Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
SCIENCE & TECH

Vietnam promotes IT cooperation with Japan

Updated at Thursday, 30 Aug 2018, 08:06
The Hanoitimes - The Industrial Revolution 4.0 with new technology trends such as IoT, AI, Big Data, digitalization and Vietnam’s abundant human resources will open great cooperation opportunities for the country.
Vietnam expects to enhance cooperation with Japan in information technology (IT), said Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong at the opening ceremony of Japan IT Day 2018 held by the Vietnam Software and IT Services (Vinasa) in Hanoi.
 
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong made speech at the opening ceremony
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong made speech at the opening ceremony
Deputy Minister Nguyen Minh Hong said that Vietnam - Japan relationship had a strong and comprehensive development in the spirit of “For the sake of peace and prosperity in Asia" established by the two sides.

So far, Japan has become Vietnam’s leading economic, trade and investment partner. In 2017, Japan became the largest foreign direct investor in Vietnam with more than US$9 billion, accounting for more than 25% of total foreign investment in Vietnam, Hong said.

In the field of IT, human resources are Vietnam’s strength. According to the OECD's Program of International Student Assessment (PISA), Vietnamese students’ academic performance is in the top 20 and is particularly good at maths and sciences. This is the foundation for higher education in technology, Hong added.

Currently, up to 290 universities and colleges in Vietnam provide IT training with about 55,000 IT students per year. According to the assessment of HackerRank (the US), Vietnam converges software developers who are ranked 1st in Southeast Asia and ranked 23rd in the world, the Deputy Minister stressed.

He also said that the Ministry of Information and Communications is developing a master plan with the aim of helping Vietnam make use of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, including the software industry, which Vietnam has a lot of potential but has not yet been exploited and used over the past time.

For the Japanese side, according to the survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the use of AI in Japanese companies is only 1.9%. However, Japanese demand for new technologies such as IoT, AI, robotics, self-driving vehicles, etc. is growing rapidly.

In terms of IT manpower, Japan is short of about 171,000 engineers and it is forecast that Japan will lack 369,000 engineers and 48,000 engineers in the new technology sector by 2020. The shortage of human resources and the increased demand for technology personnel will open up great demand for cooperation between Japanese and Vietnamese enterprises in the time ahead, Hong said.

Nguyen Doan Hung, vice chairman of Vinasa and chairman of the Vietnam-Japan IT Cooperation Club (VJC), also said that the Industrial Revolution 4.0 with new technology trends such as IoT, AI, Big Data, digital change, the change in the cooperative business model and the abundant human resources of Vietnam will open up great opportunities for cooperation, namely the future of IT cooperation between Vietnamese and Japanese enterprises in the coming time.

According to a survey by Vinasa and VJC, the number of collaborative projects using new technology is increasing rapidly. Many small businesses are investing in the capacity building of these new technologies and have succeeded in many collaborative projects.


This is the 12th Japan IT Day with the topic "Vietnam-Japan IT cooperation in the Industrial Revolution 4.0". It is a annual national trade promotion program in Vietnam.

Japan IT Day 2018 is also one of the activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Vietnam -Japan diplomatic relations.
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