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Vietnam well-equipped to meet ICT personnel needs of Japan
By Van Ly
Thursday,  Aug 30, 2018,18:27 (GMT+7)

Vietnam well-equipped to meet ICT personnel needs of Japan

By Van Ly

HANOI - Japan’s shortage of human resources in information and communications technology (ICT) is a major opportunity for Vietnam, heard participants at the 2018 Japan ICT Day in Hanoi on August 29.

According to data from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications presented at the event, Japan currently lacks some 171,000 engineers and will be short of an estimated 369,000 general engineers and 48,000 engineers of new technologies by 2020.

The shortage of human resources and an increasing demand for personnel in new technologies will open up many avenues for cooperation between Japanese and Vietnamese firms in the coming period.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s strength in the ICT field is its human resources. According to the Program for International Student Assessment, a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the performance of Vietnamese students in science and mathematics is among the top 20 in the world.

Nguyen Doan Hung, vice chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) and chairman of the Vietnam-Japan IT Cooperation Club (VJC), noted that the fourth industrial revolution would see new technological trends emerging, such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and digital transformation. Vietnam’s changes in business models and abundant human resources will open up major cooperation opportunities with Japanese enterprises in the future, Hung added.

The 2018 Japan ICT Day, themed, “Vietnam-Japan ICT Cooperation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” was organized by VINASA and VJC. The annual national trade promotion program will be attended by more than 350 local and foreign delegates in Hanoi and Danang until tomorrow.

In addition to hosting conferences and workshops to share experts’ experience, the event features several trade promotion activities to help enterprises introduce their products and services and seek cooperation opportunities.

The event is one of the activities being held to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan.

Addressing the program, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong remarked that Japan has become a leading economic, trading and investment partner of Vietnam.

Japan contributed the highest foreign direct investment in Vietnam last year, with more than US$9 billion, or more than a quarter of the total foreign investments in Vietnam.

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