Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Harvard professors hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) and the Harvard professors at the reception. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke highly of the Vietnam Executive Leadership Programme (VELP), a collaborative initiative between the Vietnamese Government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Vietnam Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He made the praise while giving a reception for Professor Davis Dapice, Senior Economist of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Vietnam Programme, and Professor Thomas Vallely, Director of the Vietnam Programme, in Hanoi on January 16.

As Vietnam is looking for measures to turn itself into a “new Asian economic tiger”, the PM hoped that experts will study and choose suitable themes for the VELP.

Professor Vallely lauded Vietnam’s sound economic growth in the region, saying that deep renovation will be the main theme of the VELP 2018.

Vietnam should pay heed to the response to climate change in the Mekong Delta region and tackle urban issues and restructuring at credit institutions, he recommended, noting that promoting production of high added value rice is also an important measure for the country.-VNA