Annually, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) produces a Socio-Economic Report to the Consultative Group (CG). This report identifies Vietnam’s development priorities for upcoming years. The CG Meetings for Vietnam bring together participants from the Government of Vietnam and representatives of about 50 bilateral and multilateral donors to Vietnam. Vietnamese and International NGOs and representatives of the Vietnam Business Forum participate as observers. Consultative Group meetings provide a forum for discussions between the Government of Vietnam and its development partners on economic policy issues, strategies for reducing poverty, and ODA effectiveness. The MPI translates the Socio-Economic Report to the Consultative Group into Vietnamese, and Mekong Economics Ltd. has the annual role of editing the English version and ensuring it is consistent with the Vietnamese version.

For the purpose of harmonization in reporting and monitoring, the consultants worked with PMUs, the LMDG, Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and other GOVN related agencies to produce a sample Progress Report, which was the first harmonizing step in an attempt to recommend possible solutions towards achieving a ‘unified format for monitoring and reporting grant TA projects’ of the report that the PMU sends to MPI and the LMDG (CIDA, DFID, SIDA, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, GTZ, DANIDA, AusAID and Switzerland