Việt Nam promotes innovation for economic development

VIETNAM, April 23 –

Hà Minh Hiệp, Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of Standards, Metrology and Quality. — Photo

Hà Minh Hiệp, Deputy Director General of the General Department of Standards, Metrology and Quality (Ministry of Science and Technology) talks to Vietnam News Agency about the role of innovation and creativity in economic development.

Innovation plays an important role in the country’s economic development. What strategy does Việt Nam have to promote international cooperation in innovation as well as the plan of the General Directorate of Standards, Metrology and Quality in 2022 to support innovation in Việt Nam?

International cooperation in innovation is spreading strongly and is a major trend that the Government and the State are interested in and implement in Việt Nam. The Ministry of Science and Technology invited experts from government agencies, relevant ministries, associations, universities, research institutions and enterprises to actively participate in the development of standards in accordance with the standards of the technical committees of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for creativity and innovation related to automation, digital business, e-commerce, smart manufacturing to capture the latest trends and advise the government on innovation .

In 2022, the General Directorate of Standards, Metrology and Quality will continue to exchange with members of international and regional organizations on professional activities, including innovation. Under the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in 2022, member countries will continue to exchange experiences on productivity and innovation for the digital economy, innovation management standards and frameworks in organization, innovative business models for rural tourism, innovative technologies for the supply chain of fresh agricultural products and innovative models of smart agriculture. At the same time, the general department will continue to exchange bilateral and multilateral cooperation on standardization in the fields of emerging technologies, e-commerce, digital trade and smart manufacturing.

As President of APO for the 2020-2021 term, what plans did Việt Nam have to promote innovation in APO as well as in the 21 member economies?

Việt Nam chaired the research on innovation management needs assessment with the participation of eminent experts from 10 member economies. The research results showed the picture of innovation management in each economy in the region and made recommendations to APO on training programs and implementation projects applying the innovation management system. innovation in organizations/companies. This is also one of the important goals of APO Vision 2025.

During the 2020-21 term, the COVID-19 pandemic limited and hindered many of APO’s cooperative activities. However, sharing experiences in promoting innovation of member economies through webinars, research was still strongly deployed by APO, attracting a large number of participants and coming up with game-changing ideas for the coming period. .

APO is also an organization that actively organizes seminars on innovation in agriculture, industry, etc.

Can you share your experience and outstanding international cooperation activities in the region?

The transformation towards a digital economy in the context of globalization leads to new approaches based on innovation and technological innovation. Growth based on capital, resources and labor in a context of increasing scarcity of natural resources is no longer appropriate. Many countries around the world have chosen to move to a growth model based on the development of productivity and innovation. In fact, it is the factor that helps economic growth in a sustainable way.

Under the cooperation framework of the APO, member economies discussed and researched solutions to increase productivity through the innovation and reform management model and develop the capacity to apply new practices and technologies.

APO has also promoted member research to advise on building a regulatory environment that fosters innovation. APO has helped Việt Nam develop a government-approved innovation-based productivity development master plan for the period 2021-2030. The National Productivity Master Plan is APO’s initiative to help member economies develop goals, strategies and actions that improve productivity. The Productivity Master Plan also contributes to the inclusion of productivity in national development agendas, enhancing the role of productivity in the socio-economic development of each APO member country. The plan will propose actions to be taken by different agencies in Việt Nam to promote innovation activities, strengthen linkages between foreign-invested enterprises and domestic enterprises, build human capital absorptive capacities, upgrade technologies information and communication and logistics infrastructure, and allocate resources.

Strengthening quality infrastructure is one of the key factors to improve productivity, quality and promote innovation through standardization in new industries such as internet of things (IoT), blockchain, commerce electronics, digital commerce, 3D printing, smart manufacturing.

Việt Nam has cooperated with Australia and the United States on the standardization of 3D printing, and with ASEAN to develop a roadmap and measures to deploy smart manufacturing.

ISO has developed the ISO 56000 series of international innovation management system standards. Can you tell us more about this set of standards and the benefits of applying it?

Several standards have been issued regarding innovation management such as terminology, tools and methods. This set of standards aims to help organizations systematically promote innovation. It provides a lexicon, fundamental concepts, innovation management principles and an approach to implementing innovation management.

ISO 56000 is designed to provide a general framework for all organisations, regardless of type, sector or size, whether established, temporary or just starting out, for the implementation, maintenance and successful continuous improvement of an innovation management system.

The set of standards is particularly useful for small and medium-sized enterprises, which often lack the technological know-how, governance methods and resources to carry out innovation activities.

ISO 56000 provides all the information business leaders need to create an innovation system in their organizations through the analysis of core business competencies, including strategy, culture, processes, tools and techniques and measurement. —VNS