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Giving opportunities to talented people



The level of income is necessary but not a prerequisite. We have to give qualified people the chance to do what they can do so that they feel like they are contributing to the community.

In part 2 of the online roundtable “Vietnam and Aspirations”, Dr. Nguyen Van Dang from the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Prof. Le Anh Vinh from the Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences, talk about solutions to attract and gather talented people for the country’s development.

At the opening session of the 13th National Party Congress, General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong emphasized the focus: Arousing spirit and will, determination to develop a prosperous and happy country; the strong and enduring nation; to develop mechanisms and policies to promote the Vietnamese people’s spirit of dedication to the country.

With the clear direction for national development, what human resources do we need to develop the country, especially during the current golden population period?

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Prof. Le Anh Vinh. Photo: Pham Hai

Prof. Le Anh Vinh: First of all, we are holding a golden opportunity. Vietnam has turned to a golden population since 2006. We will have about 20 years more in this period and we need to fully exploit this potential.

Vietnam also has a big population so we have the potential for remarkable growth in the coming period.

However, we also have limitations. First, Vietnam is among the countries with the high population aging rate and the golden population period is very short compared to other countries.

The second drawback is that there is an indicator relating to a country’s socio-economic potential when it reaches its population peak. If we take the US with 100 points, Singapore 146 points, then Vietnam has only about ten points.

Simply, we are facing an opportunity to mine a gold mine – that is the population – but the license period is short, and the sci-tech conditions to mine it are limited.

The problem therefore is how to exploit it most effectively. I think it’s about investing in people and education. This is the solution to maximize the development ability in the coming period.

Dr. Nguyen Van Dang: I agree with Professor Vinh that we are at the stage called the golden population structure. However, that is a challenge for us to take advantage of it.

I also agree with Professor Vinh that, first of all, we must invest in education and training to improve the quality of human resources and to increase the competitiveness of workers in the local labor market.

Second, in my opinion, policies must promote economic freedom. Because promoting economic freedom will increase employment opportunities for workers. We have a high number of people of working age, so the economy can develop to meet the needs of workers and then we can take advantage of the golden population structure.

Without strong adjustments, in the next 20-25 years, we will enter a period when the population is starting to age, and the opportunity will be over.

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In the process of investing in people and education and training, what should we do to create opportunities for the emerging talented people?

Prof. Le Anh Vinh: I work in the field of education and have the opportunity to work with many young people, many capable ones. As I have observed, the capable people often have a desire to contribute to society. That is, besides their pursuits in life, they all want to contribute to the community, society and the country.

However, how should we promote that? I think, in the process of using people, we have three steps. Step 1 is discovery, step 2 is training and step 3 is use. There should be a consistent policy in all 3 steps.

Let’s look at the policies of some regional countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. The first is discovering capable people. We must foster talent through education and training, but at the same time we need policies to employ talented people.

I think the key point about using people is a consistent policy, from discovery to training to utilization.

Dr. Nguyen Van Dang: In order for talented people to appear, firstly it must be clear about what a talented person is. Because it is a general concept. There are people who are talented in political leadership, others are talented in management and others talented in certain professions.

Second, we must create confidence in people that the people who believe that they have talent and capacity should join the public sector, the activities of the State and the government and they will change their lives in a more positive direction by contributing to the community and society.

How to gather talented people? I think it belongs to the leadership role. That is to form inspirational value systems capable of gathering capable people so that they are inspired and have aspirations to contribute to the community and the country.

Participants can be talented in the public, private and communities. So how to connect talented people in these three areas? This will be a challenge in leadership and management.

To gather talented people, the key point is to build and shape new value systems, reflecting the breath of life, of the times, and attaching this to the current context so they can be shared by the corporate sector, the state and the community.

Of course, they must be followed by policies on remuneration, recruitment and others.

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Dr. Nguyen Van Dang

What about the issue of income and remuneration in the policy to attract talented people, Prof. Vinh?

Prof. Le Anh Vinh: I think income level is necessary to have a stability in life and talented people have the ability to earn high income.

But I don’t think this is a prerequisite. I strongly agree with Dr. Dang that the prerequisite is that we must give qualified people the opportunity to work with their capabilities and strengths so that they can maximize their talent and give them the feeling that “I’m doing this not just for myself, for my family, but also for the community”.

In 2010, at the age of 27, Le Anh Vinh received a doctorate from Harvard University. In 2020 he became the youngest professor in Vietnam. There are many opportunities to study and work abroad. Why did Professor Vinh choose to return to Vietnam to become an educational manager, and a teacher?

Prof. Le Anh Vinh: Actually, this is a personal choice and I have never wanted to work abroad. Since childhood I have always had a great connection with my family. My parents never told me such great things as you must contribute to the country. They also did not tell me “try to study and work abroad”…

My parents just told me a very simple thing: do what you feel is the happiest.

I always feel happiest to be with my family and develop in the environment in which I was born and raised. More broadly, I can live in my own country.

Now the international connection is very simple. During the period from 2010 to 2020, when I returned home, I also had short-term work trips abroad. But I want to work for a long time in my country.

Dr. Dang is also one of the young people who have the opportunity to study in developed countries, then return home to teach, and have very insightful articles, contributing ideas to the country’s development policy. What do you think about dedication?

Dr. Nguyen Van Dang: In the community of overseas students, I find that the vast majority of them have the desire to return to their home country to find suitable jobs, bring what they learned abroad to contribute to agencies and organizations at home as well as their country.

That is the desire to contribute. We could get a normal job in America, but it was just about making a living. Returning home, we can teach at universities and staff training schools. And we feel like we can contribute more. We feel that our lives are more meaningful.

The problem is how to maintain, and promote that desire. It relates to the policies of the Party and State.




President Biden nominates new US ambassador to Vietnam



President Joe Biden has designated Marc Evans Knapper as the next ambassador to Vietnam, the White House said on April 15.

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President Joe Biden has designated Marc Evans Knapper as the next ambassador to Vietnam. (Photo: the US Department of State)

Marc Evans Knapper is among the nine nominations for US ambassadors abroad, including Vietnam.

Knapper is currently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the US Department of State

He used to work at US embassies in the Republic of Korea, Japan, India, Baghdad and Iraq, and can speak Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.

In addition to Knapper, President Joe Biden’s nominee list also includes US ambassador candidates in Somalia, Algeria, Bahrain, Lesotho, Cameroon, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Congo.

According to CNN, this is the first US ambassador nomination after Biden took office on January 20. Those on the list of nominees have many years of working at the US Department of State.

US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink is about to end his term and was nominated by President Biden as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific.

Ambassador Kritenbrink was designated by former President Donald Trump as US ambassador to Vietnam in July 2017 and began his term in November of that year.



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Vietnam shows best corruption control in public sector in 10 years



The control of corruption in the public sector last year showed the best performance in a decade, since the Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) survey was first conducted.

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The launch of the 2020 PAPI report in Hanoi on April 14 (Photo:

The 2020 PAPI report, released on April 14, indicated that in 2020, the percentages of respondents seeing bribes as necessary for jobs in state agencies, health-care services at district-level public hospitals, land use right certificates, fair treatment by primary school teachers, and the granting of construction permits continued declining since 2016, the first year of the 2016-2021 government term.

As many as 18 provinces and cities made significant progress in the control of corruption in the public sector last year compared to 2019. Out of the 16 best performers, seven are from the south, four from the central region, and three from the north. As in previous years, Ben Tre performed well overall in this dimension. Six provinces experienced significant setbacks in 2020, with Ninh Thuan and Ninh Binh had the largest declines.

Nine out of the top 10 performers in controlling corrupt behaviours in local administrations and public services are central and southern provinces. Quang Ninh, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Quang Tri, and Quang Nam are the top five performers in this indicator.

Compared to the 2016 findings, personal relationships have become less important in all provinces and cities, implying that local administrations may have paid greater attention to a fair recruitment of state employees. However, personal relationships remain very important for five public office positions at the commune level, even among the top performers.

The control of corruption in the public sector is one of the eight dimensions in the PAPI survey. The others are the participation at local levels, transparency in local decision making, vertical accountability towards citizens, public administrative procedures, public service delivery, environmental governance, and e-governance.

PAPI is a flagship governance programme initiated by the UN Development Programmes in Vietnam since 2009. It measures and benchmarks citizens’ experiences and perception on the performance and quality of policy implementation and services delivery of all 63 provincial administrations in Vietnam to advocate for effective and responsive governance.

Over 14,700 citizens were interviewed for the 2020 PAPI Report. This is the largest number of citizens to participate since the survey was first conducted nationwide in 2011. For the first time, the survey also gathered responses from citizens with temporary residence registration status. Nearly 300 migrants were surveyed in six provinces and centrally governed municipalities (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Ninh, Da Nang, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong)./. VNA


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Party leader lauds outgoing US ambassador’s contributions to Việt Nam-US ties



Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng (right) talks to outgoing US Ambassador to Việt Nam· Daniel Kritenbrink during the reception on Thursday in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo Trí Dũng

HÀ NỘI — Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng hosted a reception for outgoing US Ambassador to Việt Nam Daniel Kritenbrink in Hà Nội on Thursday, during which the Vietnamese leader recognised the diplomat’s contributions to the increasingly practical and effective development of the comprehensive partnership between Việt Nam and the US.

He affirmed Việt Nam’s external policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation, development, multilateralisation and diversification of foreign relations, and active international integration, adding that Việt Nam hopes to further strengthen the Việt Nam-US comprehensive partnership.

The Party chief asked the ambassador to convey his gratitude to US President Joe Biden for his congratulations on the Vietnamese leader’s re-election as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Việt Nam.

Through the ambassador, he invited the US President to visit Việt Nam soon. He expressed his belief that the Việt Nam-US relationship will be further developed in an effective and practical manner in the working tenure of President Biden.

For his part, Kritenbrink lauded the dynamic development of Việt Nam as well as the country’s positive role, position and contributions in regional and global issues.

He said he believed that with strategic, capable and practical leaders, Việt Nam will continue to make stronger steps forwards. The diplomat thanked leaders of the Party, State, ministries, and sectors of Việt Nam for supporting and coordinating with him so that he can complete his mission.  

Showing delight at the positive, practical and effective expansion of Việt Nam-US relations over the years, he reaffirmed that the US attaches importance to and hopes to further deepen the comprehensive partnership with Việt Nam in all fields on the basis of mutual respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institution.

The ambassador showed optimism about the prospects of bilateral ties in the future, pledging that in any position, he will continue to make contributions to the growth of the Việt Nam-US relationship.

US President Joe Biden three weeks ago announced his intent to nominate Kritenbrink to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, according to the White House’s website.

Daniel Kritenbrink has been US Ambassador to Việt Nam since 2017. —


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