The overlying challenge of the Vietnamese government is the creation of a “fair, level and competitive playing field for all enterprises, state and private, domestic and foreign” in line with the country’s Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy. The Business Sector Programme Support (BSPS) funded by the Danish Government aims to address major issues to create an enabling and fair environment in particular for private businesses.

In 1997, the project proposal to establish a Business Support Centre (BSC) in Thai Nguyen was prepared by SNV Vietnam at the request of the Thai Nguyen Provincial People’s Committee. The BSC was established in 1999 with the goal to “increase rural employment opportunities through the stimulation and strengthening of entrepreneurial activities”. The project was formulated on two levels: 1. Service provider level: to establish a sustainable business support centre that can provide good BDS for enterprises in Thai Nguyen; and 2. Entrepreneurial level: to improve and strengthen entrepreneurial activities resulting in increased income and employment for beneficiaries