|The eighth Japan ICT Day taking place in Hanoi (Photo:VNA)
HA NOI (VNS)— Japan ICT Day opened in Ha Noi on Thursday, with a focus on cooperation between Viet Nam and Japan in large-scale information technology (IT) projects and the development of human resources in the IT sector.
Held as part of the 2014 Asian-Oceania Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) ICT Summit, the event, which is now in its eighth year, attracted nearly 100 representatives from 47 Japanese businesses, the largest number since beginning in 2007.
It was also attended by companies from the Republic of Korea, Israel, Malaysia and Singapore.
According to a report by Japan's Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Viet Nam is Japan's second largest ICT partner and the most favored partner among Japanese businesses, said 31.5 per cent of those questioned.
In addition to cultural similarities, abundant and cheap labour also makes Viet Nam attractive to Japanese investors, the report states.
Nguyen Doan Hung, head of the Viet Nam-Japan Information Technology Cooperation Club, said the Japanese Government and IT groups planned to carry out a number of large projects by 2020, requiring a large skilled workforce. This was seen as a favorable opportunity for Viet Nam, he added.
In order to partner with Japan on large projects, Junko Kawauchi, Vice President in charge of Global Affairs of the Japan Information Technology and Services Industry Association (JISA), stressed the need for Vietnamese businesses to increase the quality of personnel and expand their scale of operations.
Further, Japanese businesses visited the central city of Da Nang yesterday to attend a conference on Viet Nam-Japan IT cooperation.
In a separate development on Wednesday, Viet Nam's FPT Corporation and Fujitsu Limited of Japan said they would co-operate in running a trial test of Fujitsu's food and agricultural cloud service, known as the Akisai Cloud.
The companies said that the aim of the partnership was to support restructuring in the agricultural sector to make Viet Nam a world-class agricultural producer, based upon innovative technologies. — VNS