Impact of the Real Exchange Rate
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Vinh (Kobe University)
presented a research on the impact of real exchange rate on output and
inflation in Vietnam by using VAR model with monthly data from 1992 to 2005.
An overview of exchange rate regimes, previous studies, and models were
provided. Questions and comments on variables, estimates, and policy
implications were discussed. Summary
Effects of Overseas Remittances
In the workshop held on 25 Nov 2006, Mr. Nguyen
Duc Thanh (PhD Candidate of GRIPS) presented his study on the impacts of
foreign remittances on the Vietnamese economy by using a CGE model. An
overview of flows of remittances to Vietnam, a brief literature review, and
model construction were provided. Many questions about modelling, the
estimated results, and possible reasons were discussed.
Workshop on Vietnam Life Insurance Industry
In this workshop, Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh (Ph.D
Candidate, Kobe University) presented his co-authored study with Prof. Takao
Atsushi on solvency regulation in life insurance industry. Two methods, i.e.
"fixed-ratioh model and "risk-basedh capital model (RBC), were presented
with various related issues. Then, he compared the effectiveness of these
two models, and proposed an effective model for Vietnam. Numerous questions
on appropriateness of the proposed model for Vietnam were discussed.
VDF Report on Thai-Malaysia-Japan Mission
and MOI (Ministry of Industry in Vietnam) have organized three joint study
missions to Thailand, Japan and Malaysia from early 2005 to early 2006 in
order to explore the way to improve the methodology of industrial policy
formulation in Vietnam. VDF has published a report (in English and
Vietnamese) to share our findings and information gathered from the
each country through the missions with a broader community of policy makers
and researchers in Vietnam. Download
Vietnamese-Japanese Students' Scientific Exchange Meeting in Kobe 4-5 Nov
(02Oct2006) Following the last two
years, the 3rd VJSE is going to be held at Kobe University during 4-5 Nov
2006, to offer an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas in studying
and doing research among Vietnamese, Japanese as well as other international
students and researchers who are interested in Vietnamese issues. Please
visit the official Website for more information. VDF is one of the sponsors
to support this annual meeting.
The 26th Workshop on 9 Sep 2006 (Sat)
In this workshop, Dr. Seungkee Baek (GRIPS Visiting Fellow) presented his
co-authored paper with Prof. Kaoru Tone (GRIPS) on measuring utilization
policy for foreign aid on economic development by using Data Envelopment
Analysis (DEA) approach. General DEA framework and slack-based measurement
model were reviewed, and then applied for 13 receiving Asian countries of
Japan's loan and grant during 1999-2001. Many questions and comments of the
model and estimates were raised. Summary
Workshop on 26 Aug 2006 (Sat)
On the day, VDF Tokyo welcomed Mr. Luu Hoai Son (GRIPS YLP) to present his
research on diversification of financing sources for transport development
in Vietnam. An overview of current financing schemes were discussed. Then,
Mr. Son's projections were presented in comparison with other official
projections by Ministry of Transportation of Vietnam (MoT). Various issues
including international experience and institutional reform were in focus.
Nakazawa Commented on VDF SI Report
July 25 2006, Prof. Nakawaza (Univ. of Hyogo), an expert in Japanese SMEs,
visited VDF Tokyo. He pointed out the differences between big firms and SMEs
in their decision-making process and factors. He emphasized that SMEs tended
to set up overseas factories due to (i) customer relationship, (ii) business
incentives, (iii) dream, and (iv) human relationship. Summary
Environmental Experts Discussed the Role of Motorbikes
July 25 2006, VDF Tokyo hosted a brainstorming session for environmental
issues caused by motorbikes in Vietnam. Mr. Minato (JARI), Ms. Okiyama (JARI),
Ms. Matsumoto (IGES), and Ms. Tajima (Rikkyo Univ.) joined the meeting. They
discussed environmental problem caused by motorbikes and automobiles in Asia
and possible lessons to Vietnam.
Summary | Mr.
Minato's Presentation (in Japanese, PDF355KB)
Supporting Industry Expert Meeting
On July 20, 2006, VDF Tokyo hosted a supporting industry expert meeting,
inviting Prof. Nobehara (Fuji Tokoha Univ.), Prof. Baba (Hosei Univ.), and
Dr. Ide (Ritsumeikan Univ.). Ms. Nguyen Thi Xuan Thuy (GRIPS/VDF) reviewed
related concepts and proposed the VDF definition of supporting industries.
In the free discussion moderated by Prof. Ohno (GRIPS/VDF), the experts
exchanged their research and consulting experience in Thailand, Malaysia,
Indonesia, and Vietnam. Slides
VDF-Tokyo Conference on the Development of VN
The 2nd VDF-Tokyo Conference was held on 15
July 2006 at GRIPS in
Tokyo. In the morning session, Prof. David Dapice (Harvard Univ / Tufts Univ:
photo right) and Prof. Kenichi Ohno (GRIPS) made
Keynote Presentations, and in the afternoon there were six presentations by
researchers from Japan and Vietnam in two sessions (Economics and Social).
Program of the conference |
VDF Report on Support Industries in Vietnam
(07Jul2006) VDF has
published their report on "Supporting Industries in Vietnam from the
Perspective of Japanese Manufacturing Firms", which is based on the series
of hearings, that VDF organized, between the Ministry of Industry (MOI) and
Japanese manufacturing firms operating in Vietnam. English and Japanese
version available. Download
Vietnamese version is also available.
Workshop on Tax Corruption
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Ha (IUJ) presented a theoretical model based on Tabellini
(1986) to analyze dynamic policy game between fiscal and monetary
authorities in stabilizing public debt in emerging economies. Level of tax
corruption and other major macroeconomic variables were focused in
discussion of the issue. Summary
Workshop on Brain Drain
(20May2006) Mr. Nguyen
Duc Thanh (GRIPS PhD candidate & VDF
Tokyo) presented a theoretical model to analyze the decision of skilled
workers to return home from more advanced economies, at the VDF-Tokyo WS on
20May2006 at GRIPS. It showed that life-time income maximization, economic
growth, and risks in their home country were crucial elements. Other factors
such as culture, working environment were also in focus of discussion.
(PDF1.1MB, revised on 1June06)
Prof. Ohno's new book available
Prof. Kenichi Ohno's new book The Economic
Development of Japan: the Path Traveled by Japan as a Developing Country
(new English edition) has just been published by GRIPS, which is distributed
for free of charge to those who are interested in. If you are a GRIPS
student, come to Room E404, and if you are a outside student, why don't you come
to our next workshop to pick it up?
The PDF is also available.
Click HERE for smaller sized PDF files. Chinese version also available at Room E404.
Professor talks about Japanese ODA
Professor Kenichi Ohno gave an interview to the Asahi Shimbun / Herald
Tribune on 22Apr06. Also available on line
@Workshop on Development of Supporting Industries for
Mr. Junichi Mori (VDF-Tokyo Researcher) presented the current status of the
supporting industries in Vietnam, as well as factors to promote them. It was
shown that Vietnam's supporting industries were just in the primitive step,
and thus various obstacles needed to be overcome, particularly in the
increasingly competitive markets. Limited demand size and shortage of
high-level industrial human resources were in focus of discussion, among
many factors. MORE (<---The most updated PPT is
Workshop on Human Resource Development
invited Professor Takahashi from Chuo Univ. for our monthly workshop which
was held on 11 Feb 2006 at GRIPS. He made a presentation on "Changes of Human Resource Development in Japan and Their
Trends of East Asian Countries: A Comparison of Japan, China and Vietnam"
which brought together more than 20 participants.
WS on Small-scaled Producers and Markets
Mr. Kien presented fifty case studies to show that the poor could overcome
poverty incidence by doing small-scaled businesses, in which experience,
knowledge transfers, and networking were the most important factors. It was
also emphasized that those businesses were risky due to various factors, and
thus government supports became crucial.
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