Mayors and city leaders at the WCS Mayors Forum 2023 in Seoul.
From 24 to 26 September 2023, Permanent Vice Chairman Duong Tan Hien of the City People's Committee attended the World Cities Summit (WCS) Mayors Forum in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The annual WCS Mayors Forum is an exclusive, by-invitation-only global platform for mayors and city leaders to discuss pressing urban challenges and share the best practices. Discussions will centre around the main theme "Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Forging an Inclusive and Resilient Future", as well as four sub-themes of inclusivity, culture and heritage, climate resilience, and innovation.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Desmond Lee, Minister of National Development of Singapore stated that the journey of the WCS Mayors Forum began more than a decade ago, in 2010. Singapore initiated this Forum when the world was just emerging from the Global Financial Crisis, as they wanted to establish a platform where cities around the world could come together to address some of the most pressing urban challenges. Over the years, the Mayors Forum has grown to become an international gathering of minds and hearts – an opportunity for city leaders to have open discussions, share best practices and grow a community where cities around the world can collaborate, network, and support one another.
This year's Forum saw the participation of 49 mayors and city leaders of different cities in the world. As the 2018 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate, Seoul is known for its cultural heritage, technological innovations, and remarkable urban rejuvenation efforts. In the program, participants had the opportunity to visit Seoul Museum of Craft Art, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Seoul Sewerage Science Museum, Cheonggyecheon Museum and learn from other city delegates their best practices in urban planning and management, culture heritage preservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as innovation in city management and development.
At the Forum, Permanent Vice Chairman Duong Tan Hien had a short presentation on Can Tho City's experience in start-up and innovation support. In his presentation, Permanent Vice Chairman Duong said that since the Government of Vietnam launched it in 2016, startup and innovation activities in Can Tho have been implemented synchronously and diversely. The city aimed to perfect and develop the innovation startup ecosystem, create an environment to promote and support the formation and development of businesses based on the use of intellectual property, technology, new business models, contributing to promoting sustainable economic growth of the city.
In Can Tho, there are 23 organizations/units participating in managing and implementing startup and innovation support activities. In addition, there are 02 startup investment funds that have been established and under operation. Also, there are about 100 startup projects, among these, 30% are startup projects with creativity elements and potential for development.
The City has also establshed the Center for Startups and Innovation with the objectives to support and develop the startup and innovation ecosystem, contributing to innovating growth models on the foundation of science - technology and innovation development, connecting universities with the industrial sector in university-enterprise linkages to research, develop, and apply interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary advanced technology, promote commercialization of research results, and provide science and technology, start-up and innovation services for individuals, businesses and organizations in Can Tho and the Mekong Delta region.
At the closing session of the Forum, all participants have agreed on the outcomes of their discussion during the two-day sessions. Some of them are: social inclusion and empowerment, including underprivileged and vulnerable groups, are integral to building liveable and sustainable cities; even amid rapid urbanization, it is important for cities to conserve both tangible (cultural sites and landmarks) and intangible (morals and beliefs) culture and heritage to mould a strong and inclusive sense of identity for cities of the future; keeping to net-zero commitment, pushing for renewable and innovative solutions, and planning disaster-resilient infrastructure can forge a climate-resilient future for all cities.
Permanent Vice Chairman Duong Tan Hien (right) and delegates of Can Tho City attending the WCS Mayors Forum 2023.
The U.S. Mission in Vietnam is pleased to announce the Fulbright Vietnamese Student Scholarship Program for academic year 2024-2025. Established in 1946 and funded by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program aims at advancing mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange. The Fulbright Vietnamese Student Program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program which recruits and nominates young Vietnamese professionals for Master's degree programs at U.S. universities. Approximately 20 fully-funded scholarships are granted on an annual basis. Since 1992, more than 600 Vietnamese students have been selected to participate in the Program.
WHAT does the Scholarship provide?
Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship which covers tuition and fees, monthly stipend, round-trip airfare to the United States, and health insurance to pursue a Master's degree that begins in the academic year 2024-2025. Successful candidates will also receive support from the Fulbright Program during the application process to American universities.
WHO can apply?
Competition is open to people who meet the following criteria:
- Be a Vietnamese citizen (no dual citizenship and reside in Vietnam throughout the application & selection process)
- Have at least one undergraduate degree
- Have at least two years of work experience after graduation by the time of application
- Have a valid minimum TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5 or PTE-Academic 58 or Duolingo 105
The following persons are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright Vietnamese Student Program:
- Candidates who already received one Fulbright Student Program grant.
- Candidates who are currently living or studying in the United States and overseas.
- Candidates who have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree from a U.S. college or university within the last three years.
- Local employees of the U.S. Mission in Vietnam who work for the U.S. Department of State and their immediate dependents are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment.
- Candidates who have received any government scholarship for graduate study abroad within the past five years or have accepted any fully-funded scholarship for graduate study abroad.
WHICH fields of study are supported?
The Program supports study in most fields of social sciences and humanities, including:American Literature Education Project/Program Management
- American Studies Environmental Studies Psychology
- Agricultural Economics Management of IT/Information system Public Administration
- Anthropology Journalism Public Policy
- Architecture Language/Literature (non-U.S.) Public Health
- Art/Film Studies Law Social Work
- Business (all fields) Library Science Sociology
- Communications Linguistics/Language Teaching Urban/Community Planning
- Development Studies Philosophy Women/Gender Studies
- Economics Political Science
(A brief introduction of each field of study is available here. Please contact the Fulbright office if your desired field of study is not on the list)
HOW to apply?
Please follow these steps to apply for the Program:
Step 2: Complete the online application form at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2024/
All components of the online application must be submitted by the deadline, including:
- Two essays (study objectives and personal statement)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcript and degree (for each higher educational institution you list in your application)
- Required test score report
- Curriculum vitae
Deadline for application submission: 5:00 PM (Vietnam time), April 17, 2023.
Competition is based on academic and professional merits, without regards to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Preference is given to those without recent or substantial experience in the United States. A successful applicant is someone who can:
- Demonstrate a clear and detailed description of the study objectives and show a clear connection between their study objectives and future goals through a compelling set of essays.
- Have a depth and breadth of work experience in their intended field of study, and a full understanding of the field.
- Demonstrate leadership potential based on participation in academic, extra-curricular, community and professional development activities, and personal attributes.
- Show dedication to Vietnam and potential to make a positive impact upon return
- Contribute to promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Vietnam through educational and cultural exchange activities.
- Be willing to be a cultural ambassador of Vietnam.
- Have demonstrated academic excellence and strong English proficiency.
Competition announced and application materials available
April 17, 2023
Deadline for submission of application
June – July 2023
Application review and semi-finalist selection
Interviews & finalist selection
September – October 2023
Finalists (re)take GRE/GMAT/TOEFL iBT/IELTS
November 2023 – March 2024
Submission of applications to U.S. universities
April – May 2024
University placements confirmed
May or June 2024
June – July 2024
Medical check-up and visa application
July – August 2024
The schedule will be updated when available. In the meantime, please watch our live recordings of information sessions on the U.S. Embassy Facebook:
- Law: https://www.facebook.com/usembassyhanoi/videos/3799866263394682
- Education and Linguistics: https://www.facebook.com/usembassyhanoi/videos/1112891922557713
- Public Health: https://www.facebook.com/usembassyhanoi/videos/471228617458561
- Arts/Creative: https://www.facebook.com/usembassyhanoi/videos/462957701495711
- Public Policy/International Relations/Public Administration/Political Sciences: https://www.facebook.com/usembassyhanoi/videos/256542306137371
- Development: https://www.facebook.com/usembassyhanoi/videos/130148162374645
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The Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) will mobilise an initial US$15.5 billion of public and private finance over the next three to five years to support Việt Nam's green transition.
The Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) will mobilise an initial US$15.5 billion of public and private finance over the next three to five years to support Việt Nam's green transition.
The decision was made after leaders from Việt Nam and the International Partners Group, including the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States, Italy, Canada, Japan, Norway and Denmark agreed on Wednesday a bold Just Energy Transition Partnership.
Under the agreement, the Partnership will support Việt Nam to deliver on its ambitious Net Zero 2050 goal, accelerate the peaking of its greenhouse gas emissions and transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy.
It will support Việt Nam in working towards a number of ambitious new targets, consisting of bringing forward the projected peaking date for all greenhouse gas emissions in Việt Nam from 2035 to 2030; reducing peak annual power sector emissions by up to 30 per cent, from 240 megatonnes to 170 megatonnes, and bringing forward the peaking date by five years to 2030; limiting Việt Nam's peak coal capacity to 30.2 gigawatts down from a current planning figure of 37 gigawatts; accelerating the adoption of renewables so that renewable energy accounts for at least 47 per cent of electricity generation by 2030, up from the current planned generation share of 36 per cent.
The successful delivery of these ambitious targets will result in around 500 megatonnes (0.5 billion tonnes) of emissions saved by 2035.
Initial contributions to the Việt Nam JETP include $7.75 billion in pledges from the IPG together with the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation.
This is supported by a commitment to work to mobilise and facilitate a matching $7.75 billion in private investment from an initial set of private financial institutions coordinated by the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), including Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Macquarie Group, Mizuho Financial Group, MUFG, Prudential PLC, Shinhan Financial Group, SMBC Group and Standard Chartered.
Over the next 12 months, Việt Nam will work with the support of partner countries to develop and adopt the Việt Nam JETP Resource Mobilisation Plan, which will enable the implementation of the JETP funding and strategy.
Việt Nam is the third country to launch a JETP, following the successful launch of the South Africa JETP at COP26 and the Indonesia JETP at this year's G20 Leaders' summit. As a rapidly growing economy, Việt Nam's JETP will demonstrate that economic growth can be decoupled from fossil fuel energy consumption.
The Việt Nam JETP builds on the UK-launched G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), which aims to narrow the infrastructure investment gap in developing countries. G7 leaders agreed in June 2022 to move forward in negotiations with several countries on JETPs, which are a core delivery mechanism of the PGII.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the JETP model is a game changer in the fight against climate change – using international aid to unlock billions of dollars of private finance.
Việt Nam is a dynamic, emerging economy at the heart of Southeast Asia, he said.
"The investment we are making today means the country can cut its emissions while simultaneously creating new jobs and growth. Together we will deliver a cleaner, greener future for Việt Nam and our planet," he said.
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen said: "I am delighted that we have sealed a new Just Energy Transition Partnership with Việt Nam during this important week for EU-ASEAN relations."
"With investments from international partners, Việt Nam can boost renewable energies and enhance its energy security and autonomy.
"We will help Việt Nam to start reducing its greenhouse gas emissions five years earlier than planned, and dramatically reduce its coal power use.
"This Partnership will help Việt Nam to build a 21st century power sector, energising its economic growth and bringing environmental and health benefits to its citizens," she said.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: "With today's agreement, Việt Nam is pioneering a new framework of collaboration to deliver a fair, inclusive energy transition towards renewables."
These Partnerships are a crucial tool to unlock the emissions cuts our world needs in the 2020s, he said.
"We need all hands on deck to realise an energy transition that is global, sustainable, just, inclusive and equitable. The United Nations stands ready to continue supporting these Partnerships and all other cooperative efforts," he said.
President of the United States, Joe Biden said: "Today, Việt Nam has demonstrated leadership in charting an ambitious clean energy transition that will deliver long-term energy security."
The United States is proud to be a partner in this effort, he said.
Việt Nam's historic commitment will catalyse investment and economic growth and create tremendous opportunity for the Vietnamese people, while advancing the fight against the global climate crisis, he said.
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On 23 November 2022, the Department of External Relations of Can Tho City coordinated with Mr. Truong Minh Duc, the national coordinator of the International Association of French-Speaking Mayors (AIMF) in Vietnam to hand over 60 laptops for the three schools in Can Tho City. In this project, each school is sponsored 20 laptops for the teaching and learning of French. The three schools receiving laptops this time include: Ngo Quyen Primary School (Ninh Kieu District), Binh Thuy Secondary School (Binh Thuy District) and Luu Huu Phuoc High School (O Mon District).
The project of Promoting French Learning and Teaching in Schools in Can Tho City, sponsored by AIMF was approved by the City People's Committee via Decision No. 3388/QĐ-UBND dated 13 September 2022. The total value of the project is 37,698 USD, equivalent to 878.4 million VND. This project was the very first one implemented by the City with the sponsor of AIMF, since Can Tho became AIMF's member in 2018.
Speaking at the meeting at the hand-over ceremony at Ngo Quyen Primary School, Mr. Tran Thanh Binh, Director of the Department of Education and Training, thanked AIMF for their support. He said that this was an activity of great significance, contributing to the emulation of good study and good teaching of schools in the city, especially improving the quality of facilities and promoting French language teaching and studying. The education leader also hoped that AIMF would continue to support the city's educational activities in the coming time, expanding to capacity building for teachers and enhancing outdoors activities for students. It was also suggested that the two sides could consider exchange activities for French and Vietnamese students at local schools.
The hand-over ceremony at Ngo Quyen Primary School
The hand-over ceremony Binh Thuy Secondary School
The hand-over ceremony at Luu Huu Phuoc High School
Ministry works to welcome back foreigners (09/09/2022)
Delegates press the buttons to launch the project.
The construction of the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) project commenced in Vinh Trinh Commune, Vinh Thanh District, Can Tho City on September 9, the 13th VSIP project in Vietnam and the first of its kind in the Mekong Delta region.
VSIP Can Tho has a total area of 900ha, with the first phase of the project requiring over 3.7 trillion VND (153.8 million USD) and to be conducted on over 293ha.
Upon the completion of the first phase, VSIP Can Tho is expected to create jobs for about 20,000 – 30,000 workers.
The industrial park will be built as a smart and sustainable industrial zone model and a large food processing and distribution centre in the Southern region, to meet investors' demands for the supply chain.
At the commencement ceremony, VSIP Can Tho signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 12 investors on land leases and business cooperation.
This is the seventh industrial park in Can Tho. The six other industrial parks in the city have an occupancy rate of 68%, with 256 projects, generating jobs for over 43,000 workers.
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