Hanoi (VNA) – A symposium themed “developing smart production in the process of industrialisation and modernisation to 2030, with a vision to 2045” took place on November 9 in the framework of the on-going Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo, the third annual largest-scale forum on Industry 4.0 in Vietnam.

In his remarks, deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Nguyen Duc Hien cited the 13th National Party Congress' resolution, which set the target for Vietnam to become a developing country with modern industry and upper-middle-income status by 2030, and a developed and high-income country by 2045.

He also cited several resolutions of the Politburo which direct speeding up industrialisation and modernisation on the basis of scientific and technological development and innovation, and the integration of information and automation application in industrial production to create intelligent production processes, smart factory models, and manufacture smart products.

Accordingly, attention will be paid to promoting the development of science, technology and innovation across the fields, and speeding up national digital transformation so that Vietnam soon becomes one of the leading smart manufacturing and service centres and entrepreneurship and innovation hubs in Asia with high labour productivity, and qualified workforce to master and apply modern technology in all fields.

Vietnam seeks to push smart manufacturing in industrialisation and modernisation scheme hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Photo: VNA)

Citing data from the World Bank in East Asia and the Pacific and the Ministry of Science and Technology, the official pointed out that developing smart production in the process of industrialisation and modernisation to 2030, with vision to 2045, will face many difficulties and challenges.

The symposium offers a venue for managers, manufacturing enterprises, and suppliers to share experience to promote digital transformation, digitalisation and automation of production process, he said.

Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Science and Technology Department Dao Trong Cuong said developing smart production in the process of industrialisation and modernisation is a particularly important task.

This both an opportunity and challenge for Vietnam to accelerate the transition from assembling and processing to manufacturing "make in Vietnam" products, master advanced production technologies, and promote research and development (R&D) in producing digital devices such as smartphones, smart TVs, and tablets, he stressed.

Participants discussed issues related to smart production, with local organisations and enterprises sharing their experience in applying digital technology in smart production, setting up production and digital transformation models in enterprises, exploiting digital technology in optimising operation of production platform, developing smart factories on old foundation, and digitising supply chains to improve production efficiency./.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) has been strongly affecting every field and subsequently promoting digital transformation, and ASEAN countries have therefore been working hard to adopt smart production.

In 2020, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) proposed an initiative to build a road map and adopt solutions to foster smart production in Southeast Asian countries.

Vu Thi Tu Quyen, an official from MST’s Directorate for Standards, Metrology, and Quality, said the results of the agency’s survey of smart manufacturing methods in 93 enterprises from 10 ASEAN countries showed the importance of smart manufacturing solutions in the region amid ongoing global trends.

Industry 4.0 has shown that promoting the development of digital production by boosting the digitalisation and connectivity between products, value chains, and business models will contribute to GDP growth, she noted.

In Vietnam, the Prime Minister has issued a directive on enhancing the capacity of accessing Industry 4.0; the Politburo issued a resolution that gave orientations for making national industrial development policies until 2030 with a vision to 2045; and the Prime Minister signed a decision to approve the national programme on supporting businesses to improve productivity and goods quality for 2021-2030, which includes the promotion of smart manufacturing.