In the morning of January 7th, 2021, in Hanoi, the General Statistics Office (GSO) had a social meeting and working session with the World Bank’s Country Director in Vietnam (WB) and discussed some areas of mutual interest and priority in the coming years. Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong, Director General of GSO chaired the meeting. Participants of the meeting were Mr. Pham Quang Vinh, Deputy Director General of GSO, leading representatives of Foreign Statistics and International Cooperation Department, Social and Environmental Statistics Department, Statistical Methodology and Quality Management Department, Statistical Science Institute, Statistical Data Collection and Information Technology Application Department. From the WB side, Ms. Carolyn Turk, Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam; Mr. Do Viet Dung, senior national official; Ms. Judy Yang, senior economist attended the meeting.

In the speech to the World Bank delegation at GSO, Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong, Director General of GSO acknowledged and highly appreciated the World Bank’s support to Vietnam in general and GSO in particular in recent years, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has affected the global economy. In the field of statistics, the World Bank has supported GSO since the early 1990s, through methodological support and implementation of Population Standards Survey (VHLSS), the SCOLI space prices. Specially, the World Bank has supported a number of typical projects such as the GSO Modernization Project, the Project to Strengthen the Dissemination of National Statistics of Vietnam and most recently the Project of Modernization of statistics Production in Vietnam.

At the meeting, Ms. Carolyn Turk, Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam congratulated the GSO as a strong organization with a good reputation in creating high quality data for the Government of Vietnam and the domestic and foreign research communities. She hopes the GSO will support the World Bank in data sharing, especially accessing to raw data for analysis and research. She also posed a few questions: What position would Vietnam be in a rapidly changing world in terms of production and generating statistical data; how does the GSO’s plan for the next decades and what is the role of GSO as more and more statistical data comes from outside?

Discussed  the above issues, Director General Nguyen Thi Huong highly appreciated the World Bank’s regional and global ideology to help the GSO in the phase of preparation to build and announcem the Vietnam Statistics Development Strategy in the period 2021-2030 and vision to 2045, GSO would like WB to assist in evaluating the application of Vietnamese statistical standards and procedures according to international standards and support to implement the Strategy after being issued. She also presented the difficulties in data sharing and wished to receive experiences from the World Bank so that GSO could promote data sharing to users in order to enhance the importance of the Statistics sector.

At the meeting, Deputy Director General Pham Quang Vinh also discussed with the World Bank on the issue of sharing poverty data in Vietnam as well as updating new poverty standards and cooperating to successfully implement the Time Use Survey based on the view of readiness to share data ensure data timeliness.

Leadership representatives of units under GSO had specific discussions on the current situation and difficulties related to issues: The Vietnam household living standards Sủvey; gender statistics; methods innovation and forms of statistical information collection; surveys streamling; statistical information documentation; data use and access; information technology infrastructure and capacity; statistical quality evalution and Vietnam’s statistical development strategy build.

From the World Bank’s side, Ms Carolyn Turk acknowledged GSO’s sharing and has been ready to support GSO to make Vietnam Statistics become the best paradigm, and will also coordinate with the Statistics of Vietnam to solve legal difficulties as well as other issues that GSO has proposed.

At the end of the meeting, Director General Nguyen Thi Huong believes that with Ms. Carolyn Turk’s experiences, she will continue to promote a good relationship between WB and GSO in the near future to support the Statistics more developed.