On April 3rd, “Youth Empowerment Roundtable“ was held in National Economics University with the presence of Assoc. Prof Dr Truong Thi Nam Thang – director of CSIE, Mrs. Cynthia Cheung – the representative of UNDP in Southeast Asia alongside with governments’ representatives, experts, researchers, social companies’ representatives and young inspired people interested in social creative businesses from eight countries: Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Mongolia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vietnam.
The Roundtable is one of the events in Youth Co: Lab Summit 2019 in National Economics University. Many high-profile government officers and 1000 young people from 20 countries were welcomed at the event.
In the conference, Dr Truong Thi Nam Thang presented to all the participants about the big picture of Vietnam’s social enterprises: definitions, related laws and exemplary enterprises in the social area. Dr Truong Thi Nam Thang also discussed the history of formation and development of CSIE – the story of how a small research centre became the representative of National Economics University and have many strategic partnerships with many partners from both inside and outside Vietnam.
The incoming products of CSIE were also fully and lively introduced to all the guests in the meeting. The featured products included imapvietnam.org, Buy Social Vietnam, MoSIE – Master of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Regarding the topics discussed in the conference, all of them were about how to provide support for young people starting creative social businesses, what the roles of academic organizations in the field are and what kinds of support governments should provide for their national projects to promote good development in their own countries.
Ending of the discussion, government representatives from 8 countries warmly received thank-you gifts from Dr Nam Thang – on behalf of school administrators; other guests were also given gifts produced by social companies in Vietnam. Hopefully, this event would open a chance for the countries to connect and communicate in the future.