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GRIPS Development Forum Project (Policy Studies Unit)

The GRIPS Development Forum conducts strategic and policy-oriented research and disseminates results in such areas as comprehensive development strategies, poverty reduction, aid policy and development partnerships, and Japanfs development assistance.

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 for Japanese Businesses

GDF complied a booklet which contains a policy, economy, and business climate in Ethiopia.

English (version 20)

(December 2014)
An Approaching Middle Income Trap: How Vietnam can Escape It
by Vietnam Development Forum, National Economic University
Supervised by Kenichi Ohno
(April 2013j
Eastern and Western Ideas for African Growth:
Diversity and Complementarity in Development aid (Routledge)
Edited by Kenichi Ohno and
Izumi Ohno (Routlede-GRIPS Development Forum Studies)
(October 2012)
Learning to Industrialize:
From given growth to policy-aided value creation (Routlede)

by Kenichi Ohno

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Mission Report to Thailand & Cambodia

(June 2015) The GRIPS Development Forum visited Bangkok, Thailand (May 25-26) and Phnom Penh (May 27-29) for industrial policy research. In Thailand, we focused on public and private efforts for promoting FDI-local industrial linkage and matching between Thai and Japanese firms. Thailand is a good example of internalizing and scaling-up Japanfs cooperation for supporting industry promotion and industrial human resource development. In Cambodia, we studied the features and issues of the recently formulated Industrial Development Policy (IDP) 2015-2025, leading policy organizations, FDI attraction and SEZs, SME promotion, etc. Starting from the position of a post-conflict fragile state, Cambodia has regained policy autonomy and established policy ownership. This is a critical historical moment for Cambodia, and we hope that Japanfs future cooperation will address the countryfs ongoing efforts to attain FDI-led industrialization.

Thailand Mission Report (245KB)
Cambodia Mission Report

ADB-GDF Joint Seminar on "Financing Asia's Future Growth:  The theme Chapter of Asian Development Outlook 2015"

(May 2015) ADB-GRIPS Development Forum (GDF) Joint seminar was held on May 15, Friday at GRIPS. The two guests, Dr. Donghyun Park and Dr. Joseph E. Zveglich Jr. talked about the main findings and policy messages of Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2015, published in March.

For more information>>> events page

Ethiopia Information KIT for Japanese Businesses

(January 2015) GRIPS Development Forum (GDF) has conducted JICA's project, called Ethiopian Industrial Policy Dialogue, since 2009. To promote and support Ethiopian business by Japanese company is one of the main issue of the project. We compiled a booklet, Ethiopia Information KIT, which contains a policy, economy, and business climate in Ethiopia. We hope it will be useful for starting and doing business in Ethiopia. We keep revising the booklet as needed.

See Ethiopia Information KIT
  (version 20, PDF1.3MB)

An Approaching Middle Income Trap: How Vietnam Can Escape It by VDF, NEU and supervised by Kenichi Ohno

(December 2014) Vietnam Development Forum in Hanoi, in cooperation with National Economic University (NEU), published An Approaching Middle Income Trap: How Vietnam Can Escape It (English & Vietnamese). Launching seminars were held at NEU and MPI/CIEM. This book summarizes VDF's research results in the last ten years.

If you would like to purchase the book, please contact us.


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Prof. Shigeru Ishikawa's Notes  (Economist, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Hitotsubashi University and Aoyama-Gakuin University, Member of the Japan Academy)

featuring reports and presentation materials of
Prof. Ishikawa who contributes to issues in Development Economics.

Prof. Shigeru Ishikawa passed away on 4 January 2014. We pray from the bottom of our hearts that his soul may rest in peace.

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Mr. Aiichiro Yamamoto's View       

(Principal Representative to the European Union, JICA) Mr.Yamamoto provides his reports to our GDF Japanese website.

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