Coca Cola Vietnam collaborates with the Department of Foreign Affairs, experts from Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), and other partners for skills-enhancing training courses for local officers.

Currently, Vietnam is focused on enhancing the capabilities of local leaders and managers by equipping them with advanced knowledge as well as leadership and management skills to create a capable local talent pool that can effectively organize, manage, and regulate activities in their local offices. In line with this national roadmap and with the desire to create positive values for the country, Coca Cola Vietnam is working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and experts from FUV and other partners in implementing the training courses for local officers overseeing diplomatic responsibilities within their organizations.

At the two-day training class on September 10 and 11 in Hanoi, Mr. Bui Thanh Son, Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, gave a presentation on the global and regional situation and its impact on the progress of Vietnam’s economy. In his talk, he emphasized the importance of improving knowledge and skills for local leaders of the provinces, cities, and agencies in charge of foreign affairs and communications.

“The development of science and technology, especially in Industry 4.0, and the trend of the digital economy correlate with the global economic and political strength and become the growth engine of each country. Industry 4.0 promotes the transition to the "knowledge" and "intelligent" economy, in which the most important development motivation is innovation - creativity, while the most important resource for development is knowledge," – said Mr. Bui Than Son at the training class. He also praised the efforts of businesses like Coca Cola in consistently supporting Vietnam’s economic development and growth.

Practical program to improve the capacity of local leaders

The training class featured a formidable lineup of lecturers and speakers who contributed insightful information at the event which attracted enthusiastic exchanges and discussions among the participants on economic and integration topics. Among the speakers at the event are Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung, Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM); Dr. Huynh The Du, Professor of Public Policy at Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management; Mr. Cao Duc Phat, Deputy Head of Standing Committee - Central Economic Division; and Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga, senior advisor to the Diplomatic Academy.

A key discussion point was the economic reform movement in Vietnam, the challenges and difficulties faced in the local implementation of national policies, and how to support domestic companies achieve sustainable growth. One of the lecturers, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung, Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), shared about the reforms of Vietnam's economy to meet requirements in the new phase of global integration. With his strong experience through projects related to economic restructuring and institutional reform, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung's presentation has painted the overall picture of the country's economy.

At the event, Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga expressed appreciation for the cooperation of Coca Cola Vietnam with MoFA, FUV and other partners in initiating and hosting a professional training program which is well suited to participants’ needs and current context. The Ambassador urged all parties to strengthen their relationship for the long-term objectives of enhancing capabilities for leaders and managers in charge of foreign affairs.

Coca Cola Vietnam works towards a sustainable future

The recent training class is the fourth session of the 3-year program sponsored by Coca Cola Vietnam and developed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Fulbright University Vietnam. The program aims to update diplomatic knowledge, foster management skills, and improve foreign language skills for officials in cities and provinces, as part of the support to improve global integration knowledge for local officer. For 2019, the program focuses on new developments in the global economy and how these impact Vietnam. Discussions during the classes include what officials in management and other leadership positions can do to help local enterprises and the domestic economy move to cope with new opportunities and challenges of the global economic integration.

Through 4 training classes in the past two years, the program has already reached more than 200 managers and leaders three regions across the country. In these classes, more than 80% of participants were female cadres and leaders of localities, with the program not only helping them meet practical requirements in work, but also enhancing the role and position of women in the management and leadership structure -- contributing to the development of Vietnam.

Sustainable development has been a foremost goal of Coca-Cola, hence, besides investments to promote business, the company always focuses on balancing all factors related to society, economy, and environment, aiming to constantly create practical values for the community including enhancing local capacity and opening up the true potential for young leadership talents. Coca Cola Vietnam implements programs with public-private partnerships, in collaboration with local authorities, non-governmental organizations, and associations to bring positive change to the people of Vietnam.