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Vietnam, Australia Launch AI Cooperation Network

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and allied agencies are urging citizens and organisations working in artificial intelligence (AI) to join an AI cooperation network between Vietnam and Australia. The network aims to gather Vietnamese individuals, businesses, and organisations working in AI, both at home and abroad, to cooperate with Australian partners.

According to a news report, the network aims to bring Vietnam opportunities for learning from Australia and around the world to create a favourable environment for AI development to prosper in Vietnam. Through this, realising the ambitious goal set out by the national AI strategy, they seek to enter Vietnam into the top four of ASEAN and top 50 in the world in AI research, development, and application by 2030.

The partnership will serve as a prerequisite for building a community of sustainable AI cooperation in Vietnam and the world in the future. By launching the Vietnam-Australia AI cooperation network, the MoST aims to help promote the national AI strategy. People from all across the nation will be able to reap the benefits of the opportunities the AI sector brings through connecting one another and making way for access to AI support policies and programmes that are issued by the state agencies. Businesses participating in the network will have the opportunity to interact with specialists to find AI solutions. All while they partner with domestic and foreign counterparts in AI application and technology transfer.

The MoST Deputy Minister explained that management software and an online community space for members will be initially developed to enable members to share their opinions on AI development in Vietnam. Eventually, through boosting cooperation with many other countries they will work towards setting up a sustainable AI community. It is envisioned that various activities will facilitate computer science in the country.

Last month, Australia and Vietnam announced they would jointly launch DigiVet-Aus, a business connecting platform, in September. The project is expected to boost software exporting and outsourcing from Vietnam. The Head of the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia made the announcement during a virtual seminar on information communication technology (ICT) cooperation opportunities between Vietnam and Australia last week.

As OpenGov Asia reported, the market size of the software industry in Australia is estimated at AUD13 billion (US$8.9 billion) as the development of the country’s economy is based on ICT platforms. However, the supply of digital products and human resources have dropped mainly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Managing Director of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) added that the demand for human resources and IT products in Australia is huge. Many Australian enterprises are facing a shortage of ICT workforce while the government is focusing on bolstering the development of digital technologies.

It is an opportunity for Vietnamese IT companies to strengthen their connection with Australian pairs and vice versa, the official noted. Speaking at the webinar, the General Secretary of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) said that Vietnamese and Australian businesses have many suitable conditions to increase cooperation. He hoped the conference will be a bridge for Australian and Vietnamese IT businesses to expand their networks and strengthen connections.

By 2030, Vietnam will set up 50 interconnected open databases in economic sectors in service of the effort. To achieve this, the country is fine-tuning legal documents, creating a legal framework regarding AI, and promoting international cooperation in the field.

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