ASSIST launches community health improvement project in Ho Chi Minh

7 12 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Mekong officially kicked off the DEG-supported HEALTHY (Training Professionals to Improve Community Health) project through a launching ceremony held in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam last November 1, 2012.

Mr. Ante Franicevic, Project Director from METRO, officially introduced the project to all participants. Then Mr. Sreeni Narayanan, ASSIST Managing Director, discussed the project background and the benefits it will bring.

For his part, Mr. Dominik Goerts, Project Manager from METRO, presented the project details, including objectives, timeline for activities, methodology, and target groups. Finally, local expert, Dr. Tran Van Ky, explained the importance of food safety and hygiene management which is the main focus of HEALTHY project

The event provided participants a picture of the food safety and hygiene management situation in Vietnam.

For the next phase of the project, groups will be educated and enabled to practice proper hygiene initiatives to promote quality and efficiency, improve waste management, and propagate sustainable practices. #


ASSIST and TUV NORD Energy Management Project PROSPECT EnMS holds onsite visit to SMEs

1 10 2012

Promote Sustainable Program of Energy Consumption Through Energy Management System (PROSPECT EnMS), a project implemented by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and TUV NORD, conducted onsite visit to the first batch of pilot Vietnamese SMEs last September  14-15 in Hanoi and 19-22 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Hanoi visit was participated in by five (5) Board of Management (BOM) representatives of Song Cong Diesel Limited Company (DISOCO), while the visit in Ho Chi Minh was attended by 8 BOM representatives of Van Don Plastic, and 4 BOM representatives of Saigon Paper Joint Stock Company.

Through the visit, the Project Team sought to hold an initial evaluation on the system management and internal energy audit for pilot companies regarding the ISO 50001 standard (Energy Management System). The event is considered as the kick-off activity for the Technical Assistance phase of the project.

PROSPECT-EnMS is a Public-Private Partnership project jointly implemented by DEG, TUV NORD Vietnam and ASSIST. Scheduled to run from March 2012 to August 2013, it hopes to promote environmental sustainability amid Vietnam’s rapid socio-economic growth.

For two days, ASSIST Partnership and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson assessed the companies’ documented procedures, while local consultant ENERTEAM audited their internal energy systems. Le Sy Trung of TUV NORD Vietnam and Le Nguyen Hoang Long of ASSIST also helped organize the event. #

ASSIST Mekong and GBA gather businesses in a learning and networking session

18 11 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Mekong and the German Business Association successfully gathered businesses in a Learning and Networking Session dubbed “Partnering towards Progress and Prosperity: an innovative model to build and promote your business while achieving social good” on November 10, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the New World Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

GBA Chairman Elmar Dutt and ASSIST Mekong Director Aru David welcomed the participants, while Mr. Arnel Go of ASSIST presented on the organization’s social venture as a model initiative for businesses.

For his part, DEG First Vice President for Special Programs Hans-Joachim Hebgen talked on how social initiatives can meet entrepreneurial interests.

Members of the automobile industry, manufacturing, technical services, banking, electronics attended the event. #

ASSIST and TUV Rheinland conduct Food Safety Training in Vietnam

6 09 2011

To promote awareness on the international food standards (HACCP/ISO22000) and international food safety regulations in Vietnam, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) partnered with TUV Rheinland in holding a Training Series for Food Safety Professionals and Managers under the SAFE Vietnam Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project last July 14-15, 28-29 and August 2-3 for professionals and August 8-9, 11-12 and 15-16, 2011 for managers.

SAFE Vietnam (Structured program to Achieve Food Safety Excellence in Vietnam) is DEG-funded initiative that seeks to create a broad impact on the food safety and hygiene awareness in the entire country’s supply chain for the agricultural and dairy sector. The PPP recognizes Vietnam’s growth as a major food processor and exporter in the global market.

SAFE Vietnam seeks to create a broad impact on the food safety and hygiene awareness in the entire country's supply chain for the agricultural and dairy sector.

Leading private as well as state-owned companies in food industry joined the training such as Vinamilk, Metro, Golden Hope NhaBe, VinaCafe, CanTho Plant Protection Sub-Department, Can ThoQuality/Assurance Sub-Department,National Argo-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Sub-Department Daklak, and 2/9 Import-Export Company.

Attended by 77 professionals and 44 managers, the training was led by Nguyen Huu Dung, who has acquired a wide range of experience in food safety following his education at the Hanoi University of Technology Faculty of Chemical Technology.

Dung rose from the ranks to become Chief of Science and Standards Section, and the Integration and Development Division of Vietnam Food Administration. He also served as Inspector at the National Fisheries Inspection and Quality Assurance Centre. In addition, Dung is a Lead Auditor for ISO 14000, OHSAS 18000, ISO 22000 and ISO 9001.

Leading private as well as state-owned companies in food industry joined the training.

Other activities lined up for SAFE Vietnam include mass awareness campaigns, CEO Forums, Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Sessions, Technical Training and Certification programs, Training of Trainers, and development of e-learning tools and self-auditing guide for beneficiaries.

ASSIST is an international non-government organization focused on capacity building. It seeks to promote sustainable practices to address social problems in the developing world, with focus on Asia and Africa. It takes pride in its process-oriented approach to capacity building towards social improvement and sustainable transformation. Its goal is to empower its target groups to make them resilient to the social, economic and environmental challenges.

It is presently based in Makati City, but also has operations in India and Vietnam and manages projects in over 10 countries. Through its Partner to Progress philosophy, it has successfully implemented such projects in collaboration with the European Union, United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, International Finance Corporation (IFC), GIZ, and DEG/ KFW amongst other organizations. #

The SAFE Vietnam initiative recognizes the country's growth as a major food processor and exporter in the global market.

Meanwhile, the TÜV Rheinland Group is a leading provider of technical services worldwide. Since its foundation in 1872, TÜV Rheinland has been developing safe and sustainable solutions for the challenges arising from the interaction between man, the environment and technology. As an independent, neutral and professional organization, TÜV Rheinland is committed to working towards a future that can fulfill the needs of mankind and the environment in the long-term.

Finally, DEG is a member of the KfW Bankengruppe (KfW banking group), which finances investments of private companies in developing and transition countries. As one of Europe’s largest development finance institutions, it promotes private business structures to contribute to sustainable economic growth and improved living conditions.#