Aid, trade and structural change. What role for Spain in Vietnam?

The aim of this work is to analyze the recent and growing economic relations
between Spain and Vietnam, that centre on Vietnamese exports to Spain and
on Spanish development assistance. From a methodological point of view, this
paper is based on a theoretical framework of policy coherence for development
and on interviews with elites. Thus, it analyzes the institutional framework as
well as trade and development assistance flows. Uncertainties arise in relation
to the final goal and the nature of the Spanish presence in Vietnam and to
Spain’s role in the complex process of structural change in Vietnam, in its
transition to the ‘middle-income country’ category and in its recent access
to the World Trade Organization. It identifies Spain’s lack of a strategic and
comprehensive vision of bilateral and trans-European relations as the main
obstacle to a greater level of economic policy coherence for development.
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