Thu Dau Mot University (TDMU) is a public university training institution of Binh Duong province, established in 2009 on the basis of upgrading from Binh Duong Pedagogy College. Right from the very beginning of its establishment, TDMU determined the strategic direction and viewpoint to build the application-oriented University to become a center of culture, education, science and technology; providing human resources and quality scientific and technological products for socio-economic development and international integration of Binh Duong province, the Southeast region and the whole country.
From the historical characteristics of a
"friendly land", Binh
Duong has become a place where many generations of residents come together to live and work. Beginning with the first settlers to reclaim
wasteland in the late 16th and the early 17th centuries, followed by a period of immigration
following the expansion of French colonial rubber plantations in the early 20th century. Next came the migration of Catholics from the Northern provinces in 1954, it was the new economic development after liberation, and now the attraction of
industrial development is forming a new
generation of residents… In each stage of local development, especially in the
new period, the people of Binh Duong always show "the most important
factor of the quality of convergence and exchange in the modern period of Binh
Duong is the attitude of the people of Binh Duong. sincerity, openness,
friendliness and no discrimination towards all organizations, individuals and
people who sincerely want to come here, live, work, enrich and contribute to
the locality, regardless of the source. origin, background, class composition,
Binh Duong is an industrially developed province with a high mechanical population growth rate; the population size is forecasted to reach over 3.5 million people by 2030. Its high population growth rate has put great pressure on all sectors, especially the health and education sectors. In order to continue to maintain the sustainability of human resources for the health sector in Binh Duong and contribute to improving the quality of examination, treatment, and health care for people in the province in the future, the attraction of high-quality human resources for the health sector is extremely urgent.
Developing human resources is an important mission for any nation or region experiencing stages of development, especially as the world economy is vigorously switching to a modern, knowledge-based economy. The 13th National Party Congress Resolution has identified one of the three strategic breakthroughs as developing human resources, namely high-quality human resources to support sustainable economic growth development.
During its 25 years of establishment and development, Binh Duong has progressed from an agricultural area to an industrial province, then to industrial-urban-service development, and is now gradually transitioning to a new stage, welcoming the fourth wave of the industrial revolution, building Smart City (SC), Innovation Zones, and a new type of industrial ecosystem. Those relentless efforts have turned Binh Duong into a province with solid infrastructure, an urbanization rate of more than 82%, more than 60,000 enterprises, and more than 4,000 foreign-invested projects coming to the province from 65 countries and territories, ranking second in the country in terms of attracting foreign investment in 2022 with a total capital of about 40 billion USD.
In the context of the fourth industrial revolution taking place strongly around the world, human resources, especially high-quality human resources, play a decisive role in the socio-economic development of each country.
Promoting achievements obtained, overcoming difficulties and challenges, Binh Duong continues to make efforts to bring substantial results and new opportunities for localities in the province to maximize their potential and advantages, increasing the efficiency of using land resources, natural resources, capital, labor, etc. as well as mobilizing new resources from inside and outside the country, well implementing the development goals.
Matching the destination of the applied university
After more than 13 years of operation, up to now, the University has been shaped as a multi-field and multi-disciplinary university, developing in terms of scale, quality and training efficiency; meeting the learning needs of the people, the industrialization requirements of the locality and the whole country; initially affirming the prestige and brand of a young university in Binh Duong. On the other hand, being established in the context of Vietnam's higher education entering a period of comprehensive renovation for international integration, at the same time, implementing Resolution No. 29-NQ/TW dated November 04, 2013 of the 8th Conference of the 11th Party Central Committee on fundamental and comprehensive renovation to meet the requirements of the country's industrialization and modernization, TDMU found its own way to create vitality and affirm the value of the University. One of the important breakthroughs that make a difference for TDMU is the development of a curriculum associated with social needs.
Vietnamese education is aiming to be learner-centered, helping learners approach active learning, so the fact that training institutions find new directions to develop curriculum will be a breakthrough, thereby affirming the training quality of the University. With TDMU, right from the early years of its establishment, the University has built a curriculum oriented to an applied university. But how does the curriculum satisfy learners' needs and meet the requirements of today's society? That question is concretized by the University by approaching the development of the Outcome-based education (OBE) curriculum, ensuring the comprehensive development of knowledge - skills - autonomy and responsibility for learners through expected learning outcomes. Expected learning outcomes reflect stakeholder requirements (both internal - learners and external - employers), meeting the requirements of the Viet Nam National Qualifications Framework for higher education and compatible with programs in the same major of countries in the region. Program activities include: program design, development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement. All these activities are operated in accordance with the PDCA (Plan - Do - Check - Act) procedure, ensuring that the training activities at the University meet the stakeholder requirements and the expected output standards.
In addition, the University always identifies the construction of the Output standards as one of the important stages in the chain of curriculum design activities. Therefore, since 2012, TDMU has boldly changed the direction to develop the curriculum under the CDIO (Conceive Design Implement Operate) initiative, meeting AUN-QA (Asean University Network - Quality Assurance) standards.
Not only designing the curriculum under the CDIO initiative in the engineering majors, but also in 2014, all blocks of training programs of the University completed the curriculum under the CDIO initiative. With those new steps, in 2015, the University became a member of the world CDIO organization. This is one of the factors contributing to the University affirming the training quality for society. Not only focusing on changing and developing the curriculum to catch up the trend of the times, the University also strengthens the teaching of social skills, improves the output standards of informatics and foreign languages for learners, and invests in facilities, etc. to synchronize quality improvement, help learners assert themselves and have more job opportunities after graduation.
Upholding training quality and focusing on learners' capabilities
Facing the challenge of social needs, TDMU always upholds the training quality and focuses on learners' capabilities. Therefore, every year, the curriculum is always updated and supplemented with practical modules, accompanied by new versions of the detailed outline so that the curriculum knowledge meets the ongoing reality. In 2017, after meeting the national quality accreditation standards, through the DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) meetings, from the employer feedback, the University strengthened the practical capacity of students in the learning process. The first basis for this improvement process is the Document No. 30/DHTDM-DTDH dated January 05, 2018, of the Rector of Thu Dau Mot University on the implementation of the regular university curriculum for the 2017 and 2018 enrollments. The university directs all majors to ensure that the structure of practice hours is at least achieving 40% of the total knowledge volume of the course. The training process is implemented through: (1) teaching theory; (2) teaching on models and simulations; (3) practical exercises, internships at workshops and laboratories; (4) applied/practical exercises outside of the University.
With the desire to empower the student's capacity and achieve high quality in teaching, when developing the curriculum, the University designs and allocates practice hours from the first year to the last year of the course. The curriculum shows openness, helping students understand specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge. Thereby, creating opportunities for students to choose their favorite professions again after finishing the first year, and convenient in registering for fundamental courses as well as favorable for students who want to study further and have many career options. In addition to ensuring connectivity and interdisciplinary, the curriculum development of the TDMU also ensures the professional knowledge and skills to train a team of young intellectuals who are capable and qualified their career after graduation, provide learners with opportunities for lifelong learning.
In order to update and develop the curriculum to ensure the connection with the output standards with teaching-learning activities and assessment according to the OBE-based principle, the University focuses on teaching and assessment methods from a learning-centered perspective, which plays an important role in implementing the university's educational philosophy to create motivation and initiative in learning for students; encourage students to take an active role in creating the learning process and teachers to be flexible in their plans for class; activities of experiential learning and community service learning are also closely connected by the University, helping students improve the quality of learning knowledge, skills as well as self-control capacity, sense of social responsibility and moral values.
Initial achievements of the TDMU's curriculum development
In the current development of science and technology, education cannot train people who can only do one thing or only know how to operate work like a robot. The University's responsibility in the training process is to focus on training vocational skills so that learners have enough knowledge when embarking on practical work, avoiding the case that employers have to "re-train". Vocational skills training must also be gradually upgraded to an international level, in order to provide students with all the elements of knowledge, skills, foreign languages, informatics, etc., to work abroad and integrate with the region under UNESCO's four educational pillars: learning to know, learning to be, learning to live together, and learning to do.
Thus, in order to achieve the goal and meet the output standards associated with social needs, TDMU has boldly chosen its development direction in line with the province's need to identify and step by step affirm the brand. The decisiveness and breakthrough in curriculum development over time have brought considerable results. Especially, from the DACUM seminars, the University boldly develops the Curriculum in the direction of increasing practice in the training process, enhancing skills, personal and professional qualities resulting to motivate the University to improve training activities by meeting the increasing demands of the labor market. More importantly, after graduation, being confident with the knowledge and skills acquired in the University, students are ready to serve society and affirm their own values, contributing to the construction of Binh Duong into a smart city in the near future.
PhD. Nguyen Quoc Cuong
Rector of Thu Dau Mot University
Translated by Thanh Tam
From the historical characteristics of a
"friendly land", Binh
Duong has become a place where many generations of residents come together to live and work. Beginning with the first settlers to reclaim
wasteland in the late 16th and the early 17th centuries, followed by a period of immigration
following the expansion of French colonial rubber plantations in the early 20th century. Next came the migration of Catholics from the Northern provinces in 1954, it was the new economic development after liberation, and now the attraction of
industrial development is forming a new
generation of residents… In each stage of local development, especially in the
new period, the people of Binh Duong always show "the most important
factor of the quality of convergence and exchange in the modern period of Binh
Duong is the attitude of the people of Binh Duong. sincerity, openness,
friendliness and no discrimination towards all organizations, individuals and
people who sincerely want to come here, live, work, enrich and contribute to
the locality, regardless of the source. origin, background, class composition,
With a length of more than 300 years of establishment and development, the open concept of "Binh Duong people" comes from a convergent culture, shaping the strategy of building people as a combination of outstanding cultural features representing with Knowledge, Dynamic and Love.
In love with Knowledge, or "arbiter" is considered a typical cultural element of Binh Duong people. From the first years of implementing the renovation, Binh Duong not only implemented the strategy of "spreading flower mats to attract investment" but also "rolling out the red carpet to attract talents", developing many policies to attract the most talented employees, high-quality human resources, creating internal resources power for the locality to make a strong breakthrough.
In the challenging context of the Industry 4.0, the work of improving knowledge, training and fostering talents is even more important. Therefore, in the past years, training human resources has been focused by the province, and improving the quality of education and training, investing in building a system of quality and methodical training institutions at all levels; aims to train new people with ideals, knowledge and comprehensive skills to meet the cause of industrialization and modernization of the province. With the attention and investment in education and training, the province currently has 08 universities, 07 colleges, 10 intermediate schools and a system of education and vocational centers; The quality of trained human resources has been significantly improved.2
The program to light up dreams, encourage school education, and award scholarships to poor, studious children are focused and given enormous attention by the province
The province has promulgated and implemented many policies in training, fostering, employing and treating talents in such fields as: Scheme on selection and training of source staff from talented students; training programs, attracting and improving the quality of human resources; policies to attract people with academic titles and degrees working at the University; preferential policies, supporting enterprises to invest in human resource training; policies to attract highly qualified human resources to work in Binh Duong; preferential policies for the education, training and health sectors; policies to support enterprises in vocational training and job creation for workers in the province, preferential regimes for cadres, civil servants and public employees working in information technology and telecommunications of the province...
Besides knowledge, Binh Duong people in all historical periods have shown Dynamism, creativity, dare to think, dare to do. Because without dynamism and creativity, the first generations of residents could not find ways to cope with wild and harsh natural conditions, to reclaim land and set up villages. That Dynamism is the key to success, which is followed by generations of residents to survive and develop in the new land. And it is with that same character that right after the 6th Party Congress, Binh Duong broke through the stagnation, pioneering in finding new ways to successfully break through to become an industrially developed province. Dynamism goes hand in hand with creativity, so that today, Binh Duong continues to be a pioneer in decisions on developing transport infrastructure, developing industrial parks, building a modern centralized public administration center, creating fthe most favorable conditions to serve the people and the business community. All of them stem from the model and creative way of the leadership team, who are dynamic, thinking, dare to do, receiving the consensus and support of the people and the business community.
The outstanding cultural feature that is indispensable when it comes to the Land and Binh Duong people is Love. As well as dynamic character, it is the natural environmental conditions that have formed generations of Binh Duong people who live full of love. From time immemorial, the community of residents of the new land has valued "neighbors, lights out at night", together with their backs and hearts, forming a united strength to fight against wild beasts and many challenges. Culture is a flow, so that beauty remains intact until today, when Binh Duong operates the construction government, always creating the most favorable conditions not only to attract investment, but also important. rather than creating a firm belief for investors, considering investors' difficulties as their own, investors' success as their own...
With a "premium" position, located in Vietnam's Southern Key Economic Region, Binh Duong is a "magnet" attracting millions of workers from all regions of the country to live and work. In addition to economic development, the work of ensuring social security, caring for and taking care of the material and spiritual life of workers is considered a responsibility and sentiment of the Party Committee, the government and the whole community. political system in the province. Social housing policy, cultural and educational institutions for workers are invested by the province; practical care and support programs of socio-political organizations for workers such as the establishment of the Fund to support workers in difficult circumstances, the programs Lighting up dreams, Resilience to school , awarding scholarships to poor children who are studious, are the spring buses of gratitude to bring workers home to welcome Tet ... ; During natural disasters and enemy sabotage, the hearts of Binh Duong people are always filled with gifts and necessities sent to people in the Central and Western regions during storms and floods... so that the workers far from their hometown are giving birth. Living, working and contributing to Binh Duong is warm-hearted and safe to work. Gratitude is also expressed in festivals and religious activities, typically the annual Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival in Binh Duong has been considered a "free festival" with drinking water, food, and parking, patching ... are all free, leaving a good impression of Binh Duong people to visitors. In particular, during the recent Covid-19 epidemic, the tradition of gratitude of Binh Duong people is also reflected in the selfless sacrifice of the frontline forces to fight the epidemic, volunteering to support and serve the prevention work, anti-epidemic of the people, is the spirit of "Help and share each other's difficulties and tribulations.", "mutual love", "The leaves protect tattered ones." in the residential community.
On the basis of thoroughly grasping the viewpoint "Human is the center of the development strategy and at the same time the subject of development", the Resolution of the 11th Binh Duong Provincial Party Congress, term 2020 - 2025 has been included in the chapter. breakthrough process content "develop and improve the quality of human resources, meet the requirements of Binh Duong construction to develop towards a smart, civilized and modern city"... building people, considering culture as both the foundation and the driving force of future development. Continuing to promote core values to continue building a knowledgeable, dynamic, and compassionate Binh Duong people, meeting the requirements of development and integration in the new era, contributing to bringing views, the Party's guidelines and resolutions on building Vietnamese people to develop comprehensively into real life.
Mrs. Truong Thi Bich Hanh
Provincial Party Inspection Committee
Translated by Nguyen Dong
Digital transformation is identified as an inevitable development trend and a particularly important, urgent, and long-term task for both the political system and the whole society. It is one of the core factors needed to make a breakthrough in the province's socio-economic development, ensure national defense and security, foster social order and safety, and promote sustainable development. Over the past time, Binh Duong has built e-government toward digital government, closely following the viewpoint and objectives of the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, the direction of the Government and the Prime Minister at the National Digital Transformation Program by 2025, with a vision towards 2030, and the Resolution of the 11th Binh Duong Provincial Party Congress, term 2020–2025, to better serve people and businesses.
People and businesses are the focus of digital transformation
To develop the digital economy and society, digital government is implemented on the basis of inheriting and promoting the results achieved in building e-government and the Binh Duong Smart City. People and businesses have been focused on digital transformation for the benefit of people and businesses, with a focus on providing essential services to people and businesses.
Digital government creates transparency in governmental operations, ensures fairness and standards in state management, and builds the way to serve people and businesses to access advanced and available digital platforms to carry out work, reduce travel costs, increase business productivity, and maximize convenience to make people satisfied. As a result, people are encouraged to participate in the operation of state agencies in order to jointly create values, benefits, satisfaction, trust, and consensus in society, while also contributing to administrative reform, improving government service quality, and bringing convenience in accessing administrative procedures of local government. At the same time, contribute to changing working methods, operational methods, and working tools to make digital transformation faster and better.
The functional forces have integrated health insurance cards and various documents into the electronic identification application at the provincial general hospital
Over the past time, Binh Duong has issued many documents and regulations to create a legal corridor to speed up the process of applying information technology as well as build e-government toward digital government. Up to now, Binh Duong has achieved encouraging results in building e-government and digital government. Specifically:
All levels of government in the province have issued documents to implement the central and provincial governments' digital transformation guidelines and regulations, gradually perfecting the legal framework and contributing to the completion of assigned tasks.
An intranet system has been set up in all Party and State agencies from provincial to communal levels with more than 184 connection points via a dedicated broadband data line; an official mail system with more than 8,000 accounts created and used; and a document management and processing system implemented in more than 270 agencies and units with many officials and civil servants regularly using it, smoothly connecting with the central and local governments.
The provincial one-stop electronic system and online public service portal are continuously upgraded to better serve people and businesses and are connected to the national public service portal. The 1022 hotline receives and responds to people's complaints and sends them to relevant agencies and units for the coordination of outpatient emergencies and many other essential areas of life that people care about. In addition, State agencies' internal information technology applications have been implemented according to the Binh Duong provincial E-Government Architecture, version 2.0.
The province has established a Tier-3 model data center, which is secure, safe, and ready for providing e-government and digital government services. Shared systems and specialized information systems have gradually realized components of the provincial e-government architecture with the local data connection axis (LGSP, Local Government Service Platform), which serves as a synchronous data connection between components within the provincial e-government as well as a connection with e-government systems of ministries and branches. A number of shared databases have been built and formed, such as the database of legal documents, the database of civil servants, the land database, the GIS urban planning database, the enterprise database, etc.
Online video conferencing connects 4 levels (from central to provincial, district, and commune levels) with 120 bridge points. Thanks to the synchronous connection on a large scale with no limitation in space or time, the implementation of online video systems has saved a large amount of state budget expenditure, contributing to the effective direction and control of Party committees and authorities at all levels and gradually building e-government and modern administration.
Binh Duong province has built the Intelligent Operation Center (IOC) and put it into operation. This is an important core foundation system, as well as a model, that contributes to better direction and control in order to improve the quality of service to people and businesses, increase the operational efficiency of state agencies, and promote long-term socio-economic development. .
Taking efforts to implement important solutions
The province is striving to implement important solutions in order to continue to promote the achievements obtained and well implement the goals and tasks set out in the application of information technology in the operations of state agencies, building e-government towards digital government in the coming time.
Firstly, focusing on promoting communication, raising awareness, developing digital skills, developing human resources, increasing interaction with people and businesses, and promoting and raising the quality of activities associated with fostering and promoting the role of the community digital technology team
Secondly, through state agencies' electronic information portal and the system for handling administrative procedures, information and online public services of state agencies are provided in a network environment. By merging the online public service portal with the provincial electronic one-stop information system, it becomes an information system for handling administrative procedures in Binh Duong Province, providing 100% of online public services, focusing on popular and essential public services, and increasing the number of online processed applications using electronic forms with digital signatures and non-cash payments. Apply digitization to receiving results of administrative procedures, reuse results, and have people only submit once. Each citizen has a personal data warehouse to store personal documents. Putting into effect Decision No. 766/QD-TTg in 2022 on the approval of a set of indicators for directing, controlling, and assessing the quality of serving people and businesses in the implementation of administrative procedures and public services in real time on the electronic environment, with five groups of indicators.
Implementing a model of medical examination and treatments points ussing Citizen identification cards wwith chips to replace Insurance cards
Thirdly, effectively implementing, integrating, and exploiting Project 06 to serve digital transformation; connecting and sharing digital data managed by state agencies, electronic identification and authentication on the basis of a national database on the population; and using the VNeID app to create digital identities for transactions in the electronic and digital environment. Take priority over standardizing the criteria "enough, right, clean, alive" and connecting existing databases, first of all the province's database on enterprises, the province's database on officials and public servants, etc.
Fourthly, complying with e-government architecture (version 2.0), smoothly connecting the LGSP axis, National Data Exchange Platform (NDXP), and forming Single Sign-On (SSO) and multi-factor login for connecting information systems; deploying the general administration platform and shared working platform; and digitizing records and storing electronic documents of state agencies.
Fifthly, expanding the existing IOC, adding features of analysis and forecasting, and deploying district-level IOC, commune-level COC, and specialized OCs; Creating a centralized data warehouse; developing forms of digital information and data through the construction of shared databases for the province; building and perfecting the platform; sharing and integrating the province's data; and creating an open data portal serving people and businesses.
Sixth, completing the Binh Duong Digital App, also known as the Digital Government App, in order to connect and provide the best services to people and businesses, improve transparency, and improve interaction between the government and the people.
Seventhly, strengthening network information security by establishing a Security Operations Center (SOC) and forming Security Information and Event Management (SIEM); Ensure the safety of the information system by level; Inspect and evaluate information security; regularly make reports.
Eighthly, promulgating the Plan for improving the digital transformation index in the operation of departments, agencies, sectors, districts, towns, and cities and the DTI evaluation and scoring system in order that the provincial agencies and units self-evaluate and strive for the development of digital government in particular and digital transformation in general.
The ultimate goal of building e-government towards Binh Duong digital government is to better serve people and businesses, as evidenced by the outstanding achievements mentioned above and the continued effective implementation of solutions in the coming time. All-level authorities and branches have made great efforts to best perform the functions and tasks of each branch and each unit and actively build friendly government to serve the people, in which facilities are the foundation and "one-stop" cadres are the key factor serving the people, under the drastic direction and management of the Provincial Party Committee and People's Committee.
Mr. Nguyen Huu Yen
Deputy Director of Department of Information and Communication
Translated by Lam Dang
The COVID-19 pandemic, which occurred in the years 2020-2021, had severe consequences for Binh Duong province's economic and social development, as well as the health sector. It has put forth many new requirements to be set for the health sector, especially the development of a qualified medical workforce capable of better meeting the people's health care needs, contributing to the successful implementation of the province's socio-economic development goals in the coming time.
780 doctors and medical staff are required annually
In recent years, Binh Duong province has had many special policies to attract and train human resources, such as: Decision No. 74/2011/QD-UBND, dated December 21, 2011 of the Provincial People's Committee on the recruitment of human resources; regulations on attraction policies, support regimes for training and human resource development in Binh Duong province; and Resolution 05/2019/NQ-HDND, dated July 31, 2019 of the Provincial People's Council on policy regulations attracting and supporting training and developing human resources in Binh Duong province. These policies were effective, but some of their contents are now out of date, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic and new demands from practical requirements.
Although there have been specific plans and strategies with many investment resources for the development of the health sector, they have not kept up with the actual needs. The increasing problem of environmental pollution, complicated disease situations, and changing disease patterns are the challenges that the health sector has to face in the coming time. Especially in recent times, the COVID-19 epidemic has increased the overload of the entire health system, but this is also an opportunity for the health sector in Binh Duong province to have conditions to renew the entire system, especially the personnel structure and employment positions.
Binh Duong has implemented a project to build a provincial general hospital with a capacity of 1500 beds and modern equipment, which is expected to be put into operation in 2023. This is a modern, regional hospital. In addition, the province has been building many specialized hospitals, upgrading medical centers, and building more hospitals to treat COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, and consolidating the grassroots health system and non-public healthcare. This is a great opportunity to raise the health care level in Binh Duong province to a new level.
However, with the current situation, Binh Duong's health sector currently has 3 provincial hospitals, 9 district health centers, 19 regional general clinics, and 91 commune health stations. There are 15 private hospitals, 20 corporate health stations, 62 private polyclinics, 658 specialty clinics, and 3,008 medical establishments. There are currently 8,880 healthcare workers in the industry, with 7.51 doctors per 10,000 people, 1.69 pharmacists per 10,000 people, and 33.2 healthcare workers per 10,000 people. Currently, the planned number of hospital beds reaches 5,172 beds (the planned number of beds per ten thousand people is 20.3 beds), these rates and targets are still low compared to the targets set by the Ministry of Health in 2020 of 9 doctors and 25 hospital beds/ten thousand people.
The public health sector accounts for 42% of the total health workforce, of which there are 826 public medical doctors out of a total of 2,211 doctors. However, the number of hospital beds assigned to public healthcare accounts for nearly 55% of the whole industry. With the population in December 2021 reaching 2,603,971 million, human development indicators such as doctors per ten thousand people reached 7.51 (of which non-public healthcare was 3.7), hospital beds per ten thousand people 23 beds are fewer than the target set by the Ministry of Health for 2020 of 10 doctors and 25 beds per ten thousand people. Due to the mechanical population growth of more than 100 thousand people per year in the province, more than 650 health workers and 135 doctors are needed each year to meet the medical examination and treatment needs.
Urgently ensuring healthcare human resources
Over the years, with the close direction of the Provincial Party Committee, the People's Council, the Provincial People's Committee, and the efforts of Binh Duong's medical staff, important achievements have been achieved. The health sector has applied many high technologies and diverse medical services to medical examination and treatment, improved the quality of medical examination and treatment services for the people, and regularly supported and transferred techniques to lower levels. In order to achieve and sustainably maintain the above professional achievements, the health sector has always paid attention to the human resources factor and taken the development of health human resources seriously as one of the decisive factors for the success of sustainable development.
In 2023, the Binh Duong health sector will receive and put into use a 1500-bed provincial general hospital with many modern pieces of equipment. In the following years, it will continue to deploy many treatment facilities and establish many new hospitals such as those for obstetrics, geriatrics, and oncology, which requires the development of a team of highly qualified and specialized medical staff.
In order to ensure human resources to serve the industry, Binh Duong has also implemented many policies to attract and train qualified intellectuals, significantly contributing to the socio-economic development process of the province. However, after a period of implementation, some orientations, tasks, and solutions in the above policies are not suitable for the new situation; human resource development in recent years still has shortcomings and is not able to satisfy the operational requirements of the health sector and the socio-economic development of the province. Highly skilled doctors continue to leave to work in non-public healthcare because the pay is more attractive. The number of young doctors who have just graduated has been attracted and recruited, but it is still low compared to the demand and has not yet been trained to meet the needs of intensive medical examination and treatment. Overcrowding of hospitals at the provincial level is increasing, causing frustration for patients, medical staff, and society as a whole.
Leaders of Binh Duong Province and leaders of the health sector examine Covid 19 vacination work at schools
In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Binh Duong had over 400,000 cases with over 4,000 deaths. At its peak, more than 70,000 patients were treated. The prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic show that the province's health system is lacking in quantity, weak in quality, and passive when dealing with medical emergencies.
Meanwhile, Binh Duong is a province with a high migration rate (200.4‰) and mechanically has a rapidly increasing population, from 1,512,500 people (2009) to 2,673,901 people (2021) and 2,741,989 people (estimated in 2022), which puts great pressure on the health sector and requires a commensurately developed health system and human resources.
Notably, preferential policies to attract medical human resources in the past have proved their effectiveness in attracting and training many high-quality human resources for the province. However, the policies still reveal many limitations and shortcomings, and the health workforce is still not commensurate with the socio-economic development of the province.
Recruitment and attraction solutions
In the recent practice of recruiting and attracting high-quality human resources to Binh Duong, an average of 55 doctors and postgraduate doctors are recruited each year. The period 2021–2026 sets out an average annual plan that will recruit about 80 more doctors and postgraduate doctors and attract 100 medical staff annually. Thus, by 2026, about 400 more doctors and postgraduate doctors will be recruited and attracted.
The human resources department of the units should be trained in building their own job placement system, thereby developing annual and 5-year recruitment plans. It is necessary to specify the number, occupations, standards, and expected time of recruitment and training so that the Department of Health has a basis to implement the attraction policy.
On the basis of the job position system and recruitment demand, the units cooperate with the Department of Health and the Department of Home Affairs to announce recruitment publicly. Those who meet the recruitment standards still need to be tested, interviewed, and tried on a job to assess their professional capacity, working skills, and moral character; thereby, they will be assigned the appropriate job arrangement, and the recruitment of candidates who have degrees but do not have the capacity will be restricted.
The Provincial People's Committee will be advised to have mechanisms of recruitment according to the needs of the autonomous unit, including signing expert contracts, following the team, providing medical examination and treatment, and consulting using telehealth technology; supplementing policies on recruitment, attracting human resources, high-quality human resources in cash, public service houses, etc. Besides retaining solutions, a compensation mechanism after training and salary reimbursement for private units should be established, and cases that do not violate professional standards and regulations on professional ethics should be deprived of their practice certificates.
Binh Duong needs to recruit about 80 doctors and postgraduate doctors, attracting 100 medical staff per year in the period 2021-2026
In the short term, it is necessary to continue the policy of supporting scholarships and training costs for medical school students from Binh Duong province with the obligation to return to work in the province. The policy of training doctors and nurses according to the address used should be continuously implemented. It is also necessary to associate with universities: Hanoi Medical University, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University, Can Tho University, and some other universities. With the provincial budget and a reasonable remuneration regime while studying and returning to work after completing the study, medical professionals, doctors, should be encouraged to study and improve their qualifications to specialists level I, specialists level II, masters, and doctorates. Specialties that are lacking should be focused on, such as diagnostic imaging, hematology, blood transfusion, cardiology, oncology, etc.
The training of college-level medical staff at Binh Duong Medical College should be promoted, their qualifications should be standardized, and by 2025, there will be no staff with intermediate qualifications in the health sector; connecting and linking with domestic and foreign universities to train medical staff at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
In the medium and long term, human resources should be trained by building a new university of medicine and pharmacy in Binh Duong province. The advantages of a university of medicine and pharmacy for the development of high-quality medical human resources in the province include: proactively training high-quality graduate doctors, pharmacists, and medical staff to meet the demands of the province, the Southeast region, and the whole country; attracting many good and experienced doctors to work and settle down in the province for a long time; paying special attention to the quality of training, not the quantity. It is necessary to train doctors who are familiar with medical knowledge, have practical ability, and give priority to children in the province.
Regarding mechanisms and policies, it is advisable to perfect mechanisms and policies to support the development of high-quality healthcare human resources. The main reason for not attracting high-quality health workers and trained medical staff to compensate for training costs and go to the private sector to work is their income. Therefore, it is necessary to have separate incentives for those who are attracted, and units need to promote autonomy and self-responsibility and create favorable legal conditions for socialization to work to improve income. Special treatment policies should be studied for outstanding talents, experts, and leading scientists. There should be a breakthrough mechanism for arranging and using young human resources with basic training, creating conditions for young officials to be promoted and appointed to leadership and management positions. Priority will be given to qualified candidates to participate in training projects to improve professional qualifications and other training courses.
Dr. Specialist Level II. Huynh Minh Chin –
Deputy Director of Binh Duong Department of Health
January 01st, 2022 was the day
marking an honorable and proud 25 years- journey of Binh Duong province with the
considerable achievements for the great efforts of the Party Committee,
authorities and People of Binh Duong province. Being an agricultural province,
after 25 years, Binh Duong has transformed to a major industrial center, ranked
top leading provinces and cities of Viet Nam in terms of socio-economic
development scale and growth.
In 1997, Binh Duong was separated from Song Be province with the population of 670,000 people. In the initial phase of a newly re-established province full of difficulties, choosing the right direction and appropriate development model played a very important role for the province. By responding to the industrialization-modernization policy of the Central Government, the province launched a policy of "rolling out the red carpet" to welcome investors and talents, develop human resources for the provincial reconstruction and renewal. The creative thinking, drastic direction and of provincial leader generations along with their effective and timely decisions found out and opened the "right source" for Binh Duong to accelerate its growth and create breakthrough for its development.
Viet Nam – Singapore Industrial Park
Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Heng
Swee Keat and Binh Duong leaders visiting VSIP model.
The first highlight was Vietnam - Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) founding - a new type of industrial park, an important development initiative from the cooperation between Viet Nam – Singapore governments which was opened in 1996 and put into operation in 1997. This industrial park laid an important foundation for the socio-economic development of Binh Duong province. Up to now, Binh Duong province has three VSIP projects (VSIP I, VSIP II, VSIP III) attracting nearly 600 investors from more than 22 countries and territories with a total investment capital of over 8.6 billion US dollars, creating jobs for 150,000 workers.
Located on an area of 1,000 hectares, VSIP III marks a new important milestone in shifting to the smarter and more sustainable development strategy. VSIP III is designed to integrate smart technology in its operation from the energy consumption, water use, waste to transport and security management issues. Currently, many big projects of popular international groups such as: Project of LEGO Group with more than 1 billion USD, Pandora Group project of 100 million USD were registered and more than 40 domestic and foreign corporations and companies are interested and exploring their investment opportunities in VSIP III.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the VSIP III
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh
at the Opening ceremony of Lego manufacturing
After 25 years of establishment and development, as late of 2022, Binh Duong economic scale reached 408,861 billion dongs, a 104.3 times compared to the one in 1997, ranked the third nationwide, after Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi capital, in which, agriculture increased by 112.2 time and particularly industry increased 140.6 time in comparison with figures of 1997.
The province ranked the first in term of GRDP per capita, the second in term of FDI attraction (after Ho Chi Minh city), the third in term of total domestic revenue and in terms of the rate of deductions paid to the National budget (only after Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi Capital). With these achievements, Binh Duong becomes the first locality of Viet Nam attaining the highest GRDP per capita, 7,000 US dollars per year.
That development process has helped Binh Duong initially constructed a relatively uniformly urban and transport technical infrastructure system which can be accomplished through the early completion of major segments of the Ring Road 3 and Ring Road 4 connecting directly to the provincial main roads such as My Phuoc - Tan Van - Bau Bang liking to seaports and international airports. Parallelly, Binh Duong province have pushed up the renovation and completion of its key projects including expanding National Highway 13 project, section from Vinh Phu (Thuan An city) to Le Hong Phong intersection (Thu Dau Mot city) with a length of 12.7 km, contributing to relieve traffic pressure on the route; Bac Tan Uyen - Phu Giao - Bau Bang road connecting the districts of Bac Tan Uyen, Phu Giao and Bau Bang and Dong Phu district (Binh Phuoc province) aiming to shorten travel time and reduce freight costs…
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh surveying the Ho
Chi Minh City- Thu Dau Mot – Chon Thanh Expressway expected to empower
development of Binh Duong province and the region.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh surveying manufacturing construction at Expanded Bau Bang Industrial Park.
Provincial Leaders survey the National Highway
13 expansion project and the tunnel projects at Phuoc Kien intersection and Cho
Expanded High Way 13 project
In the context of the boom 4th Industrial Revolution, since 2016, Binh Duong province has implemented the "Binh Duong Smart City" Project by focussing on transforming its economy into innovative and creative digital orientation. Therefore, a digital and innovation ecosystem is being strongly developed in Binh Duong, such as: Intelligent Operations Center (IOC), EIU Campus Becamex Business Incubator, Fablab, Advanced Manufacturing Center, World Trade Center (WTC)… with the goal of building and developing Binh Duong into a "smarter" and more livable city. In 2021, Binh Duong was honored TOP 7 Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) with typical smart city development strategies in the world.
Central and provincial leaders at the TOP7
Intelligent Community Forum Honoring Event Opening in Binh Duong province
Along with economic development, the social security and welfare are always paid great attention. If at the time of separation of the province in 1997, Binh Duong had nearly 1,000 hungry households, 14,662 poor households, accounting for 12% of the total number of households, then by the end of 2021, the poverty rate had only 0.88% (< 1%). Binh Duong is also the first locality in the country which has no poor households according to the national poverty standards, no household back into poverty. Since 2009, Binh Duong has set up 4 times its own poverty line which is 1.7 to 3 times higher than the national one, detailly 3 time higher in the period 2009 2010; 02 times higher for the period 2011 - 2013; 2.5 times higher for the period 2014 - 2015 and 1.7 times higher for the period 2016 - 2020. In 2022, Binh Duong continued to raise its poverty standard 1.5 times higher than the one of Viet Nam.
Granting Red Cross house to underprivileged
After 25 years, Binh Duong health has made a large improvement with a team of skilled doctors and nurses, mastering technological equipment in medical examination and treatment, meeting well the treatment and care capacity for the local people. The province always strives for all people to access to health services at its extensive health network throughout the province. Up to now, Binh Duong province has 03 public hospitals at the provincial level, 09 medical centers at the district level, 19 general clinics, 91 medical stations, and 02 specialized hospitals, in which, several medical facilities are invested on a relatively large scale such as: Binh Duong General Hospital with 1,500 beds, Children's Hospital with 300 beds.
Binh Duong health concentrated to enhance its medical system, improving the quality of preventive health personnel at all levels. The province is also very interested in training current human resources and implementing policies to attract man power from other localities to work long-term in Binh Duong by supporting medical students, training by request, order, etc. Moreover, developing high science and technic is well paid attention by investing medical infrastructure, advanced medical equipment, attracting high quality human resources, training for medical doctors and nurses from both public and private medical units.
Binh Duong province paying great attention to education
infrastructure and equipment’s investment.
Binh Duong affirms that investment in education is to invest for the sustainable development. Consequently, investing on educational infrastructure and equipment are interested to make sure that all school-age children in the province could have access to education, go to school, in a convenient place to study. The province spends annually its budget to invest in education sector a uniformly and modern education equipment. Besides, the province has also mobilized local resources, especially implemented open policies in socialization to invest and build standardized and modernized schools. As a result, the scale of schools is constantly expanding with many types such as public, semi-public, private schools, professional schools, vocational schools, international standard universities to meet the increasing demand for education and citizen knowledge, training human resources for the province. In 1997, the whole province had only 41 preschools and 169 high schools, by 2015, expanded to 288 preschools, 253 high schools with full equipment to meet the requirements for teaching and learning quality. By 2020, the whole province has built 455 preschools, an increase 2.4 times compared to 2010 and 266 high schools, 33 schools higher than in 2010. Schools have been well built, 79.6% of public schools are solidly upgraded.
Currently, the province is the home of 8 universities, 7 colleges, 16 professional schools and 46 vocational centers, foreign languages, IT centers with their training capacity of over 80,000 students per year serving for the provincial human resources.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi and
People’s Committee Chairman Vo Van Minh introduced to Prime Minister on Binh
Duong New City Master Plan
In term 2020-2025, Binh Duong identified to develop
a sustainable Binh Duong province toward a smart, civilized and modern urban, becoming
a modern industrial center by 2030
For the plan to 2030 and vision to 2045, Binh Duong aspires to conquer its new height with fast and sustainable development goals which are identified by the Party Congress of Binh Duong province for the term 2020-2025 as "striving to develop a sustainable, Binh Duong province toward a smart, civilized and modern urban, becoming a modern industrial center by 2030 and an innovation urban of the region and the whole Viet Nam."
In order to attain these goals, the province is creating a very open and favorable investment environment, "rolling red carpets to welcomes investors"; implementing administrative reforms, improving digital transformation, building digital government to the modern administration serving to local citizens; improving transport, industrial parks, new urban infrastructure; upgrading the high quality of man power, necessary public services including healthcare, education,…improving the citizen's life to the sustainable development.
Binh Duong province is focussing on
administrative reforms and digital transformation (photo of Intelligent
Operation Center -IOC)
Provincial authorities in experiencing the
online utilities service at level 3, 4 at Binh Duong Public Administration
Reported by Phuong Chi- Yen Nhi -Translated by Linh Nguyen
As Binh Duong Province is located in the Southeast region of the country, immediately to the north of Ho Chi Minh City. It is the part of Southern Key Economic Zone (including Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Long An and Tien Giang Provinces). Binh Duong is one of the provinces with rapid economic growth rate and dynamic industrial development of Vietnam. Becamex IDC is Vietnam's leading industrial and urban real estate developer providing comprehensive solutions for FDI investors.
World Trade Center Binh Duong New City – receptive 2019, one of the leading projects of Becamex IDC, the flagship development WTC BDNC is a gateway for international trade. Promoting trading services, MICE hub and it complements the prevalence of industry in the Binh Duong province's economic mix. WTC BDNC is a mega complex comprising of three main subdivision clusters, with a total floor area of up to 250,000 m2: WTC Gateway (shopping, sports arena, square, shophouse…in 7 ha landlot, WTC EXPO (22,000 sqm including 12,000 indoor exhibition), WTC Tower (60,000 sqm) – 33 floors; Binh Duong Convention Exhibiiton Center (16,400 sqm) for international conference and global summits.
WTC Binh Duong New City was designated as the international trade hub as well as industrial MICE Zone and became a hub of innovation and creativity to attract and connect all the investors together with business experts. WTC Binh Duong New City has continued to evolve into a culture-business platform for the further development.
The goal of the formation and development of WTC BDNC is to connect and help local businesses develop international trade, develop Binh Duong to be a dynamic area with diversified professional services, capable of global trade development, and increase attraction of real estate projects in the region, which will attract new FDI companies to set up their headquarters in Binh Duong new city, creating many jobs as well as attracting more experts to this area, is the stimulus for development. Moreover, World Trade Centers Association will also admit the enterprises and SMEs in the aera to become members of World Trade Centers Association, which will provide them ability to connect with more than 1 million businesses worldwide, promote trade and investment opportunities for developing commercial real estate, regional economic development agencies and connect globally to regional and local development.
The MICE industry is known for the stimulation and spurring of technology and innovation. WTC Binh Duong New City is striving to encourage the necessary development and promotion of the MICE industry not only in the Southern Key Economic Zone but also nationally to be on par with global standards. The MICE industry has become one channel for information and knowledge to spread wider and faster globally. The MICE Cluster aims to maximize the potential of the entire WTC EXPO as an invaluable resource for the convention and exhibition industry. All-in-one cooperative marketing and management strategies enhance WTC's entertainment, shopping, business, transportation, and accommodation services. At the same time, travel packages and facilities for guests improve the WTC Binh Duong New City experience.
Industry-leading practices and a strong network of connections with government agencies and international organizations in the WTCA network have made WTC Binh Duong New City a leader in the MICE industry. WTC Binh Duong New City provides operations and management services to the convention, conference, and exhibition venues, from mega-centers to boutiques, as well as offers clients fully integrated, customer-friendly, one-stop services including food & beverage, booth design and construction, professional conference and exhibition organizing services. Comprehensive support will be proposed for international conferences including event planning, budget planning, operations, and more.
WTC Binh Duong New City provides a consulting service, the Glocal Acceleration Program (GAP) which is an innovative initiative designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and to better prepare you for the expansion into the international market.
Furthermore, The World Trade Center Binh Duong New City, with the mission of being a Destination of Innovation and Sustainability, is expected to become a hub of creativity that attracts investors, researchers, and business experts to build a diverse, sustainable, and knowledge-driven economy in the Southern Key Economic Zone of Vietnam, which is the mission of Knowledge, Connectivity & Creativity.
Mrs. Huynh Đinh Thai Linh
Director of WTC BDNC
According to the results announced at the conference to announce the Viet Nam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) 2021, which took place on the morning of May 10 in Hanoi, Binh Duong reached 47.178 out of 80 points, ranking 2nd out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide. From the lowest group in 2020 (Binh Duong was ranked 57th), Binh Duong has had a spectacular breakthrough, moving up 55 places on the rankings. This result reflects the actual picture of the provincial government's performance in policy implementation at the grassroots level.
The PAPI is a tool for citizens to participate in monitoring the effectiveness of the government in policy implementation at the local level. PAPI measures eight dimensions: participation at local levels; transparency in local decision-making; vertical accountability; control of corruption in the public sector; public administrative procedures; public service delivery; environmental governance; and e-governance.
According to the results announced at the conference to announce the Viet Nam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) 2021, which took place on the morning of May 10 in Hanoi, Binh Duong reached 47.178 out of 80 points, ranking 2nd out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide.
This result exceeds expectations and is a recognition and encouragement from the people for the political system's efforts, particularly during the fourth COVID-19 epidemic in 2021 at the competent authority. PAPI index- It is very important not only to collect timely information about what is happening in governance and public administration in general but also to pay attention to what people are experiencing when using the services of the State administration. This not only provides objective information about people's experiences and relationships with local government agencies but also serves as a tool to assess the actual effectiveness of different levels of government by facilitating people's performance of their obligations and rights.
The delegation of
Dong Nai province visits and learns about the Binh Duong Smart Operations
Going into the analysis of the component indexes, it can be seen that all 8 PAPI content indexes for Binh Duong have increased points compared to 2020. Of which, seven dimensions are ranked in the highest score group, and one content area is in the high average score group. This result shows that Binh Duong has determined the right direction, overcome the bottlenecks existing in the past years, and made a significant improvement in the operation of the government towards the administration serving the people.
For the grassroots people participation index, Binh Duong ranked in the highest score group and ranked second in terms of increase in points (after Binh Thuan province). Actively and proactively participating in the political, economic, and social life of the country is a constitutional right of all Vietnamese, especially those aged 18 and over, so that people can take full advantage of their ownership and contribute to improving the efficiency of the implementation of policies and laws in their locality. Over the past time, local governments have innovated in the way policies are implemented, as well as being more open and transparent, implementing better accountability, and responding to increasing demands from the citizens, thereby mobilizing the broad participation of the people, especially the voluntary participation of the people, in the works that the State and the people do together.
Results of assessment
of the Binh Duong’s PAPI Index 2021
In the transparent component index, in 2021, the province ranks first among 63 provinces in this component index (in the two years of 2019 and 2020, Binh Duong has the largest decrease). With the determination to create positive and effective changes in information disclosure and transparency, meeting people's "right to know" about policies directly related to their lives and livelihoods, the authorities diversify forms of information disclosure in 4 contents: access to information; publicly and transparently the list of poor households; publicity and transparency of commune budget; and publicly and transparently the land use plan and land price list in the locality. Special emphasis on content to ensure easier access and timely provision of useful and reliable information to the people; strictly enforce regulations on the publication of land use master plans and plans, ensuring timely updating of compensation price brackets based on market and public opinion.
In 2021, Binh Duong was also the first province out of 63 cities in this accountability component index. This index consists of three components: the extent and effectiveness of interaction with local authorities; the response to complaints, denunciations, and questions from the public; and access to judicial services. In order to improve accountability to the people, localities have carried out many people-to-people contacts (besides periodic contacts) to grasp and solve many pressing issues of the people earlier, improving public awareness and the trust and confidence of the people in the mechanism of receiving complaints and denunciations from the authorities at all levels.
The remaining component index contents also had a remarkable increase in scores and were evaluated better by the people compared to 2020.
Efforts to retain achievements
The People's Committee of Binh Duong Province has set out a plan to maintain PAPI results in 2022 and the following years with the expectation of creating a comprehensive "reform" and constantly improving the quality of governance, governance, and management. Public administration of the government apparatus at all levels, especially at the grassroots level, contributes to building a transparent, integrity-driven, effective, efficient, professional, unified administration, improving service quality, and improving the prestige of the government at all levels among the people.
National Assembly Delegation surveys the satisfaction of people when they come
to proceed administrative procedures at the Provincial Public Administration
The plan specifies the roles and responsibilities of the Party committees and authorities at all levels in contacting and having a dialogue with the people, listening to the people's thoughts and aspirations, and having a method of sharing information suitable to the characteristics of each population group. Create favorable conditions for people to approach, exchange, and promptly and effectively respond to difficulties and problems in people's activities and lives. In the coming time, the province will continue to implement synchronous solutions to improve the quality of people's living environment towards sustainable development, improve the quality of essential grassroots public services such as the public sector and education, and improve basic infrastructure to meet the requirements of improving people's quality of life, such as electricity, clean water, traffic, security, and order. At the same time, make more efforts in the e-administration sector; support people to access and fulfill their responsibility to respond to people's feedback and recommendations through the provincial web portal.
Volunteer youth force
supports people to apply online at the Provincial Public Administration Center
The PAPI index is the only indicator that measures people's perceptions of the effectiveness and quality of policy implementation and public service delivery by local governments. Many content and composition indexes of PAPI depend a lot on the level of interaction of the government with the people. In which the role of people working directly in the neighborhood, such as Hamlet, as grassroots officials is critical. All policies and guidelines of the government must be communicated to the people through the grassroots, neighborhoods, and hamlets. On the other hand, in order for people to pay more attention to and participate in government activities and to feel good about the effectiveness of the government's operations, it is necessary to focus on improving the service quality of the local government, the performance of the Executive Board, and mass organizations in the quarter and hamlet.
People come to
proceed administrative procedures at the Public Administration Service Center
of Thu Dau Mot City
Mr. Vo Van Minh, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, requested all levels and sectors maintain the results of the PAPI index in 2021, but not to focus on the rankings but to ensure factual accuracy and strive to improve the component indexes to better meet the needs of serving people and businesses. Through the evaluation criteria, all levels and sectors determine the priority issues to be solved in the immediate, medium, and long term; assign specific tasks to relevant units; and innovate the way to serve the people. In low-scoring content, sectors and levels need to define specific tasks for implementation coordination. Continue to pay attention to administrative reform, improve the quality of public service delivery, and foster the proper service attitude of cadres and civil servants, especially in administrative procedures at the grassroots level that are directly related to the people, such as land, licensing, construction, etc.
In the period from 2016 to 2020, the PAPI index results of Binh Duong province were not appreciated; even after a few years, the results of the province's PAPI index were among the lowest in the country. However, the outstanding promotion in 2021 shows that Binh Duong has cleared the bottleneck, found the answer to the problem of improving the PAPI Index, and contributed to building a professional, modern administration for the sake of the people.
the province also frankly admits that the work of legal propaganda and
education has not been as effective as practical requirements. On the one hand,
due to many legal regulations and complicated administrative procedures, it is
difficult for people to receive when communicating, and on the other hand, a
part of the people lacks interest and legal awareness is still limited.
Therefore, one of the top priority tasks of the province is to continue
promoting the propaganda, publicity and transparency of the content of the PAPI
index survey to organizations, individuals and people for people to participate
in. The survey participants answered the content of the questionnaire in
accordance with the actual situation of the province. On the other hand,
maintaining and developing channels of interaction between the government and
the people, applying technology to attract the participation of all classes of
people in the decision-making of governments at all levels.
Nguyen Van Loc - Member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party
Committee, Head of the Provincial Party Committee's Mass Mobilization
Department, Chairman of the Provincial Fatherland Front Committee, said: with
its role, the Fatherland Front at all levels continues to strengthen its role.
supervise the society, promptly grasp the people's thoughts and legitimate
aspirations to reflect and propose to the authorities at all levels in order to
enhance the interaction between the government and the people, at the same
time, propagate and mobilize mobilize people to participate in the
implementation of the Party's guidelines and guidelines, and the State's
policies and laws. Over the past time, the Fatherland Front has actively
coordinated with the authorities and member organizations of the same level to
well organize the implementation of the Ordinance on Democracy in communes,
wards and townships, especially in publicity, transparency and consultation.
People's opinions on the local socio-economic development guidelines and tasks.
Turning to phase 2021-2026, with the outbreak of science technology and new business – trade model with new opportunities of post-Covid-19, Binh Duong determined to have breakthrough, bring smart city project to a higher level, enhance the growth, meet requirements of citizens and enterprises. Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) into operation with the target of "Citizen centric service" is one of the province's action program.
Collecting important data of the city
Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) was established under Decision No. 937/QD-UBND dated 19 April 2022 of Binh Duong People's Committee. Up to now, IOC has updated data and information of more than 1,000 figures in about 25 fields as data serving citizens and enterprises in the province.
Being the system collecting and saving the general data and information of the province, IOC is aiming to serve to the management and administration of the authorities. Based on these databases, they can examine and control quality of the public service, then analyze and make decision, carry out their programs, plans policies appropriate to the development direction for Binh Duong province
At IOC, visual diagrams of sectors and fields submitted to IOC are visually available 24/7, and all images from monitoring camera systems in the whole province are connected to headquarter to assist the leaders in grasping the provincial situation
Besides, Binh Duong IOC also creates favorable conditions for competent organizations, agencies to easily contact, coordinate and synchronize information to provide the general overview on socio-economic activities of the province in real time for the provincial authorities to make prompt, exact and timely decision at the same time improving public service quality facilitating citizens and businesses.
By integrating automatically and updating virtually data in many fields including socio-economic figures; public administration; transportation, security examination; environmental quality, resources examination; industrial activities examination; information on health care, education; etc. and being directly connected to central center to analyze data and available 24/7 with analysis results on Dashboard charts in specific fields, Binh Duong IOC helps provincial leaders to catch up the situation 24/24. Some typical examples on data archives and analysis of IOC are the transportation – security operations. In 2022, IOC has integrated and operated more than 160 cameras connecting districts/towns to examine transportation situation, and 02 high-level cameras to monitor Thu Dau Mot city and Thuan An city. Data from cameras will be shared on applications for citizens and enterprises to access for transportation information of routes. In environmental examination, information of environmental monitoring, waste water, gas emission is also integrated and directly examined at IOC and digitalizing on the map. Information of environment exceeding regulated level will be alerted and quickly tackled.
IOC collects a specialized database of departments and units, processes, analyzes, and comes up with final results commemorating directing and administrative needs
Through a 24/7 available dashboard, KPI has been measured from information system of core fields, figures, latest information, alerts, analysis on trends which will help leaders to make decisions timely and exactly to shorten time to direct organizations instead of waiting for and treating traditionally reports from departments and agencies or meetings. Upon that foundation, the gathering of information and coordinating have helped relevant organizations to receive and manage continuously, transparently, quickly suggestions and feedbacks from citizens in any fields.
Data connecting system is specifically designated to how establish, connect and standardize data meeting requirements of Binh Duong IOC and parallelly ensure the data thickness and vitality, lack of which it will be difficult to apply technological solutions such as forecast socio-economic or data collecting from 30 to 60 months.
Implementing application and function of Binh Duong IOC
Applying and deploying the socio-economic data analyzing system supports leaders at all levels in recognizing clearly the forecast, tendency of increase/decrease, changes in socio-economic figures in order to propose timely and efficiently the strategic plan and management and direction. Many important figures have been daily updated such as: state budget revenue and expenditure, public investment disbursement, etc.
Traffic violation examination and operation system: Applying A.I. actively and automatically to detect and follow traffic violation (blow the red light, wrong lanes, exceed allowed speed, number of persons in one vehicle, not wearing helmet, etc.) on A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) to ensure safe and smooth transportation (decrease traffic congestion and accidents).
Public order and security examination and operation system: Automatic face recognition and tracing up. Alerting activities harmful to social order and security: gatherings, fighting; illegal invasion; smoke, fire exploring; weapon user, etc.
Being designed to serve citizens by interacting and communicating system, Binh Duong 1022 hotline is the channel for "society sensor" through receiving and tackling demands, feedbacks of citizens and enterprises. The hotline helps the provincial authorities to update and tackle the current challenges, problems and better serve the local citizens. Besides, digitalizing out-patient emergency helps to reduce time, improve emergency service in the province.
Images from monitoring camera systems in the whole province assist the leaders in having an overall and comprehensive overview of all socio-economic activities, from which decisions will be made promptly, timely, and precisely
Internet Information examination center: Strongly, comprehensively and quickly collecting information to analyze, alert positive or negative tendencies and well understand local citizens, at the same time, actively suggest solutions for communications, preventing and avoiding side effects of journals, Facebook, YouTube, Tiktok in the province.
In term of function, examination and monitoring specific fields: trade and industry, health care, education, transportation, internal affairs, public security, culture, sport and tourism, labor, invalids and social affairs, science technology and innovation, external relations, etc. IOC helps to connects comprehensive data, then analyze and explore data in order to manage and propose orientation, development planning of each sector suitable to the socio-economic development requirement.
Environment monitoring and examining system (land, forest, water, air, etc.): Comprehensively manage information on land and environmental natural resources (checking, measuring, red book issuance, land and land price changes, etc.); collect, connect in real time to all monitoring machines to find out and promptly control air and water pollution issues.
Confidential examining and data security system: Supporting the examining 24/24 of information technology to alert and ensure the information confidentiality – safety – security of the Government is considered as the firewall of information safety and confidentiality issues for all smart activities
In the time to come, the Department of Information and Communications will cooperate with departments and agencies to propose provincial People's Committee the implementation of data resource sharing and development via an application for local businesses and people. Users could check and follow their on-going administrative procedures process. This is the prerequisite condition for successfully implementing the smart urban Operations Center and constructing provincial socio – economic development strategy planning, predicting and studying Center. Developing AI for administrative procedures and serving local businesses and citizens.
Reported by Mr. Nguyen Thanh Son- Vice Director of Binh Duong IOC- Translated by: H.H.Tien
In order to create a solid foundation to contribute to socio-economic development in the new period, Binh Duong is currently accelerating the implementation of key transport infrastructure projects connecting the region, which is the nucleus of the Southeast region. It is expected that the synchronization of the transport infrastructure system will continue to promote investment attraction, industrial and urban development, and enhance people's lives.
Vision for sustainable development
Binh Duong province is located in the Southern Key Economic Zone without an airport or seaport, so Binh Duong belongs to the group of provinces and cities that do not have advantages in transporting, importing and exporting goods. However, Binh Duong is located adjacent to Ho Chi Minh City with advantages in terms of airports and seaports. Therefore, through the road traffic system along the North-South axis of Binh Duong, it has created favorable conditions for transporting goods from industrial parks of Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Central Highlands, industrial parks in the Northwest of Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City, to easily connect to seaports, river ports and international airports of Ho Chi Minh City. From there, it shows that the development of Binh Duong's transport infrastructure system is very important, not only to meet the province's transport needs but also to meet the needs of the region's transport.
North Tan Uyen- Phu Giao- Bau Bang route, section through Tan Dinh Commune, North Tan Uyen District
Determining that importance, over the years, Binh Duong has been proactive in developing the transport system, making a clear difference, taking the initiative in attracting investment and developing the economy. Besides the achievements in socio-economic development, Binh Duong's transport infrastructure development is also considered as a bright spot, and one of the provinces with a good transport infrastructure system of the Southern Key Economic Region and the whole country.
However, up to now, along with the speed of socio-economic development, Binh Duong's transport infrastructure system is currently facing difficulties and challenges because it cannot keep up with the pace of socio-economic development, the province's arterial roads are currently overloaded at rush hours such as National Highway No.13, My Phuoc - Tan Van road, and DT743 road, etc. The investment and connection of transport infrastructure between provinces and cities in the Southern Key Economic Region is still slow and inconsistent, especially the arterial traffic axes with regional connectivity (such as Ring Road No.3, Ring Road No.4 in Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh - Thu Dau Mot - Chon Thanh expressway, etc.). Meanwhile, the demand and volume of goods transported by Binh Duong as well as neighboring provinces and cities through the area are increasing on a number of arterial roads such as National Highway No.13, My Phuoc - Tan Van road, DT.743 road, etc. especially the intersections in the Southern gateway area of Binh Duong, etc.
To meet the above needs, Binh Duong province has developed the Program No. 42-CTr/TU dated August 02, 2021 on Focusing on developing transport infrastructure towards urbanization, building Binh Duong smart city in the 2021-2025 period, orientation to 2030, vision to 2045 and the Plan No. 2585/QD-UBND dated October 17, 2022 on promulgating the implementation the Plan of Program No. 42-CTr/TU dated August 02, 2021 of the Provincial Party Committee.
The specific objective is to focus on investing in key and arterial roads of the province and the region, continue to propose proposals to the Central Committee, coordinate with provinces and cities in the Southern Key Economic Region to accelerate investment, connect ring roads, expressways, etc. according to the Regional planning in order to reduce the load on the arterial roads of the province, especially the roads connecting Binh Phuoc, the Central Highlands, the Industrial parks in the Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City to seaports and international airports.
Orientation for transportation infrastructure development
Binh Duong province continues to focus on investing in the construction of important roads, enhancing regional connectivity, and improving transport capacity such as Ring Road No.3, Ring Road No.4, Ho Chi Minh City - Thu Dau Mot - Chon Thanh Expressway, etc. At the same time, continuing to develop urban transport infrastructure in association with urban embellishment, gradually overcoming traffic jams, in which, focusing on upgrading and expanding National Highway No.13, Extended My Phuoc Tan Van road, DT.746 road, DT.747B road, DT.743 road, road from Song Than overpass connecting Pham Van Dong road, riverside road projects, etc. In addition, step by step constructing overpasses and intersections at different levels to improve traffic capacity on arterial roads such as constructing Song Than intersection, constructing underpasses at Phuoc Kien 5-way intersection, etc. In addition, because Binh Duong is also surrounded by 2 rivers, Saigon River in the west and Dong Nai River in the east, to create an inter-regional transport network, the province has actively coordinated with Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh to invest in and prepare for investment and put into planning the connecting bridges across the river to create a transport network with high connectivity, serving the development of the Southeast region in the coming time.
For inland waterways, investing in and calling for investment in completing roads connecting to inland waterway ports, creating favorable conditions to call investors to build a system of inland waterway ports to ensure the planned scale (An Tay port, Thanh An port, Thoi Hoa port, etc.); investing in the construction of transport infrastructure connecting logistics centers, inland container depots (ICDs), wharves, freight transshipment points; completing construction and putting into use Binh Duong's intelligent transportation system, digital transformation in transportation management.
For railways, striving to construct and put into operation the project of extending the Urban railway line No.1 from Suoi Tien station to Binh Thang ward, creating a premise for the complete construction of the province's urban railway system according to planning, diversifying modes of public passenger transport; coordinating with the Ministry of Transport to prepare a pre-feasibility study report and call on investors to invest in a freight railway from Bau Bang to Cai Mep - Thi Vai.
Promoting digital transformation and management in the transport sector
At the same time, applying and well implementing the mechanisms, policies and regulations of the law to evaluate BOT projects in the area, proceed to arrange and remove BOT toll stations in order to solve traffic jams on arterial roads, connecting the region; strengthening the management and efficient exploitation of traffic infrastructure. The province will invest in a smart camera system from the province to the districts, towns and cities to monitor traffic order and security in the most effective way. Continuing to divide traffic at peak hours on some key roads to prevent traffic jams. Implementing well the administrative reform, applying information technology, science and technology to improve management capacity in the fields of the transport sector.
Mr. Nguyen Anh Minh-
Director of the Department of Transport
Human is both the impulse and the end-product of social development
In recent years, the Party Committee of Binh Duong Province have maintained that human is both the impulse and the end-product of social development, and agendas concerning human resources development as the stimulant for developments and breakthroughs has been consistently covered in all Party Congresses.
Taking this into account, Binh Duong Province has always paid considerable attention to training, nurturing and attracting talents. Considering education to be of utmost importance, at the 6th Provincial Party Congress (December 1997), the Provincial Party Committee have passed a resolution on drafting and implementing projects on enhancing infrastructures and training of personnel, in which developing education and improving literacy is emphasized as the foundation for rapid and sustainable economic development utilizing industrialization and modernization. The Provincial People's Committee also issued Dicison No. 133/2001/QĐ-UB dated 21 August 2001 on Approval of Development Plan for Education and Training in Binh Duong Province until 2020, in view of that economic development is necessarily coupled with development in education.
Meanwhile, Binh Duong Province has also been implementing the "Project on training, nurturing, enhancement and comprehensive development of human resources in Binh Duong Province until 2020" on a province-wide scale with extensive coverage of various training subjects, namely: attracting high quality graduates with employment opportunities at Thu Dau Mot University, providing aid for students from majors in demand for the province's development, providing aid for vocational training and professional training in supported professions, scholarships for high-scoring graduating high school students, etc. The province's budget expenditure for education and training from 2015 to 2020 has amounted to trillions of VND.
The 11th Provincial Party Congress has named 4 breakthrough agendas and 9 key plans for the period 2020-2025, of which one is to focus on developing high quality human resources in conjunction with high quality service industries, thus contributing to the development of Binh Duong as a smart, civilized, and modern city. Training and nurturing of human resources in the province shall also go hand in hand with comprehensive digital transformation in all disciplines, and developing "digital human resources" is therefore a crucial objective.
In order to fulfill these objectives, the Provincial Party Committee has formulated general plans on technological knowledge and skills training for government officials and fonctioners and attracting high quality personnel in information technology to facilitate the process of digital transformation. It is still of great priority that educational institutions, from grade schools to universities, especially vocational schools, be modernized and improve the quality of teaching, in addition to enhancing collaborations with businesses and industrial parks in Binh Duong to further foster the development of human capital and adapt to the current era of digital transformations.
Standardization and enhancement of the quality of public employees
In implementing agendas on improving the quality of human resources, Binh Duong Education and Training has successfully carried out initiatives to build and maintain a sufficient workforce. The pool of teachers saw considerable annually improvements in both quantity and quality. The number of teachers with above-standard qualifications in all school levels also increased constantly: compared to targeted numbers for the 2016-2020 period, among pre-school teachers, the figure was 26.41% above target, whereas among high school administrators, the figure was 13.82% above target. The percentage of trained employees in educational management and political reasoning were also all above target.
Graph 1: Qualifications of administrators and teachers in all school levels from school year 1994-1995 to school year 2021-2022
To incentivize creativity and self-learning among administrators and teachers, Binh Duong Education and Training has also actively advised relevant authorities to appropriately revise compensation policies so as to better aid workers in education, in addition to emphasizing the role of administrators in providing teachers with support and peace of mind in case of difficulties, therefore building a generation of well-trained education workers, both professionally and ethically.
Improvements in quality of education in pre-schools and grade schools
Aside from finding solutions to increase the quality of education workers, efficient investment in and organization of students' learning have also been of concern. This shall be a strategic mission in the larger process of building high quality human resources in response to demand from a developing society in general and Binh Duong Province in particular as industrialization and modernization continuously occur.
With regard to this, Binh Duong Education and Training has effectively implemented Resolution 29 dated on 4 November 2013 at the 8th Plenary Meeting of the 11th Central Committee on fundamental and comprehensive reforms in education and training, and also the 2018 Primary and Secondary Education Curriculum with "actual teaching, actual examination, actual quality" as the leading principle in all education activities and learning outcomes of students as the ultimate objective. As a result, the quality of students at all levels has been constantly maintained and improved. Results of Binh Duong delegations at national- and regional-level Olympiads and scientific research competitions have also been consistently increasing every school year. There has been gradually more emphasis on self-education and lifelong education, and consequentially, in-class learning has been combined with a variety of other forms of learning such as experiential learning, online learning, learning from courseware, from research projects, etc. to help students acquire knowledge and skills in a more comprehensive way.
To encourage and incentivize students, educational institutions have also been more concerned about annual recognitions and reward policies. There shall be systems to adequately reward the deserved awardees and promote as role models students overcoming hardships and leading initiatives in self-education and creativity in learning.
Furthermore, to better facilitate collaboration among educational institutions, vocational schools and businesses, the province has carried out the framework of Triple Helix model "government – institutions/ universities – business" – to foster an environment for startups and innovation in vocational education institutions and a startup ecosystem in all education institutions, therefore gradually improving the quality of teaching with direct regard to social needs.
Positive outcomes from initiatives to train and attract high quality human resources so far have resulted in clear increases in the talent pool and high rates of professionally trained workers, thus making considerable contributions to catapult Binh Duong into one of the few provinces capable of maintaining consistent annual growth rates.
Remarkable investments in education and training and policies to attract as well as facilitate the development high quality human resources have together created a strong foundation for Binh Duong to look forward to breakthroughs in socioeconomic development in the upcoming period and solidify the province's position as a dynamic development center of the Southeast Region and Viet Nam.
Dr. Nguyen Nhat Hang-Director of Binh Duong Department of Education and Training
Translated by Linh Nguyen
Promoting science and technology in accordance with socio-economic development
During the urbanization era, Binh Duong has specifically integrated various goals on promoting science and technology (S&T) in accordance with socio-economic development and actively turned S&T into a major development motive in general strategies, laying the groundwork for investment attraction with high added value and sustainable development in the 4.0 era. The process of promoting S&T has been carried out according to a roadmap with a focus on suiting the actual situation, bolstering existing industrial, service, and infrastructure advantages, and at the same time focusing on the demands of the market, whose nucleus is business. Binh Duong has dramatically applied the "Triple Helix" model from Eindhoven, Netherlands, and promoted cooperation between the (1) state, (2) enterprise, and (3) school to create conditions and encourage organizations in society to invest in it.
Binh Duong has strongly encouraged investment, attracting resources from society to conduct research in a methodical, scientific manner in line with new trends and demands. For instance, the Binh Duong Comprehensive and Integrated Planning Project for the Year 2030—with the Vision for 2025—has been undertaken by Central Research Institutes and International Consultants in concurrence with the Smart Logistics Project by the Viet Nam Logistics Research and Development Institute and enterprises. The province was also chosen by the Central Theoretical Council to summarize the country's development model, the country's innovation, and the orientation vision for 2050. Only in 2022, nearly 30 subjects and projects involving the application of S&T in coordination with institutes, educational organizations, and enterprises have been carried out to solve practical and urgent issues in the province, ranging from social security and national defense, social issues, culture, and religions to economic, agricultural, and industrial development, and digital transformation support for businesses, etc.
Not only using budgets, Binh Duong also focuses on encouraging businesses to invest in research and development and opening S&T funds up to billions of dong. Businesses actively implement many subjects and projects and coordinate with institutes and educational organizations to do research on solutions for business and production improvement for themselves, contribute to society, and even get a chance to be recognized by the authorities, which is a foundation for further development. In 2022, the number of S&T enterprises increased by 3. In the future, the S&T sector will continue to develop the "Triple Helix" model, connect all sides, and establish large-scale scientific programs to solve breakthrough and far-reaching issues. The province has been developing major cooperative programs with leading scientific agencies such as the Central Theoretical Council, Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City.
Developing an innovative ecosystem
In terms of developing an innovative ecosystem based on the central policy, Binh Duong has issued and strongly implemented policies, including Project 826 on "Supporting small and medium-sized start-up enterprises in Binh Duong Province up to the year 2025.". The Binh Duong Innovation Center, established by the province, connects all enterprises in the area, contributing to a breakthrough in innovative startup.
According to the province's orientation, businesses and educational organizations are encouraged and given optimal conditions to simultaneously build service facilities to promote startup and technological experiments such as the Incubator Center and Lab Center 4.0 based on international standards of the Eastern International University, Becamex's 16000m2 technical experimental workshop, Singapore-based Startup Support Center Block71 in cooperation between the National University of Singapore and Becamex Corporation, Advanced Manufacturing Center to support businesses to improve productivity and quality, Startup Support Center of Thu Dau Mot University, Agricultural Startup Incubation Center of Irrigation University Binh Duong Branch, World Trade Center with 22000m2 for public exhibition technology, etc., and most recently, the new German-standard campus of Vietnam-Germany University will be the nucleus of the university city - innovation in the future.
Another typical example that shows the significance of the enterprise force is the main role of the Becamex IDC in the development of an innovative startup ecosystem in the Binh Duong New City area, a political and social center of the province with a modern infrastructure foundation. This area has attracted international-standard universities and training centers focusing on the fields of information technology, mechatronics, electronics, business administration, etc. It also serves as a pillar in the training of human resources for modern factories and the development of an industrial base through research and development subjects. Thanks to these conditions, the New City has become a Living Lab for the Smart City Project. It is a testing ground for new ideas and technologies, with the goal of laying a solid foundation before broad synchronous application to the entire province and region.
In addition, in recent years, Binh Duong has regularly hosted events, workshops, competitions, and exhibition in both national and international levels to promote global connection and attract thousands of prestigious leaders, rectors, organizations, and businesses from all over the world to Binh Duong, opening investment attraction, human resources exchanges, scientific and technological, innovative, and smart city development, namely the UNESCO Global Innovation Forum 2018, Horasis Asia Meeting (2018, 2019), Asia Pacific Industrial Transformation Event ITAP (2021), Binh Duong National Science Conference Century (2022), Conference to honor the top 7 World Smart Community Forum 2022, etc., and most recently, sequent events of the Techfest Vietnam National Innovation Day 2022 with a scale of hundreds of exhibition booths, more than 30 seminars, co-organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Binh Duong province, with the participation of the Prime Minister and more than 8000 visitors, marking a new era of Binh Duong after 25 years of development and breakthroughs towards a new industrial ecosystem and a Smart City in the 4.0 era where Science, Technology, and Innovation are the keys.
Binh Duong's innovative strategies have been highly appreciated by many domestic and foreign organizations and awarded many titles and awards, such as the title of "Pioneer in the national innovation journey in 2021" by VCCI, the Top Industry 4.0 Viet Nam Award in 2022 organized by the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations in collaboration with central agencies, and especially by the World Smart Community Forum ICF honored the Top 7 areas with typical smart city development strategies in 2021 and 2022.
Determining to progress, setting a goal of early escaping the middle income trap
In the next phase, with the challenges and opportunities of the 4.0 post-Covid-19 era and the constant instability of the world, Binh Duong is determined to rise up, setting a goal to soon overcome the middle-income trap. Accordingly, income per capita is expected to be more than 14,500 USD, according to Resolution 24 of the Politburo on the development of the Southeast region with the key of science, technology, and innovation. Two major focuses of the province's science and technology in the new period are how to attract resources and connect the Triple Helix in order to (1) strongly support enterprises to improve their qualifications and reduce labor intensiveness; proceed digital transformation and 4.0 technology application to improve productivity and quality, and (2) form a vibrant open innovation ecosystem for the future implementation of science and technology zones and next-generation industrial ecosystems and a new, smart, civilized, and modern city. Currently, Binh Duong is actively planning the Innovation Zone - the focus of the Smart City project in the next phase, in order to connect projects and start-up areas across the province. That the South of the region is connected with Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, the province borders Chon Thanh - Binh Phuoc in the North will form an innovation axis of the Southern Key Economic Zone, in which the New City is the core. The area is concentrated with resources to create new development levers, such as building smart industrial parks, clusters of international standard universities combined with livable cities and developing open innovation ecosystems.
Thus, from solid foundations and under the close direction of provincial leaders, the science, technology, and innovation industry is changing strongly, opening new directions, and attracting social resources to contribute gradually and more strongly to the socio-economic breakthrough of Binh Duong province in the new stage.
PhD. Nguyen Viet Long
Director of Binh Duong Department of Science and Technology
Developing high-quality human resources is an important and key factor in the socio-economic development of VietNam in general and Binh Duong province in particular. For sustainable development, it is necessary to develop qualified and skilled human resources, which is a decisive factor for the national development in the coming time, a core factor for sustainable development of organizations and businesses, increase competitiveness and long-term development in the future.
Currently, there are over 27,000 enterprises operating in the province, including about 2,400 foreign-invested enterprises, the province currently has 31 industrial parks with a total area of 12,721 hectares, of which 29 industrial parks come into operation. Therefore, the demand for human resources, especially high-quality human resources, plays a decisive role in the socio-economic development of the province.
Situation of human resources in Binh Duong province
It is fact that high-quality human resources are an extremely important factor, making a great contribution to the socio-economic development of Binh Duong province over the years. The resolution of the 11th Provincial Party Congress identifies "Developing and improving the quality of human resources, meeting the requirements of building Binh Duong for sustainable development towards a smart, civilized and modern city" as one of the breakthrough programs in the period of 2021-2025.
Up to now, Binh Duong has achieved some positive results, associated with social needs in various fields: the organizational apparatus in the province's political system has been arranged and streamlined; carried out reviewing and downsizing, enhanced training and fostering, arranged cadres, civil servants and public employees according to job position requirements; cadres, civil servants and public employees with college degrees or higher account for 75%, of which more than 6% have postgraduate degrees; commune-level cadres and civil servants with university degrees or higher account for 90.06%; Pay attention to attract scientific - technical personnel and highly-qualified workers for industries and fields where existing human resources have not yet met the requirements; laborers working in economic sectors in the province continued to increase in number with 1,671,400 people; the labor structure has changed in line with the provincial economic restructuring with the proportion of labor in agriculture, forestry and fishery - industry and construction - services of 5.2% - 70 .6% - 24.2% respectively; the training of skilled labours has positive changes; the rate of trained laborers account for 80%, of which 30% have diplomas and certificates.
The above results reflect the determination of the province's political system and the creative and innovative spirit in the awareness and action of leaders at all levels; Combine resources from the state budget and enhance socialization through building mechanisms and policies to create favorable conditions for implementing the goals of improving the quality of human resources, motivating and encouraging all subjects to study, vocational training, and attract labor to serve management, production and business activities in the province.
Implementing the Resolution of the13th National Party Congress and the Resolution of the 11th Provincial Party Congress, term 2020-2025, Binh Duong Provincial Party Committee issued Program No. 19/CTr-TU with the goal towards 2030 high-quality human resources are developed according to the level of training, the field of training and the subjects of socio-economic development, focusing on hi-tech industries and high-value added fields, in which a number of industries reached regional and international level, making a great breakthrough in socio-economic development, meeting the requirements of a modern industrial center. By 2045, the province's human resources will meet the requirements of an smart production and service center, start-up center and innovation center, with high labor productivity, sufficient capability to master and apply modern technology in all socio-economic fields of a smart city in the region and the whole country.
Solutions to develop high-quality human resources
In the coming time, to continue developing high-quality human resources in association with the needs of enterprises, it is necessary to implement 6 synchronous solutions, including: Continue the implementation of Directive No. 24/CT-TTg dated May 28th, 2020 of the Prime Minister on promoting the development of skilled human resources, contributing to increasing labor productivity and national competitiveness in the new situation; Effectively implement the Plan No. 2838/KH-UBND dated June 28th, 2021 of Binh Duong provincial People's Committee on the implementation of Resolution No. 47/NQ-HDND dated December 10th, 2020 of the Binh Duong provincial People's Council on the vocational education development Plan for the period of 2021-2025, with a vision to 2030; Continue to effectively implement mechanisms and policies for developing vocational education, develop skilled human resources; promote digital transformation and online training, focus on retraining and regular training for workforce to make drastic changes in the scale, quality and effectiveness of vocational education; Ensure learners having professional skills, digital skills, soft skills, start-up skills and foreign languages, etc. to adapt to the requirements of the labor market; Striving to 2025, Binh Duong province has the rate of trained laborers reaching 85%, of which 35% have diplomas and certificates, increasing annually the number of jobs for about 35,000 workers; By 2030, the rate of trained laborers will reach 87.5%, of which 37.5% have diplomas and certificates, an annual increase of jobs for about 40,000 workers.
Strengthening tight connection of triple helix model of government unversities-businesses in vocational education activities associated with the implementation of Binh Duong Smart City Project; connect vocational education to the labor market to develop human resources in terms of quantity, connection between levels of education, gradually improving the quality of human resources; promote the cooperation mechanism between enterprises and training institutions, encouraging enterprises to recruit and employ workers based on skills and professional ability; recruit and employ workers trained or certificated according to national regulations.
Promoting to classifying students after junior high school; career orientation in high school; focusing on orientation and training of future occupations in the digital era and industry 4.0, especially training high-quality human resources, new fields, new occupational skills (automation, artificial intelligence, information technology, etc.) to serve socio-economic growth and the process of economic restructuring and international integration.
Improving the quality of analysis, labor demand forecast, labor market information on human resources, job supply and training demands of the province; focusing on developing databases, connecting the labor market, building and updating data on skilled workers by field, industry and education level; Enhancing the application of information technology in connecting supply - demand to improve the effectiveness of training and use of labor.
Promoting information, communication and create changes of social awareness and consensus on vocational education development, the position and role of skilled human resources, in order to mobilize the participation and resources of the whole society, especially the cooperation of enterprises in developing skilled human resources.
Innovating and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of state management of vocational education, continuing to promote administrative procedure reform and modernizing methods of direction and operation to serve people and businesses. Drawing up strategies, programs and projects for vocational education development; concentrate on developing skilled human resources according to the plans, programs, schemes, projects of sectors and locality; mobilize investment resources, prioritize regulated budget allocation to invest in vocational education institutions, especially high-quality schools with approved plans and key industries.
For rapidly and sustainably developing the country, it is necessary to focus on maximizing resources, prioritize the development of high-quality human resources breakthrough stage bringing the most important advantages, successfully implementing industrialization, modernization process and international integration.
Mr. Trinh Duc Tai-
Director of Department of Labor, War Invalids
and Society of Binh Duong Province
Translated by Lam Dang
Continuing the 25-year development journey of Binh Duong, the agricultural branch has many important achievements. By the end of 2021, the added value of agriculture, forestry and fishery grew steadily at an average of 2.74%/year, Binh Duong's agricultural production value reached 17,743 billion VND, the proportion of agriculture in the general economic structure of the province by the end of 2021 was 3.1% (although it decreased in proportion, the production value increased by 14.2 times compared to 1997).
During the process of establishment and development, with its position as a province having a high degree of urbanization and the fastest growth rate in the country, it has created many advantages but also created many challenges for the province's agricultural branch in terms of labor costs, land costs, opportunity costs of attracting high investment capital. However, in the face of difficulties and challenges, in fact, Binh Duong's agricultural branch has implemented many innovative solutions and achieved great progress, even many fields are considered to be leading the country. The branch fiercely adheres to and thoroughly grasps the spirit of Resolution No. 15-NQ/TW of the 5th Conference of the Party Central Committee (Term IX) on accelerating the industrialization and modernization of agriculture and rural areas in the 2001-2010 period, Resolution No. 26-NQ/TW of the 7th Conference of the Party Central Committee (Term X) on agriculture, farmers and rural areas, creatively applying the Resolution in the province's conditions, promoting the inherent strengths, while sticking to the policy of building a smart city over the past time.
Through the process of implementation, in each field of agriculture, farmers and rural areas of Binh Duong province, there have been many innovations, material and spiritual life has been improved; national defense - security is kept firmly and stably; the political system has been gradually consolidated, the leadership and management activities are becoming more and more effective and efficient. The main targets have all met and exceeded the goals of the Program, in which the results of development investment in agriculture in Binh Duong province are as follows:
For many consecutive years, GDP per capita in rural areas has grown continuously, reaching 71 million VND/year in 2021 (much higher than the national average of 41.76 million VND/year); the total number of agricultural farms ranked 2nd in the Southeast region and 5th in the whole country; rubber plantation area and dried latex output ranked 2nd, number of pig herds ranked 8th, number of poultry herds ranked 12th nationwide; high-tech livestock production capacity was rated among the top in the country. In 2020, the agriculture and rural development branch was also honored to be awarded the first class Labor Order by the President of the Socialist Republic of VietNam; this is an affirmation for the success of Binh Duong's agricultural branch, where Resolution No. 26-NQ/TW of the 7th Conference of the Party Central Committee (Term X) on agriculture, farmers and rural areas as the guideline.
Ceremony of receiving the first class Labor Order in 2020
In addition to well implementing mechanisms and policies to encourage investment in agriculture and rural areas promulgated by the Central Government, Binh Duong province applies the Central Government's policies to issue local policies (supporting VietGAP, encouraging investment in urban agriculture, high-tech agriculture, supporting vaccination, etc.), contributing positively to the restructuring of agricultural production associated with new rural construction.
Binh Duong's agriculture develops in a comprehensive and modern direction, the agricultural economic structure continues to shift towards producing high-value and efficient goods, gradually reducing the proportion of cultivation and increasing the proportion of livestock. Perennial crops and concentrated livestock continue to be strengths in the province's agricultural branch, by the end of 2021, the total area of perennial crops reached 142,438 ha (the rubber area accounted for 133,278 ha with an output of 194,197 tons, more than 2 times higher than 2001); the total livestock herd reached 718,919 heads, the total poultry herd reached over 13.5 million heads with the total output of live meat for slaughter reached nearly 200,000 tons (almost 10 times higher than that of 2001). The technical advances have agricultural production has been widely applied in agricultural production and achieved some remarkable results: 100% of agricultural land was mechanized for tillage; the use of new varieties in agriculture reached over 90%.
Livestock, the focus of Binh Duong's agriculture is a strong industry leading the way in promoting technology content with 90% of the total herd being raised according to farm size (of which about 70% of the total pig and poultry herds apply closed and cold farming methods). Many companies, farms and households have boldly invested and applied modern technology and advanced production lines that meet European standards in livestock production such as: automatic feeders and drinkers, post-harvest technology, high-yield breeders, cages, floor cages, cooling and heating systems, etc. bringing high economic efficiency. High-tech livestock production is concentrated in 04 Northern districts (Bau Bang, Phu Giao, Dau Tieng and Bac Tan Uyen), mainly pigs and chickens. Private farms and companies that invest prominently in high-yield livestock such as Vinh Tan farm, Companies of 3F Viet, CP, CJ Vina, Japfa, CJ-Agri, Ba Huan, Emivest, Viet Swan, etc.
Poultry slaughter line of 3F Viet Joint Stock Company
Rural socio-economic infrastructure continues to receive attention and investment, rural economic structure continues to shift towards industry - services, income and material and spiritual life of the rural population increases. Up to now, 100% of communes in the province have been recognized as meeting new-style rural standards; 70.73% of communes meet the advanced new-style rural standards; 100% of rural population have accessto clean and hygienic water; irrigation works, dikes, natural disaster prevention and control promote their effectiveness in irrigation and flood prevention, ensuring irrigation for 100% of short-term crops; 100% of communes have roads from the district to the commune, the main commune road are asphalted; alleyways are concreted, contributing to creating favorable conditions for production development, promoting large-scale consumption of agricultural products and goods, and contributing to attracting businesses to invest in rural areas. The school system at all levels has been invested in modern, spacious and most communes have kindergartens and primary schools that meet national standards. The system of cultural and sports institutions is invested to meet the needs of people's living, entertainment and recreation, 100% of communes have hamlet cultural houses; 100% of commune roads and roads from commune center to district roads and 100% of main hamlet and inter-hamlet roads are asphalted, ensuring convenient travel by car all year round; 100% of communes, wards and towns have doctors serving; all waste in rural areas is collected and treated, gradually reducing environmental pollution; security and order are maintained, etc.
Continuing to promote the existing foundation
Entering a new phase, Binh Duong's agricultural branch is determined to continue to promote its existing foundation, apply more creatively the Resolution on agriculture, farmers and rural areas associated with the new orientation of the Binh Duong Smart city - Innovation Region project proposed by the Resolution of the 11th Provincial Party Congress, 2020 - 2025 tenure to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic and welcome the fourth industrial revolution; break through and transform from the model of small-scale production and outsourcing, to professional and advanced production applying technology, developing potential, promoting science and technology, innovation, digital transformation, step by step mastering technology and markets, moving up in the value chain, building model rural areas associated with Smart Villages, bringing agriculture and rural areas to a new height. In particular, Binh Duong's agricultural production needs to mobilize the participation and joint efforts of businesses, scientists, agencies and units for the main issue:
The first is to process agricultural products, build production, processing and consumption links in the province and neighboring provinces, promote the advantages of geographical location, capital potential, science and technology and market of the Southern Key Economic Region.
The second is to invest in research, production and transfer of high technologies in agricultural production, especially technologies related to varieties, biotechnology, etc., application of smart, environmentally friendly technology, building a circular economy chain, linking production and consumption of products.
The third is supporting services and technologies for agricultural development such as: transportation logistics, warehousing, trade promotion services to consume agricultural products, packaging industry, trademark packaging of agricultural products; support services for technical transfer of agricultural production, product quality management; industry producing animal feed, veterinary medicine, fertilizer, plant protection medicine, etc.
The fourth is the digital transformation in agricultural production and management.
And the last - also the most important issue, Binh Duong's agricultural branch needs the support of experienced experts, scientists and businesses, join efforts from enthusiastic young human resources to participate in research, production and business, contributing to the agricultural development and rural construction in Binh Duong while catching up with the development trend of smart city construction industry but still preserving the fine traditional identities and values of the rural areas and the homeland of Binh Duong.
Mr. Pham Van Bong
Director of Binh Duong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Translated by Thanh Tam
Thoughts and Actions
After 26 years of establishment and development, Binh Duong continues to be an attractive destination for domestic and foreign investors and businesses, especially strategic investors. Up to now, the province has gradually become a modern industrial production center as well as one of the few localities with many "billion-dollar" factories. The fact that LEGO group decided to invest in the most modern manufacturing plant worldwide with their first carbon neutral technology with a total investment of more than 1 billion dollars in Binh Duong province right at the time of Covid-19 epidemic, shows that the province is a bright spot on the industrial map of the region. This is the preferred choice of prestigious investors in the world in the peak of global challenges.
Production in Takako company (Vsip 1)
Along with the process of industrialization, the province has soon realized that the importance of urbanization as an important driving force of growth. It has implemented an appropriate urbanization strategy: building a new urban area, forming an Industry - Service - Urban Complex Zone, developing Smart City; step by step research and invest in the model of Industrial Park - Science - Technology Urban - Innovation Zone in order to create new development motivations for the province in both medium and long term. Binh Duong Smart Region has been honored twice consecutively by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) as one of the seven regions (Top 7) with a typical smart city development strategy in the world.
As a province without an airport or a seaport, it does not have many advantages for development, but with constant efforts and determination, since 2017, Binh Duong has been recognized as the first province in the country without the poor according to central standards. The poverty rate according to provincial standards is less than 1%. In 2019, 100% of communes met new rural standards, completing the plan set out one year in advance. The urbanization rate increased sharply, reaching 82% by 2020, 2.5 times higher than the national average. The province's current economic structure in industry, agriculture and service is 66.5%, 2.5% and 22.8% respectively. According to the general assessment, Binh Duong is 10 years ahead in completing the development goals set out for the whole country by 2030 and is fully premised on becoming a modern, high-income developed province before 2045.
The current GRDP per capita is nearly 7,000 USD/person/year, listed in the group of three leading localities in the country. The size of the province's GRDP has increased by over 103 times for 25 years. The province is not only obtaining outstanding achievements in socio-economic development but also getting impressive the results in the fields of culture, human development, environmental protection, national defense and security, order and safety maintenance, building Party and political system over the past 25 years. Binh Duong's 2020 Human Development Index (HDI) was 0.736, listed among provinces with high HDI index in the country.
In particular, in recent years, Binh Duong Party Committee and people have made great efforts to overcome difficulties and negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring social security, order and safety, health of the people, implementing the policy of safe, flexible adaptation and effective control of the COVID-19 epidemic for socio-economic recovery and development.
Binh Duong's Party Committee and Government together with businesses discussed on ways of building infrastructure and attracting investment, accompanying businesses to create a favorable business environment for attracting investment and develop appropriate human resources. The motto "The companion of businesses to overcome all difficulties", " Rolling out flower mats to call for investment" and "Rolling out the red carpet to attract talents" have been effectively and consistently implemented by authorities at all levels for many years. All have brought substantial results and new opportunities for localities to maximize their potential and advantages, increase the efficiency of using land, natural resources, capital and labor, ect. as well as mobilize new resources from inside and outside the country for development.
Up to now, Binh Duong has determined to continue the tradition of solidarity in the collective leadership, synergy and creativity in production and business, continuing to make breakthrough policies to resolve the difficulties posed by the times. Mobilizing all resources, the consensus of the people and the responsible community for the motto "The companion of businesses to overcome all difficulties " aim the highest goal, the common benefits to pave the way for the innovation and development of Binh Duong in the new era, a dynamic, modern, civilized and affectionate province.
With a deep awareness of opportunities and challenges in the coming time, and at the same time climbing a higher value ladder, Binh Duong Party Committee and the government and the people continue to pose new challenges and flexibly and creatively realized guidelines and policies, understanding and applying modern scientific and technological achievements, seeking resonance and companionship from neighboring provinces and cities, countries and territories to continue developing to new heights, striving to successfully implement the direction of the Prime Minister in his working visit in Binh Duong on building up a "new-generation industrial ecosyste, associated with the 4th industrial revolution, green, smart, sustainable, inclusive development, leaving no one behind", aiming to become the center, the driving force for regional and inter-regional connection, continuously to be a pioneering local model in efforts to overcome the middle-income trap, develop sustainably in the orientation of a smart, civilized and modern city, together with the whole country, realizing the vision and goal of turning our country into a developed, high-income, socialist-oriented country by the middle of the century.
Binh Duong's goal is that by 2030, Binh Duong will become a smart city, a modern industrial center and a leading locality in innovation. By 2045, Binh Duong will be a smart city of the region and the whole country. Urban system of green, smart and sustainable growth; have appropriate, synchronous and modern technical and social infrastructure; have a clean environment and good quality of life; have the ability to withstand and adapt to climate change; has advanced urban architecture; plays an important role and position in the regional urban network, is highly competitive in the regional socio-economic development, making Binh Duong a smart city of the region and the whole country.
Binh Duong always listens to and receices the opinions of scientists to plan a sustainable development strategy
In 2023, Ben Cat and Tan Uyen towns will become cities under Binh Duong province. By 2025, the urbanization rate will be raised to 85%, and by 2030, it will reach over 85%. 100% of urban areas have urban general planning, zoning planning, renovation and embellishment program, urban development. By 2025, Thuan An, Di An, Ben Cat and Tan Uyen will be recognized as grade-two urbans under Binh Duong province and Dau Tieng town will meet the criteria of grade-four urban, and Thanh Tuyen, Long Hoa (Dau Tieng district), Lai Hung (Bau Bang district) will meet the criteria of grade-five urbans. At the same time, by 2030, Lai Uyen (Bau Bang district) Phuoc Vinh (Phu Giao district) and Tan Thanh (North district) Tan Uyen) was recognized as a grade-four urban and Minh Hoa commune (Dau Tieng district) was recognized as a grade-five urban.
In addition, Binh Duong also set the criteria for urban development associated with the construction of Binh Duong smart city, including: the rate of publicly provided information to the people with an information feedback mechanism reaches 70 %. The percentage of stations providing real-time traffic information reaches 50%. The percentage of population with electronic medical records reaches 50%. 100% of provincial and district health agencies allow registration of health examination and treatment through ICT app. 70% of public places are installed security monitoring systems. 100% of departments make a list of information resources and share them. By 2045, managing the urbanization process in a sustainable way, improve the quality of urban life, ensure social security and welfare, urban safety and order.
In order to develop urban areas in the orientation of smart and innovative, Binh Duong offers 6 solutions including: perfecting regulations and policies to facilitate the urbanization process, planning, construction management and sustainable urban development; improve the quality of urban planning to meet the requirements of construction and development management; building and developing sustainable and synchronous urban network system; to step up the development of housing, a synchronous, modern, interconnected urban infrastructure system and adapt to climate change; building and perfecting the urban government model; improve urban management efficiency, urban order and quality of urban life; economic development in urban areas, renovating mechanisms and investing in urban development. Cities play an active role in economic, cultural and social development, innovate in urban management, have a healthy, friendly living environment and have their own identity. By 2030, Binh Duong will become a smart city, a modern industrial center and a leading locality in innovation.
Reported by Khanh An -Translated by Lam Dang