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Viet Nam: Preventive Health System Support Project

The Government of Viet Nam requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for support to strengthen the preventive health system in 46 provinces and four national institutes by upgrading provincial laboratories and provincial preventive medicine centers and updating the knowledge and skills of the staff. Considering the significant gaps in the health status of their population, 17 priority provinces – poor provinces with significant number of ethnic populations – were identified for additional support in communicable diseases control and maternal and child health.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Viet Nam: Upper Secondary and Professional Teacher Development Project

The government was faced with the challenge of increasing the number of qualified teachers and improving teacher-training quality and methods in teacher-training institutes, which would improve upper secondary and professional secondary teaching. In 2005, the government requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the improvement of teacher education in the teacher-training institutes. The Upper Secondary and Professional Teacher Development Project was designed with this purpose in mind.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Regional: Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project

The economic impact of cross-border transmission and the spread of emerging and epidemic infectious diseases on tourism, trade, and productivity can reach billions of US dollars. Within the framework of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) economic cooperation program, the ADB supported a grant-financed project to help three GMS countries – Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam – mitigate increased risks from greater transmission of communicable diseases resulting from greater connectivity for goods and services.

Viet Nam: Third Financial Sector Program

The Third Financial Sector Program was formulated to create a more diversified, deeper, and more resilient finance sector in Viet Nam. The bank-dominated finance sector could not adequately finance the economy’s investment needs. Thus, increasing the share of nonbank financial markets in financing investment was envisaged to help sustain economic growth with lesser risks. The development of diversified capital markets in the financing was to increase the efficiency of financial intermediation in the economy, more efficiently allocate resources, and create a sound macroeconomic environment that is more resilient to external and regional shocks. The Third Financial Sector Program consisted of two subprograms. Under subprogram 1, the key policy actions were as follows: (i) adopt a new securities law, (ii) set up market information standards, (iii) lay down the institutional framework for securities issuances, (iv) improve consumer protection, and (v) develop regional cooperation. Subprogram 2 focused on developing securities and bond markets; increasing transparency disclosure; strengthening the legal, regulatory, and enforcement frameworks; and strengthening regional cooperation.

This validation covers the project completion report (PCR) of the Third Financial Sector Program. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

Viet Nam: Agriculture Science and Technology Project

In 2005, Viet Nam’s agriculture sector accounted for 21% of the GDP, 30% of export values, and 60% of employment. Also taking credit for the sector’s growth was the country’s greater focus on agriculture science and technology (AST), which boosted productivity. At appraisal, the significance of the AST initiative was becoming apparent from the growing diversity in agricultural trade that put emphasis on product quality and competitiveness. These were requisites that could only be satisfied by an advanced AST. However, Viet Nam’s AST system was highly fragmented and was weighed down by duplication of efforts and programs. Hence, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) assisted the government in formulating a road map for an effective AST principally designed to strengthen the technological base of the sector. The implementation of the road map, however, heavily dependent on improved research and extension systems, availability of technically qualified human resource, improved equipment and facilities, and a management approach. These investments were seen as urgent initiatives to improve and modernize the country’s AST system by building the capacity of extension and vocational schools and other stakeholders in planning and in implementing advanced AST activities.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Designing a Framework for the Asia SME Finance Monitor: Technical Assistance Completion Report

Technical assistance completion reports describe for technical assistance projects the expected impact, outcome and outputs; conduct of activities; evaluation and achievement of the expected outcomes; an assessment and rating; major lessons; and recommendations and follow-up actions. This document dated September 2015 is provided for the ADB project 46144-001.

Enhancing Financial Stability (Scoping): Technical Assistance Completion Report

Technical assistance completion reports describe for technical assistance projects the expected impact, outcome and outputs; conduct of activities; evaluation and achievement of the expected outcomes; an assessment and rating; major lessons; and recommendations and follow-up actions. This document dated August 2015 is provided for the ADB project 47302-001 in Viet Nam.