Dr. Le Dang Doanh, former director of the Central Institute for Economic Management in Vietnam and current member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP), and Mr. Nguyen Huu Hoang, Correspondent for the Vietnam News Agency NY Bureau, visited with Vietnam Program staff Van Tran and Mary McDonnell to explore scholarly collaboration.
Appointed in January to a three-year term on the CDP, Professor Doanh has been studying lessons learned from Vietnam and other countries that have transitioned away from “Least Developed Countries” status. He is focused on ensuring that economic growth is not leaving any groups behind and understanding what “leaving no one behind” means within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. He discussed the many challenges facing Vietnam, challenges the country hopes to turn into opportunities through deeper international integration, learning and exchanges. Having participated in both the 1990 SSRC-sponsored conference on Doi Moi (economic renovation) in comparative perspective and, along with SSRC, in the 20 year Doi Moi review, Professor Doanh urged the SSRC to mobilize scholarly interest in a “second Doi Moi” in Vietnam, to help the country find a new model for development that does not leave any group behind.
Mary McDonnell acknowledged that many SSRC programs are concerned about equity and equality, and she expressed the SSRC’s interest in continuing to discuss ways we can help strengthen public discourse and policy- and decision-making on these issues.