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Mid-year Consultative Group Meeting for Vietnam

May 16, 2012

Dong Ha City, Quang Tri province, June 4 – 5, 2012

The Consultative Group (CG) for Vietnam will hold its mid-year meeting on June 4 – 5, 2012 in Dong Ha City, Quang Tri province.  The meeting will focus on the following topics:

i. Macroeconomic Update for Vietnam: macro-economic and growth performance
ii. Achieving Breakthroughs in Poverty Reduction: Current challenges in poverty reduction in Vietnam, and poverty context and major challenges in application of poverty reduction policies in the Central Coastal provinces.
iii. Managing vulnerability to Natural Disaster: Current situation and major issues in national and province policy applications for Natural Disaster Risk Management in the Central Coast provinces.

Ahead of the CG meeting, a separate Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) - a structured and on-going dialogue between the Vietnamese Government and the business community – will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in Hanoi, by the VBF Consortium, which consists of 14 foreign and local business chambers and associations, in partnership with the Ministry of Planning and Investment, International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. The mid-year Vietnam Business Forum will be dedicated to the following:

i. Investment Climate Perception presented by Local & Foreign Associations
ii. Discussions about Banking and Capital Markets, Infrastructure (including Port report), Investment & Trade (also including Tax and Land reports) and Education & Training

Journalists are invited to register to attend the following events:

Event:  Mid-Year CG Press Briefing/VBF Reporting
Time & Date: 15:00 – 16:30, Monday, May 28, 2012
Location: Ho Chi Minh meeting room, 6th floor, 63 Ly Thai To Street, Hanoi

Event:   Mid-Year Vietnam Business Forum
Time & Date: 7:30 – 13:30, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Venue:  Sheraton Hotel, 11 Xuan Dieu street, Hanoi

Event: Field trips to projects as part of the Mid-year CG event (Please see information below for field trips)
Time & Date:  Tentatively from 7:30 - 11:00, Monday, June 4, 2012
Location:        Start from Saigon- Dong Ha Hotel, Dong Ha City, Quang Tri province

Event: Mid-year CG – Macroeconomic Update (Opening Report)
Time & Date: 15:00 – 15:30 - Monday, June 4, 2012
Location:        Sai Gon – Dong Ha Hotel, 01 Bùi Thị Xuân st, Ward 2, Đông Hà City, Quảng Trị Province, Việt Nam

Event: Mid-year CG – Opening Session
Time & Date: 8:00 – 8:30 - Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Location:        Sai Gon – Dong Ha Hotel, 01 Bùi Thị Xuân st, Ward 2, Đông Hà City, Quảng Trị Province, Việt Nam

Event: Mid-year CG - Closing Session
Time & Date: 17:15 – 17:30, Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Location:        Sai Gon – Dong Ha Hotel, 01 Bùi Thị Xuân st, Ward 2, Đông Hà City, Quảng Trị Province, Việt Nam

The World Bank will NOT provide funds for any travel, accommodation and subsistence apart from the field trips.

Please use the form in the link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDRfMGthUy1VZUZnMl9iSlVOZFpZR2c6MA#gid=0 to register your attendance at this MYCG meeting and the field trips. All registration should be done before 5:30 pm, Thursday, May 17, 2011.

Registration for the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) is done separately with the VBF Secretariat.

Field Trip Information
CG field trips: Two proposed project visit routes are being considered for the morning of June 4th, 2012 from 7:30 - 11:00 am for all participants.

1. Southern Route:
 + Natural Disaster Risk Management Project - WB
 + Nam Thanh Han Irrigation Improvement Project - ADB

2. Western Route:
 + Mine Action Visitor Centre - INGO, Quang Tri PC
 + Ho Xa - Vinh Tu - Vinh Thai Road - JICA
 + Poverty Reduction Pilot Model - France

The field trip routes and departure times are subject to change depending on the weather conditions in Quang Tri Province in June. Field trip program and project briefing materials will be circulated later.


Media Contacts
In In Hanoi
Nguyen Hong Ngan
Tel : 04.3.9346600-234