Capacity development on industry 4.0 in Vietnam

5 June 2018 | Hanoi, Vietnam

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in collaboration with the Industry Agency at Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), has organized a one-day executive seminar on Industry 4.0. It was followed by a three-day workshop.

The seminar, bringing together over 20 high-level policymakers from the different ministries and departments engaged in implementing Viet Nam’s industrial policy, provided a brief overview of current policy options vis-à-vis Industry 4.0. It featured case studies from a range of countries, zooming in on current initiatives in South Korea and South Africa in particular.

The event concluded with a panel discussion on the private sector’s perspective with the Vice President of Siemens, Vietnam, and the Country Managing Director from the ABB electrical equipment company.

The three-day workshop for mid-level officials elaborated further on the topic and added exercises to initiate a policy dialogue involving all relevant stakeholders.

The two events are part of a project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, aiming to enhance the quality of Viet Nam’s industrial development strategy and policy by building institutional capacity, compiling industrial reports for the public and the private sector, and proposing concrete strategies and policies to enhance Viet Nam’s industrial competitiveness.


Industry 4.0 – Strategies and policies
Fernando Santiago-Rodriguez, UNIDO

Fernando Santiago will share the findings of UNIDO’s preliminary exploration of policy responses to Industry 4.0 in a selected sample of middle-income countries. The session will propose a framework to understand I4.0 combining technology, development and policy aspects. Based on such framework, the presentation will addresses the following overarching questions: Are developing countries getting ready for Industry 4.0? How are they preparing? Can any lessons be gleaned from existing policy efforts around Industry 4.0? The discussion will show that while policy responses generally remain at the trial stage and in need to be better articulated with long-term national development strategies, there is already something to learn from efforts around the development of national I4.0 in other peer developing countries.

The 4th Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing Innovation in South Korea
Sanghoon Kim, KIET

Sanghoon Kim will give an overview of 4IR strategies and polices in South Korea. This will include (1) not only general introduction to concept and backgrounds, but also some misunderstandings related to 4IR, (2) 4IR policy approaches for different countries including Germany, USA, China and some ASEAN countries, (3) policy responses and other activities in Korea for 4IR. It may emphasize what South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in labeled as the Country’s “people-centred approach (jobs and income growth, innovative growth and a fair economy)” for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The presentation will also try to give a brief policy implication for Vietnam in industry level with more micro perspectives (such as manufacturing industry in Vietnam) in comparison with the Korean case.

The New Digital Industrial Revolution in South Africa
Simon Roberts, University of Johannesburg

Simon Roberts will provide a critical overview of the development of industrial policies in South Africa to address the challenges of I4.0. This will include a brief review of the patterns of structural transformation and diversification in South Africa with reference to case studies from value chains and industry groupings in machinery & equipment and plastic products. The role of different institutions will be considered. The presentation will also address issues relating to e-commerce and the growth of international platforms led by Amazon and Alibaba, drawing out the implications for developing countries such as South Africa and Vietnam.

Industry 4.0 – A private sector’s view
Tindaro Danze, Siemens and Brian Hull, ABB

This panel discussion will host representatives of big multinational companies active in Vietnam and among the propagators of Industry 4.0. It will shed some light on how these companies cope with the requirements of Industry 4.0 and how they view their role in the country in an interactive discussion with an open floor.


Sanghoon Kim
Director, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade (KIET)

Since 2013, Mr. Kim currently works at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade (KIET) as a Director. His main research areas are Nano-technology, Smart manufacturing, Knowledge Based Capital (incl. Intellectual Properties), (Technology) Financing, Cross-Nation, SME and Technology (Art) Management.
Previously, he worked with Kolon Holdings and iLinX as an Executive Director, and worked with KIBO Technology Fund as a Deputy Director.
He holds a D.Phil. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Materials Science at the University of Oxford Master degrees in Metallurgy at Yonsei University and in Technology Management at Korea University.

Simon Roberts
Director, Center for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development, South Africa
Professor, Department of Economics and Econometrics at University of Johannesburg

Mr. Simon Roberts held the position of Chief Economist and Manager of the Policy & Research Division at the Competition Commission from November 2006 to December 2012. Prior to joining the Competition Commission he was Associate Professor of Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he established and directed the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development research programme examining firm decision-making and economic outcomes. In addition, Simon has consulted extensively on competition matters over the past 15 years and has been an expert witness in a number of major cases.
Previous positions include lecturer in Development Economics, University of East Anglia, UK; Senior Research Officer, Bank of Botswana; and lecturer in Economics, University College Cork, Ireland. Simon holds a PhD from University of London (Birkbeck College), MA from University of East Anglia, and BA (Hons) from Oxford University.
He has published widely including in the World Competition, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of African Economies, Development and Change, Journal of International Development, and the South African Journal of Economics.

Tindaro Danze
Vice President and Division Lead for the Industrial Sector, Siemens Vietnam

Tindaro Danze is Vice President and Country Division Lead for the Industrial Divisions (Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives) of Siemens Vietnam. He is based in Siemens’ Ho Chi Minh City office.
With his team, Tindaro positions Siemens as one of the most successful provider of electrification, automation and digitalization technology for the industrial sector.
Prior to his assignment in Vietnam, Tindaro held various management positions in South East Asia, driving operations and consulting clients in the industrial sector. During his 10+ years within Siemens, he worked in different countries across Europe and Asia, focusing primarily on the industry and energy business of Siemens.
Tindaro holds a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim, Germany.

Brian Hull
Country Managing Director – Vietnam, ABB

Dr. Brian Hull was born in Ireland. He joined ABB in 2000 in the Low Voltage Systems (LVS) business in the UK. He then held a number of roles including Managing Director for LVS in the UK and Managing Director for Measurement and Analytics in the UK and Ireland. Brian was Managing Director of ABB in Oman and Bahrain for 4 years before becoming Managing Director of ABB in Vietnam.
Brian brings many years of experience, a deep knowledge of key market trends and as well as experience of working in diverse cultures.

Linh Truong Hoang
Country Digital Lead, ABB Vietnam

Mr. Linh is currently Country Digital Lead of ABB Vietnam, based in ABB Hanoi Office. At this role, Linh is responsible to develop and implement ABB Digital Strategy across different business units.
Prior to this role, Linh worked with Nestle Vietnam and Southern Project Management Board, an EVN subsidiary, on electrical distribution and transmission projects.
Linh holds a PhD and BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Southampton, UK.

Fernando Santiago-Rodriguez
Research and Industrial Policy Officer, UNIDO

Fernando Santiago is a Research and Industrial Policy Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. He specializes in the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and programs as they relate to industrial development. Throughout his professional career he has earned relevant experience in government, academic, international development and private consulting organizations in Mexico and Canada. He has conducted fieldwork in Latin America, Africa and Asia. His publications cover topics related to science, technology and innovation policy, the management of human resources for R&D, linkages academia-industry and industrial policy. Fernando Santiago studied economics at Mexico’s National Autonomous University and holds postgraduate degrees from SPRU-University of Sussex and UNU-MERIT/University of Maastricht.

Franz Brugger
Training Manager, UNIDO

Since 2012, Mr. Brugger works as a Training Manager with the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development. He is involved in all of the Institute’s training activities from content preparation to facilitating class exercises.
Previously, he worked with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in New York, the International Press Institute in Vienna and the European Commission. Mr. Brugger holds a Master degree in Philosophy from Vienna University and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, UK.


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