Vision and Objectives: The Vietnam Development Partnership Forum (VDPF) is 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 theme for the VDPF 2014 is “Accelerating economic institutional reform, strengthening resilience and enhancing the competitiveness of Vietnam’s economy”. It is under the overarching theme for the VDPF for the period of 2013 – 2015, “Establishing new partnerships towards competitive, inclusive and sustainable growth”.
Two focuses for discussion this year includes:
• Market institutional reform: Market institutional reform to improve competitiveness of the economy.
• Private Sector Development: Private Sector Development for a sustainable and autonomic economy.
VDPF 2013 Results: The first VDPF was held in 2013. The Forum made a number of policy recommendations and action plans, which have been successfully implemented, in the following 4 domains: (i) Poverty reduction and ethnic poverty reduction; (ii) Private sector involvement in urban and rural water supply; (iii) Environment protection; and (iv) Increased competitiveness through vocational training and skill development.