Events

Discussion

VEPR to launch macroeconomic assessment report

The Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) will launch its Quarterly Report IV/2019 in the morning of January 16, 2020 with KAS Vietnam’s support. Commenting on the VEPR report will be Vietnam’s leading economic experts: Dr. Can Van Luc, Dr. Nguyen Tri Hieu and Dr. Vo Tri Thanh. The independent economic assessment of Vietnam’s macro-economic policies is an exclusive event for the media.

Workshop

Reviewing 2019 and Planning for 2020

On the occasion of our annual Partners' Meeting, we came together with representatives of our partner organisations in Vietnam. Our programme included the review of activities and collaboration in 2019 as well as the planning of the next year. Further, we used the opportunity to exchange experiences with innovative project formats and to strengthen our network. From KAS' perspective, our work has included a wide spectrum of topics and methodological approaches in 2019. We were able to work with 10 partner organisations and supported 42 projects in this year. For 2020, we intend to intensify our diverse portfolio and operate more flexibly according to current topics. Especially Vietnam's role in the UN Security Council as well as the ASEAN chairmanship in the next year will be discussed from several perspectives. We are very thankful for the fruitful cooperation in 2019 and are looking forward to the upcoming projects.

Expert talk

Quarterly Report 3/2019 to be launched

The Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) will launch its Quarterly Report III/2019 in the morning of October 10 2019 with KAS Vietnam’s support. Commenting on the VEPR report will be Dr. Le Dang Doanh, Dr. Can Van Luc and Dr. Nguyen Khac Quoc Bao. The independent economic assessment of Vietnam’s macro-economic policies is an exclusive event for the media.

Workshop

Consultation Workshop "Best Practice of Urban Governance in Vietnam"

Workshop
KAS, in collaboration with ACVN will organize a consultation workshop on “Best practice of urban governance in Vietnam”. This activity is under the framework of the project “Improving Vietnamese city governments’ capacity in engaging with local businesses and resident groups through the documentation, exchange and application of selected national Best Practices” funded by KAS, implemented by the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN). Under this project, a research study was conducted in 6 selected cities, including: Uong Bi, Ha Noi, Lao Cai, Vinh, Hoi An and Nha Trang. Three thematic areas are: 1. Administrative Reforms through promoting E-Government to improve public services for local businesses and residents (Uong Bi and Nha Trang); 2. Building city branding through promoting community based public space (Ha Noi and Hoi An); 3. Urban Environment Management through promoting community participation in source separation of waste (Lao Cai and Vinh); Research team is going to public their findings, seeking comments from participants for the draft report as well as recommendation for the ways forward. Half-day meeting will be organized in Hanoi with participation of representatives of 6 pilot cities, experts and relevant stakeholders.

Discussion

70 years of German Institution

On the occasion of 70 years of German Institution 1949-2019, an event will be organized and co-hosted by the Goethe Institute, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Prof. Le Trong Phuong from Bonn University will give presentation.

Seminar

Strengthening understanding and application of criminal provisions to protect the rights of women and children

Training Seminar
Protection of human rights and civil rights in line with the spirit of the 2013 Constitution as well as International Conventions that Vietnam is a member of are one of high priorities under The Penal Code 2015. With that in mind, The Penal Code 2015 has created a mechanism to protect the lawful rights of the vulnerable people in the society, especially the women and children. To deeply understand the new provisions of the Penal Code 2015 as well as to effectively apply the law in practice, the Department of Criminal and Administrative Legislation of the Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with KAS Vietnam, organises a training seminar which aims at strengthening understanding and application of criminal provisions to protect the rights of women and children as well as international standards relating to the rights of women and children during criminal justice process. The training seminar is scheduled to take place in Hanoi on 23 August 2019 with participants from relevant sectors such as law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, labor sector and social welfare. Participants are expected to exchange their valuable practical experiences on the said issues.

Seminar

China Talk 13

Seminar
On 13. August 2019, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) in cooperation with KAS organises the thirteenth conference of the China Talk series. This time, Dr. Vasilii Kashin of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies will talk about the recent trends in the development of the Chinese defense innovation and industrial base. The participants are welcomed to engage in a fruitful and interesting discussion.

Study and Information Program

Workshop: “Methodology for research in social sciences/ international relations”

From the 22. until the 24. July 2019, KAS Vietnam and its partner the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) will host a workshop to broaden the knowledge of methods and methodology in International Relations for young lecturers and researches. In recent years, there have been dramatic changes in research approaches and methodology in social sciences. Using interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methods in social sciences is recognized as inevitable trend as well as the application of quantitative methods. International relations as a discipline in social sciences does not go out of that trend. In order to adequately discuss these trends, KAS Vietnam and the USSH invited two research experts of the field: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Christina Schwenkel from the University of California and Dr. Michaela Boerner from Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany. The two experts will help the participants improve their quantitative methods in doing research, especially in investigating and assessing non-traditional security threats and human security issues.

Event Reports

The 12th General Conference of The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP)

The 12th General Conference of The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) was held in Hanoi. More than 200 participants including but not limited to global think-tanks, scholars, diplomats and officials from regional countries were gathered for two-day conference, from 5th to 6th December, to discuss the emerging security issues the region is facing. "The 12th CSCAP General Conference is not only important but also very timely as and when international relations in the region have become more fast-changing, complicated, and unstable. We witness the efforts at transforming the regional security landscape from the Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific. The region has now become the world’s most dynamic region and is home to many of the biggest economies. At the same time, nowhere else in the world can we witness a greater level of major powers’ presence and engagements than in our region. The current competitive nature of major powers’ relations gives rise to many security implications that, I think, have not been fully fathomed" said by H.E Vice Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. The two day conference went well over six topical sessions which received high attention. Most of the participants showed their high appreciation and sincere thank to the hosting country, Vietnam, for very good arrangements and the successful organisation of this important event. KAS Vietnam was proud of being the co-organiser in collaboration with its partner - the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

Event Reports

Visit from Dr. Fischer-Bollin from KAS Headquarters Berlin

During the last week, we had the pleasure to receive a visitor from our KAS headquarters in Berlin. Dr. Fischer-Bollin, Deputy Head of KAS Department for European and International Cooperation met several representatives of our partner organisations and got further insights into the work of our office in Vietnam. For instance, our delegation had appointments at the Central Economic Commission, the Ministry of Justice, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and the National Assembly. Within the meetings, we discussed current developments and challenges in politics as well as opportunities for cooperation in the future. Thank you for your visit!

Event Reports

Launching Seminar of Research on Social Market Economy & Lessons for Vietnam

On November, 21st KAS Vietnam co-hosted the launching seminar of a VEPR study on German Social Market Economy and the lessons for Vietnam. The Social Market Economy has been implemented in the late 1940s under the former chancellor Konrad Adenauer and is seen as one of the causes that lead to the so-called "Wirtschaftswunder" (=German Economic Miracle) after the second world war in Germany. The researchers Assoc. Prof Nguyen Duc Thanh and MA. Nguyen Thi Hoa presented the study's results and gave insights into similarities and differences between the German and Vietnamese systems. Further, the report was commented on by high-ranking scholars. Special focus was placed on the aspects education and environmental implications. The final part of the event consisted of a Q&A session with the distinguished experts. "This research discusses opportunities for Vietnam to learn from the German experiences with Social Market Economy. One has to be very careful: to transfer or copy policies from one context or country to another rarely works. BUT: there might be elements that could suit the Vietnamese economy more than others. This is what the study is looking at in its recommendations.", Peter Girke commented. Thank you for the successful collaboration in 2019 to VEPR! We are looking forward to the upcoming projects in the next year.

Event Reports

14th China Talk in Cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

Indo-Pacific's Geopolitical Chessboard: China’s Changing Relationship with the U.S. and Its Larger Implications
On November 13th, we co-hosted the 14th China Talk on "Indo-Pacific's Geopolitical Chessboard: China’s Changing Relationship with the U.S. and Its Larger Implications" together with our partner DAV. The event consisted of a presentation by Professor Brahma Chellaney from the Centre for Policy Research in India as well as comments by Ambassador Nguyen Duy Hung and Dr. Do Thanh Hai followed by an open discussion on the introduced issues. During the event, the policies and strategies by China and the U.S. in this area and the impacts of the U.S.-China competition over regional politics have been addressed. Also, the discussion aimed to understand geopolitical change in the region. "The United States have shown a higher level of activism in the Indo-Pacific. Responding to China’s expanding geopolitical as well as geo-economic influence, the U.S. is adopting the Indo-Pacific concept, working out a strategy to contain and counter China’s maneuvering in the region. The competition between the U.S. and China will clearly be the most important factor shaping regional security environment in the years to come.", said Mr. Peter Girke at the event. The event was well attended by more than 60 participants who are scholars and diplomats of both Vietnam and foreign countries such as Norway, Russia, the U.S., Spain, Germany...

Event Reports

Final Session of Diplomatic Game at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

On last Sunday, the final session of the Diplomacy Game took place at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV). The participants shared their strategies and views on their allies and enemies within the game retrospectively. The Diplomacy Game is a strategic simulation of international politics in Europe playing in the early 20th century for DAV students. The students worked on their tactical positioning as European power for almost three months. This simulation is not only aimed at building up knowledge on international relations but also to strengthen their competencies in team work, strategical thinking and diplomatic skills. Apart from the winning teams, the best strategist, best negotiator and the best media reporter have been awarded. Congratulations to the winners of the game and thank you to all participants!

Event Reports

Reviewing 2019 and Outlook for 2020

On the occasion of our annual Partners' Meeting, we came together with representatives of our partner organisations in Vietnam. Our programme included the review of activities and collaboration in 2019 as well as the planning of the next year. Further, we used the opportunity to exchange experiences with innovative project formats and to strengthen our network. From KAS' perspective, our work has included a wide spectrum of topics and methodological approaches in 2019. We were able to work with 10 partner organisations and supported 42 projects in this year. For 2020, we intend to intensify our diverse portfolio and operate more flexibly according to current topics. We are very thankful for the fruitful cooperation in 2019 and are looking forward to the upcoming projects.

Event Reports

Presentation of the Quarterly Macro-Economic Report 3/2019

The Quarterly Economic Report 3/2019, an independent assessment of Vietnam’s macro-economic performance, was released yesterday by the Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) with the support of KAS Vietnam. 50 reporters of local newspapers and televisions were attending the launching workshop. In the first part of the workshop, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham The Anh, chief economist of VEPR, presented the report highlighting the growth rate of 7.31 % in the 3rd quarter despite the slowing down growth rates in many countries. FDI enterprises remain the main contributors to the growth. It’s noticeable that there were 35,316 newly registered enterprises in Q3, a year-over-year increase of 37%, while the number of businesses suspending operation decreased remarkably. Further, Dr. Le Dang Doanh, former President of the Central Institute of Economic Management, Dr. Can Van Luc, chief economist of Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quoc Bao, University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City commented on the report. Dr. Doanh suggested that the report should also include analyses of the health of Vietnam’s banking system, measures to promote SOE equitisation, public investment and digital economics. The VEPR was also recommended to clarify the motivation of the country’s economic growth in the context of low public investment, low credit growth, the slow down of the world economy. In the second part of the event, the participants had the opportunity to interview the commentators.

Event Reports

Consulation Workshop on "Best Practice of Urban Governance in Vietnam"

KAS, in collaboration with ACVN, organizes a consultation workshop today, at Sheraton Hotel, on “Best practice of urban governance in Vietnam”. At the event, findings from a study research focusing on: i) Administrative Reforms; ii) Urban Environment Management and iii) Building city branding which was conducted in 6 selected cities including Uong Bi, Ha Noi, Lao Cai, Vinh, Hoi An and Nha Trang are presented. All participants agree that these above themes are most important and burning issues in urban management nowadays. Many practical issues, model and effective ways are shared and exchanged. The workshop is successful in bringing a platform for connection among cities as well as between city and government ministries and agencies towards a long-term, sustainable and effective collaboration in the future. People of the cities play an important role in the success of model as without their support and participation, models could not be able to achieve its expected outcomes. Plastic waste related issues also should be incorporated into the report. The final report should synthesize into lesson learnt so as to easy to replicate nationwide. ACVN will play a very important role in connecting with other cities in countries and abroad as well to exchange lesson learnt in urban management. Leaders from ACVN highly appreciate the valuable support from KAS and look forward to continued collaboration in the time to come. In response, Mr. Peter Girke – KAS Representative also expresses heartfelt thanks and appreciation to ACVN and emphasizes that the findings from this study research shall be the kick-off and basis for designing next year’s cooperation plan between ACVN and KAS.

Event Reports

Strengthening understanding of criminal provisions to protect the rights of women and children

Training Workshop
A training seminar on the criminal provisions under the Penal Code 2015 to protect the rights of women and children was successfully co-organised by Ministry of Justice and KAS Vietnam. The training was well attended by nearly 100 participants who came from different sectors, including but not limited to prosecution, adjudication, women’s union, children’s protection and care from both central and provincial levels. Presenters of the workshop were among top experienced experts/scholars on this mentioned themes. During the event, speakers gave audiences the overview of newly changed regulations over women’s and children lawful rights which were both constituted in The Constitution Law 2013 as well as The Penal Code 2015. At the event, participants also had chance to listen to emerging crimes which women and children are victims of, for example: child abuse, women’s sexual attack…and the need of having soon endorsed decree guiding how to prosecute and adjudicate those crimes. At the workshop, local participants also raised their concerns that having applied and implemented laws in practical is still a gap. There are many cases at their localities, especially the ones involved offenders who are under 16 years of age, that still pending because judicators are unclear on which [judicial] guidelines should be applied as there are overlapping/unclear in those guidelines. Making an opening remark at the workshop, KAS Representative, Mr. Peter Girke highly appreciated the strong political will of government of Vietnam in its efforts to finalisation of legal framework in pursuing the state rule of law. However, Mr. Girke also raised a question on how much of those written letters, how much of the spirit of this commendable text, has been transferred to the practice, to real life? How effective is the implementation of the various provisions…these concerns were fruitfully discussed during the event between policy makers and practitioners.

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The recent trends in the development of the Chinese defense innovation and industrial base

China Talk 13
On 13. August 2019, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) in cooperation with KAS organized the thirteenth conference of the China Talk series. This time, Dr. Vasilii Kashin of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow talked about the recent trends in the development of the Chinese defense innovation and industrial base. In order to understand the recent trends, Dr. Kashin first of all explained the history of Chinese defense innovation. After deprioritizing military modernization in the 1980s and 90s the 1999 US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, changed the Chinese perception and Beijing launched a major effort to modernize the military. After relying on limited imports of technology from the US (until 1989), Israel (until early 2000s) and post-Soviet countries from 1989 until now, China could lend a series of breakthroughs in the late 2000s and in 2010s. These include Radar Technology, Al military applications and military shipbuilding. The new reality of confrontation with the US let China actively plan for the future confrontation since 2009 which resulted in an Air Sea Battle concept. While the US started the trade war under the Trump administration since mid-2018, the defense cooperation with Russia is rebounding. These recent trends will most likely result in an even greater Chinese-Russian integration, while China´s chance to win the defense innovation competition is getting more realistic, Dr. Kashin said. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan, former Deputy Director of the Institute for Defense strategy, Ministry of Defense and Dr. Do Le Chi, Director of the Department of Science, History and Strategic Studies, Ministry of Public Securities were two commentators of this event. Both of them shared valuable inputs on aspiration of Beijing in realization of its power as well as security’s concerns of Vietnam – one of the most affected countries in the region. The event was received great participation from other well-known scholars as well as stakeholders from research institutes, embassies, government agencies as well.