Forum promotes digital connectivity amid 4th Industrial Revolution

Thursday, 2018-09-27 17:45:21
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NDO/VNA - The acceptance of transitions in multinational corporations' production chains could turn Vietnam into a leading centre in the region for manufacturing telecommunication and IT devices, and those using internet of things (IoT), said Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Phan Tam, on September 27.

In his speech at the Vietnam ICT Investment Forum (VIIF) in Hanoi, Tam stressed the need for Vietnam to focus on developing the domestic telecommunications industry and IT, while promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction in the field.

The top priority should be given to encouraging digital infrastructure development, including broadband and database infrastructure, as well as completing 4G mobile networks and deploying 5G, towards meeting the requirements of IoT development in the future.

In addition, in order to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Vietnam needs to develop human resources and promote digital skill training in order to equip workers with the skills that will enable them to meet the future work requirements, Deputy Minister Tam added.

The ministry has proposed that the Government devises priority policies to meet and create momentum for the transformation of the economic, industrial and service sectors, he noted.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Communication of India, Ravi Kant, emphasised the desire to promote the cooperation between India and ASEAN member countries, including Vietnam, to expand its IT exports.

India is interested in developing sustainable infrastructure and digital innovation, taking full advantage of qualified IT human resources who are capable of working in many markets around the world, he said.

Meanwhile, Swedish Ambassador Pereric Hogberg shared the country’s experience in the use of IT, innovation and digital services in urban and rural areas to make it one of the leading technology countries in the world.

Participants at the forum also shared information on emerging technology issues in the world, such as 5G technology, solutions related to cloud computing, initiatives and digital connection projects among ASEAN countries, and measures for ensuring information security for digital connections.

The forum showed the importance of digital connectivity in the Fourth Industry Revolution, contributing to encouraging Vietnamese enterprises to foster investment cooperation with peers in the field in countries in the Mekong-sub region and Southeast Asia.

On the sidelines of the event, the exhibition “India-ASEAN ICT Expo” is being held on September 27-28, featuring products from 30 Vietnamese and Indian IT and telecom enterprises. The exhibitors will introduce products, services, telecommunication and IT solutions with the application of IoT in traffic management, agriculture and banking serving the development of smart cities.

In recent years, the Vietnamese Government has been determined to build visions, orientations and policies in all sectors to fully tap the advantages of the Fourth Industry Revolution.