UNDP helps Viet Nam with development strategy for next decade
Ha Noi – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government signed a two and a half-year project today that helps lay the foundation for Viet Nam’s socio- economic policies into the next decade. The USD 2-million project supports formulation of Viet Nam’s national Socio-Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) for 2011-2020 by assisting the Development Strategy Institute (DSI) of the Ministry of Planning and Investment to undertake necessary research and access relevant international experience and knowledge.
“It is a difficult task to research and formulate a national development strategy that meets people’s expectations and enables the country to achieve middle income status, especially since Viet Nam does not have much experience in this area,” said Dr Ngo Doan Vinh, President of DSI. “We want the development strategy for 2011-2020 to be of high quality, with many valuable innovative ideas, and we want to provide opportunities for the entire nation to contribute their wisdom and participate in its implementation,” he added.
Viet Nam has been making great efforts to achieve rapid and sustainable development with the objective of transforming the country into an industrialized and modernized country by 2020. Viet Nam is expected to reach middle income status by 2010, an important milestone in the country’s development. However, significant challenges loom ahead related to Viet Nam’s transition from an agrarian to an industrialized, service-based, knowledge economy, and the movement toward greater democratic citizenship and environmental sustainability. Some of these challenges are evident in the recent macroeconomic instability.
Solid scientific research, rigorous policy analysis, exposure to best international practices as well as an open and participatory policy formulation process all benefit formulation of appropriate and effective socio-economic strategies. Agreement among stakeholders around goals, policy options and measures is also critical.
“Through this project, UNDP hopes to facilitate Viet Nam’s access to high quality international expertise, experience and practices needed for SEDS development,” said Mr Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Deputy Country Director. “The project will provide technical support for realizing the Government’s commitment to have the SEDS formulation process truly open, participatory and consultative, thus contributing to building a national consensus on the strategy.”
The project falls under the United Nations One Plan, a new joint programming framework between the UN in Viet Nam and the Government. The project builds on assistance provided by UNDP for the Government’s Socio-Economic Strategy for 2001-2010, which supported research and consultations while engendering a broad consensus under strong Government leadership. The strategy attempted to ensure equity and stability while also promoting growth. This new initiative will help Viet Nam develop a SEDS for 2011-2020 that meets the emerging challenges of the next decade.
Nguyen Viet Lan
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