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27 Mar 2024
Viet Nam-Denmark: strengthening statistics to support the just green transition
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In the rapidly evolving socio-economic landscape of Viet Nam, a nation with over 100 million people pushing towards digitalization and a just green transition, the improvement of statistical data emerges as a cornerstone for progress. Initiated in 2022, the strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Denmark, aims to enhance the quality and efficiency of statistical data using administrative records.

The core of this project is the collaboration between the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Viet Nam and Statistics Denmark. The GSO, a part of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, is the central authority providing statistical data to both national and international stakeholders and overseeing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Viet Nam. The partnership focuses on enhancing the capacity of the GSO, particularly in areas regarding education statistics, environmental statistics and the use of big data for statistical production.

Furthermore, the cooperation supports the development of population and migration statistics in Viet Nam. The aim of this specific component is to investigate how to improve future population censuses by taking advantage of existing relevant administrative data held by external public data owners. By replacing their census-based population statistics with data based on administrative registers, this will provide up-to-date and low-cost information, informing decision makers in SDG-related areas such as poverty reduction, gender equality and climate change measures.

Crucially this partnership is interwoven with the principles of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) and the Green Strategic Partnership, underscoring a shared commitment to a just green transition. Through a capacity development approach that includes peer-to-peer learning, training exchanges, and policy dialogs, the collaboration aims to fortify Viet Nam's statistical system. As Viet Nam's global footprint expands, precise and reliable statistics become instrumental in identifying sustainable development solutions, including those related to the JETP and facilitating opportunities for green financial investments.

More information about Statistics Denmark and the partnership is available here, and information about GSO is available here. To read more about the overall Strategic Sector Cooperation initiative, visit the Danish Embassy of Viet Nam’s website here.

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