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Opening Doors and Sharing Solutions: USTDA/ANSI Vietnam Standards Training Program Starts Strong

New York, Mar 24, 2008

On March 10–18, 2008, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed more than 120 participants to the first face-to-face session of the Vietnam Standards Training Program (VSTP) in Hanoi.

Carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Vietnamese Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ), the VSTP is an intensive, year-long educational program that is focused on advancing U.S. – Vietnamese trade and promoting cooperation in the field of standards and conformity assessment.

Building upon a digital video conference that launched the program in January 2008, this month’s in-person session totaled over 2,300 training hours and was divided into seven core focus areas:

  • standards development,

  • conformity assessment,

  • regulations and government perspectives,

  • industry perspectives,

  • product-focused environmental policies,

  • the internationally accepted principles of standards development as outlined in the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, and

  • effective engagement in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.

One of the primary goals of the program is to provide Vietnamese stakeholders with a more comprehensive understanding of the benefits of a market-driven approach to standards and conformance. Using handwritten surveys distributed at the end of each training day, participants were encouraged to share their thoughts about what they had learned:

You have changed our pre-disposition toward standards; we now realize the importance of developing consensus around the standards we use.

Learning from your examples, we plan to increase the way we listen to the private sector during the standards development process.

“We are pleased that the first session of the Vietnam Standards Training Program was so successful,” said Henry Steingass, USTDA Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia. “Judging from the excellent feedback we received from participants, we believe that this program is helping to promote a transparent, open, and consensus-based Vietnamese standards system, providing public and private sector leaders with the tools they need to effectively facilitate trade.”

The next program component – a series of in-person “train the trainer” sessions – will take place in Hanoi during April 2008. Trainers who successfully complete next month's sessions will go on to present course material to VSTP participants throughout the coming year.

To learn more about the program or to express interest in participating, please contact

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