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The objectives


Year of reference

Publication in april 1994

Table of contents

In the foreword the circumstances surrounding this French-Vietnamese scientific cooperation are explained, as well as the nature of the interactive, dynamic, computerised atlas, spatial and temporal reference points, and the technical and methodological bases for the maps. The atlas comprises 421 pages, 9 chapters and 308 maps and models:

  1. Land: Administrative and spatial organisation; the major characteristics of the physical environment; the concentration of population; the uneven distribution of resources; Vietnam in South-East Asia.
  2. Population: Urban and rural population; ethnolinguistic groups; population structure; structure of the working population; the pattern of migration.
  3. Agricultural production: Agricultural systems; rice cultivation; other food crops; industrial crops; grazing and fishing.
  4. The performance of agriculture: The factors of production; self-sufficiency in food; the value of production and exports.
  5. Energy and industry: Mining and energy; industrial sectors; the industrial economy.
  6. Transport: Networks, densities and flows; modes of transport and telecommunication.
  7. Trade: Domestic trade and the banking sector; foreign trade.
  8. The social sector: Education; health; culture and tourism.
  9. The spatial organisation of Vietnam: The spatial structure of Vietnam based on the provinces; a model of spatial organisation of Vietnam; the making of a nation as a spatial issue.

A tool for development

A tool for cooperation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CNRS are funding this scientific cooperation programme which fulfills four different objectives:

Since reunification in 1975, Vietnam has undertaken a major programme of reform which has been stepped up because of the upheaval in communist countries. As Vietnam moves away from the old centralised economy towards a market economy open to world trade, it has developed its foreign links in the direction of the Asian "tigers". The economic transition is likely to benefit from investment by international financial institutions following the recent agreement on the country's foreign debt. Vietnam will increase the resources available for its reform programme and will maintain its rate of economic growth, which is already at 7% per annum. The country will also reconstruct its infrastructure, which was so badly damaged during the war. This tri-lingual atlas (in French, Vietnamese and English), which is also available in a computer-readable format, provides a useful tool for those involved in the economic reform. It shows the degree of integration of the country, the increasing leadership of the northern and southern capitals, the country's resources and potential for development and the spatial structures and trends.


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