(July 12) – Boston Global Forum (BGF) hosted the “Peace and Innovation” conference, in collaboration with Khanh Hoa Provincial Government, on July 11 in Nha Trang to celebrate the 20 years of diplomacy and friendship between the United States and Vietnam. The event was also a featured activity in the framework of Nha Trang Sea Festival 2015.
The conference’s discussion was centered on the development of the economy of Khanh Hoa and identifying strategies to make it become an innovative centre of technology and culture in East Asia. This is an ambition that was shared by Khanh Hoa’s Governor Nguyen Chien Thang in his speech at the Boston Global Forum conference at Harvard Faculty Club on June 10, 2015.
Attending as key speakers were BGF leaders including Harvard’s Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press and BGF’s Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Professor Thomas Patterson; Harvard’s Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration and BGF’s Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Professor John Quelch; BGF’s CEO and Editor-in-chief Nguyen Anh Tuan; MIT’s Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience and BGF’s Member of Board of Thinkers, Professor Robert Desimone.
BGF’s Chairman, Governor Michael Dukakis, who could not attend due to his tight schedules in university, also sent a congratulatory video to that added to the event. He gave a compliment on Governor Thang’s plan of building Nha Trang to be an IT and innovative zone would bring a great opportunity not only to strengthen economy of Vietnam, but also attract investors and intelligence to Nha Trang. He also hoped United States would be a extremely helpful. Adding to the normalization between United States and Vietnam, Governor Dukakis thought that the relationship will be developing with high expectation on the “willingness of Vietnamese people to move on beyond the war”.
Watch Governor Dukakis’s video here: