Ho Chi Minh City, US Software Company Collaborate To Develop Semiconductor Workforce

Ho Chi Minh City’s Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) on December 28 signed a cooperation pact with the US-based engineering simulation software provider Ansys, Inc. to develop human resources for the country’s semiconductor industry.
January 02, 2024 | 00:57

US-based engineering simulation software provider Ansys, Inc. (Ansys) will provide educational software tools and related training programs to local universities with sci-tech strengths through the firm’s innovation space.

Head of the Chi Minh City’s Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) management board Nguyen Anh Thi stated that the collaborative program will offer students an opportunity to access the latest engineering simulation technology and methodologies and enable them to accumulate practical experience, ensuring success in the high-tech field. It will also help improve the operational capabilities of the SHTP’s Electronics and Semiconductor Centre (ESC).

According to Rafiq Somani, Ansys Area Vice President of India and South Asia Pacific, the conglomerate aims to assist the SHTP in achieving its goals of developing simulation skills and design capabilities for high-tech industries.

Ho Chi Minh City, US Software Company Collaborate To Develop Semiconductor Workforce
At the signing ceremony of the cooperation pact between the Saigon Hi-Tech Park and Ansys, Inc. (Photo: VNA)

At the signing ceremony, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee Vo Van Hoan expressed his hope that in the future, Ansys will team up with the southern economic hub in attracting semiconductor investors. The city has prepared resources and favorable policies to welcome technology enterprises and corporations coming for cooperation and development, he affirmed.

2023 has been a successful year for Vietnam in digital transformation with many steps forward, according to Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung.

Delivering a report on the 7th meeting of the National Committee for Digital Transformation on December 28, Dung said that this year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has placed Vietnam in the 46th position out of the 132 countries and territories in terms of Global Innovation Index (GII), two places higher than the 2022 rankings, enabling the country to secure its position among the 50 leading countries in the field since 2018, cited VNA.

Meanwhile, an e-Connomy SEA report released recently by Google, Temasek, and Bain & Company showed that Vietnam remains the fastest-growing digital economy in Southeast Asia for a second year in a row and is expected to hold this position until 2025, the official noted. Particularly, digital payments expanded by 19%, making Vietnam the fastest-growing country in Southeast Asia in the field.

He highlighted the country’s fruitful outcomes in administrative reform and online public service provision, including the cutting and simplification of nearly 2,500 business regulations in 201 legal documents, and the erasing and simplification of 528 out of the 1,086 administrative procedures.

Deputy Minister Dung said that in the year, State agencies have put seven national databases into operation. In the 2021-2023, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) directed telecommunications businesses to provide mobile coverage in 2,433 out of the 2,853 service-lacking areas.

Vietnam has 13 data center service providers and 45 data centers with nearly 28,000 racks, he said, adding that the country has 1.5 million workers in the field of information technology and digital technology, cited Bnews.

The MIC has issued a program to encourage the use of national digital platforms, he said, noting that to date, eight have been announced, drawing 150 million regular users each month.

Meanwhile, the safety level of 2,074 out of the 3,192 systems, or 65%, has been approved. The MIC has launched a management support platform to assist agencies and organizations in ensuring the safety of their information systems.

At the same time, the ministry has checked and labeled 4,770 websites as trustful networks, including 3,823 websites of state agencies. Authorities have blocked 9,073 websites that violate the law, including 2,603 fraudulent websites, protecting more than 10.1 million people from accessing infringing and fraudulent websites in cyberspace. The ministry also requests ministries, sectors, and localities to deploy network trust labeling for 100% of websites under their management no later than the second quarter of 2024.

According to the MIC, by the end of 2023, 81% of administrative procedures have been provided online, while the rate of administrative procedures processed online has reached 38.3%, saving 37 million working hours for the people, equivalent to VND 1.27 trillion (US $52.31 million)

Vietnam's digital economy has continued to multiply at a rate of about 20%, three times faster than GDP growth. However, this growth rate is forecast to slow down in the next few years.

The ministry has identified the digital economy as a new and potential space for sectors, raising the digital economy’s rate in the national economy to 20% by 2025 and 30% by 2030. Five promising sectors in the field are agriculture, tourism, garment and textiles, logistics, and processing manufacturing.

Deputy Minister Dung said that in 2024, Vietnam must focus on finding new space and new development motivations to boost economic growth and labor productivity. In the year, the MIC will concentrate on universalizing digital infrastructure and creating digital applications to develop the digital economy, he stated, clarifying nine major tasks in digital infrastructure and five in universalizing the foundational elements for the digital economy. It will order telecommunications enterprises and digital technology firms to solve six major problems in creating digital applications, the official added.

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