London Friday 28th February.
NashTech, the IT solutions division of Harvey Nash Group, hosted Mr Nguyen Chi Dzung, Minister of Planning and Investment (MPI) for Vietnam and senior members of his team, to discuss innovation at a round table at Claridge’s Hotel. The meeting was followed by a visit to Connected Places Catapult Innovation Centre.
Hosted by Nick Lonsdale CEO NashTech and chaired by Paul Smith, Harvey Nash Group Board Advisor, techUK and leading UK technology-based businesses discussed the value of technology innovation to economic success and technology collaboration opportunities.
Minister Dzung introduced Vietnam’s Industry 4.0 economic strategy, designed to move the country to a model founded on technology-led innovation. He explained that the government had approved budgets for the development of two national innovation centres. The centres, already under construction, will house start-ups, think tanks, university specialists, projects and appropriate support systems. Vietnam is already attracting significant foreign investment and venture capital.
NashTech, already partnering with Vietnam’s tech sector, led discussions with techUK’s Julian David, providing an insight into UK strategy and tech sectors importance to the UK economy.
Minister Dzung and the delegations visited Connected Places Catapult showcasing British innovation, where they experienced demonstrations from Utterberry CEO, Heba Bevan on smart sensors used in infrastructure and transport systems. Connected Places Catapult COO, Jon Kirkpatrick, showed Virtual Reality Smart City technology.
Vietnam is the fastest growing economy in South East Asia with the burgeoning tech industry. NashTech, the country's second-largest software development business, represents a significant force in Vietnam with over 2000 technology engineers operating from Hanoi and HCMC, delivering innovative solutions across the globe.