MOI / VDF Joint Research Project
Planning for Japan Mission (30May2005-4Jun2005)
The Planning Department of the Ministry of Industry (MOI) of Vietnam and the Vietnam Development Forum (VDF), a Japan-Vietnam joint academic project in Hanoi, are conducting research on the methodology of industrial policy formulation in a market-oriented economy under international integration. As a part of this effort, MOI and VDF are organizing an unofficial research trip to Japan. The main objectives of the mission will include the following.
This is a research mission to improve the capability of MOI, not an FDI promotion campaign by the Vietnamese government. For this reason, Vietnam’s current economic situation and investment environment will not be the focus.
Background: About MOI-VDF Research
Vietnam’s economic growth is proceeding in the context of the market-oriented economy and international integration. To effectively promote industrialization, the Vietnamese government needs to improve the ability to (i) analyze and determine Vietnam’s global and regional positioning; (ii) move away from heavy reliance on quantitative targets; (iii) design, implement and revise industrial strategies and master plans; and (iv) build strong channels with the private and foreign business community. The general need to renovate Vietnam’s industrial policy formulation is recognized by MOI as well as the Japanese government and MPI . Official bilateral programs for this purpose are currently being prepared and implemented.
As an academic cooperation project between Vietnam and Japan, VDF also supports this effort through non-official channels. Since the establishment of VDF in Feb. 2004, MOI and VDF have cooperated closely and informally. More recently, the Planning Department of MOI (responsible for guiding and reviewing industrial strategies and master plans) and VDF are cooperating more formally through the following activities:
The Japan mission is part of this ongoing cooperation. Within this year, we also plan to study the Thai automotive master plan more deeply and organize a mission to Malaysia to study its industrial policy formulation.
Through these activities, MOI and VDF hope to investigate the following.
For VDF’s activities in general, see www.vdf.org.vn
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