Centers aim to promote innovative startups

16:33 | 18/04/2018 Economy- Society

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) inaugurated an innovative start-up center in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on April 17. 

At the inaugural ceremony - Source: nongnghiep.vn

On this occasion, the VCCI also joined hands with Japan’s Brain Works Group to open an ICT renovation center in the city.

Nguyen Phuong Lam, Deputy Director of the VCCI’s branch in Can Tho, underlined the urgent demand for technological application in industrial and agricultural development, and other spheres in the Mekong Delta amidst the fourth industrial revolution.

He also mentioned close links between such sectors as industry, agriculture, infrastructure, education and health care, and information and communications technology (ICT), which, the official described as an important foundation to improve competitiveness of businesses and the nation, and to improve living standards.

The ICT renovation center, which is established on the basis of cooperation between the VCCI Can Tho and Brain Works Group, aims to turn Can Tho into a hub of economy, education and science-technology in the Mekong Delta region and the country as well, Lam said.

The center is expected to step up development cooperation in ICT renovation and application in Can Tho and other Mekong Delta localities, while connecting State agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academies of Vietnam and Japan in this field.

Initially, the center will gather leading Japanese technological experts, with cooperation of nearly 15 Japanese businesses specialising in recycling, environment, bio fuels, education, Internet of Things, ICT, health care, building design, new materials and food processing.

Professor Yoshiyuki Kawazoe from Tohoku University, who is the center’s director, said the center will partner with big scientific centers in Hanoi and HCM City, and others in emerging nations, ASEAN member countries, Japan and the US’s Silicon Valley.

The center will also promote innovative start-ups in order to create new firms in innovative technologies in Can Tho and the Mekong Delta at large.

Meanwhile, as part of the Mekong Start-up Networking established in 2016, the innovative start-up center operates under the management of the VCCI Can Tho and consultations of organisations and individuals at home and abroad.

During its first phase, the center will carry out the exchange of experts, provide consultations regarding start-up policies for localities, and organise start-up training courses. ICT incubation models will be formed from 2019 onwards.

The two centers are expected to create a momentum for development cooperation in technology and the birth of new businesses, contributing to economic development in the region and the nation.

Theo VNA