JVEC was established in May 2003 in Tokyo. After more than one year
of monthly workshops and networking with Hanoi, we are happy to upgrade
JVEC (informal gathering) into
VDF-Tokyo (research project).
We hope to integrate
research in Japan and Vietnam even more, and strengthen our financial
standing. Activities will be expanded and the web has been renewed.
VDF-Tokyo will be
managed directly by GRIPS, while VDF Hanoi will continue to be a joint
project between NEU and GRIPS.
Though the budgets
remain separate, the two VDFs will do research together.
|What is VDF-Tokyo?
On May 31, 2003, Prof. Kenichi Ohno
(GRIPS), Prof. Tran Van Tho (Waseda Univ.) and a number of Vietnamese
graduate students who were studying in Japan set up the Japan-Vietnam
Economist Club (JVEC) in order to create a place to express and exchange
academic views on Vietnam's development policy issues. From June 2003 to
Sep. 2004, JVEC conducted 12 workshops, sent a research team to Hanoi
for an intensive motorbike study, strengthened research links within
Japan and between Japan and Vietnam, and stimulated many Vietnamese and
Japanese researchers studying in Japan and abroad.
Meanwhile, the Vietnam
Development Forum (VDF), a joint research project between the National
Economics University (NEU) and GRIPS, was established in Feb. 2004 in
Hanoi to mobilize young Vietnamese talents and innovate research
methodology. Prof. Nguyen Van Thuong (NEU Rector) and Prof. Kenichi Ohno
(GRIPS) are the project leaders of VDF.
Since JVEC and VDF
share the same goal of fully utilizing Vietnamese human resources, we
have decided to merge their research activities for more effective
linkage. From now on, JVEC, which used to be an informal volunteer
group, will become VDF Tokyo under the management and budget of GRIPS.
VDF in Hanoi will continue to operate as before. Thus, VDF Hanoi and VDF
Tokyo will be administratively separate, but integrated in research
content. We hope this re-organization of two sisters will further
strengthen research in Vietnam, Japan and the rest of the world.