Doi moi review begins with first roundtable meeting - Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences and UNDP launch new reform review project

12 Jan 2005

HA NOI Doi moi has to be for the benefit of the people, based on the people, making full use of the people’s initiative and creativity, suitable to reality and adaptable to changes,” said First Deputy Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, as he helped to launch the First High Level Roundtable Meeting of the 20 Year Review of doi moi. “Doi moi has to be based on making full use of internal strength while at the same time, exploring external assistance, combining national strength with the strength of the time in the context of globalization and international economic integration.”

The Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), with the support of UNDP, launched the 20 Year Review of Doi moi project in Ha Noi today. This new project is designed to assess the achievements of the first 20 years of Viet Nam’s highly laudedreform programme and to draw lessons for the next stage of doi moi.

“This is just the beginning of a review that we hope will be both stimulating and valuable for the people of Viet Nam,” said Jordan Ryan, UNDP Resident Representative. “The challenge of the next 20 years is to extend and deepen the doi moi process to encompass the democratization of social, economic and political life. In this way, Viet Nam will meet the challenge and promise of the Millennium Declaration.”

Speaking on behalf of the government, First Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, applauded the efforts of UNDP and VASS. “It is a good chance for us to further identify the content of the project, review the achievements and shortcomings of the 20 years of doi moi in Viet Nam, and to analyze opportunities and challenges for Viet Nam in the coming development period, to suggest things Viet Nam needs to do to implement the targets set for 2006-2010 period.”

Helping to set the tone for the day, renowned China expert, Peter Nolan, delivered the keynote address to the over 200 assembled guests, media and dignitaries highlighting the challenges faced by China to maintain its levels of economic growth while not sacrificing its social and environmental welfare.

The objective of the “First High Level Roundtable Meeting” was to begin to identify research topics that the project will address over the next four years. The doi moi review project will support practical policy research by Vietnamese and international scholars on the progress achieved during the doi moi period and challenges for the future. The project will also provide support for research capacity development within VASS and other agencies participating in the project.

In addition to the keynote address, today’s meeting included three substantive panels on the themes of ‘proactive international integration,’ ‘state, government and the political system’ and ‘culture, society and human development.’

The panels featured leading international and national scholars examining key issues for practical policy research. National panelists included Professor Tran Xuan Gia, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Research Commission, Dr Nguyen Si Dung, Deputy Secretary General Office of the National Assembly, and Dr Thang Van Phuc, Vice Minister of Home Affairs.

International panelists included Professor Melanie Beresford of Macquarie University, Australia, Professor Luong Van Hy of the University of Toronto, Canada, and Dr Martin Gainsborough of Bristol University in the UK. Experts on international competitiveness from A.T. Kearney, an international management consulting firm, will also make a presentation. A.T. Kearney will present results from its ongoing collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Research Commission and UNDP in developing a White Paper on industrial competitiveness.

Contact Information

Tran Lan Anh, Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences
84-4-8211519. Email: vass@hn.vnn.vn
or
Nguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Media and Publications Unit
84-4-942-1495 ext.186. Email: nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org