The objective of the assignment was to provide an assessment of PFM systems in five targeted provinces, possible fiduciary risks, and to propose systematic measures to mitigate risks and ensure safeguards when sector budget support is provided. 

Support to Industry Restructuring and Enterprise Development (SIRED) was one of five components under the bilateral fisheries sector program support. The immediate objective of the SIRED component was: Established capacity of MOFI to advise and assist fisheries related enterprises to become autonomous and market oriented. The Export and Quality Improvement Project (SEAQIP I) was supported from mid-1996 to the end of 1999. The SEAQIP Component, which forms a part of the FSPS to the Vietnamese Fisheries Sector, supports the following five areas (1) Training within marketing and management; (2) Raised awareness of environmental performance and improvements; (3) Raised awareness of occupational health aspects and improvements; (4) Raised awareness of improved handling of raw materials in the chain from farm/vessel to factory; and (5) Raised awareness of efficient implementation of HACCP systems.

Support to Freshwater Aquaculture' (SUFA) was one of five components under the bilateral FSPS. The immediate objective of the SUFA component was: Increased consumption and income from sustainable freshwater aquaculture by rural communities. 'Support to Brackish Water and Marine Aquaculture' (SUMA) was another of five components under the bilateral fisheries sector programme support. The immediate objective of the SUMA component was: Strengthening administration and management practices to supply marine aquatic products through environmentally and socially sustainable aquaculture development.

At the time of this project, DANIDA had three sector programs in Vietnam, including water (WSPS), fisheries (FSPS) and agriculture (ASPS). These three sectors had a cross-cutting sub-component of microcredit. The approach chosen for establishing credit lines within the different sector programs is apparently quite different. Due to the differences in the three sectors in providing credit, the supervision and working mechanisms were not consistent and unclear.

This research project had two objectives. Firstly, it surveyed the private consulting companies in Hanoi and identified their capacities to deliver specialized services for the Danish Embassy and Danish projects. This was due to little comprehensive information having been available about the consulting companies currently operating in Hanoi and their capacity to provide different consulting services. During 2005, the Royal Danish Embassy in Hanoi commissioned Mekong Economics Ltd. to survey the leading private consulting companies in Hanoi to identify their capacities for providing specialized services for Danish projects in Vietnam. Secondly, to estimate appropriate rates for Vietnamese consultants in Hanoi working for foreign donors and to develop a framework that can be used to estimate consultant wages into the future for both donors and the Government of Vietnam.