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Viet Nam reviews National Drug Control Master Plan 2006-2010

Hanoi (Viet Nam), 13 May 2011
- On 31 March 2011, the National Committee on AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Control (NCADP) of Viet Nam organized a conference to review the implementation of the countries National Drug Control Master Plan (2006-2010). The conference was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong, Chairman of the NCADP and several Vice-Chairs of the NCADP including Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Trieu, Ms. Ha Thi Lien and Sr.Lt.Gen. Le The Tiem also attended. Additional conference participants included other senior NCADP officials as well as representatives from relevant line ministries and organizations.

The timing of this review meeting was important as the Government of Viet Nam is currently working on finalizing the strategy and action plan on drug control and crime prevention for 2011- 2013. In actual fact, the overall drug control strategy to 2020, with a vision to 2030, has been finalized and is awaiting Government approval this coming June.

During the conference, Vice Minister of Public Security, Mr. Le The Tiem and Minister of Labour, Invalids, Social Affairs, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan delivered insightful reports, taking stock of major achievements over the past years and setting the orientation and tasks for the coming years.

Sr.Lt.Gen Le The Tiem pointed out that "the development and implementation of the drug control master plan (2006-2010) has brought illicit drug trafficking under control, thereby not only contributing to ensuring social order and security but also helping to create a healthy environment for socio-economic development".

Speaking on the importance of the conference itself Deputy Prime Minister, Truong Vinh Trong emphasized the need of assessing drug trends and to review the drug master plan implementation results in order to be able to formulate the national target programme on drug control for the period 2011-2015.

Addressing the conference, Ms. Zhuldyz Akisheva, UNODC Country Manager remarked that "this event is a good opportunity for UNODC and other international partners to review their cooperation programmes in support of the overall efforts of the Government of Viet Nam to develop and apply policy and mechanisms in line with international standards". She urged the Government to sustain its efforts to address these challenges by further strengthening its legal framework through, for example, the ratification of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. She explained that it is essential to further develop inter-agency cooperation, accelerate internal clearance and decision-making processes, strengthen drug law enforcement interdiction and investigation capacity as well as improving information collection and sharing, and support evidence-based drug treatment and rehabilitation programmes. She concluded her remarks by reiterating that "UNODC stands ready to continue to support the Government in all these priorities and other relevant areas."