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Vietnam Kicks Off Smart Factory Development Project to Support SMEs

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A smart factory development project was launched in the northern province of Vinh Phuc that aims to train 100 Vietnamese experts and provide consultation to help 50 businesses set up smart factories in 2022 and 2023. The project was jointly developed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the People’s Committee of Vinh Phuc province, and a private electronics company.

Consultants will be trained for 12 weeks to improve their knowledge and skills in setting up smart factories. The smart factory cooperation project is the latest programme in a series of innovative consulting activities for Vietnamese businesses and training experts to strengthen industry development activities, a press release by the Ministry of Trade and Industry wrote.

Through the application of emerging technologies in production and manufacturing, businesses can improve their productivity and product quality, and reduce production costs. The project is expected to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) improve the provision of supporting products and meet the production requirements of large corporations, gradually joining regional and global supply chains.

The project also aims to strengthen the connection between enterprises and local authorities, and between FDI enterprises and domestic investment enterprises. To ensure the effective implementation of the project, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade asked the region’s departments and agencies to formulate flexible supporting policies that encourage enterprises to participate in global supply chains. He also proposed that the private partner develop specific training programmes suitable to the characteristics and conditions of participating enterprises.

Other provinces in the country have been deploying smart city projects under the national digital transformation strategy to digitise public services and help private enterprises compete globally. In March, Ho Chi Minh City announced it would become a smart city this year after rolling out a digital administration. The city’s leaders underlined the major areas of focus: governing the city in the new normal (post-pandemic), building databases and linking all databases related to governance, and finding new driving forces for future growth.

As reported on OpenGov Asia, the city will implement comprehensive technology solutions and exploit shared data to hasten economic recovery. It will speed up digital transformation in governmental organisations and promote e-government to improve the efficiency and quality of public services. The city is also deploying applications to enhance interaction between government agencies and residents, help enterprises speed up digital transformation, build a digital economy and society, and quickly achieve the digitisation of priority areas like healthcare and education. Over 900 state agencies, corporations, and non-business establishments are already using some features of an integrated data-sharing platform.

Agencies for transportation, healthcare, education and training, the environment, urban planning, and security are using several tech-based applications to better serve the public and businesses. HCM City will establish at least two technology innovation centres from now through 2025 to help businesses completely digitise operations, according to the municipal people’s committee. They will strengthen supply chains, transfer technologies and innovations, research digital products, increase the awareness of digital transformation, promote an innovation ecosystem for start-ups, and help businesses develop digital products. They will also tie up with prominent global partners for digitisation and funding, evaluate the effectiveness of digital products and support the creation of digital solutions.

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