Tokyo, September 24, 2004
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.
To promote high quality research on the Vietnamese economy
The Vietnam Development Forum Tokyo ("VDF Tokyo" for short)
4. Legal status
VDF Tokyo is a research sub-unit managed by the GRIPS Development Forum, a research project at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, in Tokyo.
Entry and exit is free. There is no formal procedure or fee to become a member. Anyone who lives or stays in Japan and is seriously interested in the development issues of Vietnam, regardless of nationality, can become a member. We particularly encourage the following groups to participate in our activities.
Vietnamese nationals with the
knowledge of economics, business or social issues at the graduate level or
The secretariat will perform
the following duties.
7. Working language
The working language is English. However, Vietnamese and Japanese may be additionally used as necessary.
8. Main activities
Academic workshops: Workshops will be conducted monthly in academic
style. Experts, professors, officials and graduate students of any
nationality can be invited to make a presentation.
We will conduct all above in close cooperation with VDF Hanoi.
9. Proposed topics
VDF Tokyo accepts any policy-oriented topics concerning the Vietnamese economy as long as the quality is good. For example:
Macroeconomic and financial issues
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