Will Vietnam Become The Silicon Valley of South East Asia?

15 years ago, it was hard to find an information technology (IT) company in Vietnam, but now there are nearly 14,000 IT enterprises that produce and develop hardware, software and digital. The Government of Vietnam considered high-tech industry as one of the pillars to promote economic growth of the country. Vietnam has invested heavily in the construction of infrastructure and adopts economic policies to encourage both domestic and foreign enterprises to invest and do business in Vietnam.

Besides, Vietnam has more than 90 million in population with average age of over 30 years old, in which the number of programmers, engineers, young entrepreneurs and students are increasing, that will be the effort to promote economic growth and technological innovation in the country.

More than 20 years ago, the leading technology corporation IBM has opened an office in Da Nang in 1992 and then opened in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City in 1994. Also in 2012, Da Nang was recognized by IBM as one of 33 most dynamic cities in the world and was awarded by the company with 50 million USD under the program to support the improvement of infrastructure in three years time.

Many hi-tech parks are established under the IT projects of Vietnam in 2020 that has been responsive to the growing demand for infrastructure for hardware manufacturing, companies producing software and international information technology… This is giving the central city of Vietnam strength to become a center of high-tech boom.

Moreover, three largest IT universities in Vietnam (that are located in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City) are the main workforce for the high-tech zone with hundreds of IT students graduating each year. Many young engineers were recruited immediately to famous companies such as Cisco, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, LG, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

In October 2015, the Vietnam IT Conference will be held in Ho Chi Minh City with the attendance of representatives from 150 multinational IT companies, along with more than 200 IT companies from Vietnam and 20 universities. There will be speeches from Gartner, KPMG, HP, LogiGear, Microsoft, Samsung. This is the chance for Vietnam IT industry to present to the world and everyone will witness the boom of the Vietnam IT industry.

Finding the right business partner in Vietnam is also important. We recommend doing research on the reputation of the company and individual shareholders, corporate or individual, gathering publicly available company information, and performing background checks on key personnel to find potential risks in cooperation. Working with a reliable partner can help achieve economic benefits, saving time and money in business.

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