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PRESS RELEASE June 22, 2018

Value Chains Idea Contest Launched To Support Ethnic Minority Communities In Vietnam

Hanoi, June 22, 2018, - Viet Nam’s Committee for Ethnic Minorities Affairs, the World Bank and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today jointly launched the “Value Chains Idea Contest” to support ethnic minority communities in Viet Nam.

The contest was launched at a ceremony today to support the development and implementation of new, innovative ideas regarding value chains, expanding market access opportunities for products of ethnic minorities in Vietnam while contributing to the preservation and promotion of cultural strength and traditional knowledge of Vietnamese ethnic minority communities as well as enhancing the role and capacity of ethnic minority women and youth in escaping poverty and bringing prosperity themselves and their communities. The contest is hosted by the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, and supported by the World Bank (WB) and the Australian Government (through the Australian-Bank Partnership – Phase II).

The ceremony was attended by the Minister, Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA); Secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union; Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam; Chargé d'Affaires of the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam; representatives from Ministries, sectors, ministries equivalent agencies; press and media, and Humanitarian Ambassador, Miss Universe Vietnam, H'Hen Nie.

This event is part of series of activities of CEMA and international partners, media partners and Party and Government agencies to support ethnic minorities to catch up with national trends of start-ups contributing to poverty reduction and boosting prosperity in ethnic minority areas, including:

  • National forums on entrepreneurship and value chain for ethnic minorities;
  • Series of ceremonies honoring distinguished ethnic minorities start-ups;
  • Program to support market link for ethnic minority products and markets;
  • Ethnic Minority Development Communication Program;
  • And "Value Chains Idea Contest."

Eligible candidates include: individuals, groups of individuals, small and medium enterprises, cooperatives, cooperative groups, ethnic minorities, etc. with ideas for ​​developing cooperation or partnerships with ethnic minorities anywhere in Vietnam, which contribute to solving one or both of the following issues: i) Developing value chains benefiting ethnic minority women and youth; ii) Creating an enabling environment for the development of value chains which benefit ethnic minorities, especially women and youth.


Contest timeline:

Round I: Shortlisting ideas, with the deadline for submission of ideas by end of day August 31, 2018. A maximum of 50 ideas will be selected and will be announced on October 1, 2018.

Round II: Shortlisted ideas will be provided with training and support so they can be developed into project proposals. Deadline for proposals is end of day December 15, 2018. Selected proposals will be announced on January 18, 2019.


Benefits of participating in the contest:

Candidates with project ideas selected in Round I will receive support and consultancy from experts to develop and finalize a detailed project proposal to submit in Round II. Projects selected in Round II will receive funding for implementation.


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