HCM CITY (VNS) — Forty leading Vietnamese information and communications technology companies are participating in the Viet Nam ICT (information, communications and technology) expo in HCM City yesterday.
"The expo aims to help local companies [with] brand establishment, advertisement, development, and protection," Do Kim Lang, deputy head of the Industry and Trade Ministry's Trade Promotion Department, said in his opening speech.
"This is also an opportunity for us to select the best Vietnamese ICT brands to support and develop them to represent Viet Nam."
As of two years ago, 43 firms from all industries were chosen as national brands, and they have been able to take part in national programmes with official financial support, he said.
"Assistance to register international and national brand names is offered for them," he added.
Last year Viet Nam spent VND 351 billion (US$17 million) on software, with 28 per cent being supplied by Vietnamese companies, and VND904 billion ($43 million) on hardware.
To Thi Thu Huong of the Information and Communication Ministry's ICT Department said: "Vietnamese companies have not paid enough attention to research and development. They mostly assemble, offer limit-ed post-sales service, and their brands are not famous."
She said they should increase research, improve product quality and post-sales service, and offer competitive prices.
Four conferences and workshops on ICT devel-opment will be held to promote made-in-Viet Nam products. — VNS