Enterprises were told that the implementation of the information technology (IT) and communication development should be their priority.
This is one of the requirements set in the draft plan for rapid transformation of Vietnam into an IT and communication power in the 2011-2015.
According to the plan, five key enterprises, including the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group VNPT, Viettel, VTC, FPT and CMC will have to, considering their conditions, implement concrete projects as parts of the plan. The objectives are to raise the investment in IT and communication to increase the proportion of its turnover in the total turnover of all industries; the expansion of the international market share; and the improvement the research capability.
Meanwhile, the five key enterprises say that they need detailed support mechanisms to successfully implement the above plan.
Nguyen Trung Chinh, General Director of CMC Company, says that CMC will prepare to act as the general contractor of Intranet services and national email service under normal mode or as PPP (public private partnership). Chinh affirms that if CMC is assigned the task, the services will be provided at 2000 points after the first 12 months of implementation, while the number of points would increase to 5000 after two years later.
Besides, Chinh also says that CMC can also undertake the project on providing one million low cost computers, the project on population database or the project on building key laboratories.
Nevertheless, Chinh says that CMC needs support to help it become a strong enterprise which can compete with regionally and internationally. The support that Chinh has mentioned is the capital support mechanism.
“The State needs to introduce policies to provide a strong support to IT and communication enterprises which undertake research and development activities, such as tax exemption, infrastructure support, and placing orders with enterprises,” Chinh says.
Sharing the same view, an executive of VNPT says that VNPT plans to spend 63 trillion dong to implement 12 projects. However, VNPT also needs a certain volume of “reciprocal capital” from the state budget,
For example, manufacturing smart terminal equipments, according to VNPT, will need some 10 billion dong. VNPT says it will spend 50 percent of the sum, while the state budget should cover the other 50 percent. Besides, VNPT has also suggested the 50-50 percent capital contribution for building test labs.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Truong Tung, President of FPT University, says FPT is ready to make the dream of turning Vietnam into an IT power become reality.
FPT University will produce at least 20 percent of the high quality workforce for the IT and communication sector. “However, we need preferential policies and support, especially in terms of financial,” Tung says.
The plan to transform Vietnam into an IT and communication power was approved by the Prime Minister on September 22, 2010. The main goals of the plan are to develop a qualified labor force for IT and communication; to make the IT sector, especially software industry, digital content and services the key sector with a high contribution to GDP growth and export.
During implementation period until 2020, the goal is for IT and communication to contribute 8-10 percent of the GDP. 80 percent of the IT major graduates will capable in terms of their professional and foreign language skills to join the international labor market.
It is expected that the total number of workers in the IT sector would reach one million.
Source: Dau tu