The Consultative Group (CG) for Vietnam will hold its mid-year meeting in Dong Ha city, the central province of Quang Tri on June 4-5.

The World Bank Vietnam announced on May 16 that the meeting will focus on three topics: a macro-economic update for Vietnam ; breakthroughs and challenges in poverty reduction and major challenges in the application of poverty reduction policies in the central coastal provinces; and managing vulnerability to natural disaster in the central coastal provinces.

Ahead of the CG meeting, Vietnam Business Forum (VBF), a structured and ongoing dialogue linking the Vietnamese Government and business community, will be held on May 29.

The forum will be jointly held by the VBF Consortium in partnership with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

The mid-year VBF will focus on investment climate perception as seen by local and foreign associations, plus discussions about banking and capital markets, infrastructure, investment, trade and education and training.

The CG is a forum where Vietnamese Government and international donors for development can exchange ideas on economic policies, poverty reduction strategies and effective use of ODA.

The meeting was first held in Vietnam in 1999.-VNA