Dwindling population puts Mekong Delta firms on edge

VIETNAM: The Mekong Delta region, composed of 13 localities, faces a severe lack of skilled employees, due to key changes in the population demographics over the past few years.

That's the opinion of Le Anh Tuan, an associate professor with Can Tho University. She said in a recent lecture series that the region had both the lowest immigration rate, and the highest emigration rate in Vietnam. Its population growth was zero from 2009 to 2019 while the nation’s total population grew by 1.14% over the same period.

This has left the region severely short of skilled labour. Tuan suggested a publicly funded training strategy for locals with high professional skills, to help attract and nurture the young workforce in the region. Easing processes for entrepreneurial ventures could also help.

One local HR specialist, Tieu Yen Trinh — a director with HR consultancy Talentnet — recommended linking localities in the region and identifying main subjects for training. She underscored the necessary simultaneous implementation of attracting talents, developing HR, and capitalising on the domestic and international experts in the area

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