A newly launched program, the Vietnam Innovation Network 2018, intends to tap into the expertise and knowledge of thousands of Vietnamese working overseas in international organizations, scientific research centers and transnational companies in order to boost Vietnam’s technological development.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, said of the launch of the Vietnam Innovation Network 2018 in Hanoi that, “The new network will enable Vietnamese experts working in technologically advanced countries to assist their home country in preparing for the fourth industrial revolution,”
PhamMinh Chinh, head of the Central Organizing Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam and member of the Party Secretariat, expressed high regard for the network and its role in Vietnam’s push for “comprehensive development.” Two Politburo resolutions have embraced overseas Vietnamese as an inseparable part of the national community.
Over 100 Vietnamese scientists and tech experts living overseas as well as hundreds of their peers in Vietnam have agreed to participate in the network. At the launch of the network in Hanoi, Vietnamese scientists working overseas proposed ways for Vietnam to take advantage of advanced technologies, adopt new market approaches and attract venture capitalists from around the world.
Dr. Bui Hai Hung, a researcher at DeepMind, Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) company, said many top AI experts of Vietnamese origin work across the world, but Vietnam has yet to put itself on the map in this area. Dr. Bui urged Vietnam to establish an AI Center, develop IT infrastructure and invest in training programs for cloud computing.
Ho Anh Van, an Associate Professor who works in Japan, noted that many Vietnamese teach or research in top Japanese universities, or work for top tech firms and that the network would enable them to help transfer technology back to Vietnam.
The Vietnam Innovation Network 2018 is a joint project of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education and Training. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about 4.5 million Vietnamese are living, studying and working in more than 110 countries and territories. Of these, about 400,000 are scientists and experts.
Truong Gia Binh, Chairman of FPT Corporation’s Board of Directors, said the company was willing to cooperate with outstanding overseas Vietnamese scientists and experts in research, development and technology in key fields, such as e-government, and smart medicine, transportation, finance and banking.
Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said that the ministry is working with relevant ministries and sectors to build a national strategy on industry 4.0, which comprises the establishment of innovation centers, and the mobilization of experts and scientists.
The government wants to gather overseas Vietnamese and domestic scientists who will meet to exchange and share visions as well as strategies for scientific and technological development in the sectors that Vietnam needs to accelerate in the coming years. Chu Ngoc Anh, Vietnam’s Minister of Science and Technology said that the government plans should include a focus on human resources, as a competitive factor to promote the country’s growth.