Harvey Nash honoured for services to trade and investment by Vietnamese government

August 6, 2013

The Harvey Nash Group and its Outsourcing Executive Chairman, Paul Smith have been honoured by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for services to trade, investment and cultural relations between the UK and Viet Nam.

The prestigious award was presented to Mr Paul Smith in London by HE Ambassador for Viet Nam Mr Vu Quang Minh and the Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Party Mr Le Hoang Quan. The event, attended by HRH the Duke of York, celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and the UK and was supported by the Minister of State for Defence, Lord Astor.

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Paul Smith has been leading Harvey Nash’s global outsourcing business for over a decade, during which time the Group has built a world class outsourcing and offshore services centre employing over 2000 highly skilled engineering graduates. It is now the largest foreign owned Technology business in Viet Nam.

Operating from its centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, NashTech is responsible for cutting edge 3G and 4G wireless research and testing services, commercial grade software development, BPO and IT outsourcing services to the Group’s clients in Europe, the USA, Australia and Japan.

Executive Chairman Paul Smith commented,

“It is an honour to receive this recognition from the Vietnamese government particularly as the Harvey Nash Group has so successfully developed strong trading ties over a decade with one of the most dynamic members of the emerging Asian market, long before it became official British Government policy to support these investments.

Working closely with Viet Nam whilst building and managing Harvey Nash’s software and BPO production centres has exposed the huge opportunity that this fast growing economy presents for business. I have developed a passion to introduce these opportunities to other British companies and am privileged as a businessman, to be able to support the strategic political and economic partnership between the UK and Viet Nam. As a founder Council Member of the Viet Nam – UK Network there is a real opportunity to further influence the growing relationship.” 

In 2008 Paul Smith was honoured by Viet Nam for services to the ICT industry for helping to develop the sector into one of the country’s top six contributors to GDP. He has introduced over 200 British SMEs to the country, chaired many trade missions on behalf of UKTI and London Chamber of Commerce and championed trade with Viet Nam through Asia Task Force Clinics and workshops.

Paul is a Board Member of The UK ASEAN Business Council, chaired by Lord Mervyn Davies, which supports trade and investment by British business into the region. He is also a council member of the Viet Nam -UK Network, a group set up to build bilateral cultural and business relationships and rapidly attracting membership.

The Harvey Nash Group is a Chairman’s Circle member of Asia House, a leading NGO whose mission it is to build dynamic links with Asia, by providing unique insights into culture, policy, business and education, promoting stronger relationships between the people and businesses of Europe and Asia.



About NashTech

NashTech is part of the Harvey Nash Group, a global professional recruitment consultancy and IT outsourcing service provider. The Group is committed to delivering the very best talent and IT solutions to a broad base of international clients and is a trusted advisor to some of the world’s leading businesses, governments and institutions. NashTech and Harvey Nash operate from 40 offices covering the USA, Europe and Asia.


NashTech, the Outsourcing and Offshoring division has helped some of the world’s leading companies build scale, cut costs and improve agility. Through a blended mix of on-shore and offshore resources based in Vietnam our services include: IT Software development, Testing Business Process Outsourcing, Recruitment and Payroll outsourcing services.


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