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Vietnam collaborates with Japanese firms to train IT workers

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The Vietnamese Prime Minister and representatives of leading Japanese technology groups discussed the efforts that have been made to develop an information technology (IT) workforce.

The dialogue was held during the Prime Minister’s visit to Japan to take part in the G20 Summit at the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

According to a press release, at the dialogue, the Prime Minister answered a variety of concerns raised by the firms.

He said that Vietnam is striving to become a cyber hub in ASEAN by focusing on building national databases and ensuring information security.

The country will issue a digital transformation strategy for the whole economy and society, prioritising investment in information infrastructure and the deployment of the 5G network in 2020.

A participant said that IT services change rapidly, requiring quick and adaptable human resources. Developing and fostering a skilled IT workforce is indispensable for social infrastructure construction in Vietnam.

In fact, Vietnam has identified human resources as one of the most important factors in the sustainable development of the country and the IT industry. The government plans to have one million hi-tech workers by 2025.

The Prime Minister said that many strategies and programmes have been set up and are aimed at developing international-standard IT human resources to meet the domestic demand for highly skilled workers.

The government’s strategies focus on developing IT human resources in the field of Industry 4.0, including AI, the IoT, and big data to make breakthroughs in the IT industry and boost the country’s economy.

He said Vietnam wants Japan’s leading universities, institutes, and IT enterprises to support its efforts to develop programmes to research technologies like blockchain, cloud computing, and cybersecurity.

The Minister also proposed that Japan support Vietnam in updating the standards for professional IT human resources.

A representative at the event said that she expects the government to improve its construction licensing process to facilitate foreign businesses. She also urged the government to support the training of skilled workers.

The government has assigned the construction ministry to research, review, and propose methods to improve construction licensing procedures by simplifying permit dossiers and reducing the time needed for design evaluations.

Vietnam values co-operation between the government, businesses, and academics in strengthening the process of training human resources in IT. Collaboration is seen as one of the key solutions to improve training speed, quality, and to meet the requirements of the technology industry, the Minister said.

He also mentioned that Vietnam was trying to build an e-government and an e-Cabinet as a basis for the development of a digital economy.

Earlier, the Minister said that if the country wants to successfully build a digital-based economy and a digital-based society, it is crucial to build the e-government and the development of the e-Cabinet is the first step.

The government is working toward cutting 30% of average meeting time and using 100% of e-documents (apart from confidential ones) at governmental meetings by the end of 2019.

Developing the digital technology industry will make the country one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electronics, telecommunications equipment, and exporters of software and information technology services.

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