Op-Ed

9,000 PhDs: just what the doctor did not order

The Ministry of Education Training has revealed a draft plan to spend up to VNĐ12 trillion (US$533 million) to train 9,000 PhD holders for Việt Nam by 2025, which has immediately stirred public outcry for its impracticality and waste of resources.

Op-Ed

Expanding role of MSMEs in global sustainable development

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is home to 40 per cent of the world’s population, 50 per cent of global trade, and 60 per cent of global GDP. Over the last quarter century, APEC has shaped and transformed the global economy and supported half a billion people in their rise out of poverty.

Op-Ed

Hà Nội’s ’golden’ land needs better oversight

For the second time in two years, a proposal put forward by the Hà Nội Police Department to move Hà Nội Railway Station (HNRS) and all inter-provincial railway tracks to the suburbs has been rejected by many experts and citizens.

Op-Ed

For whom do the BOT bells toll in Việt Nam

In what has become a regrettably familiar scenario in the country, authorities have responded belatedly to angry protests by reducing and canceling toll at yet another booth, this time in the Mekong Delta Province of Tiền Giang.

Op-Ed

Attitude is the soul of administrative reform

There are many positive instances of administrative reforms where procedures and time taken to get certificates and documents have been reduced considerably, but the best of administrative reforms will fall short if civil servants do not behave with the clear understanding they are there to serve the public.