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Forum to discuss Vietnam’s reform, development issues

The second Vietnam Reform and Development Forum (VRDF) will take place in Hanoi on September 19, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Themed “Vietnam: Aspiration for prosperity – priority and action”, the forum is a follow-up of the Vietnam Development Forum (VDF) but its agenda will be more inclusive, covering reform and development issues of Vietnam, said Nguyen Mai Phuong, Deputy Director of the Development Strategy Institute (DSI), at a press conference in Hanoi on September 13.

VRDF has a wider participation of policy makers, development partners, domestic and foreign experts, and private businesses, she said, adding that the forum will be held annually in 2018-2021.

Participants will exchange views on the country’s reform and development issues to seek short-term and long-term solutions as well as specific actions to obtain rapid and sustainable development.

The most important target of VRDF 2019 is to collect ideas and suggestions for the building of some documents of the 13th National Party Congress, including the national development strategy for the 2021-2030 period, orientations and tasks of the five-year socio-economic development plan 2021-2025, Phuong said.

The participants will discuss specific issues such as reforming the market economy, promoting innovation in the era of Industry 4.0, and setting out prioritized actions for a prosperous Vietnam, she added.

The theme of VRDF 2019 illustrates the efforts of the Government and people towards promoting innovation and startup, increasing labour productivity, and building national innovation capacity.

It also demonstrates the strong commitments of the Vietnamese Government to modernise the market economy, integrate into the world, and promote innovation for sustainable development.