Managers and experts both at home and abroad on September 12 gathered at a seminar in Hanoi to discuss the implementation of the Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Programme (IPP).
The programme was launched in 2009 in the eight cities and provinces
of Hanoi , Hai Phong, Da Nang , Hue , Ho Chi Minh City , Can Tho,
Lam Dong and An Giang.
The first phase of the project
costs a total of nearly 7 million EUR with 89 percent of the budget
coming from the Finnish Government.
After three years of implementation, 56 sub-projects out of 61 ratified ones are getting underway.
Speaking at the seminar, Finnish Ambassador Kimmo Lahdevirta said the
project has significantly contributed to encouraging innovation
initiatives, raising effectiveness of cooperation between scientists and
businesses, and boosting the scientific and technological partnership between the two countries.
Taking businesses as the centre, IPP has paid special attention to
enterprises run by female leaders and those focusing on rural areas, the
He underlined the need for
Vietnam to upgrade its information system to deal with issues
regarding State management during the implementation of the project.
It is also necessary for the two sides to expand the project’s scale
to maximise the effectiveness of innovation in Vietnam , the diplomat
The two sides agreed to continue their
cooperation during the second phase of the project which will last from
February to August next year.
The project aims to
help Vietnam become an industrialised nation with the middle-income
status, a knowledge-based economy and a national innovative system
actively serving socio-economic development.-VNA