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Promoting the cooperation on labour export between Vietnam – Hungary


 On April, 13, at the Head office of Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung had a cordial meeting with Mr. Ory Csaba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary in Vietnam. At the meeting, the two sides discussed on the cooperation on labour export, and vocational training in order to utilize the potential cooperation match with the demand and benefit of both countries

At the meeting, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung thanked and highly appreciated the Ambassador for visiting and working with the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). He said that the two countries have great potential in cooperation on labour export and vocational education. After a period of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the door is now open for both sides.
Minister Dao Ngoc Dung affirmed that: Vietnam always respects the good and long-standing traditional cooperative relationship with Hungary. Hungary is an important partner in the field of labour and social affairs in Europe. In the period 2019-2022, Vietnamese businesses have organized to send 1,042 workers to work in Hungary in the fields of agriculture, food processing, construction, industrial production, welder, and chef.
Thanking Minister Dao Ngoc Dung for the warm welcome, the Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam informed about four areas the country has a great demand to recruit foreign workers, including the automotive industry; nurses; hotel and restaurant services; construction.
On the base of good relationship between Vietnam and Hungary, as well as Hungary's demand to receive foreign workers, and establish an official cooperation framework, the Ambassador said that it’s high time for the two countries to sign a cooperation agreement (MOU) on labour export.
At the meeting, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung also shared about Vietnam's development orientation in the next 10 years and the following years... “In that context, Vocational education is considered as one of the three urgent strategic breakthrough tasks, the mission of training, fostering and providing skilled human resources for the Vietnamese workforce, contributing to increasing labour productivity, promoting GDP growth, and improving national competitiveness.
According to the Minister, after the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam is also facing to labour shortage, but that shortage is only temporary for a short time. In general, Vietnam has a surplus of the young labour force. In the coming time, Vietnam is very interested in education and training, especially vocational education, in which it will redirect training to output orders with an open and flexible direction.
Regarding the issues raised by the Ambassador about promoting the sending of Vietnamese workers to Hungary in the near future, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung said that Vietnam has now signed MOUs with a number of European countries such as Germany, Romania, Czech, Bulgaria... According to the Minister, for different countries, the MOU will be different. In some countries, the two sides will sign a comprehensive MOU in all fields and industries such as Japan and Korea, but in some countries, the MOU only signs 1 or 2 areas, such as the MOU signed with Germany on nursing and high-tech industries such as automobiles. Thus, with Hungary, if Hungary has a demand on labour in some specific fields, the MOU should focus on those fields.
If the two sides come to an agreement to sign a cooperation agreement, according to Minister Dao Ngoc Dung, it is necessary to choose reputable labour export companies of the two countries. At the same time, the two sides should choose the professions that Hungary has the demands and implement train in Vietnam first, the training can be implemented at the vocational education institutions or enterprises, with the participation of Hungary.
Minister Dao Ngoc Dung also informed the Ambassador that all four professions that Hungary has great labour demand for are currently being trained by Vietnamese vocational education institutions under the transfer program from Germany. The trainee will receive 2 degrees from Vietnam and Germany. The Minister hoped that the Hungarian side to participate in the vocational training process in the following direction: your business makes requests, orders and cooperates with Vietnamese vocational schools to train together before sending labour to Hungary.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to sign a cooperation agreement on labour export between the two countries, and at the same time assigned the specialized agencies of the two sides to coordinate and discuss closely to prepare the contents for the MOU.