A friend from the Spanish Embassy here in Saigon asked me to share this with everyone. I think many will find it interesting:
The Spain-Vietnam Investment and Business Cooperation Forum opens a virtual space in Second Life
Ho Chi Minh City, Thursday, 21st. The Spain-Vietnam Investment and Business Cooperation Forum will open next Thursday the 28th with an inauguration ceremony chaired by senior representatives of institutions from both countries. More than 30 Spanish corporations and 127 Vietnamese firms will participate in the Forum, aimed to promote investment and collaboration agreements.
On the occasion of the Investment Forum, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade has opened an innovative line of communication on the internet: a digital re-enactment on Second Life, the ground-breaking virtual world.
Second Life is an online space where its residents can interact with other people, participate in group activities, explore the surroundings, and even conduct business. Second Life is open not only to individuals, but also to private companies, non-profit organizations, universities, and government agencies.
The virtual meeting will take place in a modern train station situated on the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade’s personal island on Second Life. Visitors will be able to walk on the platforms and visit the stands of the participating Spanish companies. Each stand will display videos, slideshows, and contact data for the company. The logos of the Vietnamese companies taking part of the Forum will also be displayed.
This Second Life space has been designed as a meeting point for the Vietnamese and Spanish businessmen, the official institutions, and the media. The virtual event represents yet another tool for Spanish and Vietnamese companies to get in touch while allowing any interested party to obtain relevant information on the Investment Forum.
During the celebration of the Forum there will be computers for the press to explore the Second Life virtual meeting space. In addition, anyone can create an “avatar” or “persona” in this virtual world. To do so, you must download the Second Life program on to your computer and create a free user account on www.secondlife.com.
The Forum is organized by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade through the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office, and will take place on the 28th and 29th of February at the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
The following industries are involved in the event: textile and garment, chemicals, furniture, solar energy, mechanics and chrome plating, electrical materials, medical equipment, home appliances, waste treatment, railway transports, decorative items, real estate and construction, intelligent transportation systems, engineering services and consultancy, consulting and training, tourism, and quality control for agro-food.
The Spanish firms are looking for Vietnamese partners to reach business agreements regarding franchising, know-how transfer, licensing, technical assistance, subcontracting, and the establishment of new companies.
Ana Sainz Hermoso (Ms.)
Tel: (08) 825 01 73