Vietnam to host Asia biggest information technology event

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A press conference on the upcoming 2014 ASOCIO ICT summit to be held in Hanoi this October / PHOTO COURTESY OF VNEXPRESS
More than 700 delegates from all over Asia will attend a summit held by the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) in Hanoi from October 28-31.
The event will mark the second time Vietnam has hosted the largest annual forum on information and communication technology (ICT)  in the region, news website  VnExpress has reported.
The first was held in 2003.
The organizers expect more than 250 leaders from ICT associations in 29 countries and territories to take part in conferences, exhibitions and business cooperation events.
One of the event’s main themes this year will be the application of ICT to agriculture restructuring and rural development.
Speaking at a press conference last week, Truong Gia Binh, chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) said Vietnam’s ICT industry has rapidly changed since the first event.
In 2003, only 0.04 percent the population used the Internet, but that rate has since reached 35 percent.
That year, the ICT industry barely existed in Vietnam. But the country’s hardware and software industries are currently booming with an annual growth rate of 30-40 percent, Binh said.
Moreover, Vietnam’s position on global ICT indexes has continued to rise.
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City continue to consider strategies to attract software and hardware industry to the country.
David Chang, general secretary of ASOCIO, said they granted hosting rights to Vietnam because of the capacity and prestige its ICT industry has achieved in recent years.
Chang also expressed his belief that the country will soon catch up with regional competitors, as long as it has right vision, policies and strategies.
ASOCIO was founded in 1984 to promote, encourage and foster relationships and trade between its members, and to develop the computing industry in the region.
Its membership currently consists of over 10,000 ICT companies from 29 countries and territories like Australia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and the US.

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