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General Statistics Office to receive the Director of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS)


In the morning, January 9th, 2019, in Hanoi, the General Statistics Office (GSO) gave a warm reception to Mr. Luca Maestripieri, Director of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS). This visit is part of the assessment of AICS’s operations in the countries implementing AICS-funded projects. Accompanying Mr. Luca were Mr. Antonio Tedesco, First Secretary - Head of Economy and Trade Department, Italian Embassy in Hanoi; Mr. Martino Melli, Director of AICS - Hanoi Office; Mr. Adrea Chirico, Head of Financial Resource, Budget and Accounting Department - AICS; Mr. Nguyen Quoc Dung, AICS Program Coordinator - Hanoi Office. Mr. Nguyen Bich Lam, Director General of GSO chaired the reception. Attending the meeting were Mr. Nguyen Trung Tien, Deputy Director General of GSO and representatives of leaders of relevant units under the GSO.

AICS has been helping the GSO to deploy the technical assistance project “Vietnam – Improvement of National Statistical System” with the 3-year duration 2018-2021, including 5 components: (1) Enhancing the capacity of Vietnam statistical officers; (2) Statistics on energy; (3) Statistics on environment and climate change; (4) Information technology; (5) Application of information technology in statistical activities. The GSO has received the effective support from AICS in Vietnam and the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) during the implementation of this Project.

On this occasion, General Director Nguyen Bich Lam expressed his deep thanks to AICS, the AICS Office in Vietnam and the Istat for coordinating with and helping the GSO to implement the Project with responsibility, competence and enthusiasm in the past time. Mr. Nguyen Bich Lam also expressed his wish that in the coming time, AICS would continue to provide support to Vietnam Statistics in particular and the Government of Vietnam in general.

In 2019, Vietnam has implemented the revision of GDP size in the period 2011-2017 in line with international practices. This is a topic of great interest to the Government and people of Vietnam because GDP is an extremely important indicator. At the ceremony to introduce the mid-term results of the Project “Vietnam: Improvement of the National Statistical System”, Mr. Atonio Alessandro, the Ambassador of Italy in Vietnam affirmed that Italy was willing to help Vietnam in statistics on the informal economy  - one of the strengths of the Istat so that the GDP was assessed correctly and fully. The GSO hoped that AICS would include this content in the support program for Vietnam Statistics in the coming time.

Mr. Luca Maestripieri, Director of AICS, said that he was very impressed with the development of Vietnam, and highly appreciated the role of statistical information for the development of the country. Mr. Luca Maestripieri expressed his pleasure to witness the good cooperation between the Istat and the GSO. The Director of AICS pledged that during his term of office, he would support Vietnam and contribute to promoting the relationship between the two countries as well as between AICS and the Government of Vietnam in general and the GSO in particular.

Some images of the reception:

Leaders of the two agencies talked about the good cooperation relationship at the meeting
Overview of the reception
Participants took a commemorative photo

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