Project Title

Promoting Competition Assessment for Improved Market Efficiency in Viet Nam 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

EC 03 2018A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EC 03 2018A 

Project Title

Promoting Competition Assessment for Improved Market Efficiency in Viet Nam 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Renewed APEC Agenda on Structural Reform (RAASR) 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

144,315 

Co-funding Amount

19,958 

Total Project Value

164,273 

Sponsoring Forum

Economic Committee (EC) 

Topics

Structural Reform 

Committee

Economic Committee (EC) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; Japan; Mexico; Papua New Guinea; Chinese Taipei; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/05/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Nguyen Anh Duong 

Job Title 1

Director 

Organization 1

Department for Macroeconomic Policy and Integration Studies, Central Institute for Economic Management 

Postal Address 1

68 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Telephone 1

84-09 12610153 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

anhduong510@yahoo.com; aduong@mpi.gov.vn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Nguyen Anh Duong 

Project Summary

EC and CPLG have recently renewed efforts to promote the effectiveness of competition policy and market functioning in the APEC region. Improving competition policy is a focus of structural reforms in developing APEC economies like Viet Nam. Building capacity for competition assessment can therefore improve the good regulatory practices and market efficiency in Viet Nam, since it helps minimize adverse implications of regulations on number of sellers, capacity and incentives to supply of existing sellers, available choices for consumers, etc. 

Viet Nam proposes a one-year project on “Promoting Competition Assessment for Improved Market Efficiency in Viet Nam”. The key activities include: (i) two two-day trainings for local authorities and regulators in Viet Nam on using competition assessment in their works; (ii) preparing research report on pilot competition assessment in Viet Nam; and (iii) a policy dialogue at EC1 in 2019 to share experiences on competition assessment in APEC.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: In recent years, APEC has made significant efforts and support for promoting the effectiveness of competition policy and market functioning in the APEC region. A number of APEC-wide initiatives and economy-based measures have been undertaken, which sought to enhance efficiency of markets, i.e. the APEC New Strategy for Structural Reform (ANSSR) for 2011-2015, the Renewed APEC Agenda for Structural Reform (RAASR) for 2016-2020, “Competition Week” with a series of workshops on competition policy issues in 2017, etc. In particular, the APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment was endorsed by APEC Economic Committee in 2017 to: (i) Set out non-binding principles and approaches to implement systematic and consistent competition assessment in APEC member economies; (ii) Identify needs and build capacity to APEC member economies to implement competition assessment; (iii) Introduce principles of competition assessment into APEC’s on-going work in Good Regulatory Practices; and (iv) Promote APEC-wide and APEC-OECD cooperation on competition assessment.

For a developing economy like Viet Nam, enhancing regulatory quality for sound market competition and promotion of private sector development plays a crucial role. Adopting a systematic approach and methodology for such enhancement is, however, no easy task. In that context, the APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment offers a systematic, rigorous and justifiable approach which Viet Nam can rely on. Specifically, building capacity for regulators and policy enforcers in Viet Nam on competition assessment will help minimize adverse implications of existing and future regulations to market competition. Successful adoption of the APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment in pilot cases in Viet Nam can demonstrate and promote the applicability of such framework in APEC developing economies in similar situation like Viet Nam.

Viet Nam proposes to implement a one-year project on “Promoting Competition Assessment for Improved Market Efficiency in Viet Nam”. The key activities are: (i) two two-day workshops to train local authorities and regulators in Viet Nam on methods of competition assessment using APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment and related international experiences; (ii) preparation of a research report on pilot competition assessment in Viet Nam; and (iii) a policy dialogue on the margin of EC1 in Chile in 2019 to share perspectives and experiences on using competition assessment in APEC. Sharing knowledge and information on the Project’s outcomes and results will benefit other developing economies in APEC region that are seeking to enhance market efficiency and microeconomic foundations for more inclusive and sustainable growth.

Relevance – Eligibility: This project aims to help:

i) implement Action 2 (Improve legal framework to facilitate reforms of microeconomic foundation), Priority C in Viet Nam’s IAP for RAASR; and

ii) contribute to Action 1 (Improve Viet Nam’s ranking of doing business indicators (published by the World Bank) and global competitiveness indicators (by the World Economic Forum), Priority C in Viet Nam’s IAP for RAASR, especially in terms of starting businesses. Therefore, this Project fits well with Rank 1 of the APEC Funding Criteria for 2018, which gives priority to structural reform (including RAASR). 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This Project aims to build capacity for Viet Nam in using APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment via:

i) practical trainings in which regulators and policy enforcers in Viet Nam will learn about systematic approach and guidelines to competition assessment; and

ii) a pilot case study that practically involves different stakeholders in Viet Nam. The pilot case study and policy dialogue (tentatively within EC1 of 2019) under the proposed Project can provide important shared experiences and implications to other APEC developing economies.

Objectives

1) To provide practical trainings for relevant official and regulators in local provinces of Viet Nam, aiming at improving awareness and building capacity of using competition assessment in the rulemaking process;

2) To build capacity for developing economies through sharing experiences and knowledge on using competition assessment to improve regulations and market efficiency in APEC economies; and

3) To promote a harmonized, systematic approach on competition assessment in Viet Nam, which ultimately supports the improvement of competition policy and market functioning in Viet Nam.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This Project is in line with the broad priority of APEC’s Principles to enhance competition and regulatory reform endorsed by APEC ministers in 1999. The 2016 Lima Declaration by APEC Economic Leaders reaffirms APEC’s aspirations toward quality growth via promoting competitive markets, among others. The APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment was endorsed by the Economic Committee at EC2 in 2017. The Project also falls under priorities of APEC’s Renewed APEC Agenda for Structural Reforms (RAASR) for the period of 2016-2020, of which the 1st pillar is to focus on a more open, well-functioning, transparent and competitive markets. In particular, the Project helps implement the identified measures in Viet Nam’s IAP to Implement RAASR in 2016-2020.

Alignment – Forum: The Project falls under the Economic Committee (EC)’s priority on structural reforms as indicated in its continuous efforts and initiatives on such issue, namely the Leaders' Agenda to Implement Structural Reform 2010 (LAISR), APEC New Strategy for Structural Reform (ANSSR), RAASR and APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment. In its agenda, the EC has paid significant attention to promoting, protecting and preserving competitive processes to enhance consumer welfare and improve market functioning via both competition policies and decision-making process. The Competition Policy and Law Group (CPLG) frequently facilitates discussions on respective competition policies and laws; challenges to competition policy and competition advocacy efforts. The Project also builds on many previous activities under the umbrella of the EC and CPLG on competition policy, i.e. the Competition Week on the margin of SOM1 2017, EC policy dialogue on new approaches to competition policy in February 2017, and various projects on sharing knowledge and experiences and/or best practices aiming at strengthening competition policy by the US, Viet Nam, Russia, etc.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

-  A research report on pilot case of competition assessment in Viet Nam. Scope of the case study will be carefully identified by the PO in collaboration with relevant agencies in Viet Nam and with EC (if needed). Tentative contents of the report may include the extent to which competition assessment has been used in the specific case of Viet Nam, the gap of existing competition assessment tool relative to proposed one under APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment, potential impacts of using the APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment, and potential recommendations for changes. Specifically, the Report may pick several sector-specific regulations and analyze the extent to which such regulations have implications to the number of sellers, capacity and incentives to existing sellers to supply, and information/choices to consumers in Viet Nam. Selection of sector and regulations will be based on consultation with the PO and different competition experts. The research report may also incorporate discussions of potential implications to APEC economies from the pilot case in Viet Nam, including improvement of statistics and good practices to support competition assessment, incorporation of competition assessment in the policy-making process, etc. The report will be prepared first, with a view to provide interim findings for the discussion in capacity building workshops. Following the proofreading and endorsement by EC members, the final report will also be published as an APEC publication (the PO already had experience with an APEC report publication under Project EC 02 2017A).

-  2 capacity building workshops, each taking two days, on using competition assessment for relevant local authorities and regulators in Viet Nam, which target two different and non-overlapping sets of local agencies and officials. Each workshop will invite 30 participants (under APEC funding) and additional guests/participants on a self-funded basis. The training agenda will be developed by the PO, with comments by EC, CPLG and/or co-sponsoring economies and/or OECD.

-  A Policy dialogue on sharing experience on competition assessment at EC Plenary meeting on the margin of SOM1 2019 in Chile. This policy dialogue will tentatively invite speakers from APEC member economies. A speaker from OECD will also be invited. The policy dialogue may cover: (i) an introduction of competition assessment tool, using checklist regarding impacts of regulations on the number of sellers, incentives and capacity to supply of existing sellers, and availability of choices to consumers; (ii) practical examples of different APEC economies on using competition assessment, focusing on the regulatory outcomes, challenges and related requirements; and (iii) lessons and potential recommendations to promote competition assessment in APEC economies. Findings from the pilot case study in Viet Nam may also be presented as part of economy-wide experience.

-  Brief presentation of outcomes of the Project at EC2 meeting in 2019.

-  A project completion report to be submitted to CPLG, EC and SOM, covering objectives, main activities, key issues, messages and implications of Project. The report will be posted on the website of the CIEM and APEC for public reference.

Outcomes:

-  Improvement of knowledge on the APEC-OECD Framework on competition assessment for policy-making authorities, regulators and competition-enforcers in Viet Nam, especially the approach and guidelines to assess implications of regulations to the number of sellers, capacity and incentives for sellers to supply, and availability of choices to consumers.

- Improved awareness of the importance of and application of competition assessment during the policy-making process in Viet Nam for more effective and neutral policies in Vietnam;

-  Facilitation of the application of competition assessment as a common tool for the harmonized and systematic approach on competition assessment of policies, laws and regulations in Viet Nam in particular and in APEC region in general;

- Sharing of experiences, best practices on using APEC-OECD competition assessment framework among APEC member economies, especially from more advanced economies to Viet Nam and other developing economies.

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries of this project include those directly/indirectly involved in the policy-making process in Viet Nam (at both provincial and central levels) and other developing APEC economies. As this is a RAASR project, direct participants in the two training workshops will be mid-level officials in Viet Nam with policy development and enforcement responsibilities from various provincial agencies; Vietnam Competition Authority (VCA); Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI); the National Assembly, Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), Ministry of Justice, etc. The policy dialogue will be open to all EC delegates from APEC member economies on the margin of SOM1 2019. The agenda of policy dialogue and training workshops will be developed with comments sought from EC, CPLG members. For APEC-wide benefits, all materials and reports on the training workshops and policy dialogues will be made available in APEC meeting database, as well as to APEC member economies via email upon request.

Experts from relevant competition authorities in APEC member economies and international institutions  will also be invited to the Policy Dialogue and the two-training workshops for the purpose of sharing knowledge and experiences. In the EC Policy dialogue on the margin of SOM1 in Chile, the PO will prioritize APEC funding to speakers from APEC members such as Australia, Japan and Chile (while the experts from OECD and Viet Nam will be invited on a self-funded basis). Endorsement of non-member participation will be sought for the speaker from OECD. For the two training workshops, the PO will coordinate with different APEC members to invite relevant experts on competition assessments, tentatively from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), Competition Bureau Canada, Vietnam Competition Authority (VCA), among others. Speakers from OECD to the training workshops will be invited on a self-funded basis. Also, the PO will encourage the participation of representatives from associations, academic institutions, independent consultation agencies, etc. in Viet Nam to provide insights from different perspectives to the topic of competition assessment.

Other APEC member economies, in particular developing ones that are exerting efforts to develop more effective legal framework and improve market functioning, will benefit from the projects’ training workshops as well as Viet Nam’s pilot case study on using the APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment in Viet Nam. Specifically, issues and/or difficulties in promoting the competition assessment framework that Viet Nam is coping with may be similar in other developing members, thus lessons and experience that have been learned and shared are expected to be adapted in those economies. Also, results/outcomes from the project activities may lay the basis for APEC developing economies to further engage competition assessment in their structural reforms. The Project’s results will be helpful in identifying follow-up working agenda of the EC and CPLG on competition-related issues.

Dissemination

All project materials (including agendas and presentations of the two training workshops and the Policy Dialogue) will be submitted to APEC Secretariat and made available for public reference via APEC website and distributed to participants electronically. They also will be shared with relevant authorities in Vietnam (such as the National Assembly, Vietnam Competition Authority, MOIT, Ministry of Justice, VCCI, etc.), and will be posted on the website of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) of Viet Nam for public reference.

The process of preparation and finalization of the research report on the pilot competition assessment in Viet Nam will strictly follow APEC guidelines, including contracting consultant(s), being circulated to EC members for comments and endorsements, and then being subjected to professional proof-reading process before finalization and submission to APEC Secretariat, etc. APEC nomenclature rules, including the use of members’ names and strict use of “economies/economy”, will be followed strictly. This can be ensured as the PO already had experience with a previous research report as APEC publication (under Project EC 02 2017A).

The Project Overseer will report the outcomes of the Project during EC2 2019 in Chile.

Gender

The project will be implemented with an appropriate consideration on gender equality. In extending invitation to member economies to nominate speakers to the policy dialogue within EC1 2019 as well as the two training workshops, the Project Overseer will make sure that they will prioritize female experts. Noting that the qualified female experts in APEC region may be busy at times, the schedules of training workshops and policy dialogues will be communicated early to ensure their participation. In the nomination of participants for the training workshops, the PO will closely work with relevant agencies to open the opportunity for female officials and seek to achieve the gender balance in selection of invitees. Women participation is proposed to account for about at least 30% of participants. From past records of APEC projects by the PO in Viet Nam, this percentage is achievable. Thus, the training workshops will help improve skills of female officials in applying APEC-OECD framework on competition assessment in policy analysis, formulation and enforcement.

Work Plan

Timeline

Activities

Deliverables

June – August 2018

Prepare the first training workshop:

-  Identify and extend invitations to international and local speakers for the training workshops.

-  Speakers from APEC member economies and OECD are selected and confirmed. Endorsement of non-member participation is sought from EC members.

-  Draft and finalize the training agenda.
-  The agenda is finalized.
-  Extend invitations to participants.
-  List of participants is confirmed.
-  Preparation of training materials.
-  Training material is finalized.
-  Logistics preparations (confirm location and venue, arrange the payment of transportation for speakers/participants, etc.)
-  Logistics arrangement is prepared and completed.
Select consultant for the Research Report

-  Prepare Term of Reference.

-  Contract consultant(s) for the research report.
-  Terms of Reference is finalized.

-  Consultant(s) for the research report is selected and confirmed.

-  Draft the research report.
-  The research report is drafted  Ensure that draft findings are prepared promptly for presentation at the first training workshop.

September – October 2018
Organize the 1st training workshop in Vietnam
-  The 1st training workshop is organized.

-  Summary of participants’ evaluation and suggestions for improvement.
Deliver interim findings of the research report
-  Interim findings of the research report will be shared at the 1st training workshop for comments and improvement.
October – December 2018
Prepare the second training workshop:

-  Identify and extend invitations to international and local speakers for the training workshops.
-  Speakers from APEC member economies and OECD are selected and confirmed. Endorsement of non-member participation is sought from EC members.
-  Draft and finalize the training agenda.
-  The agenda is finalized.
-  Extend invitations to participants.
-  List of participants is confirmed.
-  Preparation of training materials.
-  Training material is finalized.
-  Logistics preparations (confirm location and venue, arrange the payment of transportation for speakers/participants, etc.).
-  Logistics arrangement is prepared and completed.
November – December 2018
Organize the 2nd training workshop in Vietnam
-  The 2nd training workshop is organized.

-  Summary of participants’ evaluation and suggestions for improvement.

Circulate the preliminary research report for comments
- Preliminary research report will be shared at the 2nd training workshop and circulated via APEC Secretariat for comments from EC members and relevant stakeholders.
December 2018 – January 2019
Finalize and submit the research report
-   Revision of Research report based on collected comments from EC members and relevant stakeholders.

-  Proofreading of Report. Ensure compliance with APEC nomenclature rules.

-  The research report is finalized and submit to APEC Secretariat.
January – February 2019
Prepare the Policy Dialogue

-   Seek for the endorsement of the PD in the EC1 2019 plenary meeting.
The PD is endorsed.
-  Draft and finalize the agenda.
-  The agenda is finalized and endorsed
-  Invite speakers.
-  Speakers from APEC member economies and OECD are confirmed. Endorsement of non-member participation is sought from EC members.
-  Prepare materials.
-  Materials is prepared and completed.
February 2019 – March 2019
Organize the Policy Dialogue
-  The PD is organized at EC plenary meeting on the margin of SOM1 2019.

-  Report from Policy Dialogue is submitted intersessionally to EC for endorsement.
April – May 2019
Complete the Project

-    Draft, endorse and submit the project completion report and all supporting documents to APEC Secretariat.
-    The project completion report is endorsed and submitted to APEC Secretariat together with all supporting documents.
June 2019 – June 2020
Participate in the long-term evaluation of APEC projects
-   Participation in the long-term evaluation of APEC project is completed.

Risks

Timeline

Activity

Output

Risk

Management of Risk

Policy dialogue

February-March 2019

Invite speakers

Speakers are invited and confirmed

A policy dialogue within EC1 2019 is not approved (Moderate risk)

The PO will start consultation early to gather support from different economies.

Unavailability of speakers (low risk)

The PO works closely with co-sponsoring economies and stakeholders to identify several alternatives.

Training workshops

September-October 2018;

November-December 2018

Invite  speakers and participants

Speakers, participants are invited and confirmed

Unavailability of speakers (low risk)

Work closely with co-sponsors and stakeholders to identify several alternatives of experts

Low profile of nominated participants (Low risk)

Work closely with relevant authorities and develop feasible criteria (including gender) to ensure relevance, gender balance and quality of participants.

September 2018;

November 2018

Collect workshop materials

Collection of presentations

Not all speakers provide presentations in a timely manner (Low risk)

The PO and co-organizers to work closely with speakers to ensure timely submission.

September-October 2018;

November-December 2018

Conduct workshops

Workshops are conducted

Participants/speakers do not show up or cancel at last minute (Low risk)

The PO and supporting team will be in close contact with speakers and participants throughout the process to minimize any last minute cancellations.

Research report

June 2018

Select consultant

Recruitment of consultant

Unavailability of suitable consultant (low risk)

The PO works closely with relevant stakeholders to identify several alternatives.

December 2018 – January 2019

Submit the research report

The research report is finalized and submitted

The submission of the report is delayed (low risk)

The PO will closely contact with the consultant and monitor the progress to avoid late submission.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Indicators to measure the progress include:

- Evaluation by targeted participants and speakers/experts on the outcomes/results of the two 2-day training workshops. The information will be collected using questionnaires to be distributed at the workshops. The questionnaires, summary of evaluation results will be submitted to APEC after the completion of each events. Two non-overlapping sets of 30 local participants from different authorities and provinces in Viet Nam will be invited to the training workshops. 4 international speakers and 2 local speakers will be engaged in each training workshop.

- A policy dialogue to be held during EC1 2019 to discuss relevant issues with around 50-70 participants from all 21 APEC member economies, international organizations and institutions (the OECD, ABAC, PSU, etc.). The number of policy recommendations from this policy dialogue to APEC and member economies may be an important indicator and be reflected in the follow-up report to EC.

-  A research report on pilot competition assessment in Viet Nam (and potential implications for other developing APEC economies).

-  Training materials, outcome/results of the projects will be shared to relevant authorities in Viet Nam other APEC economies and communicated to EC and other APEC’s fora.

-  Gender balance in participants and speakers in this Project. The selection of the Project’s staff, consultants and participants in the training workshops and policy dialogue will take appropriate consideration of gender equality. Women participation is expected to account for at least 30% of participants at the training workshops.

Linkages

As mentioned above, this Project is directly linked with the priority of APEC and EC to implement the RAASR for 2016-2020. Sound competition policies, laws and rules that lay on the adoption of APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment in 2017 will help realize APEC objective of more opened, well-functioning, transparent and competitive markets – which is one of three priorities for structural reform under the RAASR for 2016-2020. The Project is in line with the priority of Viet Nam and many other APEC members under their IAPs to implement RAASR, of which one of the most important objectives is to enhance policy efficiency and better market functioning via promoting the improvement of competition policy development and enforcement and application of international best practices.

This Project presents an attempt to complement, rather than duplicating, various activities of APEC, EC and CPLG to promote effective competition policy and good regulatory practices. Competition policy and laws were featured as a component of the APEC-OECD Integrated Checklist on Regulatory Reform, published in 2005. Many pro-competition works were implemented by APEC member economies, among which prominent ones include the “Competition week” during SOM1 APEC 2017 in Vietnam, various APEC projects on competition-related issues (i.e. Economics of Competition Policy (led-by Vietnam), Using Competition Assessments to Eliminate Barriers to Trade and Commerce in Goods and Services (led by the US), Promoting Competition International Best Practices to Implement ANSSR Goals (led by the US), a number of training courses on competition policy (initiated by Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, etc.); the Russia-led survey in 2012 on Information Exchange on Competition in APEC Region; among others. The project is also the follow-up action of the Policy dialogue on New Approaches to Competition Policy held at EC1 APEC 2017 in Viet Nam.

Given the wide range of completed and on-going work in APEC related to competition policy, this Project will have ample scope for engaging stakeholders and participation of member economies. Specifically, the Project will engage both APEC and non-APEC stakeholders. Experts from advanced economies (i.e. Japan, Canada, Australia, etc.) and relevant international organizations (such as the OECD), will be invited to be speakers at the training workshops and the policy dialogue to discuss and share best practices and experience on competition assessment. Representatives from local and central authorities of Viet Nam will be invited to the training workshops. The Policy Dialogue will be opened for all APEC and non-APEC representatives at the margin of the EC1 2019. The recruitment of consultant for the research report will go through a selection process in association with careful consultation with APEC secretariat, the EC and relevant stakeholders.

The project, in another aspects, also closely benefit activities of other fora, such as the CTI and its sub-for a (GOS, IEG), the Policy Partnership on Women and Economy Working Group (PPWE), In particular, promoting the application of APEC-OECD framework on competition assessment in Viet Nam and other APEC economies will facilitate the improvement of the overall regulatory framework for more market-based treatment of flows of services and investment. Entry of women-led businesses to different sectors will be promoted. This activities ultimately will enhance the business and investment environment across sectors and the whole economy, contributing to trade and investment facilitation, market access, etc. The Project also aims at promoting the engagement of women participation in the training workshops and policy dialogue, thus contributing to the achievement of objective 2 of PPWE Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 by capacity building for women and enhancing the involvement of women in the policy analysis, formulation and enforcement.

APEC is the most appropriate institution to fund this project because the project will directly contribute to helping Viet Nam and all APEC members, particularly developing members, to realize their IAPs under RAASR on promoting a sound legal framework for better market functioning, and ultimately meet the call from APEC leaders to achieve the Bogor goal of free and open trade and investment in the APEC region.

Sustainability

This project continues to build upon APEC achievements by building capacity and facilitating information and experience sharing on the checklist under APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment that was designed to improve regulatory transparency as well as minimize adverse impacts of regulations on competition. The design of the two training workshops will cover a balanced combination between theoretical and practical aspects of the APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment. The PO will work with speakers and EC/CPLG members to develop an agenda that may include hands-on exercises in which participants will apply the framework on specific regulations that are currently being drafted. The combined approach of presentations, open discussions and exercises will foster more concrete understandings for targeted participants to implement competition assessment tool and subsequently apply in their future works. Broader opportunity to disseminate the project’s results to non-participants will be carried out afterwards via the submission of the project’s outputs to competition authorities, regulatory agencies in Viet Nam and EC and SOM, or the sharing of the Project information and materials via APEC and CIEM’s websites.

Targeted beneficiaries of the project activities are governmental officials who are directly or indirectly involved in the policy-making and enforcement process in Viet Nam and all APEC member economies. It is believed that all APEC economies, in particular developing members, will consider Project outcomes (reports on the two training workshops, the policy dialogue and pilot case study) as inputs for their competition authorities, regulators and business community in understanding and applying competition assessment more concretely. In the regular Section on Competition Policy update of CPLG meetings, representatives and participants will then have a chance to discuss and share experience on the pros and cons and challenges to adopt competition assessment framework in their economies. Developing economies may seek for contacts and/or expertise of invited speakers and/or relevant stakeholders to help them adapt regulatory reform process and competition policy to include APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment, or identify a tailor-made alternative that better fits their roadmap for gradual regulatory improvement. The pilot case study of competition assessment in Viet Nam will promote other attempts by Viet Nam in widely adopting the APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment in the rulemaking and enforcement process in the future; as well as will be a helpful reference for developing APEC economies that are in similar stage like Viet Nam to identify and carry out the follow-up regulatory works aiming at promoting more effective competition policy and market functioning in their home economies.

After the completion of the Project, the CIEM of Viet Nam will continue to play a role as the focal point for technical support for Vietnamese local officials, relevant authorities in Viet Nam who are seeking for consultation and information related to the adoption of competition assessment in regulatory formulation and enforcement. The CIEM will also propose to the relevant authority in Viet Nam to develop and adopt an action plan to build capacity and apply APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessment in the rulemaking process. The CIEM will actively promote the follow-up case studies related to competition assessment under the EC, CPLG framework or within Viet Nam in collaboration with different organizations and fora, including APEC, OECD, etc. Viet Nam may also work together with APEC member economies to develop some joint activities later, such as research, policy dialogues, etc. on the application of competition assessment for more effective competition policy and market functioning across APEC region. The progress can then be measured on the number of follow-up activities related to competition assessment, update of member economies at CPLG regarding the number of regulations being amended or repealed based on competition assessment outcomes, etc.

Project Overseers

Name: Mr. NGUYEN Anh Duong

Title:  Director

Organization:  Department for Macroeconomic Policy and Integration Studies, Central Institute for Economic Management, Ministry of Planning and Investment

Postal address:  68 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel:  (+84)-84-8044204 (O) or (+84)-912610153 (M)                            

E-mail: anhduong510@yahoo.com / aduong@mpi.gov.vn

Mr. Nguyen Anh Duong is currently Viet Nam’s representative to the Economic Committee of APEC where he acts as the coordinator of the Friends-of-the-Chair (FotC) group on Corporate Law and Governance. He also leads Viet Nam’s structural reform under APEC framework. He has led four APEC-funded projects, namely the Capacity Building Program to Improve Appraisals of Public Investment Projects in Vietnam (in 2013), Building Capacity for Enhancing Competitive Neutrality to Support Price Liberalization for Essential Products in Vietnam (in 2015), Economics of Competition Policy (in 2017), and Promoting the use of economic evidence for more effective competition policy and market functioning (in 2017-2018).

Mr. Nguyen Anh Duong holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Economics, both from the Australian National University (Australia). He joined the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) right after his graduation in 2004. With strong background in economics and econometric techniques, he has conducted (and led) many research papers and publications on Viet Nam’s trade, investment and macroeconomic policies, and integration. With extensive knowledge, good connection and enthusiasm, he will help ensure successful implementation of the projects.


Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Scope of work of short-term clerical staff:

-   To be responsible for administrative and accounting works for the Project.

-  To collect all Reimbursement Claims and invoices from all other Contractors; to check and ensure the accuracy and compliance of such documents before the submission to the Project Overseer and APEC Secretariat for approval.

-  To support other Contractors in preparing and submitting all Reimbursement Claims and invoices.

-    To communicate with the Project Overseer and his supporting staff before/during/after the course of the Project’s activities to address any arising issues related to timely and quality provision of above services.

Waivers

As governmental regulators and ministries are key parties involved in the process of development and implementation of legal documents, of which the application of competition assessment is an essential issue for more effective and neutral policy framework, the waiver to allow these officials to travel and participate in the designed training workshops is requested.

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