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VDPF 2013

Vietnam Development Partnership Forum: A New Platform for Policy Dialogue

December 5, 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Forum supports substantive policy discussion between the Government of Vietnam, its development partners, the private sector, local and international civil society organizations, national research institutions and other development actors to foster broad-based socio-economic development and improved well-being for all Vietnamese.

Vision and Objectives: The Vietnam Development Partnership Forum (VDPF) replaces the Consultative Group (CG). It’s a platform for high level dialogue and intends to be substantive, action oriented and more inclusive. 

The Forum supports substantive policy discussion between the Government of Vietnam, its development partners, the private sector, local and international civil society organizations, national research institutions and other development actors to foster broad-based socio-economic development and improved well-being for all Vietnamese.

Theme: The overarching theme for the VDPF for the period of 2013 – 2015 is “Establishing new partnerships towards competitive, inclusive and sustainable growth”.

Key Features: VDPF is organized once a year event in December, the preparation is coordinated by a secretariat based in Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), with dialogue themes agreed significantly ahead of time. The Forum is co-chaired by MPI and the World Bank in Vietnam. The policy dialogue at technical level begins at least two months ahead of the main event, and the outcomes of such discussions serve as background documents for VDPF. An outcome statement with agreed actions will be issued after the main Forum, with follow up steps.

 


7:30 – 8:00 Registration 
8:00 – 8:15 Opening session:
• Welcome remarks by H. E. Mr. Bùi Quang Vinh, Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Co-Chairperson
• Opening remarks by Ms Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam, Co-Chairperson 

8:15 – 9:30 Prime Minister provides updates on socio-economic development and future orientation
• Open discussion 
9:30 – 10:30 Session 1: Reducing Poverty and Ethnic Minority Poverty in Vietnam
• Poverty reduction in Vietnam
• Ethnic Minority Poverty Reduction
• Discussion 

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break 
10:45 – 11:45 Session 2: Promoting Private Sector Engagement in Provision of Water and Sanitation Services
• Regulatory environment and institutions for private sector provision of urban and rural water and sanitation services
• Discussion 

11:45 – 12:15 Session 3: Report back from technical policy discussions
• Improving effectiveness of the Environment Management Systems
• Strengthening Competitiveness through vocational training and skills development 

12:15 – 12:35 Response and Guidance from Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng 

12:35 – 12:55 Closing Session
• Summary of recommended actions by Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam, Co-Chairperson
• Conclusion by H. E. Mr. Bùi Quang Vinh, Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Co-Chairman 

In a modern market economy, Vietnamese employers are increasingly looking for a mix of higher quality cognitive, behavioral and technical skills.

GDP growth in Vietnam is projected to rise modestly to 5.5% by 2015 with macroeconomic stability largely restored, but critical risks remain

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attends the forum and provides updates on socio-economic development and future orientation. Photo: Viet Tuan/World Bank

World Bank Country Director for Vietnam Victoria Kwakwa delivers opening remarks at the forum. Photo: Viet Tuan/World Bank

Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh welcomes delegates to the forum.

General views of the VDPF 2013. Photo: Viet Tuan/World Bank