United States Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, Francis R. Fannon and Vietnamese Vice Minister Dang Hoang An of the Ministry of Industry and Trade signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) memorializing a United States-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership on Energy, September 30, in Washington, DC. Through this partnership, the United States and Vietnam have increased cooperation on energy through more frequent and direct correspondence between U.S. and Vietnamese energy officials at the policy and technical levels.
The MOU deepens U.S. and Vietnamese energy cooperation by establishing a framework to advance shared energy principles for the Indo-Pacific. Those principles seek to strengthen energy security; create rules-based, open and transparent energy markets; improve free, fair, and reciprocal energy trade relationships; and expand access to affordable and reliable energy. These values undergird the State Department’s interagency initiative Asia EDGE (Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy).
Under Asia EDGE, the Bureau of Energy Resources looks forward to leading the United States’ efforts to strengthen common energy policies with Vietnam in the Indo-Pacific and build secure, competitive, and resilient energy markets in Vietnam.
For further information, contact Donald Kilburg, Spokesperson for the Bureau of Energy Resources, at KilburgDF@america.gov or visit www.state.gov/e/enr. Additional information is available on Twitter at @EnergyAtState.