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S. Korea shares with Vietnam experience in green growth economy

A training program on building green growth capability for Vietnam was launched here on Monday co- organized by the Vietnam Institute for Social Sciences (VISS), Korea Environment Institute and the Global Green Growth Institute.

Participants to the event being Vietnamese and South Korean scientists and managers in the field, shared with one another information about the principles and roadmap for green growth; green growth and policies on science, technology and agriculture; use of natural resources and management of the waste; preservation of bio-diversity; creation of green jobs; water resource, green energy and cooperation for development.

In its strategy for development during 2011-2020, Vietnam affirmed a consistent goal of rapid development linked with sustainable development, in which reform of the growth model and restructuring of the economy is the foremost and long-term task, said VISS vice president Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan.

According to Prof. Cae-Won Kim, from the University of Seoul, South Korea is the first country in Asia to apply successfully the model of industrialization, which made the country become a developed country within decades. Currently South Korea is a leading country in implementing the green growth model, with many initiatives done to build the country with less carbonic emissions. South Korea also directs the people's thinking and behavior in building a culture with green economy.

Vietnam should organize training courses in building green growth capability for managers, lecturers and researchers from ministries, branches, institutes and universities, so as to multiply the model throughout Asia, said Cae-Won Kim.

Green growth is a model for development applied by many countries across the world aimed at reducing the greenhouse emission, minimizing impacts by climate change and improving the quality of growth, and reforming production structure and consumption towards sustainability.

Over the past three years, the world witnessed strong impacts from the global financial crisis and economic depression that made countries to review the model of development towards sustainability. To restructure the economy towards sustainable development that is closely connected with environmental protection becomes a prevailing trend.

Source:Xinhua
Date:Dec 14,2011