Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe Launched

The establishment of the Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe will bring together Vietnamese experts and intellectuals
October 17, 2021 | 14:48

On Oct. 16, the launch ceremony of the Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe (VINEU) took place at the Embassy of Vietnam in Germany.

The ceremony was held in person in Berlin and broadcast online, with the participation of the representatives of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the National Innovation Center, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassies of Vietnam in the Netherlands and Finland and experts, businesses, consultancy-investment center and Vietnamese innovation networks in other countries such as Germany, Australia, Japan and Korea.

In his opening speech, the Counselor at the Embassy of Vietnam in Germany Nguyen Manh Hai welcomed the participants to the launching ceremony.

Hai underlined the urgent need for developing a community to share knowledge and experiences on cooperation in product research and development and commodity trade as the government of Vietnam had issued policies to encourage scientific, technological and innovation development, notably the National Strategy on the 4th industrial revolution towards 2030.

Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe Launched
President of the Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe Nguyen Viet Anh speaking at the launch ceremony. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Hai noted that Europe was one of the world’s oldest, most prestigious and most powerful scientific and technological centers. The continent also gathered a large number of high-level intellectuals, scientists and business people from Vietnam and of Vietnamese origin working in advanced science and technology.

The establishment of the network will contribute to bringing together intellectuals, scientists and prestigious individuals with high academic and professional capacity, boosting innovation and socioeconomic development in Vietnam, he added.

Director of the National Innovation Center Vu Quoc Huy noted that the center had been receiving support from its member networks in connecting and participating in scientific and technological innovation projects in Vietnam, with four member networks and over 1,000 Vietnamese experts and intellectuals from all over the world.

The establishment of the network, according to Huy, was a result of the cooperation amongst the National Innovation Center, Vietnamese embassies, experts and intellectuals in Europe to contribute to enhancing Vietnam’s innovation sector.

Huy added that the National Innovation Center would continue to sponsor, coordinate and connect activities by the network and its member networks to bring into play the expertise of the overseas Vietnamese community across the world.

Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe Launched
The launch ceremony of the Vietnamese Innovation Network in Europe. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

At the launch ceremony, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Huy Dong underlined that the establishment of the network was a meaningful event, marking the new development of the Vietnamese intellectual community in Europe.

According to the deputy minister, the resolution of the 13th Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam emphasized innovative mechanisms to attract talents and enhance technological and scientific innovations, boosting the country’s quick and sustainable development.

The network will be a gateway to strengthen access to technologies and knowledge on science, technology and innovation of European countries via the networks of Vietnamese experts to explore the drive for innovation in other countries, opening new cooperation, trade, investment and consultancy opportunities for innovation in Vietnam, especially in the fields of AI, big data and health.

The deputy minister expressed his hope that VINEU would soon develop specific, practical action plans to realize its visions and core values and complete the registration for its legal status in Germany.

President of the network Nguyen Viet Anh told participants about the history, missions, visions and core values of network, underlining that it was a forum that gathered experts, intellectuals and young Vietnamese passionate about innovation and application of new technologies to contribute to nurturing the innovation community in Vietnam and the country’s development.

Viet Anh noted that in the long run, the network hoped to turn Vietnam into a major power and global center for innovation via innovation and scientific-technological development.

Viet Anh stressed that the network was committed to being an effectively coordinated network and integrating well into the European society to realize its goals of sustainable innovation and development, and contributing to underlining the position of the Vietnamese community, especially the experts and intellectuals, in Europe.

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