Vietnam Development Forum (VDF) is a Vietnam-based
project office of GRIPS Development Forum (GDF).
VDF was established in February 2004 by the joint
research project between the National Graduate
Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo and
the National Economics University (NEU) in Hanoi.
It is one
of activities of GRIPS's 21st Century Center of
Excellent (COE) Program.
VDF is an academic
unit and not a
Vietnam Development Forum Tokyo (VDF-Tokyo) is a
VDF office in Tokyo and a research unit of GDF.
VDF-Tokyo was established in October 2004,
superseding the Japan-Vietnam Economist Club (JVEC),
which used to be an informal volunteer group, set up
by Professor Kenichi Ohno (GRIPS), Professor Tran
Van Tho (Waseda University) and Vietnamese graduate
students studying in Japan.
VDF and VDF-Tokyo are administratively separated,
but integrated in research content. The objectives
of VDF and VDF-Tokyo are:
Promote high quality research on the Vietnam's
Offer a forum for information and intellectual
exchange among people sincerely interested or
deeply involved in Vietnam.
Disseminate analysis and proposals in order to
improve Vietnam's policy formulation.
Build an open network where researchers and policy
makers can meet, discuss and help each other.
Publicize excellent research produced by scholars
and organizations outside VDF and VDF-Tokyo.
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