A three day Consultative Leadership Workshop for the Quang Nam Provincial Development Strategy was recently held in Tam Ky City.
The workshop was organized by Provincial Propaganda Department, Planning & Investment Department of Quang Nam Province, UN-HABITAT, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration (HCMA) along with Portland State University from America. It lasted for three days with participation of representatives from provincial department, committee, districts and provincial cities.
"Main purposes of the workshop are to facilitate a strategy dialogue between Quang Nam leading officials and key stakeholders on the main elements of the PDS, to learn how to apply several practical leadership tools from the new EMERGE framework for accelerating the successful realization of the Quang Nam PDS and to improve provincial and local ownership in the formulation and implementation of the Quang Nam PDS ", said Nguyen Quang, Habitat Programme Manager.
This workshop is in the Project of Quang Nam Development Strategy Establishment implemented by UN-HABITAT Vietnam, in which giving out a clear development strategy for local authorities and people, in order to balance development targets and sustainability.
Ngo Huy Duc, Director institute of political science, HCMA said: Globalization brings in policy and political challenges which are more and more complex and unusual. Political system's reply needs to be based on its cultural, historical and institutional characteristics. A leadership framework is required to deal with these difficulties. Theoretical framework reflects the complexity and fluctuation of new difficulties, thus, an active system approach to leadership is needed. It is established on the basis that accounts characteristics of Vietnam political system, in which emphasizes on "theory attached with practice". "Leadership is a value-centered and shared process that engages leaders in relationship with followers in the purposeful advancement of the human and ecological condition, i.e., the common good."
By various propaganda forms such as video clip, direct discussions, presentation, the workshop provides 6 useful tools to deal with difficulties. They are leadership opportunity seeking tool, the leadership role profile Tool, standardization tool, strategic steering tool, inspiration tool and coalition tool.
Mr Tran Kim Hung, Standing officer of Quang Nam's People Committee said: "In my point of view, the main challenge of Quang Nam province lies in disqualified planning quality. We need to convert these challenges to opportunities, meaning that how to obtain qualified planning along with provincial long-term development, including vision of industry development and restructure, ideas and targets for modern industrial development of Quang Nam by 2020. This course provides us knowledge concerning leadership skills preparation and their application in locality. From that, hopefully, Quang nam province will have a qualified socio-eco development plan; we may employ experts to change the planning procedure. Actually, this course helps me to realize those".
Meanwhile, on 27-29 August, UN-HABITAT together with People Committee of Hoi An opened the kick-off workshop in Hoi An for the project of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (VAA) for development of Hoi An Eco-city. The goals of the project are assessing vulnerability and adaptation capacity to climate change (VAA) of the city of Hoi An to make it basis for strategic planning process with concrete action plan to respond to climate change and sustainability challenges of the city; capacity building for local officials and stakeholders to develop strategies to develop eco-city of Hoi An; and developing a strategic direction for developing eco-city of Hoi An through policy dialogue on "the core values of the eco-city development".
During the workshop, UN-HABITAT presented VAA framework and its application for Hoi An eco-city development. This framework will provide policy makers and communities related information to make priorities and plans to adapt to climate change, identify the necessary actions to effectively manage the impact on society and economy of climate change, and determine adaptive capacity based on analysis of local solutions, including the resources of the community. The framework is expected to play a key role as a determining factor for the development of successful eco-city to Hoi An in 2030.