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14 December 2023, 08:00 - 17:00 UTC +7 | By invitation only

Viet Nam macro workshop

Contact persons:

For substantive questions

  • Ministry of Planning and Investment: Ms. Nguyen Thanh Nga, Official, Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment; [email protected]
  • UNESCAP: Ms. Lin Zhuo, Economic Affairs Officer, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division; [email protected]
  • United Nations in Viet Nam: Mr. Kongchheng Poch, Economist, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office; [email protected]

For technical questions regarding the modelling

For administrative questions

  • United Nations in Viet Nam: Ms. Tran Thi Minh Tien, Assistant Partnership and Development Finance Officer, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office; [email protected]

Viet Nam is strongly committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Whereas, the VNR 2023 reveals that Viet Nam has made significant progress in various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the country needs to expedite the implementation to bring all SDGs back on track to achieve the 2030 targets. In the current context of rising geopolitical contest and economic uncertainty, the country faces more critical development challenges, including building economic resilience, eradicating poverty and inequality and tackling climate risks.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations in Viet Nam in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) are carrying out a capacity building project that aims to further integrate sustainable development into macroeconomic modelling in Viet Nam. In particular, the model takes an augmented approach to assess public debt sustainability in the long term, which supplements the short- to medium term approaches currently adopted by International Financial Institutions and credit rating agencies The two main outputs are (a) a macroeconomic model that is based on the region-wide ESCAP macroeconomic model, but tailored to Viet Nam’s context; and (b) a national study that examines the socio-economic and environmental implications of selected policy scenarios in Viet Nam. This workshop is organized as part of this project.

Further, the national workshop aimed to:

  1. foster better understanding of Viet Nam’s development challenges and opportunities, and policy options to help Viet Nam achieve sustainable development targets; and
     
  2. improve awareness of the synergies and trade-offs of the implementation of the selected policy options in accelerating the SDG achievement.

For information on the national study, "Accelerate Sustainable Development in Viet Nam: Policy Options", please read it here. The Vietnamese translation is also available. 

 

14 Dec 2023
08:00
08:30
Registration and reception breakfast
Meliá Hanoi, Viet Nam
08:30
09:00
Session 1 - Opening remarks
Meliá Hanoi, Viet Nam

Introduce the workshop objectives and participants

  • Representative - Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment

Opening remarks (10 mins each)

  • Dr. Le Viet Anh, Director General, Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment (DSENRE), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI)
  • Ms. Pauline Tamesis, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Viet Nam
  • Mr. Vatcharin Sirimaneetham, Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, UNESCAP
09:00
10:10
Session 2 - Accelerate Viet Nam’s Sustainable Development Progress: Policy Options and Implications
Meliá Hanoi, Viet Nam

This session reviews Viet Nam’s major development opportunities and challenges and deliberates the socio-economic and environmental implications of selected policy options to achieve more inclusive, resilient and green development.
 

  1. Viet Nam’s major development opportunities and challenges (MPI) DSENRE/MPI
     
  2. The overview of ESCAP-Project on Augmented Public Debt Sustainability Analysis (ESCAP) [English] [Vietnamese]
     
    • Ms. Lin Zhuo, Economic Affairs Officer, UNESCAP
       
  3. The Study on “Accelerate Sustainable Development in Viet Nam: Policy Options" [English] [Vietnamese]
     
    • Mr. Jaromir Hurnik, Consultant on macroeconomic modelling, UNESCAP
10:10
10:30
Coffee break
10:30
11:50
Session 2 - General discussion
11:50
12:00
Closing remarks

Remarks by:

  • Mr. Vatcharin Sirimaneetham, Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, UNESCAP
  • Ms. Pauline Tamesis, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Viet Nam
  • Dr. Le Viet Anh, Director General, Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment
12:00
13:30
LUNCH
13:30
15:00
Session 1: Introduction to ESCAP macroeconomic model

This session highlights the basic technical features of the model.

  • Mr. Jaromir Hurnik, Consultant on macroeconomic modelling, UNESCAP

Q&A session follows.

15:00
15:15
Coffee break
15:15
17:00
Session 2: Tailoring the model for Viet Nam

This session explains how the model is tailored for Viet Nam and technical features of designed policy scenarios in the national study.

  •  Mr. Jaromir Hurnik, Consultant on macroeconomic modelling, UNESCAP

Q&A session follows.

for more information, please contact

Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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