Remarks at the launch of “Viet Nam statistical development strategy 2011-2020,vision to 2030” and “gender statistical indicators system”

Nov 1, 2011

Speaker:   Mr. Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director (Programme)
Date:        1 November 2011
Event:       Launch of “Viet Nam Statistical Development Strategy 2011-2020,Vision to 2030” and “Gender Statistical Indicators System”

Distinguished Dr. Cao Viet Sinh, Vice Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment
Distinguished Mr. Do Thuc, Director General, General Statistics Office, MPI
Colleagues from Ministries and Provinces
Colleagues from UN and international community
Guests, ladies and gentlemen:

I am delighted to be here today, as a member of the United Nations family and of the broader development partner community, to congratulate the Government of Viet Nam and General Statistics Office on the launch of the “Viet Nam Statistical Development Strategy 2011-2020, vision to 2030” and “Gender Statistical Indicator System”.

The birth of VSDS, which follows international standards and has been formulated in a highly participatory manner, marks Vietnam firmly on the world statistics map alongside almost 100 other nations who have statistical development strategies in place. The VSDS has clearly shown the Government’s commitment to reform the statistical system to support evidence-based policy making, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Government of Viet Nam reaffirmed its strong commitment to achieving gender equality by issuing the “Gender Statistical Indicator System”. The GSIS provides an important legal framework for mainstreaming sex disaggregation and gender-related data collection and dissemination in the work of Viet Nam’s statistical system at both national and local levels.

Following the transitions from war to peace, from central planning to modern economy and to integration into the global economy, Viet Nam is entering a new development era as a Middle-Income Country. The country’s ten-year Socio-Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) and the draft five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) have set the directions for Viet Nam’s development that is more sustainable, equitable and inclusive. The documents have charted the way for Viet Nam to move away from the growth model that has relied heavily on capital investments, cheap labor and overuse of natural resources, to the one that would create higher value-added and improve competitiveness; the one that would produce a better balance between economic growth and sustainability; the one that would ensure the active participation of both women and men and result in a higher quality of life for all Vietnamese families across regions and ethnic groups.

A key element of success of this ambitious agenda is the reform of Viet Nam’s statistical system. Policymakers increasingly need timely and high-quality data to be able to identify emerging development trends, formulate appropriate policies and monitor their impact. At this stage of Viet Nam’s development more than ever, it’s all about making informed choices in a rapidly developing environment – be it population trends, gender trends, labor force trends, or incidence of poverty and deprivation.

The VSDS 2011-2020 comes at a critical juncture as a comprehensive, inclusive and coherent strategy for strengthening statistical capacity in Viet Nam. It sets a long-term vision for where the statistical system should be in 2030 and identifies milestones for getting there. Recognizing the need for evidence-based decision-making, the system will improve data dissemination and access; enhance the quality and timeliness of information to meet the users’ needs; improve the disaggregation by sex, ethnicity, age and population groups; and strengthen efficiency and coordination in data collection and analysis. The implementation of this strategy has been mapped under detailed action plans, which set out in more detail what is to be done, by whom and when.

We, in the UN and development partner community, welcome these developments and would like to encourage our Government counterparts to finalize and disseminate these action plans and the corresponding M&E framework to ensure the successful implementation of the VSDS, the National Statistical Indicator System and the Gender Statistical Indicator System.

Ladies and gentlemen:

The Strategy and the Gender Statistical Indicator System have been made possible through a remarkable joint effort by a range of stakeholders including Government ministries and agencies, provinces and the international development partners working together and under the effective coordination of the General Statistics Office.

The UN and international partners are truly proud to be part of the VSDS development process since its early inception stages. The coherent and coordinated support from the World Bank, PARIS21, DFID, SIDA, the EC, ADB and JICA, as well as from UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO and UNDP, has been a key element of this effort. What made this partnership effort successful were the recognition of national ownership and leadership; the strong commitment of development partners to supporting national systems and capacities; an innovative coordination approach under the so-called joint Government-Donor Advisory Group on VSDS; and the joint work planning of respective UN and donor activities in support of GSO’s work. Clearly, the good lessons of this collaboration must continue at the implementation stages of these important strategies.

In conclusion, I would like to once again congratulate the Government of Viet Nam and, specifically, the General Statistics Office on the launch of the “Viet Nam Statistical Development Strategy” and the “Gender Statistical Indicator System”.

We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our readiness to engage with the Government in the implementation of the VSDS and GSIS, and through that, to continue our support to Viet Nam’s MDG achievement and human development as a vibrant and competitive Middle-Income Country.

Xin Cam On va Chuc Suc Khoe!