Close-to-retirement Vietnamese officials chosen for overseas study

Several officials close to retirement age in the southern province of Tien Giang will study overseas to gain knowledge of flood control constructions

Nguyen Van Khang, chairman of the People’s Committee of Tien Giang Province

The People’s Committee in the province recently passed a decision to send local officials to study programs in the Netherlands and Russia, which focus on flood and tide management under the effect of climate change.

However, the designated individuals are either executives who are about to retire or are not experts in the relevant field of study.

The study delegation to the Netherlands and Russia, including 16 provincial officials and six leaders from Vietnamese enterprises, is expected to commence the programs on November 24 and finish them on December 5.

Among them, People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Khang, People’s Procuracy Director Huynh Dung Tien, former Party Secretary of the province Huynh Duc Minh and two other officials are close to retirement age.

The other incumbent politicians’ expertise does not involve the construction of dikes, polders or canals as they are working in the province’s department of trade and industry, the People’s Committee office and other irrelevant institutions.

The selected business leaders are from Thuan Phu Construction Company, Hong Duc Petroleum Company, the Tien Giang branch of the state-run Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam and a few others, whose background knowledge barely supports the learning programs.

The total cost for each appointed member is estimated at VND100 million (US$4461), according to the tour operator which will be responsible for organizing the trip.

The programs will be funded by this year’s revenue of Tien Giang Lottery Company.

An important meeting will be convened on December 8 to relieve the current term’s chairman and vice chairman of the provincial people’s committee of their duties as well as to elect additional people to the new term’s positions, said Nguyen Van Danh, chairman of the Tien Giang People’s Council.

Chairman Khang is expected to retire three days after his overseas study program ends.

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