NPA participated in a special event today 6 December 2021, hosted by Vietnam National Mine Action Center (VNMAC), to launch a 5-day training course on the use of the national Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA) database for 58 military officers in charge of Information Management from 26 northern provinces within the four Military Regions.
Also attending at the event were representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, led by Colonel Thomas Stevenson, Defense Attaché to Vietnam. The opening of training course was followed with a handover between NPA and VNMAC of the laptops for this training as well as other equipment at the VNMAC Information Management Unit (IMU) previously funded by the Government of United State.
With funding from the U.S. Department of State, NPA has been providing technical assistance to VNMAC IMU with planning and establishment of a national IMSMA database since 2016. NPA thanks Government of United States for continued funding our capacity development to information management for mine action in Vietnam, including this training.
This is the first course within series of trainings that VNMAC plan for trainees from 63 provinces to help enable reporting of mine action data from provincial to national level. Trainers are NPA national IM advisor and senior experienced IM officers from VNMAC and Quang Tri mine Action Center (QTMAC) with IMSMA Administration Level A1. This is the first time NPA is involving in training representatives from many provinces and this would be a possible opening of doors for increased support from INGOs to all affected provinces in Vietnam.