Seminar "Linkage in Regional Development in Vietnam: Conditions and Solutions"
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Assoc. Prof. Pham Quoc Trung, Vice Director of Institute of Political Economy chaired the seminar. Attendees of the seminar included lecturers and researchers of Institute of Political Economy.
The regional linkage and regional economic issues have been early recognized in the 8th National Party Congress by the Party and Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The 9th, 10th, and 11th Congress continue to define the strategic orientation for regional development. The 12th National Party Congress clearly stated: "Unifying management, integrated strategy, development all planning on the scale of economy, region and inter-regions; bringing the potentials and strengths of each region into full play. At the same time, priority should be given to the development of dynamic economic regions, creating attraction and spreading to other localities in the region and to other regions. Implementing regional planning and regional policy; Early establishing and institutionalizing regional coordination mechanisms in the direction of defining leadership roles and assigning specific responsibilities for each locality in the region. Overcoming the economy is divided by administrative boundaries, or spread investing and duplication.

An overview of the seminar
In concretizing the guidelines and policies of the Party and the State, since 2000 till now, the Government has promulgated a number of related documents: approving the regional socio-economic development plan, regional coordinating statutes and teams, and specific policies of the region. Particularly, the regional issues have been paid attention to and integrated into the socio-economic development orientations, the reform of the growth model and the restructuring of the economy. In practice, however, in Vietnam, the formation of the region is mainly based on administrative boundaries; not fully aware of regional economic development as a self-rule of market economy in economic space; We have not paid much attention to the factors making up the regional development advantages. The regional linkage is quite unclear, has not become a developmental thinking in developing the market economy in our country, causing an divided and dispersive economy.

Speaking at the seminar, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ngo Tuan Nghia, Director of Institute of Political Economy suggested participants to focus on analyzing, clarifying objectivity, contents, mechanisms and factors affecting the linkage between the economic regions from the point of view of political economy, towards the overarching goal of exploiting and effectively using the comparative resources of localities for sustainable growth and development in economic regions.

At the seminar, the participants pointed out many inadequacies arising in linkage in regional development, which agreed that the current institutional governance and regional coordination are currently ineffective, so the mechanisms for decision-making and collective coordination connecting between localities to promote regional economic decision-making process are relatively weak and lacking of legal status; the quality of socio-economic development planning of the region is limited.

With many presentations and speeches, the Seminar on "Linkage in Regional Development in Vietnam: Conditions and Solutions" organized by the Institute of Political Economy has focused on clarifying some issues of regional theory and regional linkage; Classifying and specifying the current models and types of linkage; the conditions of sustainable and effective linkage; suggesting some solutions to promote and enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of linkage in regional development in Vietnam. It is important to clearly define the mechanisms, institutions, models and modes of management in linkage in regional development; Regional development strategies must ensure interoperability with the ultimate goal of comprehensive development for human beings. Participants also discussed the model of coordinating institutions, regional governance, mechanisms and policies for regional development in Vietnam, creating appropriate mechanisms and policies, to promote linkages, strengthen regional investment, in conformity with socio-economic functions, ecological preservation and the guarantee of security and national defense.

The seminar concluded in the afternoon of the same day./.

News, photos: Bui Thanh & Manh Thang

Translator: Le Ngoc Ha/ Proofreader: Assoc, Prof. Dr. Hoang Van Nghia