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Date 20/08/2018-21:30:00 PM
Vietnam Innovation Network – Linking elites, spreading motivations
(MPI) - With the idea of connecting outstanding Vietnamese representatives around the world to participate in the Vietnam Innovation Network, creating high-quality human resources for the 4.0 Strategy, providing effective access to the 4th Industrial Revolution, on August 19th, 2018, the Ministry of Planning and Investment in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education and Training organized the Launching Ceremony of Vietnam Innovation Network.
Minister Nguyen Chi Dung opening the Ceremony. Photo: Duc Trung (MPI)

Opening the Ceremony, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung shared, inheriting and promoting the tradition of our ancestor, right after the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was born in 1945, President Ho Chi Minh had paid attention to the training and appointing talented people to important posts. In the National Salvation Press, he wrote: The Government needs to construct. The construction requires talents. Admiring his talent and moral and following the call of the Homeland, many Vietnamese scientists abroad such as Tran Dai Nghia, Pham Ngoc Thach, Ton That Tung, Ho Dac Di, etc. had voluntarily returned to serve the Homeland, to serve the people, many of whom later assumed key positions in the scientific and technical fields of the country. By having a great idea of talents, The President had assembled a mighty force of notable people, intellectuals, talents, they are from various backgrounds, social status, but all have a common will, the will of uniting the nation, contributing to the construction of the country and protection of national independence.

Performing the tasks assigned by the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Planning and Investment is urgently coordinating with related ministries and agencies to formulate the National Strategy for the 4.0 Industrial Revolution, including the construction of the National Innovation Center and the mobilization of talents, intellectuals in the key fields of science and technology. With the initiative of the Innovation Network, there are more than 100 scientists, technology experts representing the generation of Vietnamese talents, intellectuals who are studying and working aboard to participate in the program, together with hundreds of scientists, technology experts in the country, leading technology enterprises to meet and create linkages, exchange, share vision, strategies for science and technology development and sectors which Vietnam needs to promote in the coming time.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and related ministries and branches affirm their determination and commitment together with actual actions to promote the Vietnam Innovation Network more and more developing and promoting its efficiency, to contribute to quickly catch up, advance and surpass in science, technology, and economy. Today's ceremony will be an important milestone in the assembler of talented people to serve the country. Although this is an initial success, it will contribute to boosting the innovation spirit of the country's science and technology community, especially the young people in Vietnam.

Minister Nguyen Chi Dung emphasized that the country is always proud, expect and put its trust in young talents. Let us all tighten our hands and together head forward with an intense desire, a passionate heart and a responsible spirit to make Vietnam stronger and more prosperous together.

Launching Ceremony of Vietnam Innovation Network. Photo: Duc Trung (MPI)

At the ceremony, representatives of Vietnamese experts and scientists working aboard shared their interests and made recommendations to contribute to boosting the development of the Vietnam Innovation Network.

According to Dr. Bui Hai Hung, researcher of Google Deepmind (USA), the world of AI (artificial intelligence) is relatively "predestined" with the Vietnamese who are working in the fields of technology. The number of Vietnamese in the world operating in the field of AI is not small, in which there are the world's leading experts in leading environments such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc., professors at the very top universities of the world. Especially there are innovative start-up businesses in this field that have been relatively successful.

However, Vietnam still has no voice and no mark on the world’s AI map. "What should Vietnam do? Dr. Bui Hai Hung stated that Vietnam should focus on constructing a leading AI research center in Vietnam and this is the most effective way for the world to recognize Vietnam on the AI map''. In addition, during formulating the AI training process in Vietnam, Vietnam should focus on cloud computing investment.

Associate Professor, Dr. Ho Anh Van, the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said that the success formula of the Vietnam Innovation Network would be "Success = capacity x enthusiasm x ways of thinking". If foreign intellectuals need enthusiasm, the Government must have specific policies and intellectuals in the country must be ready to embrace.

The general principle for the success of nations is "to take culture as the platform for the connection between people and people, take the national spirit, the nation’s pride and self-respect as a motivation to venture", Master Tran Van Hinh, a member of Vietnam Association for Science and Experts in France shared.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaking at the Ceremony. Photo: Duc Trung (MPI)

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam shared the history of August 19th, on the glorious victories of the Vietnamese people to get the results today. All Vietnamese people feel proud of the glorious history of the nation and through that know our responsibility for previous generations as well as for the future and generations to come. At the same time, he emphasized the creativity of the Vietnamese people, of the previous generations as well as in the present.

We had escaped from poverty and are having the desire to build a strong and wealthy country. That desire must be molded in each and every Vietnamese person. Despite having been through many difficulties, we are a fast-growing country and staying ahead in the implementation of millennium goals, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam shared.

In today’s Ceremony, we shared a lot about the technology, opportunities, and challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, artificial intelligence, big data, etc., but Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that, the most important thing for us is to join hands to convey the desire of lifting the country, join hands to strengthen the faith, give each other motivations, join hands to keep the perseverance to march forward till the end of the road, so we are proud to say with the future generation that we did not miss the opportunity of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Chairman of the Central Organizing Committee Pham Minh Chinh speaking at the Ceremony. Photo: Duc Trung (MPI)

To motivate the young generation of Vietnam, Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, Chairman of the Central Organizing Committee, affirmed that promoting the tradition of our ancestors, instilling President Ho Chi Minh's ideas on talents, in the long line of history, the Party and the Government has always considered the talented as a special human resource of the nation, an essential resource that contributes to the strength of the whole nation. The attraction of talent relies on culture which is the platform, the nation which is the motivation and the people which are the target.

The organization of implementing the Innovation Network has been carried out in the context that the world and domestic situation has both advantages, difficulties, and challenges, our country faces the demand of boosting comprehensive, synchronous and profound economic development, the renewal journey of construction of the socialist democracy, the socialist rule of Law, boosting the development of the socialist-oriented market economy, harmonizing relations among the Government, the market, actively engaging in international integration, etc.

Mr.Pham Minh Chinh welcomed and highly appreciated the mind, emotion, enthusiasm, and contributions in the development process of the country of Vietnamese experts, scientists and intellectuals aboard. At the same time, he hoped that the Vietnam Innovation Network will become a forum for attracting and connecting scientific intellectuals and technology experts both aboard and domestic, promoting cooperation within the scientific community in Vietnam to enhance the capacity of science and technology, improve the quality of domestic research and training and encourage Vietnamese technology scientists all over the world to return to research and construct for the prosperity development of Vietnam./.

Hien Nguyen
Ministry of Planning and Investment

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