US embassy cable - 01HANOI1497

DONOR/GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION OF VIETNAM'S 10 YEAR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

Identifier: 01HANOI1497
Wikileaks: View 01HANOI1497 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2001-06-22 04:30:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: EAID ECON EFIN ETRD EAGR PREL VM SOE FINREF CVR
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220430Z Jun 01

2001HANOI01497 - UNCLASSIFIED
 
 
 
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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
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USDA WASHDC
ASEAN COLLECTIVE
AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY 
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 HANOI 001497 
 
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STATE FOR EB/IFD/ODF, EB/IFD/OMA, EB/TPP, EAP/EP, EAP/BCLTV 
STATE PASS USAID/ANE AFERRERA AND DMCCLUSKEY 
STATE PASS USTR 
TREASURY FOR OASIA 
USDOC FOR 4431/MAC/OKSA/HPPHO 
USDA FOR FAS/ITP/SCHIKH/HUYNH 
PHNOM PENH FOR USAID LCHILES 
MANILA PASS USADB 
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SENSITIVE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAID, ECON, EFIN, ETRD, EAGR, PREL, VM, SOE, FINREF, CVR 
SUBJECT: DONOR/GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION OF VIETNAM'S 10 YEAR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY 
 
 
1.  (SBU)  SUMMARY:  ON JUNE 14, KICKING OFF A SERIES OF 
DONOR-GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS, UNDP SPONSORED A `HIGH- 
LEVEL' CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS ONE OF THE CENTRAL DOCUMENTS 
APPROVED BY VIETNAM'S COMMUNIST PARTY DURING THE NINTH PARTY 
CONGRESS CONCLUDED IN APRIL.  THE DOCUMENT, `THE 10 YEAR 
SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY', IN MANY WAYS MORE A 
POLITICAL STATEMENT THAN A MODERN ECONOMIC STRATEGY, 
NONETHELESS HELPS SET THE STAGE FOR THE COMING PERIOD. 
UNFORTUNATELY, WHILE IT ACKNOWLEDGES THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE 
SECTOR - BOTH DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN-INVESTED - IT ALSO 
PANDERS TO THE STATE SECTOR.  THE PAPER RATHER PERFUNCTORILY 
NOTES THE MANY COMMITMENTS TO INTERNATIONAL INTEGRATION THE 
GVN HAS IN RECENT YEARS SIGNED ONTO, INCLUDING AFTA AND THE 
U.S.-VIETNAM BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENT.  IT ALSO MENTIONS 
THE GOAL OF `EVENTUAL' ACCESSION TO THE WTO.  DONORS 
APPRECIATED THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE DOCUMENT AND 
PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH SUGGESTIONS FOR CARRYING OUT THE 
MEANINGFUL ELEMENTS OF THE STRATEGY. 
 
2.  (SBU) SUMMARY CONT'D: AMBASSADOR PETERSON CRITICIZED THE 
VESTIGIAL PLANNING NATURE INHERENT IN THE DOCUMENT AND 
HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN JOB 
CREATION.  HE ALSO URGED THE GVN TO REASSESS THE CONCEPT 
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ARTICULATED IN THE STRATEGY OF THE STATE SECTOR `LEADING' OR 
`DOMINATING' A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF `STRATEGIC' 
INDUSTRIES.  HIS COMMENTS TURNED THE STAID CONFERENCE INTO A 
SIGNIFICANT DEBATE REGARDING VIETNAM'S FUTURE.  OTHER 
COMMENTS INCLUDED A SURPRISE INTERVENTION BY THE CHINESE 
AMBASSADOR ABOUT THE NEED FOR GREATER COMPETITION IN THE 
VIETNAMESE ECONOMY, INCLUDING ROBUST PARTICIPATION OF THE 
PRIVATE SECTOR IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS.  SEVERAL DONORS 
HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED FOR DEVELOPING DEEPER LEGAL 
INSTITUTIONS AND PROMOTING TRANSPARENCY AND PROCESS IN 
DEVELOPING LAWS AND REGULATIONS, AS WELL AS THE PERVASIVE 
NEED FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORM.  THE U.S. DELEGATION 
ALSO UNDERSCORED THE TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS CONTAINED IN 
THE U.S.-VIETNAM BTA (NOW BEFORE CONGRESS) AND URGED 
ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS WHERE LAWS EXISTED AS IN THE AREA OF 
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION.  THE UNDP LEGAL 
REFORM ADVISER SUGGESTED THE GVN CONSIDER AMENDING ITS 
CONSTITUTION TO CREATE A `PROFESSIONAL' NATIONAL LEGISLATURE 
IN VIEW OF VIETNAM'S NEED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER AND QUALITY 
OF NATIONAL LAWS IN COMING YEARS.  END SUMMARY. 
 
3.  (SBU) IN AN `OFF-THE-RECORD' MEETING ON JUNE 14, DONORS 
AND THE GOVERNMENT MET IN HANOI TO DISCUSS VIETNAM'S 10 YEAR 
SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (2001-2010), THE FIVE- 
YEAR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN (2001-2005), AND A 
STRATEGY FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM FOR THE PERIOD 
2001-2010.  (COPIES OF THESE DOCUMENTS WILL BE POUCHED TO 
EAP/BCLTV.)  FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER NGUYEN TAN DUNG AND 
MINISTER OF PLANNING AND INVESTMENT TRAN XUAN GIA CHAIRED 
THE SESSIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND MANY OTHER SENIOR 
VIETNAMESE ECONOMIC OFFICIALS ALSO PARTICIPATED. 
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AMBASSADORS OF DONOR COUNTRIES AND RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVES 
OF IFI'S WERE INVITED TO THIS `HIGH-LEVEL' EVENT.  IN 
ADDITION TO AMBASSADOR PETERSON, ECONCOUNS DRY AND USAID- 
HANOI OFFICE DIRECTOR GILSON REPRESENTED THE U.S. 
 
4.  (SBU) THE GVN STATEMENTS ABOUT THE 10 YEAR SOCIO- 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY 

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