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INTRODUCTION: Vietnam has been a member of ASEAN (Association of South East

Asian Nations) for more than 20 years. Globalization is a necessary trend, and either
ASEAN or Vietnam is an exception. With the purpose of promoting an equal economic
growth, establishing an economic sector with enhanced competitiveness and the ability
to integrate fully with the global economy, the ASEAN Economic Community is
established (AEC). This is a major milestone in the regional economic integration
agenda in ASEAN, offering opportunities in the form of a huge market of US$2.6 trillion
and over 622 million people. If ASEAN were one economy, it would be seventh largest
in the world with a combined gross domestic product of $2.4 trillion in 2013. It could be
fourth largest by 2050 if growth rate continued. With over 600 million people, ASEAN's
potential market is larger than the European Union or North America. Bordered by the
People's Republic of China and India, ASEAN has the world's third largest labor force
that remains relatively young. As a member of ASEAN, VN is bound to have many
opportunities to integrate with the global economy and develop.
Proposition 1: Difficult but not impossible. In fact, both large and small businesses
have to compete in order to attract customers’ attention. Therefore, in order to enhance
competitiveness, those local businesses should invest in improving their infrastructure
(assembly line, machines and technologies)  3D printing: helps to make samples
quicker + cheaper material production. This technology applied in producing
mechanical products, cars, robots, or in agriculture,...
 other ways: drive down products’ costs, advertise products, catch up with
consumers’ needs on the market, do research and adapt new marketing
strategies,...These will help them attract more customers. In Lâm Đồng, there are
currently >5000 enterprises, most of which are small- or medium-sized, even supersmall. In general, these enterprises work separately; most are lacking in capitals,
technologies, experiences in operating and managing, or brand advertising...On the
verge of bankruptcy, these enterprises must be willing to improve their productivity. The
bold decision to invest in installing modern assembly line and technologies of
Ladophar JSC (Joint Stock Company) to create the vastly consumed Artichoke in both
domestic and foreign markets is a valuable lessons for other businesses.
Proposition 2: AEC is an open community which allows free exports and imports as
well as trading and labour exchange. Therefore, workers from VN can sign up for
exporting programme to other countries to find jobs. Furthermore, travelling within
ASEAN will need no visa, and this provides even more job opportunities. Labourers
can also have the chance to interact and gain more experiences, and specialized skills
in modern countries in the sector. Besides, there have been more and more new
occupations in the recent years, which demand for a huge labour.
AEC has only allowed labourers from 8 professions to travel within the sector to find
jobs after the community is established (accountancy, architecture, engineering,

that is something that the governments should take into consideration. etc.Small enterprises in VN can compete with larger ones when joining AEC by lots of methods. For the wealth gap. Though there is financial disparity between the rich and the poor. they can still be trained. . there are many jobs opportunities now. every era throughout human beings’ history. too. and we should make use of it instead of wasting it because of our workforce being unqualified. I suppose. VN has shown other countries in ASEAN that our labourers’ skills are much enhanced now. nursing. And at the regional’s competition. politics. Also. if we don’t take advantage of it now. investigation and tourism)  the number of specialized and highly-trained labourers coming to VN is not substantial compared to the total amount of our country’s workforce. That is. doctoring. I want to express my viewpoints on this matter: . which never happens twice to any country. I think it is not as bad as you thought. even a hard one. VN has claimed its position with many top rankings (Won first-prize 3 times out of 10 times participating in the Skills competitions) + always recognised as one of the top 3 countries leading in speciality)  considerable potentials in being ready to join AEC Proposition 3: You know. Also. Wealth gap exists in every nation. which need no special skills. Wrap-up: I. I assume this is not good for the circumstance of VN’s workforce.Vietnam is in its “Gold population” period. we should strike while the iron is hot. they will not be as much as they are now since the poor themselves can improve their income. If VN integrates with ASEAN and the global economy. Even if the majority of our workforce are semi-skilled or underskilled. So. Moreover. you’re right. which will result in serious economic downturn. The point is. To sum up.Machinery will not cause employment. aging population period causes burdens to every aspect of a country: society. as long as they don’t have any mental disorders or any abnormalities in their minds. As I have mentioned earlier. . at ASEAN skills competitions. which will decrease drastically both the amount and productivity of our workforce. there are always solutions for a puzzle. because Vietnamese workers can find many jobs in AEC. .dentistry. our country will eventually move on to the aging population period. It cannot be erased. appreciate your concerns. our people’s lives will gradually become better. The wealth will not be dramatic since our country’s living standard will eventually improve.. they can have the chance to gain more experiences and enhanced their skills. Our government are opening more vocational schools and technical centres to improve this. And yes. then when? If we refuse to take the opportunities. VN is in the “Gold population” period. economy. culture.

provide training sessions for managers to adapt new strategies. bridging the gap with the other developed countries in the sector. . invest in improving machines and adapt new technologies. focus on restructuring the economy. open more vocational schools all over our country to improve the workforce’s specialization. changing new growing method in order to enhance experience and competitiveness. Vietnamese government should assist enterprises.To maximize all the opportunities when joining AEC.