The Global Competitiveness Facility (GCF) is one component of the Business Sector Program Phasing-Out Support. The objective of the GCF is to increase the competitiveness of non-public Vietnamese businesses in export-oriented sectors through better access to relevant business services and exposure to innovative business models. GCF is operating in eight provinces: Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Dak Lak, Lam Dong, Can Tho and An Giang; and supporting 49 projects.The purpose of this Impact Assessment is to establish the “cause and effect” relationship between the GCF supported Innovations / Interventions (specifically within Cocoa and Rice Export Value Chains) and the relevant outcomes and impacts.

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.