Delegates take photo at the Ho Chi Minh City Economic Forum 2018 (Source: doanhnhansaigon.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Economic Forum 2018 was organised on November 23, under the theme of “Fostering Interactive and Innovative Districts – The Prominent Role of Businesses”.

The forum aimed to discuss the role of enterprises in building innovative urban areas and take delegates’ ideas to connect the State, entrepreneurs, scientists and financial investors in increasing the innovative capacity and the efficiency of the reform of businesses.

Attending the event were Politburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, and over 600 delegates who are experts, scientists and representatives from enterprises.

Phong said that with its role as an economic force and one of the largest cultural, educational, and scientific and technological centres in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is striving for rapid and sustainable development, as well as working to improve its growth quality and competitiveness in line with economic restructuring.

The city is also exerting efforts to ensure a favourable business and investment climate for enterprises, while encouraging them to get involved in innovations and start-ups, he added.

Through this event, the city hopes policymakers, experts, scientists and entrepreneurs discuss and make proposals to effectively mobilise resources from and bring into full play the 372,000 businesses in the locality to build an innovative urban area in the south of the city, Phong stated.

He pledged that the municipal authorities will try their best to make enterprises truly become a driving force for the building of innovative districts by continuing to speed up the administrative reform and ensure a clear business environment and a transparent legal framework, aiming to provide the best support for enterprises.

Within the framework of the forum, municipal authorities introduced their policy to build the southern region towards an innovative urban area to attract investment.

Initiatives and experience shared by participating experts, researchers and the business community were expected to help the city fulfill its set targets and obtain a deserving position on the world’s map of smart and innovative cities.-VNA