Press release 4th Ocean Dialogue: Combatting marine plastic pollution is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and the Australian Embassy, co-hosts of the 4th event of the Ocean Dialogue series, issued a press release to address once more the urgency to combat plastic pollution in the South China Sea. The challenge to save the ocean’s from drowning in plastic is a global one that needs to be addressed from bottom up and top down. It is all hands on deck. The Australian Embassy warned that “inaction will have devastating consequences for marine wildlife, ecosystems and human health." KAS called citizens to take action of their own by making changes in their personal choices and reducing the use of (single-use) plastic. And DAV stated that combatting marine plastic debris requires regional collaboration and cooperation on all levels.

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4. Ocean Dialogue: Umweltverschmutzung durch Plastik im Südchinesischen Meer

Am 16. Januar richteten die KAS, die Diplomatische Akademie Vietnam und die Australische Botschaft in Vietnam den 4. Ocean Dialogue zum Thema „Umweltverschmutzung durch Plastik im Südchinesische Meer” aus. Experten aus Vietnam, Indonesien, den Philippinen und Malaysia diskutierten über die schädlichen Folgen der Plastikverschmutzung und die Probleme, aber auch Chancen der Abfallwirtschaft. Repräsentanten verschiedener Botschaften, von Ministerien und Forschungsinstituten nahmen an der Konferenz teil. Plastikabfall macht 50 Prozent der marinen Verschmutzung aus. Themen wie Gesundheit, Umwelt, Tourismus, schlechte Gewohnheiten, der Mangel effektiven Politiken und Bewusstseinsbildung wurden aufgebracht. Es gab Einvernehmen darüber, dass das Thema Plastikverschmutzung nur auf globaler Ebene wirksam adressiert werden kann, und dass sowohl "Bottom-up-Initiativen" als auch "Top-down-Ansätze" der Politik für effektive Lösungen notwendig sind.

VEPR presents 4th Quarterly Report on Vietnam's economic policies

With the support of KAS, the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) presented its 4th quarterly report on Vietnam's macroeconomic policies over 2018. After sharing optimistic statistics, Dr Nguyen Duc Thanh, VEPR President also mentioned the possibly long-term negative impact of the China-US trade war for Vietnam. Madame Pham Chi Lan, Former Deputy Chairman, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), stressed the need to reform the public sector in order to benefit the business sector. Dr Stefan Kaufmann, Member of the German Federal Parliament spoke of the importance of education and research in order to stimulate the economy.

KAS Vietnam is looking for a new Project Manager


You have a Master University degree in political or social sciences, law, or other related studies? You are fluent in English? And you have project management experience in KAS related work? Then this job announcement might be of interest for you!

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Kollektive Führung vs. konzentrierte Macht?

Nach dem Tod des Staatspräsidenten übernimmt Generalsekretär Trong auch das Präsidentenamt.

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China Talk 11

China and the re-centering of Asia

At the 11th China Talk on December 11, organised by KAS and the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), it has been a privilege to welcome Prof. Dr. Brantly Womack from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia as the presenter on the topic “China and the re-centering of Asia”. Prof. Womack is an expert on Chinese domestic and international politics and affairs and in particular interested in the relations between China and Vietnam. His presentation was complemented by two experts from the DAV and the Vietnam Academy on Social Science as well as a question and answer session with the audience.


The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a German political foundation. With our office in Hanoi, where we are present since 1993, we commit ourselves - together with our partners - to the promotion of rule-of-law structures, representative democracy, sustainable and social market economy as well as regional and international integration. With activities such as conferences, training, research and publications we aim to contribute to Vietnam's socio-political and economic development and to international cooperation and understanding.
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