130 Vietnamese and Finnish policymakers, scientists and business representatives met at the forum that took place in Hanoi on October 23 to discuss innovation and seek partnership opportunities.
The two-day event is part of the Vietnam – Finland Innovation Partnership Programme (IPP), the first pilot scheme funded by Finland’s and managed by NIRAS Finland to promote science-technology and innovations in Vietnam with a view of turning the country into an industrialized nation by 2020.
Vietnam and Finland have jointly established and supported Innovation Partnership Programme (IPP) since 2009. Public institutions and enterprises, universities and research institutes are supported to learn innovation management practices and to process mutual innovations to the market.
IPP encourages technology upgrades, management improvements, developing new product ranges and creative marketing. It supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working in information technology, bio-technology, engineering, and green energy, prioritizing projects contributing to poverty reduction.
The Vietnam Finland Innovation Partnership Programme is an example of a successful cooperation. It has facilitated over 60 projects and contributed to the establishment of 15 Vietnamese - Finnish partnerships. IPP support to enterprises has become growingly popular through road shows and particularly forums with enterprises.
During the event in October, participants talked about the management of State programmes, support tools for reform and cooperation between universities and firms. Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan said that the forum allows Vietnamese and Finnish policy makers, scientists, and businesses to consolidate links, deepen mutual understanding, and discover what each party can bring to Vietnam’s national renovation and economic restructuring. He emphasized how heavily Vietnam’s future rests on its ability to innovate and integrate successfully the global market.