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Hanoi (VNA) - More than 700 outstanding students from leading Vietnamese universities participated in "Vietnam Youth to Business Forum 2016," held on January 17 in Hanoi.

The event was jointly organised by AIESEC Vietnam, a branch of AIESEC – the world's largest international student organisation based in the Netherlands — and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

The business forum, held with the theme of "Be the First Follower," was the seventh event among a series of AIESEC Vietnam annual events – Vietnam Youth to Business – being organised since 2012.

This year, the forum comprised two main activities, which were "Youth to Business Forum" and "Career Fair".

More than 700 Vietnamese students and 30 representative businesses and enterprises, such as Unilever, Prudential, RMIT and British Council, besides HSBC, Standard Chartered, Nielsen and Suntory Pepsico, as well as Vinpearl Land, K+, Hatch and Deloitte, in addition to Beta Media and GLN attended the event.

They interacted to form a multi-generational interactive space for raising ideas, sharing insights and gaining new perspectives to create actionable outcomes and valuable changes for Vietnamese youth and business to move forward.

In his opening remarks, Nguyen Quang Vinh, Deputy Secretary-General of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), talked about the current situation in Vietnam in the context of the country aiming to achieve 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). He also stressed the important role of the youth and their challenges in achieving them.

In their speech, representatives from RMIT and Unilever provided information and spoke of the significance of "The First Follower" idea in achieving the SDGs.

The "Career Fair" enabled students to get an opportunity to directly interact with businesses, and helped enterprises introduce job opportunities as well as to share their experiences to encourage and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of youth.-VNA