Technical Assistance Request : CPTPP Economic Impact Assessment in Vietnam
Application deadline : September 13, 2019
Funded by the Government of Canada and implemented on behalf of Global Affairs Canada by CowaterSogema International and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM) provides technical assistance to Official Development Assistance (ODA)-
eligible countries to maximize the development impacts of trade and investment. Over seven years (2018-2025), EDM will invest CAD $16.
5 million to support Canada’s developing country trading partners to negotiate, implement and benefit from and adapt to trade and investment agreements with Canada.
EDM is a demand-driven project that will benefit potential partners including governments, local private sector groups and local civil society organizations through capacity building and technical advisory support on policy reform issues that have a high potential to reduce poverty and gender inequalities, and support progress in trade and investment agreement negotiations.
Vietnam has been identified by Global Affairs Canada as a priority country for technical assistance, in the context of the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-
the demographic dividend is being eroded by low-wage competitors; trade costs remain comparatively high; its exports remain labour-
women remain underrepresented in senior management and the political class.
Implementation of the CPTPP also represents a significant challenge to Vietnam a commitment to implement a comprehensive set of state-
of-the-art trade disciplines that exceed the obligations of WTO agreements. Notwithstanding the suspension of certain measures after the US withdrawal (largely measures affecting intellectual property rights), the CPTPP calls upon Vietnam to further open its market, adopt stronger governance and regulatory practices, expand labour rights and meet higher environmental standards, provide greater protection to investments and foster enhanced inclusiveness in trade.
Implementing the many new obligations imposed by CPTPP membership will require support from CPTPP and development partners.
An EDM mission to Vietnam, conducted in November 2018, identified many technical assistance needs, including in trade policy capacity-
building. Subsequent discussions with the Multilateral Trade Policy Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (the coordinating agency for EDM assistance projects in Vietnam) and the project leads for individual applicant organizations, established priority assistance projects for 2019-
20. Among the priorities expressed by Vietnam was the need to strengthen their capacity to monitor and assess the economic impacts of the CPTPP.
Description of Technical Assistance Request
This technical assistance (TA) will directly benefit officials of the National Center for Socio-Economic Information and Forecast (NCSIF), of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, charged with the lead responsibility to assess the impact of the CPTPP, and the staff of line ministries directly participating in the preparation of annual assessment reports.
The TA will also indirectly benefit other ministries and private sector firms engaged in trade, through ongoing, accurate and timely data to support policy development and business planning.
TA has been requested by the NCSIF in the preparation of a first annual report on the economic impact of the CPTPP, including both macroeconomic impacts, and the impacts in specific industry sectors.
This assistance will include :
digit Vietnam Standard Industrial Classification (VSIC) level, sourced from the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, the State Bank of Vietnam.
The following activities will be undertaken to meet the TA objectives listed above :
Activity 1 :
The consultant will conduct a first mission to Hanoi, Vietnam to :
a) provide training on the use of GTAP software to conduct economic impact assessments; and
b) assess the capacity of Vietnamese ministries and stakeholder organizations to prepare ongoing impact assessments
Activity 2 :
The consultant will prepare the draft economic impact assessment report template, survey methodology and instruments, and guidance materials on reporting requirements.
As well, the consultant will draft written guidance / instructions for the preparation of the report.
Activity 3 :
The consultant will conduct a second mission to Hanoi, Vietnam to :
c) provide technical advice to NCSIF officials on establishing the baseline data for ongoing economic impact assessment.
Technical Expert Profile / Expertise Required
Note : The EDM includes a core focus on gender and social inclusion as well as on environmental issues associated with trade activities.
The approach to TA related to both of these topics is included in guidance documents that are available to both TA applicants and Technical Experts.
Integrating such analysis will form a core part of the mandate of the TA provider therefore any prior experience in the provision of TA on gender and environment will be viewed as a strong asset.
September 2019 to March 2020
Reporting and Deliverables
On conclusion of the activities, the consultant will prepare a final report as per EDM report guidelines, including :
To apply, please upload your cover letter and CV, and send it as well to Vicki Campbell, EDM Program Manager, at by September 13, 2019 .
Please note that while we thank all applicants, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates.