Looking to the Future: Scholars and academics consider the long-term prospects for Viet Nam

Dec 15, 2005

HA NOI With the aim of taking a long-term view of the future economic and social development of Viet Nam, leading international and Vietnamese scholars gathered today for a two-day conference in Ha Noi.

“Viet Nam’s prospects for continued growth are good but it must be growth that is sustainable for the long-term and that ensures all Vietnamese can realize their human potential,” said UNDP Resident Representative Jordan Ryan. “It is therefore worthwhile to take a critical look now, at issues like globalization, at the effects of gender imbalances and how well Viet Nam’s growing wealth is being distributed between rural and urban populations.”

This is the third roundtable meeting organized by the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) part of the “Assistance to the 20 Year Review of Doi Moi in Viet Nam” project. The Project is designed to support and inform socio-economic planning in Viet Nam. Vietnamese scholars were joined by academics working in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Hong Kong and Australia for the two-day seminar.

Modern states and modern markets need and depend on each other, said Herman Schwartz, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia presenting his keynote paper entitled “Globalization and Economic Development: The Long View.” Challenging the notion that the development of markets implies the shrinking of the role of the state, Schwartz, who is the author of the landmark book States vs. Markets: The Emergence of a Global Economy, explained that the history of successful nations is the history of growth-promoting states that resolve internal political obstacles to industrialization and growth.

In addition, the roundtable will include presentations and discussion in four areas relevant to Viet Nam: the regional and international context; gender and development; rural development and urbanization and the role of the state. 

Other speakers include Dr. Jorn Dosch, University of Leeds on “Viet Nam and the Asia-Pacific region:  Opportunity or threat?;” Dr. Philip Taylor, Australia National University on “Wealth in Diversity: A Pluralist Strategy for Vietnam’s Rural Development;” Professor Stephanie Seguino, University of Vermont, on “The Macroeconomic Role of Hierarchies in Market Economies: The Case of Gender in East Asia;” and Professor Martin Painter, City University of Hong Kong, on “What is Next for Public Administration Reform in Viet Nam? Some Lessons from International Models and Developing Country Experience.”

Contact informationMs. Nguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Media Publications
nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org, 84-4-942-1495 ext. 186

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