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Opening ceremony of Start-up Festival: Pupils, students need to actively improve soft skills
16:23' 11/26/2020

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested pupils and students to actively improve their soft skills and participate in community activities for easily access and create start-up ideas.



On November 23rd and 24th, at Hoa Binh Center of Culture (District 10, Ho Chi Minh City), the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs organized "National Start-up Festival for Pupils, Students of Vocational Education and Training in 2020". Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam; Minister of Science and Technology Huynh Thanh Dat; Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Tan Dung; Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong; Director General of the General Directorate of Vocational Education & Training (VET) Truong Anh Dung, together with representatives of VET institutions and more than 2.000 students, attended the opening ceremony of the Festival in the evening of 23rd November.


Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the ceremony.

Sharing at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam praised the efforts of Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Science and Technology in building a creative start-up ecosystem of Vietnam. The Deputy Prime Minister also emphasized that Ho Chi Minh City is always an inspiration and a creative business environment for citizens.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, over the past time, despite the Covid-19 epidemic, Vietnam still has positive economic growth. In the coming time, Vietnam will continue to make efforts to develop further.

"If we want to escape the average income trap, to become “a dragon, a tiger”, we must continuously maintain the growth rate at least 7% of GDP per capita, i.e. the nomial GDP must be higher than 7.5% per year in the next 20 years. I believe that all Vietnamese, regardless of the young or the elderly, have a desire to achieve that”, said Deputy Prime Minister.

To the pupils and students, Deputy Prime Minister proposed that there is a need to have a spirit of solidarity to complete their studies well. Along with that, pupils and students need to actively improve soft skills and participate in community activities to easily access and create start-up ideas.



Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Tan Dung said that the organization of "Start-up Festival" for pupils and students at VET institutions gives students a common playground for entrepreneurship, creation and success.

Through the program, it will change the society's perception of vocational training and entrepreneurship, prompting the youth to believe in choosing VET to meet the demand of human resource for the country. Requirements for high vocational skills, ability to adapt to the changes of science, technology and occupartions are also the factors that make the change of science and technology through innovative thinking and creation.

At the same time, the program is also an environment for the business community and investors to actively participate in consulting and developing vocational training programs in accordance with the needs of businesses and the labor market, improving skills of Vietnamese human resources, contributing to enhance national competitiveness in the international arena.



Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong - Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee highly appreciated the program that brings many benefits for people in Ho Chi Minh City. According to Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong - Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, the start-up trend in the city has remarkably taken place with exciting atmosphere and constituted many achievements.

Up to now, through start-up support policies, Ho Chi Minh City has built a safe, open and efficient investment environment with 440.000 businesses (accounting for 32% of businesses nationwide), making an increasingly important contribution to development of the city. Ho Chi Minh City has invested 1.000 billion VND in facilities and equipment for key VET institutions over in the period 2016 - 2020 and planned to invest over 2.000 billion VND in the period 2021 - 2025.

In the opening ceremony of the "National Start-up Festival for students and vocational education students in 2020", the General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (MOLISA) held a launching ceremony of the contest "Start-up Ideas of ​VET Pupils and Students 2020 - Startup Kite”.


Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam talking and taking photos with students.



The "National Start-up Festival for students and vocational education students in 2020" took place on November 23rd and 24th at Hoa Binh Center of Culture (District 10, HCMC) with many activities including: Exhibiting booths of 40 colleges and intermediate schools across the nation; The final contest "Start-up Ideas of ​VET Pupils and Students 2020 - Startup Kite”; The opening ceremony of the "National Start-up Festival for students and vocational education students in 2020"; The workshop "Connecting resources to support the start-ups of VET pupils and students in the industry 4.0 era"; The Start-up Kite Awards Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony of "National Start-up Festival for students and vocational education students in 2020", etc. The Organizing Committee expected to present 37 categories of awards to outstanding projects of the contest “Start-up Kite 2020”.


(Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested pupils and students to actively improve their soft skills and participate in community activities for easily access and create start-up ideas.)
 

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