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TMA Solutions opens R&D center
By Hien Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily
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TMA Solutions opens R&D center

By Hien Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – TMA Solutions, a giant software outsourcing company, on Thursday opened its first research and development center in Quang Trung Software City in HCMC’s District 12 to expand business in training, mobile service, and business solutions.

Vị trí đặt quảng cáoNguyen Huu Le, chairman of TMA Solutions, said at the launch that his company set up the center with an aim to expand market share and become an international player.

The center, Le said, will cooperate with local and foreign partners to innovate mobile solutions and value-added services in telecoms among others. In addition, the center will deploy R&D projects as ordered by local and foreign partners.

He told the Daily on the sidelines of the event that his company has been recognized as a major outsourcing company over the past 12 years, but few people know that TMA has also executed R&D projects under contracts with foreign partners.

“To date, TMA has accumulated good experiences on innovation technologies from these projects and we can deliver products made by Vietnam,” he said.

According to Le, R&D projects can bring more benefits to Vietnamese enterprises than outsourcing. A software programmer only earns between US$15,000 and US$20,000 a year from outsourcing, but he can make a ten-fold income at R&D projects.

However, he remarked that R&D centers in Vietnam face the barriers relating to taxes, so the Government should offer incentives for R&D projects

Chu Tien Dung, director of Quang Trung Software City Development Company, agreed to the point. He told the Daily that Vietnamese ICT companies are seeing big opportunities in technology transfer from global IT  companies when they want to move their R&D centers into Vietnam to cut cost.

Dung said local companies now are facing an unfavorable tax policy and troublesome equipment testing procedures for R&D center transfer. Meanwhile, in many countries like India, China or Russia, they exempt all taxes on equipment for R&D projects.

“In recent years, several local outsourcing companies have seen a chance to receive R&D centers from foreign partners. The centers bring comprehensive technology and more profits for local outsourcing companies,” he noted.

To encourage more enterprises to shift business to R&D, Dung suggested the Government rethink its tax policy for ICT companies who invest into R&D projects or R&D lab establishment.


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