The memorial service for former Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong was held solemnly at the great hall of the Ben Tre provincial People’s Committee on February 22 morning.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (L) lead the coffin of former Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong to the burial site at the memorial ceremony on February 22 morning (Photo: VNA)
The State-level ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; Standing Member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Vo Van Thuong; President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man; former and incumbent leaders of the Party, State, and the VFF; along with representatives of ministries, central agencies, and localities.
Delivering the funeral oration, Politburo member and Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh, head of the State Funeral Board, said former Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong had devoted his entire life to the Party and the nation’s revolution, and in any position, he was always a bright example of political mettle, bravery, loyalty, and dedication to the Party, the Fatherland, and the people.
A view of the memorial service on February 22 morning (Photo: VNA)
The burial ceremony is to take place at noon of February 22 at the martyrs’ ceremony of Ben Tre province.
Earlier, more than 25 delegations came to pay tribute to former Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong at the respect-paying ceremony at the great hall of the Ben Tre People’s Committee on February 21.
Truong Vinh Trong (also known as Hai Nghia) was born on November 11, 1942, in Binh Hoa commune of Giong Trom district, the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre. He resided in Giong Trom district’s Luong Quoi commune.
He passed away at 3:25am on February 19 due to serious illness and old age.
He joined the revolution in January 1960 and became a member of the Party on October 25, 1964.
Truong Vinh Trong was an alternate member of the 6th-tenure Party Central Committee; a member of the Party Central Committee in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th tenures; Secretary of the Party Central Committee in the 9th and 10th tenures; a Politburo member in the 10th tenure; and a deputy of the 8th and 11th National Assembly. He was former Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Internal Affairs Commission and former Deputy Prime Minister.
He was conferred with the Ho Chi Minh Order, the 55-year Party membership badge, as well as many other noble orders and medals./. VNA
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?
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.
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.
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.
ASEAN foreign ministers’ statement on COVID-19 recovery, Myanmar issues
HÀ NỘI — An informal meeting via videoconference of foreign ministers of 10 ASEAN member states took place on March 2 and ended with the release of a Chair’s Statement. The following is the full text of the document:
Chair’s Statement on the Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (IAMM)
1. The Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (IAMM) was convened on 2 March 2021 via videoconference, with the view to progress the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, work on an ASEAN Community post-2025 vision, advance ASEAN’s initiatives to respond to and recover from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, discuss ASEAN’s external relations, as well as exchange views on pressing regional issues of concern.
2. In pursuit of strengthening our regional solidarity, we reiterated that the political stability in ASEAN Member States is essential to achieving a peaceful, stable and prosperous ASEAN Community. We underscored the need to maintain our unity, Centrality, and relevance in the region and to collectively address common challenges. We recognised that the strength of the ASEAN Community lies in putting people at its centre. In this regard, we recall the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, including adherence to the rule of law, good governance, the principles of democracy and constitutional government, respect for fundamental freedoms, and the promotion and protection of human rights.
3. We noted the current progress on developing an ASEAN Community post-2025 vision and acknowledged the importance of continuity in this multi-year endeavour, such as having it co-chaired by a permanent shepherd for the duration of the visioning exercise together with the incumbent ASEAN Chair. We also agreed that the development of this vision should be pursued in a comprehensive, pragmatic, balanced, inclusive and coordinated manner across the three ASEAN Community pillars, sectoral bodies and with the relevant stakeholders, including at the Leaders’ level.
4. We reaffirmed our support for Brunei Darussalam’s priorities and deliverables under the theme of “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”, and agreed to develop a Strategic and Holistic Initiative to Link ASEAN Responses to Emergencies and Disasters (ASEAN SHIELD) across the three ASEAN Community pillars. We reaffirmed our belief that regionalism and multilateralism are important principles and frameworks of cooperation.
5. We discussed ASEAN’s collective response to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and reiterated our commitment to implement the initiatives in the Implementation Plan of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework in a timely and effective manner. We welcomed the establishment of the Task Force on the Operationalisation of the ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement Framework (ATCAF) and encouraged the expeditious conclusion of the ATCAF. We welcomed the decision to utilise 10.5 million USD from the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund to procure vaccines for the people of ASEAN as soon as possible. We encouraged the early operationalisation of the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies for Public Health Emergencies and the timely establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases. We noted efforts to address the impacts of the pandemic on ASEAN’s Community building as well as efforts to narrow the development gap in the region.
6. We agreed to maintain ASEAN’s proactive and outward-looking approach in the conduct of ASEAN’s external relations based on shared interest, constructiveengagements, and mutual benefits, which can contribute to ASEAN’s Community building and development cooperation efforts, as well as efforts to ensure swift, comprehensive, and sustainable regional recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We underscored the importance of further strengthening ASEAN Centrality and unity in our engagement with ASEAN’s external partners through ASEAN-led mechanisms in order to build mutual trust and confidence as well as to reinforce open, transparent, inclusive, and rules-based regional architecture with ASEAN at the centre. In this regard, we looked forward to convening the Special ASEAN United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in the near future, and other engagements with external partners. We also looked forward to activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations as well as the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relations.
7. We exchanged views on regional and international issues of concern, including the situation in the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula. We underscored the need to maintain our unity, Centrality and relevance in the region and to collectively address common challenges.
8. We, as an ASEAN family, have been closely following the current developments in the ASEAN region and concurred that the political stability in any and all ASEAN Member States is essential to achieving a collective peaceful, stable and prosperous ASEAN Community. We expressed our concern on the situation in Myanmar and called on all parties to refrain from instigating further violence, and for all sides to exercise utmost restraint as well as flexibility. We also called on all parties concerned to seek a peaceful solution, through constructive dialogue, and practical reconciliation in the interests of the people and their livelihood. In this regard, we expressed ASEAN’s readiness to assist Myanmar in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner.
9. We also heard some calls for the release of political detainees and for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar to engage the parties concerned.
10. We also underscored the importance of Myanmar’s continued efforts in addressing the situation in the Rakhine State, including commencing the repatriation process, in voluntary, safe and dignified manner in accordance with its bilateral agreements with Bangladesh. We reiterated our appreciation to the Secretary-General of ASEAN for his efforts in leading the implementation of the recommendations of the Preliminary Needs Assessment (PNA). We looked forward to the conduct of the Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and encouraged the Secretary-General of ASEAN to continue identifying possible areas to effectively facilitate the repatriation process for displaced persons from Rakhine State. —
Bringing skills of Vietnam to United Nations Human Rights Council discourse
Vietnam will run for the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 term to spur human rights in the international arena.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh early this week stated at the high-level segment of the 46th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, with its big achievements in ensuring human rights and desiring to further contribute to joint efforts in protecting and promoting human rights in the world, Vietnam presented its candidature for membership of the Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 term.
“We are honoured to have been endorsed as the ASEAN candidate for this position and are looking forward to the support from UN member states,” Minh said.
If Vietnam’s proposal is adopted, it will mark another milestone for the country’s further engagement and contributions to the international community, which is now particularly hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and straining public health and social security systems of all countries.
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“As Secretary-General Guterres put it, the pandemic has been ‘triggering and exacerbating various human rights challenges’,” Minh said. “This should not, however, be a cause for despair. We can already see rays of hope. The world is moving towards a ‘new normal’.”
The global economy is seeing signs of gradual recovery. Vaccines have been developed and made available for public use in record time. Digital transformation and the application of science and technology, particularly IT, will most likely help provide solutions to challenges in all aspects of life.
The pandemic has also offered the world a new pathway to go forward, based on adaptability, innovation, cooperation, and solidarity at local, national, and global levels.
“Vietnam believes strongly that ensuring a safe society amid epi- and pandemics like COVID-19 is the best way to ensure that each and every member of the society can fully enjoy their human rights,” Minh stated. “Vietnam is grateful for the valuable support from its partners, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and people around the world. Vietnam has provided medical masks and supplies to support more than 50 countries and international friends in their response to the pandemic.”
As proposed by Vietnam, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus proclaiming December 27 as the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness to help raise awareness on the importance of preventing and responding to epi- and pandemics.
Vietnam has joined the human development group based on the UN’s Human Development Index, and risen one spot to 117th out of 189 economies in the index.
Vietnam’s score has risen by 45 per cent in the past 30 years, according to a report released this week by the United Nations Development Programme, ranking economies based on life expectancy, education, per capita income, gender gap, and poverty.
Since 1990, its score has grown at an average of 1.31 per cent a year, making it one of the world’s 20 fastest-growing ones.
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