Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

International workshop: “Inclusive Industry 4.0”


In order to promote the cooperative relationship between the Academy of Social Sciences of Vietnam (VASS) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); On the occasion of the visit to Vietnam by Mr. Indy Johar, Consultant Industry 4.0 for Canada, Scotland and EU, in the morning of August 15, 2018, in Hanoi, VASS with the Central Theoretical Council and UNDP organized an international workshop "Inclusive Industry 4.0".

Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh delivered the opening speech<br>at the workshop

Attending the workshop: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Thao, Vice Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council; Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh, Vice President of the Academy; Mrs. Caitlien Weisen, UNDP Country Director in Viet Nam; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Bo Linh, Deputy Director of the Office of the National Assembly; Prof. Dr. Vu Van Hien, former Member of the Central Committee, Vice President of the Central Theoretical Council and Mr. Indy Johar, Consultant  Industry 4.0 for Canada, Scotland and EU and the researchers and scientists from the Central Theoretical Council and the institutes of VASS.

On behalf of Academic Leaders, opening remarked at the workshop, Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh warmly welcomed the participation of the participants; also appreciate the cooperation between VASS and UNDP and the participation of the Central Theoretical Council. Vice President of VASS appreciated the meaning of this topic, which has a great impact on the development of Vietnam and affirmed that the Industrial Revolution 4.0 not only brought the benefits but also had many challenges (increase unemployment, robot replacement, artificial intelligence, wealth gap, social inequality…). Consequently, the Industrial Revolution 4.0 would bring to  inclusive development, equality, benefit for everybody, that no one was left behind in this revolution.

Welcome speech at the Conference, on behalf of the Central Theoretical Council, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Thao appreciated the attention and support of Mrs. Caitlien Weisen and Mr. Indy Johar. Besides, the vice chairman of the Central Theoretical Council expected that, through this workshop, Vietnamese socio-economic researchers and scholars would understand deeply the essence of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the challenge of this revolution for Vietnam. Especially, Vietnam would take advantage of the opportunities to overcome challenges to soon become a modern industrial country, building the country more and more beautiful in the future.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Thao delivered a welcome speech at the workshop   Mrs. Caitlien Weisen spoke at the workshop

Speaking at the workshop, Mrs. Caitlien Weisen expressed her pleasure and appreciated the theme of revolution 4.0 which was held at an important moment in Vietnam and the participation of partners would be established together a framework for socio-economic development (2021-2030). Accordingly, Mrs. Caitlin Weisen also analyzed the benefits and inclusiveness of the 4.0 revolution for the people in society. The Industrial Revolution 4.0 would be inclusive when the people had good skills or better job opportunities and improved social security. Then, Vietnam had to take advantage of the benefits of the Revolution 4.0, contributing to improve quality of life, developing prosperity and ensuring that Vietnam wouldn’t left behind when the Industrial  Revolution 4.0 was taking place.

At the workshop, delegates were invited to a presentation by Mr. Indy Johar, Consultant Industry 4.0 for Canada, Scotland, EU and  inclusive industry 4.0. Mr. Indy Johar was known as a founding Director of 00 and leaded the Dark Matter Laboratories team. In his speech, Mr. Indy Johar emphasized that the Industrial Revolution 4.0 was taking place rapidly, which would effect on traditional production and trade. Then, the people were costly, which led to staff cutbacks and replaced robots and machines to perform to reduce costs. Government rules and regulations were expressed through traditional documents. Nowadays, the Government had to a new administration (innovation, administrative reform). Consequently, the Government played an important role, regulating and changing the governance model to lead and manage the efficient production and business activities in order to adapt to the Revolution 4.0. Moreover, Mr. Indy Johar also analyzed the theoretical foundations of the concept, the implications for human development, and the experience of countries in improving inclusive industry 4.0, that would propose to create the lead countries to increase the inclusion industry 4.0.

Mr. Indy Johar presented the report   Panorama of the workshop

The workshop received many comments, exchange of participants. Many points focused on Vietnam's ability access the Revolution 4.0; the role of government in the science and technology policy and innovation (smart government, smart policy); the downside of the Revolution 4.0 for developing countries (the risk of straggle, increasing distances with countries); the impact of Industrial 4.0  on national security, national border sovereignty and global peace. Besides, the participants also discussed focused on the ways to Industrial 4.0 would be more inclusive in Vietnam, as well as identifying research topics and collaborative actions with a number of countries to complete the goal of inclusion, promoting the Revolution 4.0 in Viet Nam and the developing countries in the next time.

In the closing speech, Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh appreciated the theme and speeches of Mr. Indy Johar; expected that experts, scientists and academics would continue to discuss more on the various issues related to the Industrial Revolution 4.0, not only in the field of technology but also socio-culture, governance, security and national defense, suggesting directions for the development of Vietnam, contributing to promote the cooperation between VASS - UNDP and the Central Theoretical Council would be further developed in the future.

Nguyen Thu Trang

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