireland’s the work, achievements and lessons learned by services, promotes trade and investment, international development policy One World, One Embassy Hanoi over this period and the assisting Irish business in accessing this fast Future (2013) and ensures the delivery of targeted evaluation of the 2011-2016 programme, growing market, delivers on Ireland’s values and outputs across the priority areas identified in development cooperation will remain central to the development commitments and engages with the Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s strategy with a focus on addressing vulnerability Irish diaspora and host communities to promote Statement of Strategy (2016-2019): (i) supporting and reducing poverty and inequality, in line with Irish cultural events. our people; (ii) promoting our values; (iii) Ireland’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Mission Strategy advancing our prosperity; (iv) engaging actively in lEaRnInG FRoM and bUIldInG on Irish aid is the Government of the European Union; and (v) strengthening our for the 2017-2020 period seeks to achieve five major outcomes: EXPERIEnCE Ireland’s official aid programme influence. administered by the development Vietnam has been an Irish Aid Key Partner Country The proposed Mission Strategy also aligns closely > outcome 1: Efficient and effective passport, Cooperation division of the since 2005 and the development cooperation consular and diaspora services in Vietnam, department of Foreign affairs and with the Sustainable Development Goals of the programme has, to date, been guided by an Irish Cambodia and Lao PDR. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and > outcome 2: Strengthened bilateral Aid Country Strategy Paper. The evaluation of the Trade (dFaT), working globally on the commitment to address climate change under relationships and influence for Ireland in Irish Aid Country Strategy for Vietnam and the behalf of the Irish people to address the provisions of the Paris Agreement. Vietnam and the sub-region. Mekong Sub-region (2011 - 2015) confirmed the vulnerability and reduce poverty and > outcome 3: Increased two-way trade and positive achievements realised with Ireland’s The Embassy’s over-arching mission is to serve investment, including strong educational and inequality in some of the poorest support in Vietnam, particularly on ethnic minority Irish citizens, advance Ireland’s interests and research linkages in Vietnam and the Mekong poverty reduction, supporting civil society and and most marginalised communities prosperity and to promote Ireland’s values. The Sub-region. in the World. The Irish aid building institutional capacity in Vietnamese State Mission Strategy 2017-2020 is framed around > outcome 4: Marginalised and vulnerable communities in Vietnam and the Mekong sub- institutions through the innovative IDEAS (Ireland’s programme is an integral part of three high level objectives: Development and Experience Sharing) region are more resilient to economic, social, Ireland’s foreign policy. and environmental stresses and shocks, programme. The evaluation recommended i) Ireland’s people in the region are well supported by more inclusive economic growth continued engagement in these key areas. served, better protected and more closely and accountable institutions. connected; > outcome 5: The Embassy is fit for purpose to deliver a coherent whole-of-Embassy approach and ensure the optimum use of resources.
8 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 9 2. GUIDING POLICIES onE WoRld onE FUTURE: The Mission Strategy is guided by Ireland’s foreign policy The Global Island (2015) and Ireland’s FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION international development policy One World, One Future (2013). The protection of our citizens and the promotion of our values and our interests abroad are at the core of Ireland’s foreign policy. ThE Global ISland: IREland’S our development cooperation programme, human 1 GLOBAL CoMMITMEnT To ValUES baSEd FoREIGn rights policies, peacekeeping, disarmament and HUNGER PolICy security policies; our approach to trade promotion; The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a and our growing engagement with global issues 7 2 Changing World, was launched in January, 2015. including climate change. HUMANITARIAN FRAGILE ASSISTANCE STATES The policy lays down the goals and key areas of IREland’S PolICy FoR InTERnaTIonal focus of the Government of Ireland’s global dEVEloPMEnT Ireland’s Policy for International Development One engagement to safeguard our peace, security and economic prosperity and to make a distinctive and World, One Future (2013) sets out a vision of “a 7 principled contribution to the collective international effort to build a better world. The Global Island identifies five priority areas of sustainable and just world, where people are empowered to overcome poverty and hunger and 6 HUMAN RIGHTS 3 CLIMATE focus: fully realise their rights and potential.” AND CHANGE AND ACCOUNTABILITY DEVELOPMENT To serve our people at home and Ireland’s engagement in the international abroad development agenda is focused on three goals: To work for a fairer, more just, 1 Reduced hunger, stronger resilience secure and sustainable world 2 Sustainable development, inclusive economic growth 5 ESSENTIAL 4 TRADE AND To advance Ireland’s prosperity by ECONOMIC SERVICES promoting our economic interests Better governance, human rights and GROWTH internationally 3 accountability To protect and advance Ireland’s values and interests in Europe A Framework for Action to deliver on these goals sets out seven priority areas for action: Strengthen our influence and our capacity to deliver our goals CoMMITMEnT To a MoRE SUSTaInablE Ireland is convinced that the principle of > Global hunger > Fragile States WoRld multilateralism offers the best approach to tackle > Climate Change and development the complex and interconnected issues facing the The Global Island reaffirms Ireland’s principled > Trade and Economic Growth In this Mission Strategy, Ireland is committed to world and, in line with Ireland’s Multilateral engagement in foreign policy and our commitment > Essential Services supporting partner governments in achieving the Strategy, will ensure our multilateral assistance to promoting our values across everything we do. > human Rights and accountability aims of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable support in this region is focussed and strategic in It sets out Ireland’s support for a fairer, more just, > humanitarian assistance Development Goals and will work across the three order to deliver identifiable results. more secure and more sustainable world through dimensions of sustainable development – environmental, social and economic – encouraging multiple stakeholders to work together.
10 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 11 3. IRELAND’S STRATEGY oVERall Goal and objECTIVES outcome 4: Marginalised and vulnerable communities are more resilient to economic, social oUR PEOPLE and environmental stresses and shocks supported The Embassy’s over-arching mission is to serve by more inclusive economic growth and Irish citizens, advance Ireland’s interests and accountable institutions: prosperity and to promote Ireland’s values in > Economic growth is more inclusive and Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region. The Mission sustainable and institutions are more Strategy 2017-2020, seeks to achieve three high accountable and transparent in Vietnam, level objectives: ThE ConTEXT Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar > Civil society and citizens in Vietnam, i) Ireland’s people in the region are well There is a growing Irish community in Vietnam (600) and a small active Irish community in Cambodia Cambodia and Lao PDR are empowered to served, better protected and more closely and Lao PDR. In addition, the number of Irish visitors to Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region continues realise their rights and participate in their own linked; to grow (approximately 15,000 people per annum). There is an active inter-country adoption agreement development ii) Ireland’s prosperity is enhanced through between Ireland and Vietnam. There are also a growing number of applications for business and study > Vietnamese ethnic minority household visas to Ireland from Vietnamese citizens. trade, investment, EU and people-to-people economies are grown in a climate-smart, engagement and institutional exchange; and gender and nutrition sensitive way iii) Ireland’s values and influence contribute to a > Environmental, economic, health and safety more stable and secure rules-based risks to vulnerable communities in Vietnam, international environment, the protection of Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar are human rights, reduced inequalities and the reduced empowerment of people to participate in their own development. outcome 5: Embassy is fit for purpose to deliver a coherent whole-of-Embassy approach and ensure MISSIon STRaTEGy oUTCoMES the optimum use of resources. In order to meet these objectives, the Embassy will adopt a Whole of Embassy approach working MISSIon STRaTEGy dElIVERy across the foreign policy, consular, trade and development fields towards the achievement of The Mission Strategy 2017-2020 will support an five outcomes with specific outcomes identified integrated approach building synergies, under development cooperation programming complementarity and coherence across all areas which will represent the largest part of the of work (consular, political, trade, cultural mission’s financial expenditure. The intended promotion and development cooperation) with a outcomes are: series of outputs collectively delivering against all five outcomes. It is proposed that, for the Mission outcome 1: Efficient and effective passport, Strategy 2017-2020, development cooperation consular and diaspora services in Vietnam, funding to Vietnam will be maintained at a steady Cambodia and Lao PDR; level and emphasis will be placed on the poorest outcome 2: Strengthened bilateral relationships and most vulnerable sectors of Vietnamese and influence in Vietnam and the Mekong sub- society. Thereafter, in 2021, aid flows from Ireland region; to Vietnam will decrease to minimal levels. Transparent and timely communication of this outcome 3: Increased two-way trade and investment, including educational linkages; intention for transition has already begun through high-level dialogue with representatives of the national government, local organisations and development partners. Saigon Gaels, an Irish Gaelic football club in ho Chi Minh City
12 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 13 oUR PEOPLE oUR VALUES ThE ConTEXT Creating better economic opportunities for the poor and non-poor can help accelerate poverty Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar are alleviation, especially through job creation, private among the poorest members of the Association of sector growth and investments in education and Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). All these social protection. countries suffered serious economic losses from conflict and underdevelopment and are still in the Myanmar, which has made a historic recent process of developing their economies and transition towards democracy is taking important societies. steps to address sustainable development but remains one of the poorest countries in the world, Vietnam, in particular, has developed rapidly with with very low development indicators, ongoing a massive transition from a centrally planned active conflict and multiple humanitarian economy to an emerging lower middle income challenges. market which prioritises global integration. The Vietnamese economy has made real progress and WhaT WE WIll do Vietnam is now a lower-middle income country. Economic growth is still fragile and wealth The Embassy will use political and public hanoi became the first city in South East asia to join Ireland's Global Greening Campaign 2017 and ly Thai To Park has become the 100th distribution is unequal, with poverty rates among diplomacy in the region to promote Ireland’s landmark in the world to go green for St. Patrick’s day, together with iconic landmarks in 35 countries ethnic minorities significantly higher than the values and interests: general population, compounded by disadvantage In a region with a vibrant cultural life, Irish culture, Ireland which helps to maximise opportunities across a range of other development indicators > On the basis of our values, we will implement arts and sport can be leveraged to great effect to for business, study, travel, people-to-people such as health and education. Ireland’s “signature” foreign policy agenda – increase the visibility of Ireland and build bilateral linkages and the promotion of Ireland. to support equality and promote respect of relationships. There are active Gaelic Athletic > The Embassy will promote cultural relations Cambodia has made exceptional progress in human rights, with a strong focus on ethnic Association (GAA) clubs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh through support for and by staging a range of terms of economic growth and poverty reduction minority rights, gender equality, disarmament City. The Ireland Vietnam Alumni Network now has cultural, community, sport and heritage and is now classified as a lower-middle income and economic growth that is inclusive and nearly 200 members with networks in Hanoi and projects. These events provide scope to economy by the World Bank Group. All three equitable. Ho Chi Minh City and a ‘friends of Ireland’ group engage the talents of Irish teachers, artists, major sectors – agriculture, industry, and services > As part of Ireland’s commitment to effective on social media networks is growing quickly. sports people and business people in the – contributed to this growth. However, there multilateral action, seek support from partner region and link them with local counterparts remains many challenges for Cambodia to countries for Ireland’s leadership role in the and host communities. address, in particular, growing inequality – UN system, with a key emphasis on Ireland’s WhaT WE WIll do > The Embassy will support volunteer and including income disparity, regional disparity 2020 UN Security Council campaign exchange programmes through engagement between the urban population and the rural poor > Represent and advance Ireland’s policies and > The Embassy will ensure that the needs and and small grants including for music, arts and and gender disparity. interests multilaterally through international welfare of our people will remain at the heart Gaelic Athletic Association activities. organisations in the region and actively of the work of the Embassy with a focus on > The Embassy will continue to work with the Lao PDR is one of the fastest growing economies engage in EU fora in each country to shape quality services for citizens and ensuring that Ireland Vietnam Alumni Network and support in the East Asia and Pacific region. While poverty and strengthen the EU’s approach. services remain responsive to need. its development as a lead partner in has declined significantly and is now 23.2 percent, > The Embassy will prioritise facilitating visa organising promotional and cultural projects growth is not benefiting all people equally. processing for visitors from the region to and activities.
14 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 15 oUR VALUES oUR VALUES development cooperation efforts in Vietnam Programme 135, Ireland will provide multi- will remain focussed on ethnic minority annual support to a small number of non- development where Ireland brings added value government organisations, working in the and has a strong track record: targeted provinces, in order to pilot and scale up new models in ethnic minority > Building on support to date, the Embassy will empowerment with a strong emphasis on: strengthen a comprehensive partnership with food and nutrition security; women’s the Ministerial-level Committee for Ethnic empowerment; water; sanitation and hygiene; Minority Affairs (CEMA) in Vietnam; and education. Climate-smart models which > The Embassy will provide funding to the integrate gender equality concerns will be Government of Vietnam’s Programme 135 for prioritised, as well as community ownership ethnic minorities in targeted provinces. and sustainability of the projects; Ireland’s support will be additional to > Greater engagement on the broader poverty Vietnamese government funding and will be reduction environment with other key targeted to extremely poor communes to Ministries and the Vietnam Development improve socio-economic infrastructure and Forum will be ensured through the Ethnic service accessibility; Minority Working Group which Ireland > To complement and strengthen support to currently co-chairs with the UN. Ireland has provided more than €30 million to the Government of Vietnam’s Programme 135 for Ethnic Minority development in the period 2011-2016 which specifically funded 320 small scale community infrastructure projects in the poorest ethnic minority areas of Vietnam including clinics, school rooms, rural access roads, market places. The Irish development Experience and Sharing > Provide targeted scholarships for students (IdEaS) programme will support capacity- from the region to study in Ireland with a building and strengthen strategic linkages focus on labour market skills and science, between Ireland and Vietnam in the education; technology, engineering and mathematics as agriculture; agri-food; and business and well as some opportunities for business economic sectors: development and entrepreneurship; > Build co-operation between universities and > Support peer-to-peer institutional links research institutions in Vietnam and Ireland between Ireland and Vietnam. Agriculture, using modest seed funding through the education, private sector development and Vietnam Ireland Bilateral Education Exchange economic development have been identified (VIBE) programme. by Vietnamese partners as priority areas for experience-sharing and capacity development;
16 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 17 oUR VALUES oUR PROSPERITY Provide support to national and international Embassy will adopt a responsive approach that ThE ConTEXT WhaT WE WIll do civil society partners to strengthen their own focuses modest funding on hunger/nutrition, capability for research, for building networks, civil society support and demining and UXo Vietnam is open for business. With a population of > Support Irish business to enter the market and for creating coalitions for advocacy: clearance: 93 million and a growing middle class seeking and grow existing business, particularly in the high quality goods and services, Vietnam presents context of market diversification and > Prioritise support to strengthen the capacity > Provide funding in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao huge potential for the further development of trade mitigating the negative impact of Brexit. of civil society organisations aimed at PDR and Myanmar for humanitarian mine relations between Ireland and Vietnam. Currently > Work collaboratively with Irish State Agencies, influencing policy response and service action focused on the clearance of mines and three priority sectors have been identified, i.e. chairing a local market team for the delivery of delivery in favour of groups that are unexploded ordnance (UXO), mine risk higher education, aviation and agri-business, with an agreed Local Market Plan for Vietnam, marginalised on the basis of gender, migrant education and disability support, with a strong possibilities also emerging in the ICT, medical focussed on the three priority sectors of status, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender lens; devices and clean energy sectors. higher education, aviation and agri-business, disability; > Provide funding to partner organisations for a whilst remaining open to potential new priority > Through the Embassy networks, encourage regional programme to reduce stunting and The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EV-FTA) is sectors in clean energy, ICT and medical respect for the basic rights necessary for civil malnutrition by increasing rates of exclusive expected to enter into force in 2018 and will allow devices. society to grow and flourish. breastfeeding and improving complementary two-way trade and investment to be brought to > Provide assistance to the Irish Business feeding practices; new levels. Association of Vietnam (IBAV) and Irish The regional aspect of the development > Provide support to address fragility and the businesses including introductions and programme presents a very high needs context transition in Myanmar, in particular, funding to The establishment of the ASEAN Economic information about the market and negotiation and a high risk burden. as a non-resident strengthen food and nutrition security and Community will also facilitate greater trade with of market access as well as procurement donor in Cambodia, lao PdR and Myanmar, the livelihoods. the region in the long term. This is a potential opportunities. market of 600 million consumers which offers key > Provide high-quality and accessible business opportunities. Vietnam can be used as a information to Irish State Agencies and Irish gateway to enter these markets. businesses operating in Vietnam in sectors of interest and help to popularise the EV-FTA in a Irish State Agencies including Enterprise Ireland, way that assists Irish business. IDA Ireland and An Bord Bia are present in the > Promote and provide practical support to Asia region (with staff co-located in Ireland’s two-way trade missions, business-to- Embassy in Singapore). Ireland’s new trade and business exchanges, institutional linkages, investment strategy Ireland Connected: Trading trade fairs, education fairs, conferences and and Investing in a Dynamic World (2017) visa processing. emphasises the importance of the continued > Build a positive image of Ireland in Vietnam diversification of our export markets and will guide through a defined communications strategy our efforts to harness opportunities for Irish trade and leverage relationships across all areas of and investment. the work of the Embassy to strengthen Ireland’s network of friends in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region. Irish aid supports humanitarian mine action and the clearance of unexploded ordnance in Vietnam, Cambodia and lao PdR. This is a halo Trust Clearance and Mine Risk Education session in Cambodia.
18 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 19 oUR PLACE oUR INFLUENCE IN EUROPE ThE ConTEXT WhaT WE WIll do ThE ConTEXT WhaT WE WIll do Ireland’s capacity to promote our values and > Actively engage within the EU Delegation Ireland has built a solid foundation of strong > Hold timely high-level political consultations in advance our interests through the projection of our coordination structures in Vietnam, bilateral political and development cooperation each country. Monitor, analyse and report on foreign policy is greatly enhanced by EU Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar to shape relationships in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR. political developments in Vietnam, Cambodia membership. The social dimension of the EU with the EU political, human rights, economic, However, Ireland’s profile is not well known at a and Lao PDR and on broader regional issues, its focus on human rights, labour rights, gender trade and development agendas. The wider level by the citizens of these countries. including engagement in ASEAN. equality, non-discrimination and environmental Embassy will actively support Ireland’s Building recognition and awareness of the Ireland > Support two-way high-level visits between protection reflects a distinctively European set of engagement in the Asia-Europe Meeting brand is key to strengthening our access and Ireland and Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR values shared by Ireland. Summit. outreach and maximising our external influence. as such exchanges have proven important for > In Vietnam specifically, the Embassy will work building the relationship and for productive The EU has delegations in Vietnam, Cambodia, The development cooperation programme within the scope of the EU-Vietnam engagement with government. Lao PDR and Myanmar that provide an important continues to create a strong identity for a distant Framework Agreement on comprehensive > Represent and advance Ireland’s policies and platform of engagement for Ireland at country and small European country such as Ireland and Partnership and Cooperation (PCA). interests multilaterally through international level. In these countries, the EU adopts a broad- provides a strong medium for the Embassy’s > The Embassy will actively engage in shaping organisations and bilaterally through local fora. based and mutually beneficial partnership relations in the region. EU development programmes to ensure they > Grow and deepen public outreach in a way approach where matters of politics, development benefit the poorest and most vulnerable that builds interest in Ireland and builds and trade are inherently linked to issues of good We will continue to advance shared global values groups. demand for Irish products and services. governance, democracy, peace and security, through dialogue on human rights and > Concerns about human rights remain a major respect for human rights, sustainable accountability, inequality, disarmament and other theme in EU-partner country relations. The development and the rule of law. The implications issues. Our engagement in EU fora in each Embassy will continue to engage actively to of Brexit for the EU and these four countries have country provides an important platform for promote respect for human rights, including yet to be fully analysed. influence beyond our national capacity. through the annual EU Human Rights The European Union and its Member States as a Dialogue. whole continue to be among the largest donors of > The Embassy will work to promote and In Vietnam, in particular, the on-going official development assistance (ODA) in the four publicise the EU-Vietnam Free Trade diversification of Ireland’s suite of engagements countries. Agreement and represent Ireland’s position will provide opportunities to increase our visibility post-Brexit to identify opportunities that might and influence through creating space for public The EU is one of the largest foreign investors in arise for Irish trade and investment. More discourse, sharing of Ireland’s economic Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region. broadly on trade matters, the Embassy will development experience and facilitating work in cooperation with EuroCham (the academic, civil society, media and cultural links European Chamber of Commerce) and the between Ireland and Vietnam. EU-Vietnam Business Network in providing support to Irish businesses.
20 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 21 4. MAXIMISING OUR IMPACT The current environment of constrained resources PUTTInG GEndER aT ThE CEnTRE and pressurised budgets in Ireland means that, now more than ever before, we must maximise the Research has demonstrated that gender equality impact of our efforts, plan for and achieve results, and the empowerment of women and girls are measure performance and demonstrate central to inclusive development and the accountability. The Embassy will ensure that achievement of human rights. The Embassy is Ireland’s collective efforts in Vietnam and the committed to prioritising and promoting gender Mekong Sub-region are more than the sum of its equality in all our work. All programmes will parts. We will do this in a number of ways. include a gender analysis; sex-disaggregated data will be collected; and gender indicators will be WholE oF EMbaSSy aPPRoaCh incorporated into systems for monitoring and evaluation across the Embassy’s work. In keeping Results can best be achieved when systems, with the commitment of the Department of Foreign structures, policies and actions complement each Affairs and Trade to gender equality and diversity, other. The new Mission Strategy will adopt a the Embassy will work to ensure it is an inclusive Whole of Embassy approach to advance our workplace and that Embassy staff have equality of political, economic and development partnerships opportunity. in a consistent manner. It will support an integrated approach, building synergies and PUblIC dIPloMaCy and InFlUEnCInG President of Ireland Michael d. higgins, accompanied by Minister of Foreign affairs and Trade Mr. Charles Flanagan, T.d., met with coherence across all areas of work. ethnic minority communities in Vinh o commune, Quang Tri province. The State visit in november, 2016 marked twenty years of The Embassy will use traditional and social media diplomatic relations between Ireland and Vietnam and provided an exceptional promotional opportunity for Ireland, which the platforms to communicate and grow Ireland’s Embassy worked to ensure was harnessed to the maximum effect We value the strength and potential of the Embassy and ‘Team Ireland’ in Vietnam. We will positive reputation, create a distinctive identity strive for a positive and productive work place in and enhance the way people view our country in the Embassy to support a diverse and dynamic Vietnam. These platforms will deliver information EnhanCEd PaRTnERShIPS EValUaTIon and lEaRnInG workplace and team approach and the in a timely fashion on services available including development of staff capacity to deliver Ireland’s in relation to passports, citizenship and visas; The Embassy is committed to working through Systematic learning through reviews, evaluations goals. We are committed to working explain the work of the Embassy, Irish foreign partnership to foster relationships, deliver and internal/external audits will allow for better collaboratively and innovatively with Ireland’s policy and key values; and showcase Ireland’s rich services, implement programmes, leverage resource allocation and maximum impact; State Agencies and Institutions which are critical cultural heritage and promote Ireland as a high influence and achieve results. In particular, underpinning results-based management. to advancing Ireland’s interests. quality destination for tourism and education and working in partnership with our host governments Consistent with our commitment to transparency, as a reliable and innovative business partner. to achieve objectives will be key. the results of these reviews will be shared with aSSURInG QUalITy and ValUE FoR MonEy partners and disseminated as appropriate on the In Vietnam, developing and diversifying Embassy website. Ireland is fully committed to results-based partnerships between Vietnamese and Irish management. Embassy Hanoi will work with our authorities, institutions, private sector actors and partners in government, civil society and others to civil society is increasingly important as Ireland ensure that they adhere to expected standards of gradually transitions from bilateral development accountability and transparency. On an annual cooperation to new cooperation modalities with basis, as well as in the planned mid-term review, Vietnam. partnerships will be assessed to ensure that their performance is satisfactory.
22 The Global Island:Ireland in Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region 23 INDICATIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME BUDGET 2017-2020 The budget for development cooperation for the Ireland’s capacity to make a difference over the life strategy period is based on an annual figure of of the strategy; and Ireland’s strategic interests in €10 million for Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam and the Mekong Sub-region. Embassy Myanmar (see Table below). The allocation of the Hanoi will manage this budget to ensure a focus budget is based on an assessment of poverty and on results, mutual accountability and value-for- vulnerability; the current scale and effectiveness of money. ODA and the associated risks in partner countries; oUTCoME aREa 2017 2018 2019 2020 Total % € € € € € 1. Economic growth is 1,770,000 1,760,000 1,740,000 1,720,000 6,990,000 17.5% more inclusive and sustainable and institutions are more accountable and transparent 2. Civil society and 1,200,000 1,200,000 1,200,000 1,200,000 4,800,000 12% citizens are empowered to realise their rights and participate in their own development 3. Vietnamese ethnic 4,200,000 4,200,000 4,200,000 4,200,000 16,800,000 42% minority household economies grown in a climate-smart, gender and nutrition sensitive way 4. Regional Support – 2,510,000 2,510,000 2,510,000 2,510,000 10,040,000 25.1% Environmental, economic, health and safety risks to vulnerable communities in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar reduced 5. Programme Quality 320,000 330,000 350,000 370,000 1,370,000 3.4% and Support oVERall ToTal 10,000,000 10,000,000 10,000,000 10,000,000 40,000,000 100%
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