Viet Nam: Capacity Strengthening of Viet Nam's Regional Cooperation Coordination and Public Investment Planning

Sovereign Project | 39587-012

Summary

The TA project has two components. Component 1 focuses on capacity strengthening for regional cooperation focal points, and component 2 on support to public investment planning. The intended outcome of component 1 is a well-resourced, effective, and efficient national regional cooperation coordination mechanism in Viet Nam. Its specific outputs are (i) a more strategic approach to regional cooperation, (ii) an effective and efficient regional cooperation coordination mechanism, (iii) better-equipped information resource centers, (iv) improved institutional and human capabilities to coordinate regional cooperation activities, and (v) stronger synergy between the RCNS and the sector focal points. The intended outcome of component 2 is significant improvements to the quality of public investment planning in Viet Nam.

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Project Name Capacity Strengthening of Viet Nam's Regional Cooperation Coordination and Public Investment Planning
Project Number 39587-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4788-VIE: Capacity Strengthening of Viet Nam's Regional Cooperation Coordination and Public Investment Planning
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 430,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The TA project has two components. Component 1 focuses on capacity strengthening for regional cooperation focal points, and component 2 on support to public investment planning. The intended outcome of component 1 is a well-resourced, effective, and efficient national regional cooperation coordination mechanism in Viet Nam. Its specific outputs are (i) a more strategic approach to regional cooperation, (ii) an effective and efficient regional cooperation coordination mechanism, (iii) better-equipped information resource centers, (iv) improved institutional and human capabilities to coordinate regional cooperation activities, and (v) stronger synergy between the RCNS and the sector focal points. The intended outcome of component 2 is significant improvements to the quality of public investment planning in Viet Nam. Its specific outputs are (i) more efficient public investment planning systems at national and provincial levels; (ii) a manual for public investment planning and resource allocation to sectors and provinces, including a set of criteria and guidelines for resource allocation to sectors and provinces; and (iv) improved planning expertise of government officials.

Component 1 of the TA will have six key activities, including (i) a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis of Viet Nam s regional cooperation arrangements; (ii) a clearer definition of Viet Nam s strategic interests in regional cooperation; (iii) preparation of draft regional cooperation coordination guidelines (RCCG), operational manuals, and an electronic coordination network; (iv) establishment of an regional cooperation information resource center in MPI and support for resource centers at other regional cooperation focal points; (v) establishment of or improvements to databases at the resource centers; and (vi) skill enhancement training programs. The SWOT analysis of Viet Nam s current policy, legal, institutional arrangements, human resource capacity, and coordination arrangements for regional cooperation will reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the existing framework. Based on the SWOT analysis and consultations with stakeholders, a draft regional cooperation road map will be prepared. This will set out how Viet Nam can optimize its national socioeconomic development program through the efficient inclusion of regional cooperation activities and programs. The regional cooperation road map will support the implementation of the SEDP.

A draft RCCG on how the RCNS will coordinate with the sector focal points and other national secretariats will be prepared. The RCCG will outline the proposed procedures, roles, responsibilities, and accountability mechanisms, which if adopted, would become Viet Nam s regional cooperation coordination operational manual. The TA will also assist in the planning and establishment of regional cooperation resource centers in MPI and focal points of selected line ministries and agencies. This will include provision of basic computer equipment, assistance for cataloguing of regional cooperation documentation, establishment of databases, and establishment of a website for the RCNS. When the resource centers have been equipped with facilities and the RCCG has been prepared, an electronic network will be established in the RCNS and sector focal points. The network will be linked to the RCCG and will serve as its operating system. Capacity building programs will focus on skills development necessary to effectively implement the regional cooperation road map and RCCG. Other training will cover computer use, website uploading and maintenance, electronic networking, cataloguing and information management, English language, and key socioeconomic development issues in regional cooperation.

Component 2 of the TA will identify the strengths and weaknesses of the national and local planning practices and procedures. It will identify relevant international best practices in public investment planning and

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB's new CSP for Viet Nam, 2007-2010 is closely aligned to the Government's new 5-year Social and Economic Development Plan, 2006-2010 (SEDP). The CSP aims to support implement the Government's SEDP targets of achieving a 7.5-8.0% annual average GDP growth, create 8 million additional jobs, and reduce the number of poor households. Among the principal directions of the SEDP are the acceleration of the implementation of Viet Nam's commitments to international and regional economic cooperation and integration. In line with the provisions of the CSP and the GMS RCSP the TA will assist the MPI, which will play a key role in the implementation of the SEDP, has identified two critical areas in its operations that need to be strengthened to effectively pursue SEDP's strategic directions: (i) coordination of regional cooperation initiatives, and (ii) public investment programming.
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Consulting Services The project will be implemented over an 18-month period. Its implementation will require (i) 6 person-months of an international consultant on intermittent basis in the field of regional economics; and (ii) about 90 person-months of individual domestic consultants in regional economics, information technology, regional cooperation advisory, training, and project administration. National universities and research institutes and non-government organizations will be considered for knowledge partnerships in undertaking some of the envisaged activities. The international consultant will be engaged in accordance with ADB s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants, and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of the domestic consultants. Procurement of equipment will be in accordance with the simplified procurement procedures of ADB with due consideration for economy and efficiency, in accordance with standard public procedures in Viet Nam, and normal private sector commercial practices, acceptable to ADB. ADB Viet Nam Resident Mission will administer the TA in close consultation with the GMS-NS and the concerned line ministries/agencies.
Responsible ADB Officer Vo Truc Dien
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Viet Nam Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Planning and Investment Mr. Hoang Viet Khanglaithuha72@yahoo.comNo. 2 Hoang Van Thu St., Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Mar 2006
Fact Finding 18 Jul 2005 to 28 Jul 2005
MRM -
Approval 11 May 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Jun 2006
Last PDS Update 15 Oct 2008

TA 4788-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 May 2006 21 Jul 2006 21 Jul 2006 30 Nov 2007 31 Dec 2008 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
430,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 490,000.00 11 May 2006 392,332.64

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