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Beyond WTO (BWTO) Phase II43

This programme for Vietnam supports “behind the border” reforms critical to ensuring: (i) Vietnam’s integration into the global economy and its ongoing transition to a socialist market economy; and (ii) its capacity to develop pro-poor responses to the challenges associated with integration and to manage potentially negative social and environmental impacts. The project is now in its 2nd Phase, which runs from July 2009 to Dec 2014, and will focus on institutional strengthening in areas such as competition, state-owned enterprise reform and land management. The programme also aims to assist the rural sector adjust to the impact of economic integration through research and analysis of new market opportunities.

Australia’s contribution to the 2nd Phase of the BTWO programme amounts to approximately US$11.92 million. Other participating donors are the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank (in-kind technical support).

For more information: E-mail: quanganh.nguyen@dfat.gov.au and 
http://www.ausaid.gov.au/vietnam/projects/wto.cfm

Philippines-Australia Partnership for Economic Governance Reforms (PEGR)

PEGR is a US$26 million facility running from 2005 to 2009. Intended to support the Government of the Philippines in the implementation of reform programmes in economic governance, it assists specific government agencies and institutions with their governance reform initiatives, in line with Philippine development priorities. The focus of the programme is on sound budget management reforms and governance elements to improve the investment climate, particularly for infrastructure investment. PEGR is being implemented under a partnering arrangement between the Government of the Philippines − the Department of Budget and Management, the National Economic Development Authority and the Department of Finance − and AusAID.

For more information: E-mail: iporter@pegr.org.ph and 
http://www.pegr.org.ph/PEGR/public/Home.aspx?mnu=hme

Vietnam workshop on developing intellectual property (IP), public education and awareness strategies

IP Australia conducted a workshop in Ha Noi in February 2009 on developing strategies for IP public education and awareness. This programme is a follow-up to the production of publications of IP-related material in Vietnamese for SMEs and the Government. IP Australia is a Government of Australia agency which administers Australia’s IP rights system, specifically patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders’ rights.

For more information: http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/about/index.shtml