Conference on Innovation and Start-ups in Vietnam held in Switzerland

On Sept. 9, the Embassy of Vietnam in Switzerland, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and the Association of Vietnamese Intellectuals and Experts in Switzerland co-organized a conference on innovation and start-ups in Vietnam.
September 11, 2021 | 17:00

According to the Embassy of Vietnam in Switzerland, the seminar was aimed to facilitate exchange and discussion on innovation and digital transformation in Vietnam, start-ups in blockchain technologies for healthcare and community service and the start-up ecosystem in Vietnam.

Conference on Innovation and Start-ups in Vietnam held in Switzerland

Ambassador of Vietnam to Switzerland Le Linh Lan. Photo: Vietnam +

At the conference, Ambassador of Vietnam to Switzerland Le Linh Lan spoke about Vietnam’s economic development accomplishments in the past 35 years since the Doi Moi economic reforms in 1986, turning Vietnam into one of the most dynamic economies in the Pacific-Asian region that focused its development goals on boosting digital transformation at the national level and developing digital economy and digital society.

The ambassador noted that Vietnam had one of the fastest digital transformation rates in the world and had been making significant progress in it.

Ambassador Lan also underlined the roles of innovation and digital transformation in Vietnam’s development strategies in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically, the pandemic was identified as a driver for development and innovation in digitalization in Vietnam, with the rise of numerous applications to connect and protect public health such as Bluezone and the online meeting platform Zavi developed and controlled for the first time by Vietnamese engineers.

Conference on Innovation and Start-ups in Vietnam held in Switzerland

View of the conference on innovation and start-up spaces in Vietnam. Photo: Vietnam Times

During the event, Ambassador Lan, professors at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, co-founder of Innolab Asia Huynh Cong Thang and the representatives of the Association of Vietnamese Intellectuals and Experts in Switzerland executive board including Dr. Luu Vinh Toan, an IT engineer in Switzerland, and co-founder of the Health Information Traceability Foundation Dr. Quy Vo Reinhard discussed and answered questions on the Vietnamese government’s policies on start-ups and the start-up ecosystem in Vietnam,

The conference participants also discussed other topics such as the start-up ecosystem in Vietnam, the development of a technological project to apply blockchain technologies to collect and share health data in a controlled manner and the direction for the development of the VietSearch ecosystem to support Vietnamese individuals and businesses around the world.

Conference on Innovation and Start-ups in Vietnam held in Switzerland

Ambassador of Vietnam to Switzerland Le Linh Lan and the Association of Vietnamese Intellectuals and Experts in Switzerland worked with Prof. Dr. Altmann-Hohl, President of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Photo: Vietnam Times

On the same day, Ambassador Linh Lan and the Association of Vietnamese Intellectuals and Experts in Switzerland worked with Prof. Dr. Altmann-Hohl, President of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland to discuss training collaboration programs in trade and promoting business and investment environment in Vietnam and boosting exchange and discussion between researchers and experts from Vietnam and Switzerland.

During the meeting with, Ambassador Lan, the leader of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland expressed his hope of continued collaboration with the Embassy of Vietnam in Switzerland to organize business community connection activities and support the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland student to conduct research programs to understand more about Vietnam and other countries in Asia.

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