Seminar on “Socio-Economic Nordic model: Achievements and Experiences”
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Quoc Ly delivered the opening speech at the seminar

The seminar was co-chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Quoc Ly, Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics; Mr. Pereric Högberg, Ambassador of Sweden; Mr. Kari Kahiluoto, Ambassador of Finland; Mrs. Siren Gjerme Eriksen, Ambassador of Norway and Mr. Christian Brix Møller, Ambassador of Denmark to Vietnam. Attendees of the seminar were the leading politicians and experts of the Nordic region; representatives of international organizations in Vietnam such as the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and over 100 delegates from central departments, ministries, agencies, institutions and organizations for political consulting, education and training in Hanoi.

In his opening speech, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Quoc Ly, Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics affirmed that the Nordic socio-economic model has made great achievements in economic growth, developing a social welfare system, protecting the environment, as well as preserving  and promoting  cultural values, and may thus be considered a good reference to countries in the world, including Vietnam. Therefore, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Quoc Ly emphasized that the seminar was an important opportunity to share and discuss both successful experiences and remaining limitations in the Nordic development model in general and of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark in particular. At the same time, it is a chance to enhance mutual understanding between scientists, the people of Vietnam and the Nordic countries, contributing to consolidating and further tightening traditional friendship between Vietnam and Nordic countries.

At the seminar, speakers from Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway overviewed the history of the formation and development of the Nordic model, experiences of regional integration, the coordination and the maintenance of mutual trust among members to become developed countries as at present. They also mentioned social dialogue model – one of the distinctive features for the Nordic region’s labor market. On that basis, experts and scholars attending the seminar together discussed the characteristics and experiences that Vietnam can learn from the Nordic model such as experiences in social development management, leadership experiences of the ruling party, building a tectonic state, implementing equity and social progress from distribution to opportunity development for each person and for everyone.

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The Nordic countries, including Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, are currently upheld as among the most effective governance models in the world with economic growth and social justice. In fact, its regional political cooperation is the oldest and most diverse mechanism with over six decades of history. It was no coincidence that an area of only 26 million people, which can never be in the list of the world’s top 50 countries in terms of population, became one of the most integrated regions and was the 11th largest economy in the world with a total GDP of $1.416 billion. Vietnam and these four countries established bilateral diplomatic relations quite early (Sweden: 1969, Denmark and Norway: 1971, Finland: 1973).

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Translator: Le Huyen/ Proofreader: Nguyen Thi Viet Nga