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Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park: New Development

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011

 Dr Nguyen Van Lang - Deputy Minister of Science and Technology and Head of the Management Board for Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park (HHTP), has granted an exclusive interview to the Vietnam Business Forum.
Could you investment attraction in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park over the past time?
Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park was established and built in 1998 on a total area of nearly 1,600 hectares. Under the concept of the Government and the Ministry of Science and Technology, this will be a science city in the style of famous existing cities in the world like Silicon Valley and Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park.
In recent years, Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park encountered many difficulties in calling for investment capital because traffic systems connecting the park and the capital city of Hanoi are not in good condition and internal infrastructure (electricity, water, telecommunications, etc.) is incomplete. Particularly, site clearance at times came to standstill. However, Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park has basically made good progress, specifically in the following areas:
First, in the Vietnam - Japan Joint Statement in 2006, Vietnamese and Japanese Prime Ministers reached a consensus that Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park was one of three key projects to receive Japanese Government support.
Second, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with a non-refundable grant from the Japanese Government, helped apply an adjusted master plan approved by the Vietnamese Government in 2008. The park has several major functional zones: Research and Development Zone (R&D), Education and Training Zone, Hi-tech Industrial Zone, Software Park, Service Area, and Central Area.
Third, JICA continues supporting the Management Board for Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park to make feasibility study reports. The Minister of Science and Technology approved an ODA loan of 59 billion yen for the two-phase project. Currently, the first phase of technical design is underway with a total fund of 1.005 billion yen. If the Japanese Government ODA loan and Vietnamese State Budget funds are provided as scheduled, technical infrastructure will be built as designed and Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park will become the science city in the future as expected.
Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park is a popular destination for domestic and international investors. HHTP has become a member of the Asian Science Parks Association (ASPA) and International Association of Science Parks (IASP) and signed cooperation agreements with many science parks around the world like Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park (Taiwan), ICRISAT Science Park (India) and Daedeok Innopolis Science Park (South Korea).
The Management Board for Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park has been entrusted with new functions and tasks by the Government and organised a new operating apparatus in line with the slogan “Put yourself in the investors’ position”.
Notwithstanding incomplete infrastructure and policies, the Management Board for Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park has attracted 52 investment projects with a combined investment capital of US$1.3 billion. At present, 13 investment projects are operational and six others are under construction. In addition, other potential projects are awaiting approval. In 2011, the board is expected to lure 12-15 projects with a total registered investment capital of US$1 billion.
Apart from attracting domestic and foreign investors to Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, the Management Board is also a leading IT examiner. It has organised testing of 12,000 candidates, of which about 13 % are qualified.
The High Tech Business Incubator (HBI), an affiliate of the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, is a leading business incubation centre in Vietnam although its facilities cannot meet the demand. At present, eight groups are being incubated at the centre, five groups were incubated in satellite nurseries and two groups were graduated. Many advanced technologies are being incubated and developed at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park. Moreover, HBI is presently finalising procedures to incubate or pre-incubate 15 different groups (about 12 groups are affiliated with the "Vietnam Talent" programme).
When invested projects start operations, they will require a large number of high quality human resources. If we do not prepare in advance and our manpower supply falls short, won’t our investment attractiveness diminish?
The Management Board for Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park has cooperated with the Ministry of Education and Training and other ministries/branches to develop a high quality human resource training strategy for this park. This strategy was presented at a workshop chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan in April 2009. The Management Board also inked a memorandum of understanding with main universities in Vietnam like the Vietnam National University of Hanoi and some research institutions to provide high-tech human resources for Hoa Lac Hi Tech Park. Additionally, it has signed agreements on high-tech human resources training with big investors like Viettel, Vinashin, Foxconn and IDG (USA).
Currently, Hoa Lac Hi Tech Park plans to build 3 - 4 universities in the Education and Training Zone (including a Vietnam - Japan joint university) and some training centres (also including a training centre affiliated with the Management Board for Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park). The park will also allow in-depth training establishments to provide postgraduate education.
If everything goes as planned, Hoa Lac Hi Tech Park will have some 1,000 probation students in 2011.
HHTP is built as a national research and development centre and a hi-tech incubator. What strategies and solutions has HHTP adopted to play its role?
We believe that to become a future science city (expected in 2020), we must focus on guiding the full implementation of the following tasks.
One, the site clearance and infrastructure - financed by ODA and State Budget funds - will be completed before 2015.
Two, policies and administrative procedures will continually be perfected and professionalised and the level of officials and public servants will be improved. We will apply the “4 Ones” mechanism, that is: one door, one stamp, one signature and one soonest time.
Three, we will have solutions and measures to promote the image and popularise the advantages of Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park to domestic and international investors.
On the occasion of New Year 2011, I wish you, your readers and our investors luck, happiness and success.
Trung Hieu - Tran Trang

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