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.

Pro-Poor Partnerships for Agro-forestry Development Project (3PAD) in Bac Kan province aimed to achieve sustainable and equitable poverty reduction and to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor in mountainous areas of Bac Kan Province. The project established an Agribusiness Promotion Investment Fund (APIF) with a total value of USD 2 million in financial support to provide up to 49% of its capital, including tax for public commodities generated from investments in Bac Kan Province. APIF aimed to create a premise for participation of the private sector in the province’s development in order to improve livelihoods; thereby transforming the traditional farming model to commodity-oriented, semi-commercial agriculture system. This transformation was essential to market development including supply chain and value chain improvement.

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. 

The aim of the Northern Mountains Poverty Reduction Project (NMPRP) was to target six rural provinces in Vietnam’s Northern Mountain Region with two main objectives: to reduce poverty, and to strengthen participatory management at the commune level (in the provinces. The project invests in 44 districts in the six provinces, benefiting approximately one million people, of whom 85% are ethnic minorities. 

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.