UK and Southeast Asian companies to benefit from new collaboration tool

Harvey Nash, the global IT outsourcing and professional recruitment company, today announces plans for a new Tech Hub enabling collaboration between UK and Vietnamese technology companies – news welcomed by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Viet Nam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

The UK is renowned for its digital technology innovation and Harvey Nash, in partnership with the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), intends to facilitate the establishment of new networks in ASEAN (nations in South East Asia) through the launch of the Tech Hub virtual network.

David Cameron’s office made the following announcement during the UK premier’s recent visit to Viet Nam this week: “Both Prime Ministers welcomed the announcement by Harvey Nash, the largest foreign investor in the Vietnamese technology sector, that it would launch a UK-Viet Nam Tech Hub this year to facilitate dialogue and potential collaboration between Vietnamese and British companies, with strong political support from the UK government.

Both Prime Ministers further welcomed the leadership shown by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Viet Nam Business Forum in taking forward the Business Integrity agenda and supported future business-led action.”

This new digital platform will serve as a unique environment for UK tech enterprises to meet, share best practice and collaborate with partners from the ASEAN’s dynamic technology sector, helping to unlock millions of pounds of value through the development of new technologies. Harvey Nash plans to create and launch the pilot platform in Viet Nam in the coming months, with the ambition to extend the initiative to engage other ASEAN countries.

Paul Smith, Chairman of NashTech, a division of the Harvey Nash Group says, “As one of the largest technology companies in Viet Nam, Harvey Nash believes it is important to lead the way and build on the technology industry’s entrepreneurial drive. By developing a new platform that supports and encourages links between the UK and ASEAN, we believe the technology communities will find many new ways to interact, trade, and innovate.”

“The development of Tech Hub, which is supported by Lord Francis Maude, UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, will significantly increase the export of services from Viet Nam over the next two years, bringing valuable new jobs for the ICT and consulting industry and bringing new skill sets and experience to the workforce.”

Viet Nam presents a huge investment opportunity, as the second most popular investment destination in Asia Pacific (behind China) with foreign direct investment projects more than doubling last year (according to fDi Markets, 2014). Viet Nam boasts healthy GDP growth (the economy grew 6% last year) and benefits from a sizable, skilled population, due to the Government’s focus on education and investment in skills and technical acumen.

Harvey Nash first invested in Viet Nam over fifteen years ago, and is now the largest foreign investor within the Vietnamese technology sector having built one of the leading technology and BPO businesses in the country.

For more information on the Tech Hub initiative:

Contact:
Paul Smith, Chairman
M: +44 (0) 781 578 3828
E: paul.smith@nashtechglobal.com

Cuong, Nguyen Hung, Software Development Managing Director
M: +84 913522575
E: Cuong.Nguyen@harveynash.vn