“Vietnam – India Development Cooperation on Culture, Society, Education and Training”
Prof. PhD. Ta Ngoc Tan
Member of the Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam
President of Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, scientists!
More than a month ago – on May 11, 2015 – the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics launched the official website of the India Research Centre and successfully organized the first scientific conference “Vietnam - India development cooperation on economics”. Today, all of us are present here at this scientific forum to discuss the “Vietnam - India development cooperation on culture, society, education and training”. This is the second scientific conference which sets the premise for the International Scientific Conference entitled “Vietnam, ASEAN – India development cooperation: Reality and Prospects” to be organized on the occasion of Indian National Day, and on the first anniversary of the founding of the India Research Centre.
The presence of your distinguished guests, scientists, leaders, managers and enterprises from Vietnam and India at this event will demonstrate a multi-dimensional and multi-characteristic voice interpreted from different aspects which focus on the major issues of culture, society, education and training in the Vietnam - India relationship.
The analysis and assessment by scientists, and your distinguished guests will provide a deeper insight into political views and visions of the preeminent leaders who laid foundations for the relation between Vietnam and India; interpret more broadly causes, reality, and prospects; and propose solutions to contribute to enhancing the Vietnam - India development cooperation on culture, society, education and training to a new height. On behalf of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and the conference’s organizing committee, I warmly welcome you all, distinguished guests and scientists with good wishes!
Your excellencies, distinguished guests, scientists!
The recent Vietnam - India development co-operation is vividly demonstrated through five major pillars: economics; politics; culture - education; science, technology; energy and defense - security. All these five areas present close incorporation and assistance for satisfactory general cooperation results.
Since Vietnam and India raised their bilateral relations to a strategic partnership in 2007, the political tie has grown more rapidly than ever before. The two sides have continuously exchanged visits by high-ranking officials including the visits to India by Vietnam’s Party General Secretary, President, National Assembly chairman, and Prime Minister; and the visits to Vietnam by Indian President, Vice President, and Prime Minister. These visits do not only create grounds and driving forces for the implementation of cooperation agreements, but also further improve the political confidence between the two countries, offering significant opportunities for expanding and effectively bringing into full play cooperation in other fields.
- Leaders from both Vietnam and India affirmed their support for the mutual traditional friendship and strategic partnership and considered Vietnam as the most important pillar in the Indian Look East Policy and Act East Policy.
- Leaders from both Vietnam and India concurred to strengthening visit exchanges at all levels through all channels, Party, Government and National Assembly; intensifying cooperation between ministries, industries, and localities and people exchange; continuing to effectively develop current cooperation mechanisms such as the Inter-Governmental Committee, Political Consultation, Strategic Dialogue, Defense Policy Dialogue, and cooperation in economics, culture, education, training, science and technology, and energy; well implementing deals inked by both sides; boosting the establishment of new cooperation mechanisms suitable with requirements for the development of mutual relations.
- Leaders from both Vietnam and India reached a high consensus on regional and international matters of common interest, including the issue of East Sea. The two countries committed to continued cooperation at international forums such as the ASEAN - India forum, East Asia Summit (EAS), the Ganges River Cooperation, the Mekong River Cooperation, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Non-aligned Movement, the South-South Cooperation; and to accelerated negotiation for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
- In regard to the East Sea issue, leaders from two countries agreed to underline the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and maritime and aviation freedom in the East Sea; to settle disputes peacefully; to not threat to use force or use force; to abide by international laws, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC); and to support for an early completion of a Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC). India agreed to continued cooperation to explore and exploit oil and gas in the waters of Vietnam in the East Sea.
- In regard to culture, education and training and other fields, Vietnamese and Indian leaders consented to reinforcing cooperation in culture, education, training, and science and technology; to signing a cooperation agreement in remote sensing; to effectively organizing the Vietnam-India Friendship Festival once every two years; and to improving aviation and waterway linkage.
As you can see, what we have achieved from the reality of mutual cooperation in various fields, particularly in politics, culture, society, education, and training demonstrates quite a lot of breakthroughs, but remains far from the potential of both sides. Therefore, for the successful outcome of this conference, I kindly request you all to focus on discussing major contents as follows:
1. To discuss multi-dimensional impacts of regional and international contexts as well as Vietnam - India internal situations on the Vietnam - India development cooperation in the fields of politics, culture, society, education and training.
2. To further analyze causes and the reality of Vietnam - India development cooperation in the fields of politics, culture, society, education, training and communications; the role, influence and importance of the Vietnam - India cooperation development towards countries in the region and in the world.
3. To interpret more thoroughly conditions, driving forces and solutions to accelerate the Vietnam – India development cooperation in the fields of politics, culture, society, education, training and communications, which focuses more on the influences of the cultural similarities and differences between Vietnam and India.
4. To provide fundamental factual foundations in order to explain why the Vietnam - India development cooperation in culture, education, training and communications hasn’t matched the potential of each country?
5. To deeply analyze obstacles to the Vietnam - India development cooperation including: the geopolitical and geoeconomic approaches, the differences in culture, religion, nationality, custom and practice, geographic distance, traffic infrastructure conditions, tradition, legal framework, and external influences among others.
Once again, I would like to express my sincere thanks to scientists, distinguished guests, leaders, managers and entrepreneurs for your presence at this conference! I wish you all, Indian and Vietnamese, health and happiness! I wish the conference “Vietnam-Indian development cooperation on culture, society, education and training” great success!