The Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe wants to contribute to the country’s development

The Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe hopes to contribute to the country’s overall development through business connection activities, technology transfer, and project implementation.

On December 9, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh led a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation to attend the Summit commemorating the 45th anniversary of ASEAN – EU relations and officially visit the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Kingdom of the Netherlands. and the Kingdom of Belgium, at the invitation of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

On this occasion, Vietnam News Agency reporters in Berlin interviewed Dr. Cao The Anh – Vice President of Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe (VINEU), Environmental Director of Binh An Co., Ltd. (Binh An). GmbH), Federal Republic of Germany, co-founder – senior environmental expert of the German-Vietnamese Economic and Innovation Network (DVIW) on VINEU’s activities as well as the cooperative relationship between Vietnam and the Union Europe (EU).

Evaluating VINEU’s activities in recent times, Dr. The Anh said that launching on November 4, 2021 during the visit of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s delegation to the French Republic, VINEU carries the mission of gathering intellectual power, connecting experts and intellectuals not only in Europe but around the world, to contribute and serve the development of Vietnam. After one year of establishment, VINEU has had active activities in developing the network, finding and connecting with partners who are corporations, businesses, and organizations in Europe.

In addition, VINEU experts have also contributed presentations to programs related to circular economy, digital transformation, connection and support for startups organized by the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. , organized by Hue Innovation Hub. VINEU organizes European business delegations to work and connect with Vietnamese businesses.

In the coming time, VINEU will continue to strengthen and develop the network through cooperation with the Union of Vietnamese Youth and Students Associations in Europe, the Union of Vietnamese Associations in Europe as well as intellectual networks, innovation of Vietnam around the world to develop the network, and organize thematic discussions to exchange experiences, knowledge and promote the creation of investment projects and technology transfer. technology to Vietnam.

Mentioning that Vietnam – EU relations continue to be maintained and promoted in recent times, especially Vietnam’s role in connecting relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU , from the perspective of an overseas Vietnamese intellectual living and working in Europe, Dr. The Anh believes that the bilateral relationship between Vietnam and the EU, with a history of 32 years of extensive and substantive development, has improved. a new level with the two sides becoming equal partners of each other on the basis of mutually beneficial cooperation in all pillars of cooperation, especially the implementation of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement ( EVFTA).

Especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU has supported Vietnam with nearly 30 million doses of vaccines, as well as medical equipment to help Vietnam successfully prevent the pandemic. That is a clear testament to the friendly and sustainable relationship between Vietnam and the EU.

During nearly 30 years of joining ASEAN, with the right mindset and foreign policy, Vietnam has increasingly matured, proactively participating and actively contributing to ASEAN’s common activities with a sense of responsibility and recognition. countries appreciate it, thereby enhancing Vietnam’s position and leading role in the organization.

It can be seen that, since joining ASEAN, Vietnam has always shown its active and responsible role, helping to expand and strengthen cohesion in ASEAN, as well as promote ASEAN’s capabilities in all fields. area.

In addition, Vietnam constantly improves and enhances its capacity, reputation and voice in the international arena through various forms of international integration, such as participating in international organizations and forums. regional, inter-regional and global multilateral, hosting important international events, being elected to important positions in international mechanisms…, contributing to enhancing Vietnam’s reputation within ASEAN and create conditions for Vietnam to have the opportunity to contribute more to ASEAN. All of this is an important basis for Vietnam to take on a leading role in ASEAN.

Vietnam always attaches importance to developing comprehensive partnerships and cooperation with the EU and its member countries, and always supports strengthening the ASEAN-EU strategic partnership. Therefore, with its important role in ASEAN, Vietnam will be an important factor promoting ASEAN-EU relations to a new level.

Evaluating Vietnam’s participation in the ASEAN-EU Summit and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s official visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Belgium, Dr. The Anh expressed his pleasure to witness commented on this event, affirming that the visit is an important opportunity to strengthen trust and elevate Vietnam’s relationship with Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium in particular, as well as Europe in general. In particular, with its important role in ASEAN, Vietnam will be an active agent in promoting ASEAN’s relationship with the EU.

The doctor believes that in the context of the world facing many difficulties and challenges, the fact that Vietnam continues to achieve many good results in socio-economic development is thanks to its effective leadership and management role. government results.

According to Dr. The Anh, at the global level, the world has been suffering profound impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic in all aspects. The economic downturn over the past two years is mainly due to the blockade measures of many countries in response to the spread of the epidemic and the disruption of the global supply chain.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic also has a heavy impact on international political life, including the already tense relationship between the two powers America and China. Meanwhile, tense fluctuations in relations between Russia and the West related to Russia’s special military campaign in Ukraine have caused profound impacts on the life of international relations. The conflict has disrupted the global supply chain, increasing prices, leading to hyperinflation, energy and food crises…

For Vietnam, negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are inevitable, such as economic decline, loss of life and property, disruption and disruption of economic and cultural activities. cultural, social… Currently, Vietnam is promoting the process of international integration to create motivation for internal development. However, the disruption of the global interaction chain has become a huge challenge for Vietnam.

In the gloomy global and regional picture due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam seems to have opportunities to join ASEAN members in contributing to enhancing its role and position in the association. In 2020, Vietnam is the country with the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in Southeast Asia and is among the few countries in the world achieving positive growth.

Vietnam always maintains political stability, creating a solid foundation to help the country overcome difficult times. Vietnam’s anti-epidemic model is recognized by many countries and international organizations for its political and social stability, high spirit of consensus and unity from central to local levels. The results obtained are the clearest proof of the great leadership role of the Party as well as the operating capacity of the Government of Vietnam in recent times.

Dr. The Anh commented that besides the above difficulties, Vietnam has also been receiving great opportunities when the global supply chain has shifted strongly, many multinational corporations have stepped up investment in Vietnam, contributing to forming a panorama with many great opportunities and challenges for Vietnamese businesses. According to experts, policymakers as well as businesses themselves, the shift has shown the opportunity for Vietnamese businesses to join the largest global supply chain ever.

With attention and increased support in mechanisms and policies from the government and state management agencies, Vietnam’s industry, especially supporting industries, has achieved clear results. Vietnam has a number of advantages to take advantage of the supply chain shift.

However, in reality, most of Vietnam’s industrial enterprises are still small, unable to participate deeply in the value chain, and have broken supply chains due to their dependence on the volatile world market. from the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic to trade wars between countries.

Therefore, the issue of technological innovation, digital transformation and supply chain diversification is an urgent need to increase the competitiveness of Vietnamese businesses when faced with this opportunity. Besides, to ensure sustainable development of the economy, the government also needs to pay attention to energy safety and environmental protection.

Dr. The Anh affirmed that as a network of experts and intellectuals in Europe, VINEU is eager to contribute to the overall development of the country through business connection activities, transfer technology transfer as well as implementing projects to serve the country’s sustainable development goals./.

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