Young overseas intellectuals suggest development ideas hinh anh 1Participants at the forum pose for a photo (Photo: VNA)

Geneva (VNA) – Many young Vietnamese intellectuals working in various fields in Switzerland shared their knowledge and gave suggestions on how to boost national development at a forum held in Geneva on April 22. 

The event also attracted Vietnam’s senior specialists at international organisations in Geneva such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Master of IT Nguyen Hoang Minh, a former student of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology and currently an IT engineer at Sicpa Security Solutions, talked about Switzerland’s experience in developing an e-government by using technology to reform the apparatus and enhance managerial agencies’ capacity.

Energy and transport infrastructure engineer Trinh Ngoc Thanh, a consultant and project manager at Stucky – a leading company in hydropower and irrigation dams, delivered a speech on cooperation opportunities and challenges in hydropower and irrigation structure building and management between Vietnam and Switzerland.

Meanwhile, PhD in economics Hoang Ngoc Giang underlined the need to soon reach a knowledge economy and promote domestic production to a higher level in global value chains. He suggested Vietnam make venture investment in other nations, especially the most developed knowledge economies.

Regarding Vietnamese intellectuals working at international organisations, PhD Nguyen Nhat Linh from WHO analysed the role of Vietnamese specialists at such global bodies as WHO and WTO, adding that they have helped share Vietnam’s experience and strength in certain fields and raise its stature at international forums.

More Vietnamese people should work in UN agencies and global economic and financial institutions, Linh said, calling on Vietnamese intellectuals and specialists to have more confidence and determination to engage in international organisations’ activities. The Government should also provide better policy support to help them.

Concluding the forum, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN, WTO and other international organisations in Geneva - Ambassador Duong Chi Dung welcomed the opinions, including a proposal of setting up a permanent mechanism to connect Vietnamese intellectuals in Switzerland. 

He said exchanges should be held regularly to connect the Vietnamese in Switzerland and encourage their contributions to the homeland.-VNA