Vietnamese IT Looking For Finnish Partners

Nearly 20
prominent Vietnamese software and ICT sector companies visited Finland at the end of October in order to get a
better understanding of the ICT sector in Finland as well as start
cooperation with Finnish companies.
    The visit
included two seminars, one in Helsinki on 27
October and one in Turku on 30 October on the
business opportunities of the ICT sectors in Vietnam
and Finland.
The seminars provided comprehensive information on the two countries’ joint
interests in the ICT sector.

    Right after
the seminars, one-to-one business meetings between Finnish and Vietnamese companies
provided a perfect time to test the learned things in practise and sound out
the true mutual interest for cooperation. At least the initial results proved
to be good since lots of promising business cooperation ideas were initiated –
not to speak about many more ideas that are surely still to come. The business
negotiations will be continued in the coming months between the contacts made
in the seminars, and during the whole week.

In addition
to the seminars, the Vietnamese delegates had a chance to visit and get to know
many key players of the Finnish innovation system and information society. The
delegates visited, among others, one of Nokia’s main offices in Espoo, University
of Technology in Otaniemi, Finnish
Broadcasting Company YLE, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovations
(TEKES), and a joint ICT house of the universities and other higher education
institutes in Turku.

    All in all,
these visits provided the Vietnamese business people a broad picture of the
successes and strengths of the Finnish innovation policy, information society
and ICT related higher education and gave a better idea on different
cooperation possibilities.

At the same
time, Vietnam is the third
fastest growing market for telecommunications in Asia and the second most
interesting country for outsorcing software development, just behind India. Because
of these facts and other recent successes of the Vietnamese economy,  the country is often being referred to as a
“little China
or the “Southeast Asian tiger”. International and well-known
companies such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Oracle have already found Vietnam. Will
the Finnish companies take their chance and follow the same path?

The Embassy
of Finland in Hanoi helped in organising and
financing the trip as part of its activities which are targeted to support
capacity-building of the private sector in Vietnam and enhance Finnish-Vietnamese
business partnerships. Other key organisers responsible for the programme and
seminars in Finland were
Finnish Information Society Development Centre (TIEKE) , TE centre in Turku region,
Finnpartnership business partnerships programme, and Finpro.



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