Microsoft to help Vietnam set up e-government

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Microsoft Corporation will support Vietnam in establishing an e-government and developing a well-trained IT workforce, the government said Monday in a statement posted on its website.


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung the same day that his company will also help Vietnam develop software technology and extend cooperation to many more fields.


Ballmer praised Vietnam's efforts in the field of intellectual property and copyright protection, saying that the country was doing better than other nations at the same level of development.


He said Microsoft will also introduce its products to Vietnam at the most reasonable prices.  


Also on Monday, Ballmer signed a memorandum of understanding of cooperation in cloud computing with Vietnam's leading IT corporation FPT, local news website Dan Tri reported.


Under the agreement, the two parties will join hands to conduct research on opportunities for the Internet-based computing in Vietnam and pilot commercial models here, the news source said.

Ballmer met earlier with nearly 1,000 students from the Hanoi University of Technology where he talked about the future of IT and cloud-computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand.

Vietnam has great potential for developing world technologies skills because over 50 percent of its population is under 35 years old and more than 94 percent are literate, Ballmer was quoted as saying.

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