VN looks to boost ICT, focusing on domestic firms

December 20, 2019 | 08:49 am GMT+7

Việt Nam is seeking to develop its information and communications technology industry (ICT) with a focus on domestic firms to make it a key economic sector in the next decade, according to experts.


 The Ministry of Information and Communications is developing an ICT industry development programme, which is expected to be submitted to the Government for issuance within the first quarter of 2020.

Speaking at a conference on Thursday to discuss the ICT development programme, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Phan Tâm said the ICT industry was seeing a slowdown in revenue.
The industry’s revenue increased by just 9.8 per cent in 2019 over the previous year. This was low compared to the average annual growth rate of 31.1 per cent in 2014-19 period.
In addition, the ICT industry is still largely dependent on foreign-invested companies, Tâm said, citing the fact that foreign-invested companies account for more than 90 per cent of the industry’s export revenue.
Domestic ICT firms are mainly involved in only low value stages of production, such as hardware assembly and software outsourcing.
“We have not had had many unique made-in-Việt Nam ICT products,” Tâm said.
Tâm said the programme would focus on measures to encourage Vietnamese firms to engage deeper in the global ICT industry’s value chain and increase added value.
It would be important to leverage the development of domestic ICT companies, and at the same time, attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the sector, Tâm said, adding that the programme also aims to build links between domestic and FDI companies as well as with the global market.
According to Deputy Director of the ministry’s Information and Technology Department Nguyễn Thanh Tuyên, the programme targets improving the value, quality, competitiveness and creativity of the ICT industry.
Priority would be given to the development of products and services based on the core technologies of Industry 4.0 such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, automation, data analysis and 5G.
Domestic firms would be in the spotlight, he stressed. The programme targets that domestic ICT firms would grow at a rate two times higher than the country’s gross domestic product growth rate.
By 2025, Việt Nam is hoped to have the ability to master technologies in producing major ICT products to serve socio-economic development and national security.
The ICT industry is expected to become a key economic sector in the next five years.
Việt Nam’s ICT industry has seen significant development in the past five years and grew at an average pace of 31.1 per cent per year in 2014-19 to reach revenue of US$110 billion this year.
The industry provided jobs for more than 1 million people and ICT firms contributed VNĐ53 trillion (US$2.28 billion) to the State budget in 2019.