APEC delegates talk on the sidelines of an APEC meeting in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Vietnam is working towards becoming a destination for startup businesses in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region.

The Vietnamese Government has set a target of having one million effective enterprises by 2020.

Adrian Tan, Programme Director of the Vietnam Innovative Startup Accelerator (VIISA), said “The Vietnamese Government has been visionary in setting such an ambitious goal. It certainly has encouraged Vietnamese people to look to creating startups.”

The country’s Ministry of Science and Technology has also been proactive in engaging the startup community and investors about how they can support startups, such as the “The Speedup” programme, he added.

To realise the aforesaid goal, Aslam Perwaiz, head of the Disaster Risk Management System under the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, suggested Vietnam focus on its already competitive areas such as garment-textile and rice production as well as other fields which would give a lot of competitiveness. 

“I would rather recommend that Vietnam’s government should be investing a lot in information technology, digital transformation, and help small-and medium-sized enterprises access those things”, he said.

[Joint Statement on promoting startups in APEC issued]

Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vo Tan Thanh said Vietnam is evaluated as one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world, adding that the country is engaging very strongly in promoting entrepreneurship nationwide and offering a number of new policies to support startups.

VCCI Secretary General Pham Thi Thu Hang said Vietnam is on its way to become a startup destination since it has a promising market and growing population.

With the spirit of “dare to think, dare to act”, Vietnamese youngsters are definitely capable of creating a startup community in the region despite external competitiveness, she said, referring to the significant role of policy makers in building a dynamic and innovative startup ecosystem.

Established in 1989, APEC comprises 21 economies, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Vietnam.-VNA