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About

In 1969, Sweden, as the first western country, established diplomatic relations with Vietnam. To commemorate this, Business Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi with support from the VCCI will arrange the Sweden-Vietnam Business Summit.

The Sweden–Vietnam Business Summit will take place on May 7, 2019 at Lotte Hotel in Hanoi. The purpose of the event is to strengthen the position of Sweden and Swedish companies in Vietnam and to showcase Swedish companies’ products, solutions and ethical behaviour and their positive effect for Vietnam. Leaders from more than 50 Swedish companies and trade supporting organisations will participate in the Summit. The Swedish business delegation will be led by H.E. Ms. Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Trade. The delegation will also include officials from Business Sweden and the Swedish Institute. The Sweden-Vietnam Business Summit will highlight world-class Swedish solutions in manufacturing, smart cities, smart living, transportation, energy, health, education and sustainability.

The Summit will be opened by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and is expected to have over 1 000 visitors in total. In addition to the programme, there will be two exhibitions. One exhibition will focus on individual companies and their products and solutions. The other exhibition, from the Swedish Institute, will focus on Swedish innovative and creative solutions in a number of fields.

About

In 1969, Sweden, as the first western country, established diplomatic relations with Vietnam. To commemorate this, Business Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi with support from the VCCI will arrange the Sweden-Vietnam Business Summit.

The Sweden–Vietnam Business Summit will take place on May 7, 2019 at Lotte Hotel in Hanoi. The purpose of the event is to strengthen the position of Sweden and Swedish companies in Vietnam and to showcase Swedish companies’ products, solutions and ethical behaviour and their positive effect for Vietnam. Leaders from more than 50 Swedish companies and trade supporting organisations will participate in the Summit. The Swedish business delegation will be led by H.E. Ms. Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Trade. The delegation will also include officials from Business Sweden and the Swedish Institute. The Sweden-Vietnam Business Summit will highlight world-class Swedish solutions in manufacturing, smart cities, smart living, transportation, energy, health, education and sustainability.

The Summit will be opened by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and is expected to have over 1 000 visitors in total. In addition to the programme, there will be two exhibitions. One exhibition will focus on individual companies and their products and solutions. The other exhibition, from the Swedish Institute, will focus on Swedish innovative and creative solutions in a number of fields.

History Timeline

2019
Feb 15

Sweden and Vietnam commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations

Sweden and Vietnam commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations and the Sweden–Vietnam Business Summit takes place. The Business Summit will be the largest gathering ever of Swedish and Vietnamese companies and government officials. Over 50 Swedish companies and trade supporting organizations will be present in Hanoi in the beginning of May.

Jan 15

Thụy Điển và Việt Nam kỷ niệm 50 năm ngày thiết lập quan hệ ngoại giao

Thụy Điển và Việt Nam kỷ niệm 50 năm ngày thiết lập quan hệ ngoại giao và nhân dịp này, Hội nghị Kinh doanh Việt Nam – Thụy Điển được tổ chức. Hội nghị này sẽ là sự kiện lớn nhất từ trước đến nay, quy tụ các công ty và quan chức của Thụy Điển và Việt Nam. Hơn 50 công ty Thụy Điển và các tổ chức hỗ trợ thương mại sẽ có mặt ở Hà Nội vào đầu tháng 5 này.

2015
May 02

Hiệp định thương mại tự do giữa Liên minh châu Âu và Việt Nam (EVFTA)

Vòng đàm phán Hiệp định thương mại tự do giữa Liên minh châu Âu và Việt Nam (EVFTA) đã kết thúc. EVFTA là Hiệp định thương mại tự do toàn diện nhất mà Liên minh châu Âu đã từng ký kết với một nước đang phát triển. Theo dự kiến, EVFTA sẽ có hiệu lực vào đầu năm 2020.

Jan 15

The EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)

The negotiations of the EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) are concluded. The EVFTA is the most comprehensive free trade agreement that the EU has ever concluded with a developing country. The EVFTA is expected to come into force in the beginning of 2020.

2013
Feb 15

Swedish bilateral aid to Vietnam ends

Swedish bilateral aid to Vietnam ends. Studies have shown that the Swedish aid to Vietnam helped bring millions of Vietnamese people out of poverty and that the aid programme has improved the health and educational level of millions of Vietnamese people. Sweden also supported Vietnam with support to encounter corruption and education for many Vietnamese journalists. In total, Sweden supported Vietnam with over USD 4 billion (in 2018’s value). The Swedish–Vietnamese relationship is now primarily focused on mutually beneficial trade and political discussions.

Jan 02

Kết thúc viện trợ song phương của Thụy Điển dành cho Việt Nam

Viện trợ song phương của Thụy Điển dành cho Việt Nam đã kết thúc. Các nghiên cứu cho thấy viện trợ của Thụy Điển cho Việt Nam đã giúp xóa đói giảm nghèo cho hàng triệu người và chương trình viện trợ đã cải thiện chất lượng giáo dục và y tế cho hàng triệu người Việt Nam. Chính phủ Thụy Điển cũng đã hỗ trợ Việt Nam phòng chống tham nhũng và đào tạo cho nhiều phóng viên Việt Nam. Thụy Điển đã viện trợ cho Việt Nam tổng cộng hơn 4 tỷ USD (tính theo thời giá năm 2018). Hiện nay quan hệ Việt Nam – Thụy Điển chủ yếu dựa trên thương mại song phương và thảo luận chính trị cùng có lợi cho cả hai bên.

2004
May 02

Chuyến thăm nhà nước đầu tiên

Vua Carl Gustaf XVI và Hoàng hậu Silvia đã có chuyến thăm cấp nhà nước lần đầu tiên tới Việt Nam. Vua và Hoàng hậu đã tới thăm thủ đô Hà Nội, thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Huế, vịnh Hạ Long và nhà máy giấy Bãi Bằng. Hoàng hậu cũng đã tới thăm Viện Nhi Trung ương tại Hà Nội.

Jan 15

The first state visit

HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM Queen Silvia of Sweden made the first state visit of a Swedish head of state to Vietnam. Their majesties visited Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Ha Long Bay and Bai Bang. The Queen also made a special visit to the National Hospital for Pediatrics in Hanoi.

1994
Feb 15

The bilateral investment treaty

The bilateral investment treaty between Sweden and Vietnam is signed. The treaty aims to create fair and equal terms and opportunities for investments between the two countries.

Jan 02

Hiệp định đầu tư song phương

Hiệp định đầu tư song phương giữa Thụy Điển và Việt Nam được ký kết. Hiệp định nhằm tạo ra điều kiện và cơ hội bình đẳng cho các chương trình đầu tư giữa hai nước.

1986
May 02

Công cuộc đổi mới tại Việt Nam

Công cuộc đổi mới tại Việt Nam. Với công cuộc đổi mới, nền kinh tế Việt Nam trở nên tự do hơn, mở cửa và theo hướng thị trường. Trong thời gian này, Thụy Điển là đối tác cam kết giúp Việt Nam nhiều kinh nghiệm và bí quyết.

Jan 15

Introduction of the Doi Moi reform in Vietnam

Introduction of the Doi Moi reform in Vietnam. Doi Moi translates to renovation in English and with the reform, the Vietnamese economy became more liberalized, open and market-driven. During this time, Sweden was a committed partner which contributed with experience and expertise.

1982
Feb 15

Inauguration of Bai Bang paper mill

Inauguration of Bai Bang paper mill. Today, Bai Bang employs more than 2000 people and it produces more than 40% of all paper in Vietnam. The Bai Bang project has been successful in raising the living standard in the region and creating job opportunities in northern Vietnam.

Inauguration of the hospital in Uong Bi.

Jan 02

Khánh thành nhà máy giấy Bãi Bằng

Khánh thành nhà máy giấy Bãi Bằng. Ngày nay, nhà máy giấy Bãi Bằng tuyển dụng và thu nhận hơn 2.000 nhân công vào làm việc, và sản xuất được hơn 40% số lượng giấy tại Việt Nam. Dự án nhà máy giấy đã rất thành công trong việc nâng cao đời sống người dân trong khu vực và tạo công ăn việc làm cho khu vực phía bắc Việt Nam.

Khánh thành bệnh viện Uông Bí.

1981
May 02

Khánh thành Bệnh viện Nhi Trung ương

Khánh thành Bệnh viện Nhi Trung ương, lúc đó gọi là Bệnh viện Nhi Việt Nam – Thụy Điển.

Jan 15

Inauguration of the National Hospital of Pediatrics

Inauguration of the National Hospital of Pediatrics which was then called the Vietnam–Sweden Children’s Hospital.

1975
Feb 15

Constructions of the National Hospital of Pediatrics

Start of the constructions of the National Hospital of Pediatrics in Hanoi and the hospital in Uong Bi. Sweden supported Vietnam with the financing and construction of the two hospitals and a regional healthcare programme to support the primary healthcare. Sweden supported the construction of the hospitals with approximately USD 250 million in today’s value.

Jan 02

Xây dựng Bệnh viện Nhi Trung ương

Khởi công xây dựng Bệnh viện Nhi Trung ương và Bệnh viện Uông Bí. Thụy Điển giúp Việt Nam tài chính và xây dựng hai bệnh viện và triển khai chương trình y tế khu vực hỗ trợ y tế cơ sở. Thụy Điển hỗ trợ xây dựng hai bệnh viện với chi phí khoảng 250 triệu USD theo thời giá hiện nay.

1970
Feb 02

Xây dựng nhà máy giấy Bãi Bằng

Khởi công xây dựng nhà máy giấy Bãi Bằng, cách Hà Nội 100 km về phía tây bắc. Thụy Điển giúp Việt Nam tái thiết lại nền công nghiệp và nâng cao tỷ lệ người dân biết đọc biết viết. Việc xây dựng nhà máy giấy Bãi Bằng là dự án hợp tác phát triển lớn nhất của Thụy Điển tại Việt Nam. Ngoài việc xây dựng nhà máy giấy, Thụy Điển còn thực hiện một số dự án hỗ trợ khác nữa, bao gồm lâm nghiệp và quản lý.

Jan 15

Construction of the paper mill Bai Bang

The start of the construction of the paper mill Bai Bang, 100 kilometers northwest of Hanoi. Sweden supported Vietnam to rebuild the Vietnamese industry and to support increased literacy. The construction of Bai Bang was the largest Swedish development cooperation project in Vietnam. In addition to the construction of the mill a number of other supplementing projects were carried out, including forestry and management.

1969
Feb 15

Sweden established diplomatic relations

As the first western country, Sweden established diplomatic relations with Vietnam in January 1969. This was the official start of a long and fruitful relationship between the two countries.

Jan 04

Thụy Điển thành lập quan hệ ngoại giao

Thụy Điển là nước phương tây đầu tiên thiết lập quan hệ ngoại giao với Việt Nam vào tháng 1 năm 1969. Đây là điểm khởi đầu chính thức cho mối quan hệ lâu dài và hiệu quả giữa hai nước.

Agenda

TUESDAY, MAY 07, 2019

Sweden Vietnam Business Summit: Opening Session
08:30 – 09:00
Registration
09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Crystal Ballroom, Lotte Hotel
As Vietnam and Sweden commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations, we look at what the next 50 years of relations can bring. Where is Vietnam headed, and where does Sweden fit as a strategic partner in innovation, sustainability and transformation? Concrete examples of existing and future collaboration will be showcased.
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome remarks by H.E. Mr. Pereric Högberg, Ambassador of Sweden to Vietnam.

speaker

Mr. Pereric Högberg
Ambassador of Sweden to Vietnam
09:10 – 09:20
Opening remarks by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

speaker

HRH Crown Princess Victoria
Crown Princess of Sweden
09:20 – 09:30
Remarks by H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh

speaker

Mr. Pham Binh Minh
H.E. Deputy Prime Minister
Government of Vietnam
09:30 – 09:40
Remarks by H.E. Ms. Ann Linde, Minister of Foreign Trade, Government of Sweden

speaker

Ms. Ann Linde
Minister for Foreign Trade, with responsibility for Nordic affairs
Government of Sweden
09:40 – 09:50
Remarks by Dr. Loc, Chairman, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)

speaker

Dr. Vu Tien Loc
Chairman
Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
09:50 – 10:05
Vietnam’s place as a regional growth engine by Ms. Lien Hoang, Correspondent, Bloomberg

speaker

Ms. Lien Hoang
Correspondent
Bloomberg
10:05 – 10:15
Vietnam’s vision of the future, by Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh, Fulbright scholar & member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Group

speaker

Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh
Fulbright scholar & member
Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Group
10:15 – 10:30
Keynote speech by Mr. Torbjörn Lööf, CEO, Inter-IKEA Group

speaker

Mr. Torbjörn Lööf
CEO
Inter-IKEA Group
10:30 – 10:50
Coffee break
10:50 – 11:30

Speeches on sustainability, innovation & transformation by:

  • Ms. Pia Brantgärde-Linder, Senior Vice President, High Voltage Products
  • Mr. Denis Brunetti, President, Ericsson (Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos & Cambodia)
  • Ms. Huong Tran Kieu Dung, General Director, FLC
  • Ms. Nguyen Phi Van, Chairwoman, Saigon Innovation Hub

speaker

Ms. Pia Brantgärde-Linder
Senior Vice President
High Voltage Products

speaker

Mr. Dennis Brunetti
President
Ericsson Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos

speaker

Ms. Huong Tran Kieu Dung
General Director
FLC

speaker

Ms. Nguyen Phi Van
Chairwoman
Saigon Innovation Hub
11:30 – 12:10
Panel discussion with Swedish & Vietnamese participants within innovation, sustainability & start-ups, Moderated by Mr. Tobias Glitterstam, Vice President Asia and Pacific, Business Sweden
  • Mr. Tobias Glitterstam, Vice President Asia and Pacific, Business Sweden
  • Mr. Horst Wasel, Vice President, Atlas Copco Holding SE-Asia & Oceania
  • Mr. Akash Passey, Senior Vice President, Volvo Bus Corporation
  • Mr. Paul Bergström, Executive Vice President, Global Services. Elekta
  • Ms. Jennie Ahren, Head of ESG, Tundra Funds,
  • Ms. Huong Tran Kieu Dung, General Director, FLC
  • Ms. Nguyen Phi Van, Chairwoman, Saigon Innovation Hub

speaker

Mr. Tobias Glitterstam
Vice President Asia and Pacific
Business Sweden

speaker

Mr. Horst Wasel
Vice President
Atlas Copco Holding SE-Asia & Oceania

speaker

Mr. Akash Passey
Senior Vice President
Volvo Bus Corporation

speaker

Mr. Paul Bergström
Executive Vice President
Global Services. Elekta

speaker

Ms. Jennie Ahren
Head of ESG
Tundra Funds

speaker

Ms. Huong Tran Kieu Dung
General Director
FLC

speaker

Ms. Nguyen Phi Van
Chairwoman
Saigon Innovation Hub
12:10 – 12:15
Closing remarks
DETAILED AGENDA: FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE LIVING – BUILDING THE CITIES OF TOMORROW
14:00 – 14:10
Introduction
Sweden’s framework for working with Sustainable Cities by Mr. Martin Glauman, Market Area Director (SEA), Business Sweden

speaker

Mr. Martin Glauman
Market Area Director (SEA)
Business Sweden
Session 1:
Sustainable transport & Air Traffic Management of tomorrow
14:10 – 14:25
Vietnam’s visions within road & air transport by representative from Ministry of Transport and presentation from VATM on future plans in Air Traffic Management
14:25 – 14:35
SAAB & Air Traffic Management by Mr. Fredrik Lindblom, Sales Director Asia Pacific –  Air Traffic Management (SAAB)

speaker

Mr. Fredrik Lindblom
Sales Director Asia Pacific
Air Traffic Management (SAAB)
14:35 – 14:45
Best practices in ATM by Mr. Kim Silander, CEO,  Independent Business Group (IBG)

speaker

Mr. Kim Silander
CEO
Independent Business Group (IBG)
14:45 – 14:55
Leading the way to efficient public transport by Mr. Jan Vandooren, Director BRT Region International, Volvo Buses

speaker

Mr. Jan Vandooren
Director BRT Region International
Volvo Buses
14:55 – 15:05
Sustainable Transport of Tomorrow by Ms. Annette Andersson, Market Director Importers APEC, Volvo Cars

speaker

Ms. Annette Andersson
Market Director Importers APEC
Volvo Cars
15:05 – 15:20
Q & A
15:20 – 15:35
Break
Session 2:
Addressing Vietnam’s energy & waste management challenges
15:35 – 15:45
Vietnam’s visions within renewable energy & waste-to-energy by representative from Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, Ministry of Industry and Trade
15:45 – 15:55
Sweden’s journey to sustainable energy generation by Mr. Micael Hagman, Senior Advisor, Swedish Energy Agency

speaker

Mr. Micael Hagman
Senior Advisor
Swedish Energy Agency
15:55 – 16:05
The Circular Economy – Key to a sustainable city by Mr. Jeff Fielkow, Managing Director Tetra Pak Vietnam

speaker

Mr. Jeff Fielkow
Managing Director
Tetra Pak Vietnam
16:05 – 16:15

The road to sustainable energy generation through windpower by Henrik Baltscheffsky, CEO, Hexicon

speaker

Mr. Henrik Baltscheffsky
CEO
Hexicon
16:15 – 16:25
Key success factors for waste management by Dr. Michael Pohl, Export Manager, Flexus Asia Pacific

speaker

Dr. Michael Pohl
Export Manager
Flexus Asia Pacific
16:25 – 16:40
Q & A
16:40 – 16:45
Closing remarks
DETAILED AGENDA: BEST PRACTICES TO DRIVING PEOPLE CENTRIC INNOVATION
14:00 – 14:05
Introduction
Welcoming remarks from Swedish representative
14:05 – 14:15
Remarks from Acting Director-General, Swedish Institute
Session 1:
Education & capacity building – key to creating an innovation driven economy
14:15 – 14:25
Remarks by Ministry of Education & Training (MOET)
14:25 – 14:35

Increasing employability of Vietnamese students by Assoc. Prof. Le Quang Canh, National Economics University

speaker

Assoc. Prof. Le Quang Canh
National Economics University
14:35 – 14:45
English proficiency – key to success – by Ms. Ha Cao, Country Manager, EF Vietnam

speaker

Ms. Ha Cao
Country Manager
EF Vietnam
14:45 – 14:55
Preparing Vietnamese students for tomorrow –  by Ms. Anna-Klara Lindeborg, Uppsala University Chief Representative (Vietnam)

speaker

Ms. Anna-Klara Lindeborg
Uppsala University Chief Representative (Vietnam)
14:55 – 15:15
Q & A
15:15 – 15:30
Break
Session 2:
Designing patient centric & innovative healthcare systems
15:30 – 15:40
Vietnam’s plans within healthcare, by Ministry of Health
15:40 – 15:50
The Swedish & Vietnamese healthcare systems – trends & potential synergies, by Dr. Mattias Larsson, Karolinska Institute (KI) / Family Medical Practice

speaker

Dr. Mattias Larsson
Karolinska Institute (KI) / Family Medical Practice
15:50 – 16:00
The key to effective cancer treatment – by Shaun Seery, Elekta

speaker

Mr. Shaun Seery
Elekta
16:00 – 16:10
Bringing science to patients and creating value for Vietnam – by Nitin Kapoor, Company President & Chief Representative, AstraZeneca Vietnam & Frontier Markets

speaker

Mr. Nitin Kapoor
Company President & Chief Representative
AstraZeneca Vietnam & Frontier Markets
16:10 – 16:20
Best practices for efficient & sustainable infection control – by Mr. Teodor Johansson, Managing Director, Getinge South East Asia

speaker

Mr. Teodor Johansson
Managing Director
Getinge South East Asia
16:20 – 16:35
Q & A
16:35 – 16:45
Closing remarks
DETAILED AGENDA: POSITIONING VIETNAM AS A GLOBAL MANUFACTURING HUB
14:00 – 14:05
Introduction
Welcoming remarks from Swedish representative
14.05 – 14:15
Best practices from the Swedish Manufacturing Industry
Presentation by Swedish Association for Engeering Industries
14.15 – 14.25
TBC
Session 1:
Industry 4.0 – Moving to next generation manufacturing
14:25 – 14:35
Vietnam’s plans for IoT & Smart Manufacturing – by Mr. Truong Thanh Hoai, Director General, Industry Agency, MOIT

speaker

Mr. Truong Thanh Hoai
Director General
Industry Agency, MOIT
14:35 – 14:45

Laying the foundation for the Connected Society – by Mr. Dennis Brunetti, President, Ericsson Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos

speaker

Mr. Dennis Brunetti
President
Ericsson Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos
14.45 –  14.55
Increasing Vietnam’s productivity – Automation solutions for tomorrow – by Mr. Brian Hull, Managing Director, ABB Vietnam

speaker

Mr. Brian Hull
Managing Director
ABB Vietnam
14.55 – 15.05
The future of electronics manufacturing – by Mr. Thomas Stetter, Vice President (Assembly Solutions),  Mycronic

speaker

Mr. Thomas Stetter
Vice President (Assembly Solutions)
Mycronic
15:05 – 15:20
Q & A
15:20 – 15:35
Break
Session 2:
Sustainable Manufacturing – essential to long term growth
15:35 – 15:45
Presentation on Vietnam’s Sustainable Manufacturing Strategy by Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh, General Secretary, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)

speaker

Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh
General Secretary
Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
15:45 – 15:55
Sustainable manufacturing & sourcing – best practices by Mr. Kim Lindell, Purchasing & Logistics Area Manager South East Asia, IKEA

speaker

Mr. Kim Lindell
Purchasing & Logistics Area Manager South East Asia
IKEA
15:55 – 16.05
Achieving energy efficiency in manufacturing by Mr. Horst Wasel, Vice President, Atlas Copco Holding South East Asia & Oceania

speaker

Mr. Horst Wasel
Vice President
Atlas Copco Holding South East Asia & Oceania
16:05 – 16:15

Best practices to maintaining air quality & ventilation by Mr. Flemming Skov, Managing Director (Nederman South East Asia)

speaker

Mr. Flemming Skov
Managing Director
Nederman South East Asia
16:15 – 16:25
Driving sustainability through lifecycle cost & quality, by Mr. Raymond Bol, Chief Representative, SKF Vietnam

speaker

Mr. Raymond Bol
Chief Representative
SKF Vietnam
16:25 – 16:40
Q & A
16:40 – 16:45
Closing remarks
Executive Roundtable – POSITIONING VIETNAM AS THE NEXT REGIONAL GROWTH ENGINE – SHARING BEST PRACTICES

Vietnam has over the past few decades transformed from a low-income, war torn country to a lower middle-income country with a GDP per capita exceeding USD 2 000, and a middle class expected to exceed 30 million persons by 2020. As part of this transformation, Vietnam has embarked on an export-oriented policy and has made significant international economic integration efforts. Today the country has more than 12 signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). As a result, the country’s exports reached USD 214 billion in 2017, with an export-to-GDP ratio of more than 95%, which is among the highest in the world.

However, several factors act as a threat to continued levels of high growth; the manufacturing sector primarily relies on unskilled labor, a relatively low degree of automation and a comparatively underdeveloped supporting industry, resulting in productivity and competitiveness lagging peers in the region. Furthermore, rapid growth of the manufacturing sector and rapid urbanization is posing challenges in how to grow in a sustainable way. Currently more than 60 000 deaths per year in Vietnam are linked to poor air quality according to the WHO, as more than 6 000 bikes and 750 cars are added on the streets every day.

Vietnam has high future ambitions and is well-positioned to take advantage of the upcoming EU-Vietnam free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), as well as global trends such as the US-China trade tensions, to further economic growth and take its’ place as a regional growth engine. However, in order to fully capitalize on these trends, Vietnam needs to increase its’ competitiveness in several areas such as business environment, human capital and infrastructure.

On the occasion of the visit to Vietnam of the Swedish Trade Delegation led by H.E. Ms. Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade, Business Sweden together with the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi and VCCI are organizing a high-level Executive Roundtable Discussion on the topic of “Positioning Vietnam as the next regional growth engine – Sharing best practices from Sweden and Vietnam” to discuss how Sweden and Vietnam can share best practices to mutually benefit.

Areas of discussion:
• What are the definitions of national competitiveness? What defines a competitive country?
• How can Vietnam leverage the EU-Vietnam FTA in order to accelerate economic growth?
• What are the factors that Vietnam should consider in order to accelerate economic growth and emerge as a regional growth engine?
• How can Vietnam work to support its’ supporting industries in order to foster economic growth?
• How can Vietnam’s industrial policies in various sectors evolve in order to support economic growth?

Start-up Roundtable Vietnam’s entrepreneurship ecosystem journey – SHARING BEST PRACTICES

Today Vietnam has one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. Its growing middle class is among the world’s most optimistic consumers and the country has shown a strong commitment to global trade with multiple free trade agreements, including one with the EU expected to come into effect 2020. But Vietnam is not only an intriguing emerging market opportunity for multinational corporations and an upcoming global manufacturing hub, it is also home to a rapidly evolving and highly dynamic entrepreneurship ecosystem. Vietnam currently has around 3,000 startups involved in sectors such as fintech, food tech, healthcare, and e-commerce. In 2017, 92 startups received investments worth US$ 291 million, 42 percent higher compared to 2016, while the number of startups increased by 45 percent.

For Swedish startups and entrepreneurship ecosystem enthusiasts there is a range of reasons to look towards Vietnam for both learning and opportunities:

The market opportunity:
Vietnam and its young, digitally savvy +95 million population offer opportunities for Swedish startups in retail, fintech and consumer goods. The rapid development of the country also causes problems in terms of air pollution, environmental issues, traffic congestion etc. that can be solved by Swedish tech and innovation.

The evolving ecosystem:
The startup ecosystem in Vietnam is thriving and gaining more and more attention. There are about 3,000 Vietnamese startups across the country and numerous funds are investing. In 2017, 92 start-ups received investments of about $291 million.

The talented workforce:
Vietnam is also already today a hot destination for coding and software development. There are multiple Sweden-linked companies offering the services of Vietnamese coders on a global market.

Areas of discussion:
• What characterizes the Vietnamese start up ecosystem? What kind of investors, incubators and institutions are present? What is missing the country’s ecosystem?
• What are the latest trends when it comes to Vietnamese entrepreneurship?
• What are the biggest similarities and differences between Vietnamese and Swedish entrepreneurship and the ecosystem as a whole?
• What are the biggest learnings Sweden and Vietnam can draw from each other in terms of entrepreneurship?
• What are potential areas for collaboration, in order to connect and integrate our ecosystems?

Venue

6th floor, Lotte Hotel Hanoi

54 Lieu Giai, Cong Vi, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi 100000, Vietnam

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50 +
Speakers
8 +
Sessions
1000 +
Participants
Exhibition
In conjunction with the Sweden-Vietnam Business Summit there will be an exhibition on Swedish solutions. The exhibition will be open to the public on the 6th floor of Lotte Hotel in Hanoi between 9.30 and 16.30 on 7 May. There will be 12 exhibitors, all pioneers and leaders in their field, and a special appearance from ABB’s innovative robot YuMi.

Anniversary Logo

This logo is available for use to organisations that are planning events within the framework of the 50th anniversary of Swedish-Vietnamese relations after approval by the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi.

The use of the logo is not permitted without written permission from the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi.