The International Trade Department of the World Bank in Washington, DC undertook a project to benchmark and assess the performance of special economic zones in a number of developing countries. The two main objectives were to: (i) develop structured indicators on performance of SEZs; and (ii) identify features of well-designed and managed SEZs that facilitate the achievement of policy objectives. Vietnam was selected as a country in which to conduct this research. The project included two parts: surveys and one case study. The respondents of the surveys are firms operating in three export processing zones: Linh Trung 1, Linh Trung 2 and Tan Thuan and in 10 economic zones scattered across the country

The MPDF was in the process of designing Phase III of the MPDF and commissioned this private sector development review as part of the scoping process. The project aimed to: a) identify emerging opportunities as well as constraints and market failures; and b) map government strategies, donor activities/priorities and private sector trends to describe IFC-MPDF’s institutional operating environment and identify gaps or overlap.

The Rural Enterprise Expansion Project (REEP) implemented by Oxfam Quebec aimed to improve rural livelihoods through support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in rural areas. The outcomes of the project were; 1) an improved environment to foster the development of MSME, including women owned enterprises, in poor rural communities in Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and Thanh Hoa, and 2) the increased viability and number of MSME, including women-owned enterprises.

JICA has financially supported numerous rural and poor provinces to improve their basic small-scale infrastructures to promote growth in rural economies and reduce poverty. JICA has also extended its technical cooperation to the Hoa Binh Provincial DPI to plan and implement their Socio-Economic Development Plan. Its recent move to the four provinces in the Northwest region is to promote artisan craft through working with local government from the start (planning) to the end (completion and O&M).

The PACA Exercise in Yen My district is part of the project component on Local Economic Development (LED) in Hung Yen province funded by GTZ SME Promotion. The main objective of the program is to increase the competitiveness of SMEs in the private sector. Using the PACA approach, the LED component focuses on short-term LED initiatives that stimulate the mobilization of local resources in developing its economy. The PACA exercise in Hung Yen is considered a territorial one focusing on the district Yen My and its leading economic sectors and was conducted in Yen My district from 8th to 17th of June, 2005. Prior to that, a five-day training on PACA for government officials and representatives of enterprises in Hung Yen province and Yen My district took place from 23th to 27th of May, 2005.

From 2003 to 2007, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) implemented a policy research-oriented regional technical assistance (RETA) entitled Making Markets Work Better for the Poor (M4P1), which covered Vietnam, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Cambodia. M4P1 was successful in raising awareness of the potentially positive role of market development in achieving poverty reduction as well as economic growth and was completed at the end of 2007. The knowledge generated was disseminated widely to the public and discussed with government agencies and other stakeholders. On December 2006, the Department for International Development (DFID) expressed an interest in co-financing Making Market Work Better for the Poor Phase 2 (M4P2).

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) undertook extensive planning activities to design three projects focusing on budget support for SME and agricultural development. in the provinces of Soc Trang, Ha Tinh, and Thanh Hoa. Alignment of CIDA funding to the provinces' plans and systems was the program's main strategy. This required significant upfront institutional capacity and risk assessments. MKE collaborated with CIDA and the provinces of ST, HT and TH to conduct capacity and risk assessments. The assessment’s intent was to assist CIDA and its provincial partners in completing the design of their three development initiatives.  It assisted CIDA in: 1) furthering its understanding of PFM in Vietnam, in particular at the provincial level; 2) assessing the provinces’ capacity to carry out its main public financial management functions; and 3) assessing the associated fiduciary risks in each provincial context.  

The assessment of the provinces of Soc Trang and Ha Tinh was carried out to assess the functional capacities of the key provincial organizations for delivering provincial programming in key areas identified. The assessment also determined how CIDA could best strengthen the provincial functional capacity to meet their objectives and expected results in specific areas identified for support (i.e. public financial management, small-scale infrastructures, small and medium enterprises – SME development, agriculture and rural livelihoods).

The Rural Enterprise Expansion Project (REEP) implemented by Oxfam Quebec aimed to improve rural livelihoods through support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in rural areas. The outcomes of the project were; 1) an improved environment to foster the development of MSME, including women owned enterprises, in poor rural communities in Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and Thanh Hoa, and 2) the increased viability and number of MSME, including women-owned enterprises.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) undertook extensive planning activities to design three projects focusing on budget support for SME and agricultural development. in the provinces of Soc Trang, Ha Tinh, and Thanh Hoa. Alignment of CIDA funding to the provinces' plans and systems was the program's main strategy. This required significant upfront institutional capacity and risk assessments. MKE collaborated with CIDA and the provinces of ST, HT and TH to conduct capacity and risk assessments. The assessment’s intent was to assist CIDA and its provincial partners in completing the design of their three development initiatives.  It assisted CIDA in: 1) furthering its understanding of PFM in Vietnam, in particular at the provincial level; 2) assessing the provinces’ capacity to carry out its main public financial management functions; and 3) assessing the associated fiduciary risks in each provincial context.