Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested building Viet Nam into a world centre for the software industry, mobile applications and information security services. — Photo startupvietnam.org
HÀ NỘI – The government is determined to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the fourth industrial revolution and develop Việt Nam into an information technology (IT) power, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said on Saturday.
He spoke at the annual Việt Nam Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Summit held in Hà Nội by the Việt Nam Software and IT Services Association (Vinasa) under the auspices of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC).
The event, themed “Digital Revolution – Opportunities and Challenges”, attracted more than 500 delegates from ministries, agencies, localities and businesses at home and abroad.
PM Phúc noted that this year, Việt Nam moved up 10 spots from 2015 to 89th place out of 193 countries in terms of e-government development.
The country has also attracted many IT giants such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Toshiba and Samsung, while many domestic IT firms such as Viettel, FPT and VNPT have branched out into many parts of the world.
The PM called for more drastic and effective actions to improve national competitiveness, and suggested building Việt Nam into a world centre for the software industry, mobile applications and information security services.
Ministries and agencies were asked to improve their IT workforce so as to provide high-quality manpower for the world digital economy.
He expressed hope that smart city models would be built in Hà Nội, HCM City, Hải Phòng, Đà Nẵng, Cần Thơ and Bình Dương.
The MoIC and Vinasa will collect suggestions at the summit to submit to the PM for consideration.
The event was divided into thematic discussions on building a start-up nation, the trends of Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City, IT infrastructure development, and cyber security and IT human resources.
Sideline activities include the Việt Nam ICT Best Practices Exhibition and the Việt Nam ICT Golf Open 2016. – VNS