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Winners of 'Ho Chi Minh City Goes Global' contest announced

Winners of 'Ho Chi Minh City Goes Global' contest announced

Sunday, August 22, 2021, 13:13 GMT+7
Winners of 'Ho Chi Minh City Goes Global' contest announced
The presentation of Phan Khuong, who won the first prize of the 'Ho Chi Minh City Goes Global' contest

The 'Ho Chi Minh City Goes Global' contest, an open forum for readers to contribute their ideas and solutions to raise the position of Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City in the international arena, has wrapped up after a two-month journey, with ten prize winners announced.

The contest is co-organized by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and the Ho Chi Minh City Department of External Relations, along with the accompaniment of Global Embassy and Vietnam Signature, to prepare for the celebration of Vietnam's National Day on September 2.

From June 16 to August 16, the organizing board received over 420 entries including articles, PowerPoint files, graphics, and video clips presented in both Vietnamese and English.

Aside from Vietnamese contestants, many foreigners who are living in Ho Chi Minh City or have visited the metropolis also participated in the competition.

There were also special entries from Assoc. Prof. Tran Dinh Thien, former director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics, Tim Evans, CEO of HSBC Vietnam, and musician Thanh Bui, among others.

"The contest attracted many people from different backgrounds, including overseas Vietnamese and foreigners in Vietnam," said Le Xuan Trung, deputy editor-in-chief of Tuoi Tre.

"Ho Chi Minh City’s goal to go global is completely feasible thanks to the interesting ideas and solutions that can be implemented in the coming years."

Pham Tran Thanh Thao, deputy director of the municipal Department of External Relations, said foreign affairs are among the three pillars contributing to the stability and development of Ho Chi Minh City in the 2021-25 period.

Therefore, the city needs to identify and promote its strengths to international friends.

The Department of External Relations will select the best entries and ask leaders to consider adding them to the city’s foreign policy.

Members of the judging panel and organizing board of the 'Ho Chi Minh City Goes Global' contest convene a teleconference on August 20, 2021.

Members of the judging panel and organizing board of the 'Ho Chi Minh City Goes Global' contest convene a teleconference on August 20, 2021.

The panel of judges had reviewed the submissions for days before convening a teleconference on Friday to determine the prize winners. The winners of the contest are as follows:

* Collective prizes:

First prize: no first prize

Second prize (VND30 million): 'Finding Oneself in the Sustainable 4.0 Era' by SPG Industrial Development Co. Ltd.

Third prize (VND20 million): 'Streets of Innovation' by Phan Hoang Dung - Fulbright University Vietnam; Nguyen Ky Nam - Sciences Po University, France; Bui Le Mai Anh - University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City; Hoang Ngoc Gia Hương - Fulbright University Vietnam; Truong Thanh Khoa - Hoa Sen University; Nguyen Thuy Dung - University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City

* Individual prizes:

First prize (VND30 million): 'Dream of a Unified and Diverse City' by Phan Khuong

Second prize (VND20 million): 'Think City' by Kieu Minh Trang

Third prize (VND10 million): 'Meaning Behind the City’s Acronym' by Nguyen Quoc Thai.

Five consolation prizes (VND5 million):

- 'Promoting Twinning Relationship' by Nguyen Thien

- “Create a Livable City' by Lee Andre Chan (Canada)

- “Post-COVID-19 Brand of the City” by Dang Ngoc Tra

- “Asia's New Business-Friendly Hub with Softened Visa Policy, Tax Advantages” by Guillaume Rondan

- “Vietnamese Taste, World’s Kitchen” by Pham Trong Chinh

Complains and questions must be sent prior to August 23. The above results will become official afterward. The organizing board reserves the right to make the final decision.

The awards ceremony is expected to take place in late September.

Panel of judges:

1. Le Xuan Trung – Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Tuoi Tre Newspaper

2. Pham Tran Thanh Thao – Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of External Relations

3. Ton Nu Thi Ninh – former Ambassador of Vietnam to Belgium and the EU, Former Deputy Head of the National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs

4. Pham Phu Ngoc Trai – Chairman of Global Integration Business Consultants (GIBC)

5. Tran Hoang Ngan – Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Institute for Development Studies

6. Dominic Scriven – Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Dragon Capital

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