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VietNamNet Bridge – Many experts have said that WTO membership will bring Vietnamese youngsters more opportunities, but what do the young say about their country’s integration. 

Dao Duc Quan, Director of Viet Joint-stock Media Company VietComs: “More opportunities for companies of young entrepreneurs to attract capital.” 

I think that Vietnam has been a very small market, which has not been able to catch the eyes of big companies in the world. WTO admission will further focus the world’s attention on the country. This therefore will create chances for young entrepreneurs in new business areas, especially in the media industry. 

In fact, big companies in Vietnam have built partnerships with international companies. For the smaller ones, having business partnerships with international companies has seemed unreachable. However, when the “door opens”, many international companies will come here and they will bring with them capital which “young” enterprises in Vietnam would love to have. 

We also understand that we need to find ways to thrive in a more competitive business environment; otherwise bankruptcy is the foreseeable result. We therefore need to better train human resources and management so that the integration will offer us more support than harm. 

The challenges that young entrepreneurs will face will be that they either get the chance to quickly expand their businesses or will they will be quickly left behind by the competition. 

PhD Nguyen Dac Vinh, Lecturer of the Faculty of Chemistry, Hanoi National University, Secretary of the university’s youth association: “The young will learn how to shorten the way to develop and to wait for opportunities in front.” 

Better integration into the world will provide Vietnamese youngsters with more opportunities to learn more knowledge and experience from more developed countries. This will shorten the distance that the young have to go to improve their knowledge. 

I think Vietnamese students have very good potential and are not “behind” students from other countries. This explains why when studying abroad, Vietnamese students are just as good as students from other countries. However, when they come back here to work they are left behind in comparison to foreign youngsters. This is obviously because the working environment here does not provide them with opportunities to apply the knowledge they learn overseas.  

I do hope that WTO membership will give us more chances to prove our abilities. This is what I expect the WTO to bring to us. 

Hoang Anh Tuan – Director of Hanoi Branch of Sacombank: “The tradition of older is better and wiser will no longer work.” 

The WTO is the turning point for many young entrepreneurs. Our customers mostly are young private companies. I think with the new “turning point” they will have more opportunities to expand their businesses and cooperate more with international companies as well as to promote their exports, with more customers interested in doing business with them. 

We as a bank will benefit from that. I do believe that the young nowadays have knowledge and will not have to work under the imposing tradition of “older is better and wiser”. If a young worker does well he or she will immediately be recognised and doesn’t need to be older. 

The young people therefore will have more chances to develop in terms of working in positions of managers or scientific researchers. 

Hoang Trong Thanh, student of the School of Technology, Hanoi National University: We have chances to “cope with hot time”. 

We understand that the time for the country to be fully recognised will be more than five years or even longer. This means that young people who are currently students will be the ones to directly deal with what should be called the “hot time”. 

We have the same thinking as other people: We will benefit from deeper integration. However, we need to overcome challenges to get more benefits from integration. 

People have said that after Vietnam joins the WTO there will be an investment wave into the country. This will provide Vietnamese people with more job opportunities, and chances to learn from big corporations. This definitely will be good for us, as with deeper understanding we will play our primary roles in a better way in the WTO time. 

If I talk about studying, I think Vietnamese students will get more advantages, such as better studying conditions, chances to study abroad, financial support from big companies, under a plan to come back to work for them. 

Students will also have chances to be trained through working or practicing with big companies. The government I think will have appropriate policies to have better human resources who have enough knowledge to work in the system or to provide human resources for international investment projects. 

No international investor would be interested in Vietnam if they thought that the human resources here did not meet their criteria. Students are the human resources for their companies, factories in the next five years or seven years, but they will also be the customers who will use the services provided by these foreign investors. 

(Source: TPO)

Vu Viet Ngoan, CEO of the state-owned Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam or Vietcombank  

A senior businessman said his company would work hard to rival international giants expected to flock to Vietnam after the country received the nod Tuesday to become the 150th WTO member late this year.

Nguyen Duy Hung, chairman of the Saigon Securities said he wonders why people conventionally think that joining WTO would invite competitors to encroach on the Vietnamese playing field and not the other way round.

Though his company would have to compete with many international giants, the playing field would be transparent and level, he added.

Truong Gia Binh CEO of FPT Software Corporation said WTO accession would offer Vietnamese software enterprises great opportunities to find foreign partners.

Without the WTO, international companies would never want to invest in a country that is in the process of developing control over software copyrights like Vietnam.

But things would change after the developing nation entered the global trade bloc as Vietnam would then be forced to respect copyrights, he opined.

However, Binh said domestic software companies would face tough challenges regarding human resources.

Tran Phuong Binh, General-Director of Eastern Asia Commercial Bank said it would take at least five years before Vietnamese banks could compete on equal terms with their foreign counterparts.

Vu Viet Ngoan, CEO of the state-owned Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam or Vietcombank, said WTO entry was an impetus for Vietcombank to speed up the process of selling shares to the public.

Earning a WTO membership and being host to an incoming APEC 2006 were glorious successes we should take pride in, Vietnamese top economist Vo Ta Han said.

Han, who is also a senior advisor at the Switzerland UBS AG Bank, warned Vietnam would enter a difficult stage in the first few years after entering the trade block.

People would think they are paying a high price as both the state and private sector are not ready, he said.

According to lessons drawn from other countries joining the WTO, the most serious weakness in the early years following accession is a shortage of information.

There were many opportunities to export domestic goods, but enterprises did not take full advantage of this for lack of information, he said referring to experiences of other WTO forerunning members.

He suggested Vietnamese authorities disseminate information and work closely with sectors influenced by WTO entry besides learning from Nepal, Cambodia, Taiwan and China – already WTO members.

The merchandise and service sectors will be the first to encounter challenges, he warned.

“Sure, the road ahead is full of bumps but we should celebrate this success [being approved to be a WTO member] after a decade of negotiations,” Han said.

That WTO has extended formal acceptance to Vietnam – just prior to the APEC summit in Hanoi – is a golden opportunity for the developing Southeast Asian nation to attract attention from 21 APEC member leaders and thousands of businesspersons who will be in the country for the summit, several newspapers wrote.

Source: Thanh Nien – Translated by Hoang Bao


Vu Nguyen Ha Anh, the most beautiful and talented Asian woman in the UK’s Face of Asia contest in June, will represent Vietnam at Miss Earth 2006 to be held in Philippines from Nov. 9-27.

At a height of 1.75m and measurements (85-58-92cm), the 24-year-old will compete with some 60 contestants from around the world in the pageant which this year aims at appealing to a green and beautiful earth.

Ha Anh graduated from the Amsterdam senior secondary in Ha Noi. After winning a scholarship to Britain, she finished her study of business management in Reading University.

She is now studying Artist Development at the British Academy of Music.

Last year, she won the prize for best body at the Miss Photo Vietnam 2005 contest.

Ha Anh has also won first prize at an international modeling contest in early March in London.

The contest was organized by Glamour Fair (London and Miami) and A la Carte (Paris).

Source: VnExpress – Translated by Luu Thi Hong

Associated Press

A pair of combat boots. A wristband woven from boot laces with several bullets dangling. A photo of black servicemen standing outside a makeshift African temple.

The items are part of “Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era,” a new exhibit at the Sen. John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center that examines the black experience in Vietnam against the domestic social fabric of the times.

Samuel W. Black, curator of the center’s African American Collections, conceived the exhibit, in part because his older brother, Jimmy McNeil, served two years in Vietnam.

Black was 4 years old when his brother was sent to Vietnam. He died in 1971, unrelated to the conflict, and Black said he really never knew what his brother’s experience was.

Black found much had been written about the role of blacks in other wars, particularly the Civil War and World War II, but he found little about blacks in Vietnam.

As he began researching, he found the black experience in Vietnam was also linked to social changes on U.S. soil. The civil rights movement was in full swing. The Black Power movement was growing.

“Two things kind of stood out for me,” he said. “One was the level of activism, political and social activism, on the part of African Americans in Vietnam. That was surprising to me. And the other was the presence of African American women in Vietnam” performing administrative, nursing and other duties.

Black power organizations were active in Vietnam, he said. They weren’t sanctioned, but they were not underground, either.

“What you begin to see through this movement in Vietnam is a connection, not only an extension of the civil rights movement, but also an embracement of the independence movement in Africa,” he said.

One display in the exhibit shows a wooden carving of two fists with broken shackles, with red, black and green stripes at the base – colors associated with African nationhood.

Donald Harris was a young Army artilleryman fighting for Nui Ba Den, a strategic mountain, in 1969. Close to the end of the fighting, he said, a Vietnamese boy approached him with the carving.

“It really caught my eye. I traded him a case of C-rations,” said Harris, 61, who lives in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg.

The carving spoke to Harris about black struggles, but he also saw it as a good luck charm, he said. “When everybody went out that door, we rubbed it, even the white soldiers,” he said.

Harris said he was naive when he went to Vietnam. He hadn’t been out of Pittsburgh before and had never encountered racism until basic training. Once in Vietnam, however, he said he did not experience racism.

“All we cared about was coming back home or taking care of ourselves,” he said. “We were soldiers. That was it in a nutshell.”

The exhibit has nearly 200 artifacts, including photographs, military uniforms, recruitment posters and letters and diaries from servicemen.

Black said he wasn’t interested in doing an exhibit about war.

“I wanted to keep the focus more or less on the social aspects of life and the impact of the war,” he said. “The war is sort of the background which all of this plays out.”

The exhibit, for example, features songs such as James Brown’s “Say it Loud (I’m Black & I’m Proud)” and Marvin Gaye’s 1971 anti-Vietnam war anthem, “What’s Going On.”

The history center is also publishing an accompanying book, “Soul Soldiers,” which will include narratives, essays, poetry, art and photographs.

The Smithsonian Institution, with which the history center is affiliated, is considering having the exhibit travel after its debut in Pittsburgh. The National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, which lent several pieces for the exhibit, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, are also interested in hosting it.


Sen. John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center: http://www.pghhistory.org