​Vietnamese city proposes earmarking $445,000 to send officials on US ‘study trip’

The trip is a necessary step for the city’s development and for global integration, a senior official said

Nguyen Hoang Ba, director of the municipal Department of Foreign Affairs in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho, speaks at the meeting on July 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Can Tho City, in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, recently announced a plan to redirect over VND10 billion (US$432,745) from the city’s budget towards overseas studies for 80 officials, calling it a necessary move for local development and global integration.

The municipal administration previously submitted a document to the decision-making People’s Council, proposing that the city channel VND10.3 billion ($445,789) to send 80 public servants and officials to the Unites States to improve their skillset.

The candidates, specializing in human resources, transport, urban planning, climate change, environment, finance, and budget and public service management, will enroll in the University of California in Riverside from 2018-20 period.

During a regular meeting of the Can Tho People’s Council on Tuesday morning, most delegates expressed their support for the plan.

However, they suggested that the city could ask foreign experts and lecturers to teach their courses in Vietnam in order to save costs and provide the opportunities to a greater number of officials.

Speaking at the gathering, Nguyen Hoang Ba, director of the municipal Department of Foreign Affairs, said the plan suits the spirit of the Politburo’s Resolution No.22 on international integration.

“It also comes from the need to boost development in Can Tho,” Ba continued.

The municipal Party Committee previously highlighted that high-quality personnel will play an essential role in the city’s development, the official stated

Established in 1907, the University of California is a reputable institution and is among the schools with the most ethnic and economic diversity in the U.S., he added.

Regarding the idea to invite foreign lectures to Can Tho, the foreign department will discuss its feasibility with the municipal People’s Committee, Ba remarked.

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