On November 20, during his working trip to Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov visited the Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), which has leading positions among other scientific and technical centres of the country.
Minnikhanov was shown around the park and was told about the history of its development. The park, covering an area of 913 hectares, was established in 2002 and is one of three hi-tech parks operating in Vietnam. It features a special area for doing research, development and application of new technology, as well as a business incubator for high-tech enterprises, the training of personnel and production of high-tech products.
Tatarstan President was informed that such large high-tech companies as Intel (USA), Samsung (South Korea), Nidec (Japan), Sanofi (France), Datalogic (Italy), Microchip (USA), Sonion (Denmark ) and others have chosen SHTP. In total, more than 70 projects are being implemented in various areas, including microelectronics, information technology, automation, nanotechnology, biotechnology and a number of others.
As noted at the meeting, the total revenue of the park’s residents has made 15 billion US dollars this year. The task has been set is to increase this amount by 30 per cent by 2020.
There is a research and development centre, which cooperates with the world's leading universities, in the park.
Minnikhanov appreciated the scale and potential for the development of this special zone in Ho Chi Minh City. Tatarstan also attaches great importance to the development of information and communication technology and innovations, he noted.
“This is a good platform for our cooperation. We could achieve good results in the field of IT technology, software products, the digital economy. You have managed to attract world leading companies, which is very important for further work with investors," Tatarstan President said.
For more focused work, Minnikhanov suggested developing a cooperation agreement to set out the main areas of interaction.