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Jul 23, 2020 / 07:00

Google offers support for Vietnam business community

US-tech giant Google looks to build long-term cooperation with Vietnam.

Google, with its experience, is willing to support the development of Vietnamese enterprises and looks to build long-term cooperation with Vietnam, according to Scott Beaumont, president of Google in Asia Pacific.

 President of Google in Asia Pacific Scott Beaumont. Photo: VGP.

Enterprises with high level of digitalization would grow twice as fast as others, and Google wants to help local firms master online business skills, said Scott in an online meeting with Minister – Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung on July 22.

Scott said Vietnam has been successful in mitigating negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and this shows the world how to efficiently tackle the health crisis.

According to Scott, during the outbreak, Google had supported the Ministry of Health in providing official information and instructions to the people and businesses via YouTube.

Based on this experience, Scott said Google could cooperate with the Government Office in developing the national public service portal.

The successful implementation of the portal has been one of Vietnam’s achievements in the post-Covid-19 period, Scott added.

Under the framework of the “Vietnam Digital 4.0” program, Google is collaborating with the Ministry of Industry and Trade in providing online training for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), while assisting large scale enterprises to find new export markets.

Meanwhile, Google is working with Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to promote domestic tourism, one of the key solutions to boost Vietnam’s economic growth, Scott informed.

 Minister of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung at the meeting. Photo: VGP. 

At the meeting, Minister Dung said 96 days have passed without new Covid-19 cases in the community in Vietnam.

Dung said with the GDP growth of 1.81% in the first six months of 2020, Vietnam targets to reach a growth rate of 3 – 4% for this year.

Since its launch on December 9, 2019, the national public service portal has integrated 800 public services with nearly 200,000 accounts, 51 million visitors and 201,000 applications under processing.

Dung, however, said this is just a first step towards the building of e-government and is looking forward to cooperating with Google in promoting the portal.

Dung asked Google to set up a channel for the portal on YouTube for spreading the benefits of public online services for citizens and businesses.

The minister stressed the US is Vietnam’s key partner and the Vietnamese government is willing to support US firms in doing business in the country.

Local authorities are maintaining frequent communication with US companies to address their issues for more balanced trade relations, Dung informed.