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Arup advises on Vietnam’s innovation blueprint

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
13 March 2019

Arup and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) were invited by the Minister Nguyen Chi Dung, Ministry of Planning and Investment in Vietnam, as consultant partners to present their vision for the National Innovation Centre (NIC) in Hanoi to the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last week. This is a core initiative of Vietnam’s innovation blueprint to fuel its new Industry 4.0 growth.

The meeting, took place on 4 March, was also joined by the Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minsters and cross-sector industry leaders at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Karma Barfungpa, Arup’s East Asia Architecture Leader, presented his vision in realising this future growth symbol for Vietnam.

With Arup’s long-term presence and multidisciplinary expertise in Southeast Asia, we are proud to advise and take part in formulating Vietnam’s innovation plans. We look forward to further collaborations in sustaining the impressive economic growth of the country and the region. ” Karma Barfungpa Karma Barfungpa Director of Architecture

NIC, the first of its kind in Vietnam, will be the powerhouse of the country’s ‘Industry 4.0’ era. Located in the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi, it will have a nominal GFA of 82,000m2 in a 9ha site in the first phase, followed by a mixed-use development in the second phase in the remaining 14ha plot. 

With an initial focus on smart factories, digital content, network security, smart urban areas, and environmental technology, the centre is expected to attract large technology companies, start-ups and SME, venture investment funds and create thousands of jobs – developing a complete innovation ecosystem for carrying out the national economic reform.

The project is set to break ground this year and expected to be delivered in a fast track delivery process.