PM hosts director of Harvard University's Vietnam Programme hinh anh 1Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) hosts Thomas Vallely, Director of the Vietnam Program at Harvard University (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosted a reception for Thomas Vallely, Director of the Vietnam Program at Harvard University and experts from Fulbright University Vietnam on March 18.

The PM highly valued contributions by Vallely in the formation of Fulbright University Vietnam. He said that the Vietnamese Government will continue to create favourable conditions for the university to continue to develop and become one of the high-quality human resources training facilities in Vietnam.

Currently, Vietnam is strengthening measures and policies to speed up socio-economic recovery and development and prioritising the building of mechanisms and policies to lay foundation for long-term and sustainable growth, he said, stressing that the country considers the people the core, the subject, the major resources for and the target of development.

At the same time, the country defines the effective implementation of education-training policies and science-technology as the leading strategy and the key motivation for national development, he said.

The PM highlighted goals of the socio-economic recovery and development programme. He said that in order to realise the development goals, the Government places importance to enhancing dialouges and policy consultations on economic development with world leading research centres.

The PM spoke highly of Vallely’s proposal on coordination between Havard University, Fulbright University Vietnam and Vietnamese Government agencies to organise the Vietnam Executive Leadership Programme (VELP) to discuss socio-economic issues in Vietnam.

He suggested a number of discussion contents for the programme, including green growth, sustainable energy development, solutions to complete socialist-oriented market institutions, innovation and public-private partnership to mobilise resources for national development.

For his part, Vallely thanked the Vietnamese Government for facilitating Fulbright University Vietnam’s operation, affirming that in the time to come, the university will work harder to enhance its training efficiency to become a high-quality training centre in Vietnam as well as in the region.

He noted that Havard University and Fulbright University have worked with Vietnamese agencies to organise seven editions of the VELP. He expressed his hope that another edition will be held in 2022, with focus on priorities in Vietnam's socio-economic development.

Vallely lauded Vietnam's goals and strong commitments at the COP26, and affirmed his support to Vietnam during the realisation of solutions to climate change response and green growth promotion, thus turning the country into a model inspiring other developing countries in the field./.