Swedish Ambassador, H.E. Ann Måwe attended 2019 Techfest Vietnam, together with colleagues from the Embassy and Dr Joakim Appelquist, Deputy Director-General of VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation) on 4-6th December 2019.
Ambassador Måwe was also a main panel speaker, discussed with Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam, Tran Van Tung, UNDP Country Representative, Deputy Director General – Department for Cyber Security and High-tech Crime Prevention, Ministry of Public Security and other fellow ambassadors, regarding how to attract national and international resources for developing innovation and an eco-system to support start-up and innovative ideas. The panel was moderated by Prof Sơn, Rector of Hanoi University of Science and Technology.
The Swedish ambassador said at the discussion:
“Thanks to an open and transparent society, we do not have a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy in Sweden and the country is characterized by a low level of corruption. Sweden invests highly on R&D, more than 3% of its GDP, a high standard within OECD or EU. Also, it is an environment where you can try and fail and try again.”
“Our way of fostering innovation through collaboration, has led to the development of many Swedish companies that are global leaders in their respective fields. Many Swedish success stories are the result of a constructive collaboration between academia, industry and government.”
“We will be thrilled to continue our fruitful partnership with Vietnam and inspire Vietnamese agencies and partners with our Swedish innovation and success stories. she added.
TechFest led by Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), other government agencies and business partners received thousands of participants from Vietnam, the region and other countries around the world in 2019 edition.