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IT infrastructure on summit's agenda

Update: June, 21/2013 - 08:50
Students attend the 18th Competition of Innovative Software event in HCM City. Viet Nam has been urged to establish vocational institutions for training students with special academic knowledge and tech skills. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy

HA NOI (VNS)— The third Viet Nam Information, Communications and Technology ICT Summit opened yesterday in the capital city. Participants at the event discussed issues and solutions for improving national information infrastructure.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who is also president of the East Asian Institute, are among more than 500 participants at the two-day summit held by the Viet Nam Software and IT Service Association,

Dung said information and technology were one of the key development factors in Viet Nam. "IT has directly made up 7 per cent of the national GDP in the last 10 years," he said.

Dung said Viet Nam ranked fourth in IT in the region after Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. It was also considered one of the top 10 most attractive software outsourcing countries, and was the second largest outsourcing partner for Japan.

Hatoyama suggested that Viet Nam, with its rapid development, should speed up its e-Viet Nam strategy and move to u-Viet Nam (u for ubiquitous, meaning many types of communications, including wireless).

He said Japan could share its experiences in the field and provide technical assistance.

The former Japanese PM said that as Viet Nam and Japan were strategic partners, Japan wanted to create a win-win relationship with Viet Nam.

Hatoyama recommended that Viet Nam establish vocational institutions for training students with special academic knowledge and technological skills, again saying that Japan would send instructors from its vocational schools to help out.

Truong Gia Binh, chairman of the Viet Nam Software and IT Service Association and FPT Group said the summit aimed to provide knowledge on how IT would help develop the economy and sustain growth.

Nguyen Ba An, secretary of the National Council on Capacity, Competition and Sustainable Development, said Viet Nam ranked very low on the global competitive index and that better IT could help improve the situation.

In Viet Nam, An said, priority should be given to infrastructure, such as building smart transport, smart education, smart healthcare, e-commerce and a smart grid. — VNS

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