Vietnam, SKorea co-operate on tech

September 14, 2017 | 02:45 pm GMT+7

Nearly 40 Vietnamese and South Korean information and technology companies took part in the 2017 Viet Nam - South Korea ICT Partnership Program.

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The programme is an important co-operative effort in the field of information and technology, hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea. It is organised by the South Korean National IT Industry Promotion Agency, Korea Association for ICT Promotion and the Viet Nam Internet Association.
The three day event, which will finish today, is one of the main platforms for the two ministries to create opportunities for policy-sharing and promoting business co-operation in ICT between the two countries.      
“Taking this opportunity, we would like to encourage ICT companies from both sides to increase direct contact to exchange information and to foster specific partnerships in order to bring benefit to your companies and to contribute to trade and investment co-operation of the two countries,” said Hoang Anh Tu, a representative from the Ministry of Information and Communications of Viet Nam, at the event yesterday.
Relations between Viet Nam and South Korea have been growing in all areas since the two countries upgraded their relations to strategic partnership status in 2009. In the field of ICT, South Korea and Viet Nam have a particularly long history of co-operation. In the past, South Korea was one of the first countries to set up relations with Viet Nam through the provision of digital telecommunications equipment for Viet Nam in the early 1990s.
Now, South Korea is the top investor in Viet Nam. Many South Korean ICT investors, such as Samsung, SKT and KT have been successful in Viet Nam.
“In the years to come, there will be strong potential for further collaboration in many subfields of information and communication, like broadcasting, post, information security, software outsourcing, digital contents and e-government,” Tu said.
South Korea is a leading country in ICT and innovation, while Viet Nam has big potential to become a strong ICT nation, he added. South Korea has a huge number of global ICT enterprises, while Viet Nam is a destination for ICT investors.
“We both have promising start-up companies, and investors and entrepreneurs in this field see many opportunities to collaborate,” he noted.