This report is based on a survey module incorporated into the 2009 Vietnam Enterprise Survey conducted by the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam in 2010. The survey module was specifically designed by the Development Economics Research Group (DERG) of the University of Copenhagen (UoC) and the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) of Vietnam, to collect detailed data on issues surrounding competitiveness and technology use/adoption/adaptation at Vietnamese manufacturing firms. Approximately 8,000 non-state manufacturing enterprises in all 63 provinces of Vietnam participated in the survey module, and sampling was designed such that the data is nationally representative. The survey module focuses on building on the substantial enterprise database already being collected by the GSO (since the year 2000), with a specific focus on collecting data and gaining an understanding of competitiveness and technology issues facing Vietnamese enterprises. The survey module and report are a collaborative research effort with the explicit objective of being complementary to the on-going Vietnam Enterprise Survey.
The fieldwork behind this report consisted of interviews in the months of April-August of 2010. The Industrial Statistics Department of the GSO and the Provincial Statistics Offices (PSOs) in all 63 provinces of Vietnam carried out a wide range of tasks related to the planning and implementation of the survey in the field, as well as the survey design; and the DERG/UoC collaborated with CIEM and GSO in all aspects of survey design and data analysis. Throughout this process, capacity building activities by DERG/UoC staff were regularly conducted.
The report provides an overview of key insights from the 2010 database. It should be noted that the report is by no means exhaustive of all of the data collected, and the reader is encouraged to refer to the questionnaire (included in the Appendix to this report) that was used in the collection of data to see the comprehensive set of issues that can be addressed with the data now at hand.
Based on the data collected, further in-depth studies of selected issues on the Vietnamese private sector are underway. Furthermore, three follow-up surveys are planned for 2011 (currently on-going), 2012 and 2013 with a view to developing a panel database. Survey and sample design, as well as data analysis in this report, is conducted by the DERG/UoC and CIEM. The survey module upon which this report is based was funded specifically by the University of Copenhagen through its Development Economics Research Group (DERG). This report and all surveys and reports for the next three years are supported by Danida under the Business Sector Programme Support (BSPS).