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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

CALL FOR PRESENTATION AT A WORKSHOP IN HANOI “How could Vietnam and Japan create mutual benefit?—Engendering Japan-Vietnam industrial cooperation through promoting technology transfer” July 30, 2019

Deadlines/Event Dates September 6, 2019

Any second-year graduate students currently enrolled in GraSPP interested in giving a presentation at a workshop on Friday, November 22, 2019 to be hosted by Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) under Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) are encouraged to submit a short abstract (not more than 400 words) of the presentation. The presentation should cover the “current state and issues affecting technology transfer from Japan to Vietnam’s manufacturing sector” and “new directions, good practices and recommendations to promote technology transfer from Japan to Vietnam’s manufacturing sector”.

The abstract with a cover letter describing the motivation to participate in the workshop should be mailed to Prof. Toshiro Nishizawa ( by Friday, September 6.The subject line of the e-mail should be “CIEM2019”.

†: Including students in their second year of study under the Double-Degree Programs.

All the submitted abstracts with the cover letters will be evaluated and one or two applicants will be confirmed of participation as presenter at the workshop. Please note that CIEM does not cover the cost of student participation in the workshop.

Students confirmed as presenter should try to secure funding by themselves, for example, by submitting an official application for International Conferences Participation Grant under GraSPP Internationalization Promotion Program.

GraSPP International Conferences Participation Grant AY2019

About the workshop on “How could Vietnam and Japan create mutual benefit?—Engendering Japan-Vietnam Industrial Cooperation through Promoting Technology Transfer”

The past several years have seen slow and hard-earned progress in various initiatives for deepening economic integration in the Asia Pacific region. Such initiatives include the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), not to mention the existing ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership. These FTAs may have two major impacts, among others, namely: (i) to deepen the existing production linkages among member economies; and (ii) to expand/divert trade and industrial cooperation among member economies. Being members of various regional FTAs, Japan and Vietnam find common interest in developing joint production capacity to grasp the arising opportunities from those arrangements.

After years of deeper economic integration, Vietnam still encounters a couple of issues. First, the share of foreign-invested enterprises in exports has been increasing. Second, the share of manufacturing in GDP has not increased significantly, though this sector attracted the largest proportion of new FDI into Vietnam each year. To address these issues, among the required measures are more drastic efforts to create an enabling environment for technology transfer in Vietnam. While more appetite for technology transfer is understandable, emphasizing the approach towards “forced” technology transfer would increase the concern for investors. In this respect, Vietnam and Japan need frank and meaningful policy research and dialogues on barriers against and promotion of technology transfer in manufacturing sector.

The workshop will be held on November 22 following the Vietnam-Japan Policy Research Forum – Engendering Japan-Vietnam Industrial Cooperation through Promoting Technology Transfer to be co-hosted by CIEM and GraSPP. Participants to the workshop are researchers from CIEM and selected graduate students from GraSPP.

<Tentative program>
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Venue: Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)
14:30 Opening remarks
14:35 Overview by CIEM
14:50 Presentation 1
15:10 Open discussion
15:30 Presentation 2
15:50 Open discussion
16:10 Wrap-up discussion
16:30 Closing remarks