By Minh Phong – Translated by Kim Khanh
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The clip shows images of Do My Linh, Miss Vietnam 2016, as she takes part in the Top Model competition.
The Hanoi native was one of the 20 winners from the head to head challenge, receiving the Beauty With A Purpose title, and securing a Top 40 finish at the Miss World 2017 pageant.
The clip also portrays Luong Thuy Linh joining a charity project in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. The Vietnamese entrant progressed to the Top 10 of the Beauty With A Purpose competition.
Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam 2019, was among the Top 10 finalists of the Top Model competition and finished among the Top 12 of the global pageant in the same year.
Do Thi Ha, Miss Vietnam 2020 will represent the country at Miss World 2021 which is scheduled to get underway in Puerto Rico this December.
In early March global beauty website Missosology released its second hot picks for Miss World 2021, with the girl from Thanh Hoa being ranked in seventh position.
HCM City is looking for breakthrough models and solutions to realize the goal of becoming a smart, dynamic, creative, regional- and international class metropolis, the city’s Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said.
Income per capita of $37,000 by 2045
HCM City’s Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said at a recent seminar on HCM City’s development orientation to 2045 that, for more than 45 years, Ho Chi Minh City has been the largest city in the country in terms of population and economic scale. The economic sectors are moving towards modernity, with an increase in services and industry.
Based on the current situation and the country’s goal to become a developed, high-income country by 2045, the city has set medium and long-term goals.
Specifically, by 2025, it will be a smart, modern-oriented industrial and service city, maintaining the leading role of the economy and the growth engine of the Southern key economic region and the whole country, being a pioneer in innovation, and a civilized, modern city with good quality of life and per capita GRDP reaching $8,500.
By 2030, HCM City will be a city of services, with a modern industry, a cultural city, a leader in digital economy and digital society, with per capita GRDP of about $13,000; and an economic, financial, commercial, scientific, technological and cultural center of Southeast Asia.
HCM City’s Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong
By 2045, the city will become the economic and financial center of Asia, a city of sustainable development, high quality of life, and GRDP per capita of about $37,000, an attractive destination for the world.
To implement these orientations, according to experts, the city must analyze, evaluate and forecast specific development factors and conditions, arousing its own potential and strengths; and search for breakthrough models and solutions to develop in the new and specify models and solutions.
Mr. Tran Hoang Ngan, Director of the Institute for HCM City Development Research, said that the city’s development should follow the direction of a sustainable, developed and smart city. In particular, it is necessary to focus on speeding up digital government and digital society, and improving the quality of public services.
Experts said that the city needed to improve productivity, join global value chains, and apply artificial intelligence (AI) in economic-financial forecasting and simulation by developing quantum computing or applying sci-tech in smart cities and digital society. These can all help the city realize its development goals from now to 2045.
Turning Thu Duc City into center of Eastern region urban chain
The city of Thu Duc.
Many experts said that HCM City needs a strategic direction for the development of Thu Duc City to be worthy of a new city within a city connected with urban areas in the Southeast. At the same time, the city must move towards a circular economy, towards the goal of sustainable development.
Economist Tran Du Lich said that under a plan approved by the Prime Minister in 2013, Ho Chi Minh City has 17 urban areas from grade 3 to grade 1.
In the region’s urban centers, such towns as Bien Hoa City (Dong Nai province); Di An town (Binh Duong province); Nhon Trach City (Dong Nai); Long Thanh airport urban area; Phu My Town (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province), and others together with Thu Duc City, will form a chain of urban areas.
Once traffic infrastructure connects the areas, such as ring roads 2 and 3 and bridges over Dong Nai river link Thu Duc city with Bien Hoa city, Thu Duc City will help speed up the development of urban areas in eastern Ho Chi Minh City.
At the same time, developing Ho Chi Minh City in the direction of a multi-center will reduce the pressure of economic activities and population in the inner city. This is the main development direction to solve traffic jams and environmental pollution.
“It can be said that Thu Duc city is the driving force to develop the urban area of Ho Chi Minh City to the East,” Dr. Tran Du Lich said.
Jakarta (VNA) – A workshop entitled “Turning Adversity into Opportunity: ASEAN’s Participation in Global Value Chains in a-Post COVID World” took place via videoconference on May 5, drawing representatives of 21 ASEAN bodies from the ASEAN Economic and Socio-Cultural Communities.
Held by the ASEAN Secretariat, the event was within the framework of the Accelerated COVID-19 Economic Support programme which was funded by the UK and kicked off last year to bring analytics and data to inform decision-making, and support acceleration of post-COVID economic recovery.
In partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, the workshop aimed to provide greater understanding of ASEAN’s global value chain challenges and opportunities in the post-pandemic recovery and discuss ways forward to advance the region’s global value chain agenda.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Satvinder Singh highlighted that ‘’despite external shocks such as COVID-19 and global trade tensions, global value chains are here to stay, and will continue to be an important growth strategy for ASEAN.’’
‘’These shocks have transformed the GVCs, making them more regionalised, promoting more diversification, and putting resilience and sustainability considerations to the forefront. Fresh GVC growth of activities will help the economies of ASEAN recoup, and replace job displacements and bring sustained recovery growth to the region and ASEAN stands a good chance in reaping the benefit from these emerging trends,” he further added.
However, Singh warned that this endeavour will not come automatic, and ASEAN should focus its efforts to improve its overall competitiveness through good regulatory practice, critical infrastructure development, better connectivity, and human capital development.
On his part, UK Ambassador to ASEAN Jon Lambe indicated that AEC’s focus areas this year – recovery, digitalisation, and sustainability – are priorities that the UK shares. Together, the UK and ASEAN will not only overcome the pandemic, but also stimulate a rapid, inclusive, and sustainable recovery, he said./.
So far, as many as 143,587 people in ASEAN member states have tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly 4,200 deaths are reported.
Leaders participating in the 36th ASEAN Summit on June 26 considered measures to help vulnerable people who suffer from the Covid-19 pandemic that has been sweeping all Southeast Asian countries.
|Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the summit on June 26. Photo: Asean.org|
The leaders emphasized the importance of undertaking responsive and timely measures to address the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable sectors, including women, children, youth, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, according to a statement.
Accordingly, it takes into account how disasters and other challenges can further heighten their vulnerabilities, as well as strengthening their capacities to respond to the impacts of the pandemic, according to the Chairman’s Statement of the 36th ASEAN Summit which was held online.
The bloc agreed to intensify efforts in safeguarding public goods such as health, education, and human security; create systemic changes to policy frameworks, as necessary, to reduce inequality and provide equitable access to opportunities for all, especially vulnerable and marginalized groups, including children, women, people with disabilities, elderly people and migrant workers, in accordance with domestic laws and international obligations, stated in the ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement.
Enhance regional platforms to promote equitable opportunities, participation and effective engagement of women, children, youth, the elderly/older persons, persons with disabilities, people living in remote and border areas, and vulnerable groups in the development and implementation of ASEAN policies and programs, read the vision statement.
|Infections and deaths of Covid-19 in ASEAN member states. Source: Johns Hopkins University. Chart: Linh Pham|
The member states recognized the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19 in the region and the world and they noted with grave concerns the human cost and socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic.
They reaffirmed their commitment to implementing targeted policies to assure their peoples that ASEAN is at the forefront of this critical battle and future crises.
So far, all ASEAN member states have been hit by the global health crisis. Indonesia tops the list with 52,813 cases and 2,720 deaths; Singapore 43,246 cases and 26 deaths; the Philippines 34,803 and 1,236; Malaysia 8,616 and 121; Thailand 3,162 and 58; Vietnam 355 and zero deatha; Myanmar 293 and 6; Brunei 141 and 3; Cambodia 139 and zero deaths; and Laos 19 and zero deaths.