With the motto “Identify trend, share vision, devise strategy, find solution”, the summit is an important event of the Vietnam ICT industry. It offers a chance for policy makers, authorities, ICT application users and ICT solutions providers to meet.
In his speech, Prime Minister Dung said the Government in the past ten years had adopted many policies to boost ICT application, seeing this industry as one of the major drivers for development of the country and profound changes in economic, cultural and social aspects.
Therefore, ICT has become one of the spearhead industries, representing nearly 7% of Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP). In addition, it has a spillover effect on many other sectors.
Vietnam has made it to the top ten destinations for software outsourcing and become the second largest partner of Japan. Hanoi and HCMC are named in the list of ten emerging software outsourcing cities.
ICT is a special advantage for development of Vietnam given the young, abundant and well-trained workforce, Dung emphasized.
Participants in the Vietnam ICT Summit this year discuss the role of ICT in enhancing competitiveness, focusing on the topics of developing the national information infrastructure, improving the competitiveness of the economy and promoting institutional and education-training reforms.
“These are the issues that the Government pays due attention to,” said the Prime Minister.
As a special guest of the event, Yukio Hatoyama, chairman of the Council on East Asian Community and former prime minister of Japan, said Japan had focused resources on economic development, with ICT used as an economic driver. As a result, Japan has quickly become one of the leading technology countries in the world, he said.
Like Japan in the past, Vietnam is facing multiple problems. Vietnam needs to identify the problems at present and in the near future in various fields like healthcare, welfare, traffic, logistics, economy and industry, and check if ICT can solve such problems.
If there were potential benefits, frameworks should be set for cooperation between the private sector and the Government to work towards solutions, said Hatoyama.
Truong Gia Binh, chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA), said ICT application should be compulsory in every area and every project, firstly in administrative reform, traffic, healthcare, education and urban development.
“This is the shortest way for latecomers like Vietnam to catch up with developed nations,” he said.