VINASA’s programme honours top 50 IT firms

VietNamNet Bridge - The rapid changes of business fields ahead of the 4.0 industrial revolution are putting pressure on the labor market, causing a shift in training of human resources to keep up with technological trends. In the last 20 years, the number of Vietnamese workers has increased by 19 million from 35 million in 1996 to 54.4 million in 2016. According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), Vietnam’s productivity has improved considerably during that period, but it is still lower than in other regional countries. In 2015, Vietnam’s average productivity was equal to 4.4 percent of Singapore’s, 17.4 percent of Malaysia’s, 35.2 percent of Thailand’s, 48.5 percent of the Philippines’ and 48.8 percent of Indonesia. The lack of skilled manpower to meet the changing modern economy is becoming a drag on productivity. In 2015, Vietnam’s average productivity was equal to 4.4 percent of Singapore’s, 17.4 percent of Malaysia’s, 35.2 percent of Thailand’s, 48.5 percent of the Philippines’ and 48.8 percent of Indonesia. The lack of skilled manpower to meet the changing modern economy is becoming a drag on productivity. The changes are putting pressure on training establishments and forcing them to reform  training to create employees who can satisfy market demands. RELATED NEWS IT firms anxious about losing workers Vietnam to lack 1 million IT workers in 5 years Le Van... [read more]

Since its inception in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967, ASEAN has left an indelible imprint on the region and the world. From just five founding members at the beginning, ASEAN, which had to cope with many wars, conflicts, distrust and chronic poverty, has gathered all 10 countries into a single bloc and brought about many positive changes in the region. Despite having no economic powers, ASEAN has built up collective strength and reached a consensus to stop confrontations between member countries, establish new relationships on the principle of friendship, understanding and mutual trust and make a big leap in economic development. Notably, Singapore’s rapid development, Malaysia’s advances and Vietnam’s impressive economic growth have become “phenomena” of the world economy. From a region covering more than 4.5 million and with a population of over 570 million, ASEAN has total GDP revenues of more than US$1.2 trillion and an export value of US$1.44 trillion annually. The bloc has also established its firm position in the areas of politics and security in the region and the world by initiating and successfully hosting regionally important meetings such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the East-Asia Summit (EAS), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC). All these achievements have resulted from the member countries’ flexible observation of ASEAN principles with which member countries know how to cooperate and share hardships to develop together. At the same time, they have adjusted and adapted themselves to reach a consensus about the…... [read more]

The Party, along with the leading role of President Ho Chi Minh, has left an enduring imprint on the Vietnamese revolution. For each nation, nothing is more important than choosing the correct road to the future. National independence and socialism is the sole correct choice to decide the destiny of the Vietnamese nation, working class and people.c The French colonialists began to invade Vietnam in the middle of the 19th century by launching an armed attack on Da Nang naval port. After subduing Vietnam by force, they economically exploited the country and culturally enslaved the nation. However, the Vietnamese people rose up fiercely against their exploitation and oppression in the cause of national independence. Many political organisations and parties were set up to lead the national movement. However, these national movements that were under the influence of bourgeois democracy all failed. As a result, in the first decades of the 20th century, Vietnam lacked a way forward to save the country. Unable to bear the sight of the country losing its independence and his homeland in ruins, the young patriotic Nguyen Tat Thanh (later Ho Chi Minh) went abroad to find a way to save the country and wrest back national independence, freedom, prosperity and education for the people. In July 1920, after reading the first draft of Lenin’s thesis on national and colonial issues, Ho Chi Minh realised that proletarian revolution was the only way to save the country and liberate the nation. As an envoy of the Comintern,…... [read more]

The decision was made three months after Japan announced a halt to ODA to Vietnam due to a graft scandal at Pacific Consultants International (PCI) involving several Japanese and Vietnamese officials. Even though the newly committed amount is lower than the 2007 figure, it is significant to Vietnam given the current context that many Japanese car manufacturers need financial support from their government to survive the global financial and economic woes. In a recent interview granted to VOV, the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, Le Dung, said that Japanese ODA has helped boost key socio-economic development projects in Vietnam and facilitate Japanese business operations in the country. He said that the decision has resulted from the close cooperation between the two governments as well as their determination to combat corruption in Japanese ODA-funded projects and increase the effective use of aid in Vietnam. In another interview granted to the media, Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc confirmed that the Vietnamese government had shown its firm resolve to bring the PCI case to light by prosecuting and arresting two officials who were allegedly involved in the case. The firm resolve has won trust of the Japanese Government and people. Yasuhisa Kawamura, a spokesperson of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, said that his government attaches great importance to friendship and cooperation with Vietnam and considers it one of the priority countries in its Asian diplomatic policy. He said that the PCI case was just a minor error which will not affect…... [read more]

High competitiveness The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) reports Vietnamese coffee exports in the seven months leading up to August jumped 26.9% in volume and 21.9% in value on-year. The country shipped a total of 1.12 million tonnes of coffee beans to foreign markets during the period grossing US$2.31 billion in revenue at an average sales price of US$2,043/tonne, 4.84% lower than the previous year’s figure. Key coffee importers included Germany and the US with Belgium doubling its coffee imports over last year’s figures. In recent years, coffee has been one of Vietnam’s key export items achieving high revenue. The local coffee industry aims to record higher export growth in the future, with about 95% of its output being shipped abroad. Currently, Vietnam is the world’s largest exporter of Robusta coffee. It ranks second in coffee export volume and third in value. Economists say Vietnam is on a path to becoming the world’s largest coffee exporter within the next few years. According to a recent report on exports by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnamese coffee has sharpened its competitive edge thanks to favourable climate conditions, lower-cost production and a bumper coffee crop. However, product quality remains low due to out-dated harvest technology and poor processing facilities. Additionally, Vietnamese coffee suffers from lack of brand name recognition as local exporters’ marketing skills are still limited and over 90% of coffee products are essentially raw unprocessed materials with low added value, MARD reports. With such disadvantages, Vietnamese…... [read more]

The survey was released at a seminar on information security in Ho Chi Minh City on November 16. Tran Ngoc Minh, deputy head of the Vietnam Information Security Association’s (VNISA) southern chapter, said information security is increasingly imperilled, risking huge losses. It’s predicted that an internet war will develop soon, he added. Over the first ten months of 2012, hackers have targeted many official Government websites, large business websites, and those of leading IT firms. Vietnam is likely to face increased risk as the country has not invested properly in safeguarding information security. Minh stressed the need to build strong infrastructure for information security over the long-term rather than drafting solutions to merely deal with short-term impacts. Ngo Viet Khoi, Sales Manager of Trend Mirco Vietnam, said increasing businesses’ awareness and preparing professional information security personnel is essential. Khoi also said Vietnam should master the advanced technologies that can guarantee information security. Businesses should think of preventive measures and invest more in information technology.... [read more]

More than 400 senior government leaders, corporate executives, chief information officers, IT directors, and associated professionals gathered at the two-day event to share technology updates and devise solutions to the challenges of the new digital age. They touched upon information security management strategies, focusing on the complex security issues arising from cloud computing. The delegates exchanged notes on effective data management, security in Big Data environments, and security intelligence solutions for decreasing the threat of attacks facing businesses. Recent technology developments and trends—most notably virtualisation, cloud computing, the workforce’s mobile devices, and social networks—are impacting how the government and enterprises handle IT management. Their influence is primarily positive but these trends can also create new challenges for IT, information security, and risk management executives, they said. A security technology demonstration expo also proceeded alongside the conference, featuring leading IT firms and providers like Trend Micro, HP, Schneider, Hitachi, Sun Media, and Bkav. It offered high-profile information security businesses to the chance to promote their state-of-the-art products and devices capable of bolstering network security, cloud security, encryption, ATM security, identity management, and access control.... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) on January 16 launched the Sao Khue Awards in 2017 under the sponsor of the Ministry of Information and Communications. The award aims to honour high-quality and effective IT products and services in domestic market, which also can make inroads into international markets, contributing to promoting IT application and development in Vietnam in recent years. This year, the organising board will select ten excellent products and services in terms of socio-economic efficiency, brand reputation, revenue, market share, customers, and technological innovation. Programmes to promote awarded products and services will be arranged nationwide in the year. The deadline for submission is March 6 and the results will be announced at an awarding ceremony in late April this year. Vietnam has recorded strong development in software and IT service, which achieved average growth up to between 20-35 percent in 2000-2010 and from 10-15 percent over the last five years. The sectors importantly contributed to the national socio-economic development and further improving Vietnam’s position in the international IT map. VINASA Chairman Truong Gia Binh highlighted Vietnamese IT firms’ competiveness on the international market, expressing his hope that the Sao Khue award will help bring more opportunities to Vietnamese IT enterprises to introduce their products and services in foreign markets.-VNA... [read more]

The statement says that during their talks, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and Cuban President Fidel Castro reaffirmed that the special friendship and solidarity between the two countries have become the symbol of the era. They briefed each other on the situation of the Party and nation and exchanged view on bilateral ties as well as international issues of mutual concern. The two sides expressed delight at the tremendous achievements made by the two countries’ Parties and people in their national construction and defence. They were proud of the traditional solidarity in the relations between the two Parties and people and affirmed their determination to further develop the relations of friendship, mutual trust and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cuba and to actively contribute to peace, national independence, democracy, social progress, cooperation and development in Southeast Asia, Latin America and the rest of the world. The Vietnamese side stated its strong support for the efforts made by the Cuban Party, State and people in their struggle to lift the US embargo on the island state, get five young Cubans released from US custody and bring airline and hotel bomber Luis Posada Carriles to court. The Cuban side expressed its firm belief that Vietnam will make greater achievements in the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, national construction and defence for the goal of a rich people, a strong country and an equitable, democratic and civilised society. The two sides agreed to increase high-level contacts between the two Parties and States, further…... [read more]

While hosting a reception for representatives of diplomatic corps in Hanoi on February 1 in the lead up to the traditional lunar New Year Festival, Mr Khiem said that the close and effective cooperation of ambassadors and other diplomats in Vietnam has significantly promoted the multi-faceted cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and foreign countries and international organisations. The Deputy PM affirmed that Vietnam will continue to embark on the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, and implement its external policy of independence, openness, multilateralisation and diversification. The country is always a reliable friend and partner of other countries and an active and responsible member of the international community. He expressed the hope that Vietnam will receive further cooperation and assistance from international friends for the sake of national sustainable development. Deputy PM Khiem said Vietnam has entered a new phase in its international integration process. “Vietnam’s election to the United Nations Security Council reflects the international community’s trust in the country’s Renewal process and its contribution to peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world,” he said. He stressed that the year 2008 is of great significance to Vietnam’s development as the country and other ASEAN member states start a new cooperation period within the framework of ASEAN’s new Charter and Vietnam begins to assume the heavy responsibility as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Head of the diplomatic corps Argentinean Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Ferrari said that Vietnam has successfully built its firm positive image in the…... [read more]

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