“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.
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!