French PM attends France-Vietnam technological business forum
Updated : Monday, November 05, 2018 11:09 AM (GMT+0700)

“Adaptationto the world’s changes should be regarded as opportunities for brave innovators",French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told the Vietnam-France startupcommunity at the France-Vietnam technological business forum (HCM City FrenchTech) in Ho Chi Minh City on November 4.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (second, from left) at the HCM City French Tech
- Photo: VNA

He said in the future, notonly big French enterprises and corporations but also small French businesseswill contribute positively to Vietnam’s economic growth because smallenterprises have advantages of creativity and innovation.

He expressed his belief in thesuccess of Vietnamese French Tech community with the help of the Vietnamese whohave been trained in France and are working there.

The PM highlighted thesignificance of the Government support for small startups. However, he stressedthat startups should not rely completely on the Government support but need toovercome challenges through innovation and patience. 

At the forum, the Frenchleader was introduced to Saigon Innovation Hub – SIHUB – a Vietnameseinnovative startup ecosystem consisting of about 3,000 startups. Over the pastfive years, the hub has connected startup ecosystems of Asia-Pacific with majorsystems in the world.

The French Tech community inVietnam, a bridge for tech entrepreneurs and startups between Vietnam andFrance, has nearly 3,000 members and was recognised as France’s new technologyhub in Vietnam in 2016. It is also France’s first technological hub inSoutheast Asia.

During the French PM’sNovember 2-4 visit, Vietnam and France signed an agreement on cooperation indeveloping technical research capacity and artificial intelligence developmentserving scientific purposes as well as social aspects.


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