UNDP Seoul Policy Centre facilitates Korea-Vietnam dialogue on the role of think tanks in policy making

07 Mar 2012

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A senior delegation from the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA) met with UNDP Seoul Policy Centre staff today to discuss the evolving role of think tanks in Korea’s development and how this experience could benefit Vietnam.

“Our excellent discussions with the Seoul Policy Centre team and the Korean institutions visited so far focused on the role of think tanks in offering creative solutions to challenges faced by countries in the middle-income stage of development, like Vietnam. Korea’s experience is particularly interesting here as it has developed so rapidly" said Professor Dang Vu Minh, VUSTA President.

Think tanks can play a variety of roles in supporting national development, promoting debates on public policy, offering alternative policy options and advising the Government in critical areas. In Korea, national think tanks played an important role in mobilizing national intellectual power and supporting the country’s rapid transformation. Their experience can be an example to stimulate discussions in developing countries that see the promotion of national intellectual resources as important parts of their development strategies.

The visit is the first stop on a busy schedule for the four person delegation, which are leading a comparative analysis of the relationship between think-tanks and policy-making institutions in the US, Western European and Asian countries.

The research will be consolidated in a report that will directly contribute to the development of the role of independent think tanks in Vietnamese policy making. The report is expected be released by July 2012.

The delegation’s three-day programme, facilitated by the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, includes visits to leading policy and research institutions in Korea, including the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET), the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management as well as the Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) and the National Science and Technology Commission (NSTC).

For more information on VUSTA, please visit: http://www.vusta.gov.vn/