News Release - January 15, 2010
AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN SASKATCHEWAN AND VIETNAM
Today, Advanced Education, Employment and Labour, and Minister responsible for Immigration Rob Norris, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Vietnam that will formalize collaborative relations between Saskatchewan and Vietnam. The memorandum is focused on immigration, education and entrepreneurship.
"This agreement will help to create more jobs in our province while building more diverse, dynamic and cosmopolitan communities right across Saskatchewan," Norris said. "In addition to looking abroad, we are supporting education here in Saskatchewan, especially within First Nations and Métis communities."
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nomination Program, the provincial immigration initiative, has experienced significant growth under the Wall government, contributing to recent population records. In 2008-09, 2,914 applicants were nominated for residence in Saskatchewan, 52 of these being from Vietnam. The goal for 2009-10 is 3,400 nominees, with anticipated growth from Vietnam.
As well, Vietnam is one of three sites for the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology's (SIAST) overseas "skills passport" project, which focuses on skills assessment to facilitate foreign credential recognition for specific skilled workers.
This agreement builds on the educational and research agreements that the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and SIAST have established with Vietnamese post-secondary institutions.
The agreement signed today comes out of the Memorandum of Intent Saskatchewan and Vietnam signed in April 2009 that was aimed at increasing mutual understanding and closer economic and technological co-operation.
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