Industrial Revolution 4.0 and opportunities for developing traditional craft villages

Post by: Trương Vân - Post date: Monday, Oct 7, 2019 | 10:40 - View count: 70

From 2 to 4 October, in Ho Chi Minh City, the General Directorate of Standards, Quality and Metrology (STAMEQ) in collaboration with the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) to hold a workshop on “Trends of Traditional Craft Village Development in Industrial Age 4.0”.

This event is within the cooperation framework between STAMEQ and APO. Attending this event, including Mr Ha Minh Hiep – Deputy Director General of STAMEQ, Mrs Jisoo Jun – APO Representative with professors and speakers from Canada, India, Australia and more than 20 representatives from 13 member countries of APO such as Bangladesh, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia.

The aim of this workshop to understand about the challenges that traditional craft villages are facing to ensure sustainability, profitability and competitiveness in the Industry age 4.0, to build  the feasible plans solving those issues and challenges to enhance inclusive sustainability.

Deputy Director General of STAMEQ Mr. Ha Minh Hiep speaking at the workshop

Speaking at the opening, Mr. Ha Minh Hiep commented: “Vietnam is one of the countries where craft villages are established and developed very early in many localities and regions with unique products, bringing imbued with Vietnamese culture such as: embroidery, mosaic, bronze casting, … such as Bat Trang pottery village, Van Phuc silk, Quat Dong embroidery, lacquer painting village, Binh Duong pottery village …

Especially, with the strong development of the tourism industry, many Asian countries have increased the income from craft tourism villages, contributing to the country’s economic recovery and self-sufficiency in the rural district. For this reason, governments have made significant efforts to develop the successful rural community model.

Besides, with the tendency of automation to improve production efficiency and ensure product quality, many traditional craft villages have established cooperatives, forming a closed business model from production to consumption to create linkages, increase competitiveness” Mr. Hiep said.

Not outside the general trend of the world, Vietnamese craft villages in general and the southern region in particular are facing many opportunities and challenges  from the industrial revolution 4.0.

Representatives of the countries attended the workshop

Through this workshop, the speakers shared in detail the typical models in Canada, India … advantages and challenges when heading to the Industry 4.0. Experts and representatives from countries discussed and evaluated the situation and the challenges that traditional craft villages are facing in Industry 4.0; proposing to develop a roadmap for developing traditional craft villages for Vietnam in particular and APO member countries in general, both yielding and maintaining softness, spiritual values and folk traditions, especially for handicraft products.