Sweden strengthen ties with Vietnam within business and innovation

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 arrange the Sweden-Vietnam Business Summit that takes place this week.

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 their positive effect for Vietnam.

Leaders from more than 50 Swedish companies and trade supporting organisations participate in the Summit. The Swedish business delegation is be led by H.E. Ms. Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Trade and include officials from Business Sweden and the Swedish Institute’s acting director-general Mikaela Fredriksén Tollin.

The Sweden-Vietnam Business Summit highlights world-class Swedish solutions in manufacturing, smart cities, smart living, transportation, energy, health, education and sustainability. The Summit was opened by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, including exhibitions from the Swedish Institute, focusing on Swedish innovative and creative solutions in a number of fields.

During the first day of the summit the Swedish Institute’s acting director-general Mikaela Fredriksén Tollin spoke about Sweden’s Innovation Support System, the integration of academics, business and sustainability. Fredriksén Tollin put forward the importance of the Swedish Triple Helix model:

– The collaboration between different segments of society, the so called Triple Helix model, is a fundamental part of the Swedish innovation-system. A legacy of cooperation between universities, private actors and the public sector have turned Sweden into a consistent producer of world class research.

The Swedish Institute Alumni Network includes more than 15,000 talented individuals from over 140 countries. Thursday 9 May the Swedish institute will host a lunch for alumni who have studied in Sweden to show appreciation for the great work that the alumni network is doing in Vietnam. Fredriksén Tollin will be accompanied by representatives from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi.

Fredriksén Tollin continues:
– What´s behind the innovation? It’s the people. Talents driven by engagement and perseverance convinced that there are better solutions. One vital mission of the Swedish Institute, is to build sustainable relationships with these talents – the future global leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

For more information about  the Swede-Vietnam Summit