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Hanoi (VNA) – Economic and social experts have stressed the necessity to raise the quality of human resources, thus improving the labour productivity and promoting sustainable development in the country.

According to Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc, labour quality is a great pressure for Vietnam as this is one of factors to Vietnam’s sustainable development in the future.

Education reform has become an important requirement, he said, noting that education and training in universities has to meet the market’s demand.

At workshops on human resources quality improvement, economists said it is necessary to apply a range of feasible and effective solutions to improve the quality of human resources towards the increase of labour productivity, the capacity of business management, thus raising the competitiveness of the economy, especially in the context of intensive and multi-dimensional international economic integration.

Associate professor PhD. Pham Van Son, director of the Education Ministry's Support Centre for Manpower Training and Supply, Vietnam's labour force has a great opportunity to participate in the regional and world labour allocation process.

He, however, stressed that in order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to raise the quality of human resources in a variety of ways, such as improving educational level and labour skills, encouraging self-study, developing talents and building learning society, and combining the human resources development strategy and the socio-economic development strategy.

"In order not to fall far behind, Vietnam needs to innovate human resources training, while devising appropriate mechanisms, policies and solutions to quickly better the quality of current human resources”, he said.

This is a long-term and vital strategy to sustainably develop the high-quality labour force, meeting the country’s industrialisation, modernisation and international integration, he affirmed.

Experts also underlined the need to improve not only specialised knowledge, but also foreign language and other knowledge, saying that this is important for Vietnam’s international integration target.

According to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), skilled human resources with good education and foreign language ability, particularly English, will be prioritised to freely work in ASEAN member nations. In addition, labourers can find suitable jobs and receive additional skills training.

According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), a number of industries bring opportunities for labourers to collaborate with small and medium sized companies in other countries. However, the professional level of the workforce must meet the requirements set by those companies.

In a recent report by VCCI, 60 percent of foreign direct investment (FDI) enterprises said they would continue to expand their business in Vietnam.

However, the issue of labour quality is their concern. Vietnam is attracting more and more FDI due to the advantages of institutional stability, large-scale market, abundant workforce, cheap labour cost, the report said-VNA