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VietAbroader’s conference highlights domestic ‘brain drain’

Vietnamese and foreign businesspeople and experts exchanged with local students studying domestically and abroad on the topic of Vietnam’s economy at a business conference last Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City.

The conference, entitled “Shaping the Future – Together,” held by New York-based non-profit organization VietAbroader aimed to create a venue for students to interact with the business community, learn and exchange ideas on doing business in Vietnam.

Ton Nu Thi Ninh, former vice chairwoman of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said a growing number of students go abroad for studies but few return home to participate in the country’s development process.

Students should be offered more opportunities for studies in Vietnam and abroad to contribute knowledge back to the homeland, she said.

Tran Hai Linh, country general manager of Lenovo Vietnam, said young business talents are given more opportunities to hone their skills than before.

Roughly 200 students at the conference also discussed Vietnam’s economic issues in areas like finance and information technology.

Reported by Minh Quang

Source: Thanh Nien News dated 18 August, 2008