Construction of National Innovation Centre officially begins in Hanoi

Construction of the National Innovation Centre (NIC) officially began in Hanoi on January 9 along with the international exhibition displaying the year’s leading innovations.
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other delegates attend the ceremony to kick off the NIC. Photo: Nhan Dan

Addressing the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that innovation has become the key to the success and plays an important role in socio-economic development strategies devised by most nations and territories.

The Party and State are aware of the decisive role of innovation in renewing growth model, thereby creating a firm foundation for maintaining high and sustainable growth and generating quality jobs, the PM said.

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Photo: VGP

With the rapid development of the fourth Industrial Revolution, the country must swiftly adapt and take firm steps to implement a plan, Nhan Dan Newspaper reported.

He highlighted the country’s achievements in 2020, saying that Vietnam has received official recognition as a dynamic economy in Asia, with an annual GDP growth rate of 6.3 per cent over the past decade. Last year, Vietnam was ranked one of the 16 most successful emerging economies to successfully achieve the dual goal of epidemic prevention and economic recovery. This can be seen through positive growth of 2.9 per cent, making Vietnam among a group of nations to record the highest growth rate in the world.

The PM attributed the success to the country’s efforts in applying technological advances to production and business activities, serving to create added value to the national economy.

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits a booth at the exhibition Photo: Nhan Dan

As part of the strategy to turn the country into a developed and high-income nation by 2045, PM Phuc said Vietnam must rely on knowledge, science, and technology, especially innovation, all of which can be considered important factors for growth.

Most notably, it is the use of new technology coupled with suitable human resources that will be the decisive factor for long-term growth, the key to achieving development breakthroughs, and helping the country to get out of the middle-income trap, said PM Phuc.

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Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung addresses the opening of the exhibition Photo: VNA

He expressed his great appreciation for the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s initiative to organise the innovation exhibition as a way of promoting the central role of enterprises in the innovation ecosystem and expressing Vietnamese desires to be a regional innovation destination.

The Prime Minister maintained that the commencement of the National Innovation Centre project will create an ideal condition for the local innovation ecosystem to develop and reach out across the globe. He also expressed his hope that the centre will be soon come into operation in order to become a pioneering model that can be promoted nationwide.

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The Vietnam International Innovation Expo Photo: VietnamPlus

Meanwhile, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said that the NIC aims to host domestic and foreign technology firms and provide the optimal infrastructure system for the research and development of technological and startup ideas.

He added that the centre will support the connection and promote investment, speeding up the commercialisation of technological products.

He underlined that the NIC will help facilitate the formation of innovative centres in localities and regions, making important contributions to the restructuring of the economy and the transformation of the country’s growth model, improving the efficiency and competitiveness of the Vietnamese economy.

The centre, covering an area of 35 hectares, is set up under the Prime Minister’s Decision No.1269/QD-TTG to support and develop the nation’s start-ups and innovation ecosystems, contributing to the growth models based on science and technology, said Vietnam News Agency.

It is expected to house domestic and international innovative businesses, laboratories, offices of large corporations, as well as the working place of leading experts and scientists.

In a bid to create a legal framework for the NIC’s operation, the Government issued Decree No.94/2020/ND-CP regulating mechanisms and policies for the NIC, including incentives in terms of administrative procedures, finance, land, credit, and infrastructure for the centre as well as organisations and individuals working at the centre.

The Vietnam International Innovation Expo, the first of its kind in the country, has attracted the participation of 113 local businesses, 22 foreign-invested firms, and 21 institutions to showcase new products and technology models across 156 booths.

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