Ho Chi Minh City seeks ideas from overseas Vietnamese

Sunday, 2019-04-07 10:44:33
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HCMC Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan hosted a meeting with overseas Vietnamese. (Photo: SGGP)
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NDO - Ho Chi Minh City Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan chaired a meeting with nearly 100 overseas Vietnamese on April 6, in order to seek their ideas on how to transform Vietnam’s largest economic hub into a financial centre and creative city.

The overseas Vietnamese attending the meeting are scientists, experts and business people who used to work or are working in many countries around the world.

Speaking at the event, Secretary Nhan recognised and valued the role of overseas Vietnamese intellectuals and business people, who have made contributions to the city’s economic development in the past.

He emphasised that, during its 300-plus-year history, HCMC has been a gathering place of people belonging to different ethnic groups, religions and cultures, with significant contributions to the country’s overall development, therefore the city must take the lead in terms of creativity.

However, the city’s population has been increasing rapidly, with one million people added every five years but its road, housing and environmental infrastructure has not caught up with such population growth.

Such a situation requires solutions to meet the ever increasing demand in the city’s process of development, noted Nhan.

He informed the conference that the city has selected Districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc to build a creative city, where new technologies will be applied and which is a venue to attract high-quality human resources to create the foundation to be replicated to the city’s 10 million people.

During such a process, the city needs the contributions of overseas Vietnamese so that it will be able to rise to new heights, Nhan said.