Sweden and Việt Nam partners in innovation

November 12, 2020 - 16:35
A digital event named ‘Innovation Pioneers Summit 2020 – Changing the way we collaborate’ was held in Hà Nội yesterday. The event was co-organised by the Swedish Embassy and two Vietnamese organisations: JunctionX and BKHolding.


Johan Alvin, First Secretary and Head of Trade Promotion, Economic and Political Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Việt Nam hosts the event held online from Hà Nội. VNA/VNS Photo Trần Việt

HÀ NỘI — To build back better and greener post-COVID-19, it is significant to resort to innovative ideas and practices, heard an online event held on Wednesday which focused on innovation.

"Innovations are not only important for economic growth and development, but key for tackling a whole range of challenges such as environmental sustainability," said Johan Alvin, First Secretary and Head of Trade Promotion, Economic and Political Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Việt Nam.

He was speaking at the ‘Innovation Pioneers Summit 2020 – Changing the way we collaborate’ co-organised by the Swedish Embassy and Vietnamese organisations of JunctionX and BKHolding.

The event aims to contribute to more sustainable and impactful innovation in the post-pandemic recovery, to build innovation capabilities through joint development and networking between top representatives of the innovation community.

"If there is one area of common interest for Sweden and Việt Nam to collaborate and work more intensively with each other in the coming days, months and years, it is definitely innovation,” said Alvin.

On the occasion, representatives of Vietnamese creators exchanged and participated in the co-creation process with innovators from Sweden, South Korea and Singapore.

Speaking about how the Vietnamese tech community is fostering a start-up culture and ecosystem, Hương Nguyễn, Head of Community at JunctionX Hanoi, said her organisation was working closely with mentors from start-ups, as well as experts from the non-profit community. 

Vũ Hương, Community Program Manager of BK-Holdings, Hanoi University of Science and University (HUST), noted that the university is striving to boost the innovation process through developing an open innovation culture.

Hương said: "The challenges are seeing innovation as a strategic development plan to close the gap between universities and the market – from the top down with policies, to the bottom level with each individual as a creative agent of change."

"It requires a strong collaboration between individuals, departments, and between universities-businesses-government – and it is so important now to have an innovative “conductor” to connect all the dots – all good efforts of all universities to boost their innovation culture forward," she said.

The 2020 Global Innovation Index (GII) measures the ability of 131 countries to create a good climate for innovation. In particular it looks at seven factors: human capital and research, knowledge and technology output, infrastructure, market sophistication, business sophistication, creative outputs, and institutions.

Meanwhile, Việt Nam shows steady signs of progress in GII, as the country is now ranked 42nd in the world, and ninth in Asia. Notably, Việt Nam ranks first in innovation among the group of 29 lower-middle income economies. VNS