Vietnam Summit in Japan is a great forum for Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan, with the aim of connecting and gathering a wealth of knowledge of experts, scientists, policy makers and businesses, thereby finding the answer to the problem of building and developing the Vietnamese community in Japan in particular and Vietnam in general. The forum is initiated and organized by the Association of Vietnamese Intellectuals in Japan and expected to take place every 2 years.
The first Vietnam Summit in Japan
The first Vietnam Summit in Japan (Vietnam Summit in Japan 2019) with the general theme “Make in Vietnam – Opportunities and Challenges” took place on November 16th, 2019 at JASSO International Convention Center, Tokyo, Japan. The event was held under the patronization of the Embassy of Vietnam in Japan, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the National Innovation Center and gathered together nearly 900 attendees, including 53 speakers and 100 guests who are representatives of Government agencies and leading Vietnamese researchers and experts inside and outside Japan. This is the event with the largest scale ever of the Vietnamese intellectual community in Japan
Inspired by the action program “Make in Vietnam” initiated by the Government and the Ministry of Information and Communications in early 2019, the forum was held with the desire to be a place to connect and gather Vietnamese intellectual community in Japan to discuss solutions for national development through innovation and science and technology, from macro policies to technologies and specific products that can be applied in accordance with the country’s context.
The program of the Forum consists of 2 main parts: A plenary session in the morning and parallel topical sessions in the afternoon.
- Plenary session
The plenary session in the morning was honored to welcome the representatives of the Government Agencies, namely Mr. Vu Hong Nam – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to Japan, Mr. Phan Tam – Deputy Minister of Information and Communications and Mr. Nguyen Hoa Cuong – Deputy Director of the Department of Business Development cum Director of the National Innovation Center under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Besides, there was also the participation of prestigious speakers such as Prof. Dr. Tran Van Tho – Waseda University, Prof. Dr. Ho Tu Bao – Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, Mrs. Pham Chi Lan – Independent Economic Expert, Mr. Nguyen Viet Dung – Head of Strategy Department of Military Industry-Telecoms Group and Mr. Hoang Nam Tien – President of FPT Software with speeches sharing their perspectives on opportunities and challenges that Vietnam’s economy is facing in the context of Industrial Revolution 4.0.
- Topical sessions
More than 50 speakers from Japan and Vietnam discussed 10 different topics through 10 parallel sessions.
1) Security and privacy – the problem for big data: The importance of combining technology solutions with the socio-economic context and appropriate policies solving the problem of safety – security of big data in Vietnam.
2) IoT in Vietnam – lessons from Japan: Evaluating the possibility of developing an IoT system in Vietnam and its contributions to the global IoT market value chain.
3) Renewable energy for Vietnam: Discussing on technical issues, method of deployment, development and application, and support policies for the development of renewable energy in Vietnam.
4) Vietnam towards a low carbon economy: Discussing on policy, planning and technology solutions for development of low carbon model in Vietnam.
5) Artificial intelligence and transformation opportunities for the Vietnam’s economy: Analyzing the impact of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 on the economy and then discussing about Vietnam’s coping solutions and directions to improve export values and technology training.
6) Start a business in Vietnam: Sharing many useful ideas such as frame of mind when escaping from the safety zone to engage in real challenges, experiences of failure, solutions to both work at a company and nurture and implement ideas. The speakers also provide an opportunity to young people with ideas and willingness to start a business.
7) The contribution of overseas Vietnamese intellectuals to the development of Vietnam: Analyzing the strength of the Japan-Vietnam relationship in the new era through the “departure” or “return” stories of the Vietnamese people who are living in Japan.
8) Directions for Vietnamese in Japan: Discussing about career development path in Japan and expectations from Japanese companies for foreign personnel.
9) Application of new technologies and materials in Health: Sharing the medical breakthroughs in the Industrial Revolution 4.0;