Mekong Economic Research Network (MERN)

The Greater Mekong countries of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam are among the lowest income countries in Asia. Although recent market-oriented reforms have greatly accelerated economic development in all three countries, they face numerous challenges to achieving inclusive growth. Such challenges include the need to enhance competitiveness, build an enabling regulatory environment for entrepreneurship, improve labour market outcomes (both formal and informal), and strengthen social protection systems. To address these challenges, they need evidence-based policy and the research capacity to support it. This project builds on the foundation laid by the Viet Nam Economic Research Network (VERN) under projects 101273 and 103862. The project will enable researchers to produce high-quality policy oriented research on critical economic issues of national and regional concern. It will do so by strengthening the analytical and technical skills of young economists through applied research and mentoring, and by promoting cooperation between researchers and policymakers on critical economic policy issues.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, November 10, 2011

End Date

Friday, September 11, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Rodriguez, Mr. Edgard

Total funding

CA$ 620,000


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Dr Nguyen Thang


Centre for Analysis and Forecasting

Institution Country

Viet Nam