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Professor Dr. Javier Revilla Diez; Geographisches Institut (16.07.2014)

Regional development in the SR Vietnam since Doi Moi (1986) between growth and balance - sectoral change and its regional economic effects Since the introduction of economic reforms, Vietnam has achieved high growth rates and made considerable progress. Per capita income is about USD 1500 and poverty has been drastically reduced. The structural change triggered by the economic reforms has also had an impact on the country's regional development. Economic development is concentrated in only a few regions of the country.
HCMC and its directly bordering hinterland has become the most dynamic
economic area of the country. It benefits from particularly successful entrepreneurship and the influx of foreign direct investment. The second economically active region is the Red River Delta, with Hanoi as the leading economic center. The spatial concentration process has led to an increase in regional disparities. The Danang-Hue region, the third growth region in Central Vietnam that was to trigger economic impulses, fell short of expectations. The development is particularly problematic in the northern mountain region and in parts of the Central Highlands, which have so far been able to profit only slightly from the overall economic development. For example, poverty rates in these regions are significantly higher than in the country's growth regions. The presentation aims to outline regional economic development, identify important determinants of the increase in regional disparities and discuss regional policy options for action.