The project required consultants to: provide a brief history of civil service salary reform in Vietnam since 1990; describe contemporary developments in civil service salary reform; explore competing explanations for the content and direction of contemporary salary reform initiatives; and identify political and other constraints to the implementation of the proposed reforms, and thence to offer some diagnosis of the nature of the problems facing reform and the likelihood of their resolution.

The consultants were tasked with researching the significance and economic performance of the SOE sector. This included analysis of reforms in the sector.  

This project examined the current role of Hong Kong FDI in Southeast Asia. It did this through a focus on three economies (Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia), where Hong Kong FDI has historically been important. Mekong Economics Ltd. was requested to conduct a questionnaire with managers of selected small to medium-sized Hong Kong-invested companies in Vietnam. Since the early 1990s developing economies have become increasingly open to FDI. The objective of the research was to understand the impact of FDI, and in particular that from Hong Kong.