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Tran Dong Phuong

Senior Policy Advisor

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Tran Dong Phuong assumed the role of Senior Policy Advisor at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in 2020. Prior to his tenure at ERIA, he held various positions within the ASEAN Secretariat. His tenure began in 2006 as the Assistant Director for Trade and Facilitation. Then he served as Assistant Director, Head of Infrastructure Division in 2009, and eventually as the Director of the Sectoral Development Directorate in 2013. In this latter role, he oversaw and managed five critical divisions: Food, Agriculture, and Forestry; Transport; Energy and Minerals; ICT and Tourism; Science and Technology; as well as the Initiative for ASEAN Integration and Narrowing Development Gaps Division.

Preceding his tenure at the ASEAN Secretariat, Tran Dong Phuong served as the Director-General for ASEAN Economic Integration within the Multilateral Trade Policy Department at the Ministry of Trade of Viet Nam. During this period, he represented Viet Nam as the Leader at the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meetings (SEOM).

Expertise

Tran Dong Phuong assumed the role of Senior Policy Advisor at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in 2020. Prior to his tenure at ERIA, he held various positions within the ASEAN Secretariat. His tenure began in 2006 as the Assistant Director for Trade and Facilitation. Then he served as Assistant Director, Head of Infrastructure Division in 2009, and eventually as the Director of the Sectoral Development Directorate in 2013. In this latter role, he oversaw and managed five critical divisions: Food, Agriculture, and Forestry; Transport; Energy and Minerals; ICT and Tourism; Science and Technology; as well as the Initiative for ASEAN Integration and Narrowing Development Gaps Division.

Preceding his tenure at the ASEAN Secretariat, Tran Dong Phuong served as the Director-General for ASEAN Economic Integration within the Multilateral Trade Policy Department at the Ministry of Trade of Viet Nam. During this period, he represented Viet Nam as the Leader at the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meetings (SEOM).

He earned his Master of Commerce (Hon.) in Economics, specialising in international and development economics, from the University of Wollongong, Australia. His foundational education includes a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Aircraft Production Technology from Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Education

1996

Master of Commerce (Hon.) in Economics, specialisation in international economics and development economics, University of Wollongong, Australia

1985

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, specialisation in Aircraft Production Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Experience

Jul. 2020 – Present

Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

Jul. 2013 – Jun. 2020

Director, Sectoral Development Directorate, Department of ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Secretariat; supervising 5 Divisions: Food, Agriculture and Forestry Division, Transport Division, Energy and Minerals Division, ICT and Tourism Division, Science and Technology Division, and Initiative for ASEAN Integration and Narrowing Development Gaps Division

Apr. 2009 – Jun. 2013

Assistant Director, Head of Infrastructure Division, ASEAN Economic Community Department, ASEAN Secretariat, supervising a Division in charge of ASEAN integration in transport, ICT, energy, minerals and tourism.

Jul. 2006 – Apr. 2009

Assistant Director for Trade and Facilitation, Bureau for Economic Integration and Finance, ASEAN Secretariat; in charge of ASEAN economic integration in the areas of trade in goods, customs, standards and conformance and trade in services.

Dec. 2004 – Jun. 2006

Director-General for ASEAN Economic Integration, Multilateral Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Trade of Viet Nam

Leader of Viet Nam to the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meetings (SEOM)