Kick-off Workshop on Evidence-based policy research towards green growth

In the framework of Project on “Capacity building for policy research and training and education to advance green development” (GDPRTE Project), on 26 March 2015, GDPRTE Project Management Unit, VNU University of Economics and Business held a successful kick-off Workshop of research component entitled “Evidence-based policy research towards green growth” at Room 801, E4 Building, VNU-UEB. The Workshop aimed at consulting experts on the proposed outline of the research topics of Component 1 “Evidence-based policy research and policy dialogue”.

Attending the Workshop, there were invited guests: Assoc.Prof.Dr. Bui Quang Tuan - Director of Institute of Regional Sustainable Development - Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen The Chinh - Vice Director of Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment, Dr. Hoang Danh Son - Deputy Director of Department of Planning and Investment of Quang Ninh province and international experts from UNDP, representatives of universities, research institutes and partner companies. From the UEB, there were Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Hong Son - UEB Rector cum National Project Director of GDPRTE Project along with many lecturers and staffs of the UEB.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Hong Son delivered the opening speech at the Workshop

Opening the Workshop, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Hong Son had a general introduction about the GDPRTE Project, focusing on the research component. He expressed his wish to receive comments on outline proposal from policy makers, business practitioners and researchers for the successful implementation of these researches in the next stage.
The discussion of the Workshop was co-chaired by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Hong Son, Dr. Nguyen Anh Thu - National Project Deputy Director of GDPRTE Project and Mr. Andrew Spezowka, Senior Technical Advisor of UNDP Vietnam.
At the Workshop, four research teams in turn presented the outline of each topic that they had developed  from December, 2014 to February 2015, including: (1) “Green Government Procurement: International experiences and recommendations for promoting the realization in Vietnam”; (2) “Green Consumption in Vietnam: Determinants, Examinations and Policy Roadmap”; (3) “Green banking - International experiences and implications for Vietnam”; (4) “Recommendations to improve green logistics in Vietnam”. These topics attracted the attention of many domestic and international experts. The comments focused primarily on research objectives, research questions, literature review, especially the research methods and feasibility of the proposals.

UEB leaders, Project Management Unit and representatives of policy makers, education agencies, research institutes took photograph together

All of the comments were collected as the basis for editing and finalizing the project outlines before they were approved and implemented.

Four major studies of GDPRTE Project include:
(1) Banking sector’s role and products towards green development and investment (Green banking);
(2) Green consumption and environmentally friendly lifestyle (Green consumption);
(3) Government's green procurement;
(4) Green logistics (forwarding services).
These studies were conducted in the period of 2014-2016 to build an evidence base for the implementation of green growth strategy in Vietnam. On the basis of research results, a set of recommendations will be provided for the key agencies at both national and regional levels to effectively support the implementation of Vietnam green growth strategy and promote socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.

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