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.