Speaking at a meeting with overseas Vietnamese ahead of the New Year, Nguyen Dinh Mai, head of the Saigon Hi-tech Park, said the industry needed experienced Vietnamese expats to invest and train human resources.
The country has a I hi-tech park each in HCMC and Hanoi where many global giants like Intel and Nidec have invested. However, the sector would remain in a fledgling state for many years, Mai said, since there was a serious shortage of trained experts, infra-structure and funds.
Nguyen Quoc Binh, deputy head of HCMC’s Biotechnology Center, said the country’s integration efforts were stymied by a shortage of human resources who could operate strategic industries or use international technologies. The solution lay in setting up schools and training centers but the training would still take a lot of time. “Vietnamese expatriates could help bridge the gap,” he said.
Representatives of overseas Vietnamese told the meeting they were interested in returning home and contributing their skills and knowledge to the motherland. However, they said the government should be more welcoming.
Pham Nang Tung, a Vietnamese-American who operates a semiconductor and integrated circuit design unit in HCMC, said overseas Vietnamese would be able to help the country develop lucrative IC and semiconductor technologies.
There were many highly skilled Vietnamese expats but the issue was if the country knew how to effectively use the cheap resource, he said, adding the government and other agencies were yet to appreciate their contributions.
Nguyen Huu Le, a Vietnamese-Australian, said he had returned home seven years ago and was happy about his decision to do so after working in many countries for 33 years. But Le, chairman of TMA Solutions, an R&D outsourcing company, added: “Vietnam does not yet have many projects attractive enough to keep overseas Vietnamese for long.”
The government was yet to trust their talents and assign them top positions at national projects or agencies, he lamented.
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