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. 

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.

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.

This ASEAN-wide RETA project was designed to strengthen the capacity of the Ministries of Finance (MoF) in selected DMCs to understand and forecast financial crises. The objective of the project was to develop such capacities, and in particular to improve the quality of financial system monitoring for ASEAN Finance Minister meetings.

The overall objective of the project was “to strengthen institutional arrangements and build capacity within MoNRE and its provincial line departments in order to support the strategic investigation and management of regional water resources for efficient development so as to reach Vietnam’s Development Goals (VDGs)”. The specific objectives of the project were (i) improving water resources protection and strategic water resources planning; (ii) increased public awareness about the protection of water resources; and (iii) building Water Resource Management capacity amongst the staff of the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment/ Department of Natural Resource and Environment’ s. 

assigned by the Communist Party and the State.” The Program’s schedule is from 2009 to 2014, with a committed donor contribution of USD 11.7 million. The Government Inspectorate’s Program Management Unit (PMU) shall directly manage the implementation of this Program. Sub-projects are managed by Component Project Management Units (CPMU).

Following the successful completion of the pilot testing of P.A.C.E. program in Gap outsourced manufacturing garment factories in India and Cambodia, the program was rolled out in other countries including Vietnam, Bangladesh and China. As part of the P.A.C.E. program roll-out in one of Gap Inc.’s partner factories in Vietnam, ICRW wanted to undertake a baseline survey in selected garment factory in Vietnam. The objective of this study was to collect baseline information for the P.A.C.E. participants, female garment workers (FGWs), that undergo P.A.C.E. training, and then compare the information with end-line results to evaluate the effect of training on women’s livelihoods. The present scope of work is only limited to conducting the baseline survey. ICRW would like to conduct quantitative research/a survey of selected participants in the unit of Vina Korea in Khai Quang Industrial Zone, Vinh Yen City, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam. The survey was conducted in the month of May 2011. ICRW facilitated the discussions and processes for conducting the baseline survey with the factory partners.

The objective of the program was to build an ethical, strong, professional and modern inspectorate system capable of performing tasks in accordance with the laws in the areas of inspection. This project involved ten participating units, which formulated and implemented their own component projects. Specifically, these included four ministerial-level Inspectorates of the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and five provincial-level Inspectorates of Ha Tinh, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and Kien Giang, as well as the Government Inspectorate. 

ADB contracted Mekong Economics Ltd. to deliver a detailed review and evaluation of the regulation making process in Laos. For this component, the consultant reviewed the level of regulatory impact analysis carried out by the regulator(s) during the regulation-making process; researched relevant cost-benefit analysis carried out by the regulator(s); and reviewed the processes of public consultation and information dissemination. The consultant also provided a comparison of procedures in Lao PDR with international best practice.

The Multilateral Trade Assistance Project Vietnam II, a continuation of MUTRAP I and its extension and bridging phases, was financed by the European Commission in partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, MOIT, which is also the executing agency. The project’s purpose was to “strengthen the capacity of the government of Vietnam and Vietnamese stakeholders for managing WTO accession and meet their commitments and challenges from other international and regional trade related agreements.”