Prof. Dr. Tran Ngoc Tho, Member, National Financial & Monetary Policy Advisory Council, University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City
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Besides, the operation of this Center is also very important in the direction and administration of all levels of management in the industry. The putting into operation of the Center today is a big change for the education and training sector of Quang Nam province.
By Nguyen Cuong – Translated by Anh Quan
There remain 2,500 vacancies in Phap Van – Tu Hiep residential quarter in Hoang Mai district.
Due to complicated evolution of Covid-19 pandemic, Hanoi’s government has recently worked with educational institutions to prepare some 20,000 beds in total in the city for isolation to effectively prevent Covid-19 spread, local media reported.
|The premises of Hanoi High Technology Vocational College. Photo: HNM|
The isolation establishments are set up to accomodate people, both Vietnamese and foreigners, who come from abroad.
Noi Bai International Airport reported that on March 22, 2,348 passengers (including 2,146 Vietnamese and 202 international visitors) came to Vietnam from Hong Kong and Taiwan (China), Germany, Russia, Singapore, UAE, Japan, India, among others.
Currently, there are 14 concentrated isolation centers in Hanoi city with a total of 12,629 beds, according to a report of the municipal Department of Health.
Of the 14 centers, besides some military barracks and schools under the Capital High Command and the Ministry of Defense, the Hanoi People’s Committee has decided to set up three more in urban districts.
Specifically, there are 4,800 beds at the student dorms in My Dinh II (Nam Tu Liem district), another 4,000 in student dorms in Phap Van – Tu Hiep residential quarter (Hoang Mai district) and 800 at the premises of Hanoi High Technology Vocational College (Nam Tu Liem district), respectively.
Among the three planned mass quarantine centers, only the student dorms in Phap Van – Tu Hiep residential quarter have been mobilized, and there remain 2,500 vacancies.
Besides, the Ministry of Education and Training has made a written request to the leaders of educational institutions to cooperate with the locality in making dormitories available for mass isolation.
Training institutions that require class attendance are asked to follow the guidance of epidemic prevention and make plans suitable to the pandemic evolution.
The Ministry of Education and Training has also required the institutions to encourage officials, lecturers and students to join local epidemic prevention activities.
As of March 23, Hanoi keeps taking the lead in the number of Covid-19 patients, 38 out of 118 nationwide.
By Mai Hoa – Manh Hoa – Translated by Tan Nghia
From 2016-2019, the GRDP of HCMC witnessed an average increase of 7.72 percent per year and contributed over 22 percent to the national GDP as well as over 26 percent to the state budget.
Despite Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the city still basically fulfilled its missions, with an economic growth of 1.39 percent and the city budget revenue of more than VND371,000 billion (approx. US$16.1 million), accounting for a quarter of the national one.
Remarkably, the ratio of domestic income over the total one in HCMC rose to 71.4 percent last year, which means manufacturing activities in the city are extremely effective, said Chairman Phong.
Observing the resolutions issued in the 13 th National Party Congress and the 11 th HCMC Party Congress, HCMC is now trying to identify feasible mid-term and long-term goals, along with suitable actions to achieve them.
It is now essential for the municipal leaders to analyze, evaluate, and predict specific development conditions of HCMC in order to take full advantage of all possible potentials of the city. Meanwhile, the city authorities should try different methods to find out practical models and solutions to apply to make more breakthroughs so that HCMC becomes a smart, active, and innovative mega city in the region and the world.
With that in mind, Chairman Phong is welcoming all useful recommendations from experts, scientists, state and local organizations. The planning team will base on them to form a detailed planning strategy for HCMC from 2021-2030, with a vision to 2045, taking into account all challenges of Covid-19 pandemic to the community. This strategy must become a critical tool in operation and management tasks of the city for socio-economic growth.
Associate Prof. Dr. Tran Hoang Ngan, Head of the HCMC Institute for Development Studies, shared that this conference received over 80 papers from experts, scientists, leaders of universities, managers of state departments and organizations, the local authorities, private businesses.
These papers mention the fact that HCMC should pursue a sustainable development when transforming into a smart city, with a focus on the digital government and society and the improvement of public service quality. At the same time, the economy structure of HCMC should follow the regional economy viewpoint, making the city the core of the Southern key economic zone.
To achieve these goals, there is no other way but to prioritize technological growth and performance improvement of comprehensive factors so that HCMC can participate in the global value chain.
In addition, there is a prospect of implementing AI technology in economic and financial forecasting and simulation via the development of quantum computing, as well as in establishing a smart city and a digital society.
The conference discussed the methods to strategically turn Thu Duc City into a center for development and a hub to link HCMC to other cities in the Southeast region.
There are also papers on circular economy for a more sustainable development of the city and on current challenges the city is facing.
Dr. Tran Du Lich, an economy expert, stated that being the leader in Vietnam, the growth of HCMC does greatly affect the comprehensive development of the whole nation.
Since HCMC is experiencing a slow-down in growth rate, the municipal authorities need to reevaluate the city’s resilience to unexpected economic events, to review limits in its infrastructure, especially traffic facilities to connect to other regions, which are now harming the innovative growth of HCMC.
Dr. Lich voiced that to stay at the leading position, in the next 10 years, HCMC must maintain its growth rate of 1.2-1.5 times as high as the national one. Its economic activities must be market-oriented to keep its activeness.
He also said that HCMC does not truly need any specific mechanism but a suitable mechanism for a mega city so that it can foster innovation and activeness.
Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung suggested that the general planning of HCMC was introduced in 2010, which is quite outdated. It is time to adjust that, particularly regarding traffic facilities and sewage systems, waste collection and treatment. He then promised to always offer necessary aid so that the city could fulfill its environmental missions.
The mid-term and long-term goals of HCMC
In 2025, HCMC is a smart city, with modern industrial and service activities. It can maintain its leading position in Vietnam and is the core for the growth of the Southern key economic zone. The average GRDP reaches $8,500 per person.The city ensures a high living standard to residents and becomes civil, modern and friendly.
In 2030, HCMC is the national leader in services, industrial activities, culture, digital economy, and digital society. The average GRDP reaches $13,000 per person. It becomes the economic, financial, trading, technological, cultural center of Southeast Asia.
In 2045, HCMC is the economic and financial center of Asia, with its sustainable development and high living standards. The average GRDP reaches $37,000 per person. The city is an ideal destination in the world.
By Mai Hoa, Manh Hoa – Translated by Thanh Tam
Activities aimed at honouring both local and foreign photographers within a series of “Photo Hanoi ‘21” cultural events are set to be held across the capital city between May 1 and June 12.
“Photo Hanoi ‘21” represents a month-long programme which is being initiated by the French Institute in Hanoi.
The event will feature the participation of 30 local and foreign photographers, including Lam Duc Hien, a French photographer of Vietnamese, Philippe Marinig of France, Nic Shonfeld of the UK, Roselena Ramistella of Italy, and Elodie Ledure of Belgium.
Six exhibitions are set to be held throughout the course of the event, including “Lam Duc Hien: The Mekong-Stories of man” at the French Institute and “Philippe Marinig: Secret moments of maikos” at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam. This is in addition to “Punk Dragon: The time has come to rekindle the stars” at the Matca Space for Photography, along with “Unexpected paths: Viewpoints from Europe” at Vincom Center for Contemporary Arts (VCCA).
An exhibition running with the theme of “I’m feeling lucky: Selected titles from RVB Books” will display various photo books at the Matca Space for Photography on May 1 and will serve to open a series of “Photo Hanoi ‘21” cultural events in Hanoi.
These cultural events are suitable for audiences of all ages and all visitors can enter for free.