BERLIN — The Việt Nam-Germany Innovation Network (VGI) was officially launched at a ceremony at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany on Saturday (local time).

In his remarks, Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyễn Minh Vũ stressed that Germany is always one of Việt Nam’s most important partners in the European Union (EU), and Việt Nam is one of Germany’s three biggest economic partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The Vietnamese Government regards science-technology, innovation and creativity as economic growth engines, helping improve competitiveness and the international integration capacity of businesses, and spur sustainable socio-economic development, especially in the context of digitalisation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Vũ said.

Vũ affirmed the Vietnamese Embassy’s support for the initiative of the VGI which is expected to serve as a forum to attract and connect Vietnamese scientists and experts in Germany as well as German individuals, groups and companies.

The ceremony drew the participation of many German corporations like Siemens, WMP Eurocom AG, SAP, Bosch, Deutsches Haus Bankhaus August Lenz & Co. AG, FPT Germany,  alongside representatives from the Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts (AVSE), overseas Vietnamese students, Vietnamese businessmen and experts.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Phạm Công Tạc described the launch of the network as one of the practical activities contributing to realising the Việt Nam-Germany agreement on scientific and technological co-operation.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology stands ready to support the operation of the network, the official said, expressing his hope that through the network, there will be more joint research projects, contributing to bilateral co-operation in innovation and creation between the two countries, especially after the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement was signed.

The ministry will also work with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to finance many projects on co-operation in scientific and technological research by Vietnamese and German scientists and businesses, he said. — VNS