The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Vietnam Initiative held a roundtable conference between the Prime Minister of Vietnam and Global network of experts on Vietnam`s development in Hanoi on December 13.
Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc heard a number of recommendations from domestic and foreign experts for the country’s future development at the roundtable conference.
Attending the conference were Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Vuong Dinh Hue, Minister-Chairman of Government Office Mai Tien Dung and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with domestic and foreign experts.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung reaffirmed the Vietnamese State’s commitment to building a constructive government marked by integrity, especially when the country is in the transitional period of changing its growth model.
The roundtable mentioned mainly three thematic matters, including Vietnam’s position in the global value chain, Vietnam’s industrialisation policies in the future, and removal of bottlenecks and development promotion.
Such issues are considered “bedrock” aspects of Vietnam’s development but the implementation has encountered some rough patches, according to experts.
Tran Van Tho, a professor from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), emphasised the need to pursue industrial development extensively and intensively.
Since Vietnam is making greater effort to integrate deeper into the world’s economy, it’s a challenge for the country to successfully avoid the “manufacturing trap”, wherein the industry is limited to the creation of unskilled workers in labour-intensive, export-oriented, but low added value manufacturing.
According to Tran Ngoc Anh, a professor from Indiana University, has mentioned the “bottlenecks” that constrict sustainable growth of Vietnam’s economy.
He recommended the government build self-assessment systems with clear and detailed performance indices, noting that this will showcase the commitment towards building a constructive and supportive government.
At the roundtable conference.
Addressing the conference, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the positive contribution of international experts and academics.
The PM said intelligence is an important resource, and asked overseas scholars with profound knowledge and experience, to actively contribute to the country’s development.
In the past 30 years of innovation, Vietnam has gained impressive achievements that were highly regarded by the international community, PM Phuc said.
However, the Government leader underlined the need for the government to realise the weaknesses and limitations that have been exhibited during the national development process, especially the growth bottlenecks.
He reiterated that the government must listen to people, businesses, scientists and experts at home and abroad in order to bring about substantive change.
PM Phuc required all relevant ministries and sectors to study the recommendations from the conference’s experts.
The Cabinet leader also suggested maintaining an annual dialogue channel between international academics and overseas Vietnamese professionals to boost their collaboration and help the Vietnamese government promote innovation.