Vietnam, France Promote Cooperation in Digital Transformation
|Roundtable on cooperation in digital economy, digital society and digital government between Vietnam and France. Photo: VNN|
Within the framework of the Business Forum on the occasion of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's official visit to the French Republic, on November 4, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung chaired a roundtable on cooperation in the field of digital transformation between the two countries. Attending the conference were leaders of the French business association MEDEF, leaders of many leading technology groups of France and Vietnam.
With the policies of both countries on prioritizing digital transformation to develop the digital economy, digital society and digital government, businesses discussed opportunities and potential for cooperation in accordance with their advantages and technological capacity in this area.
Digital transformation in the fields of health, education, finance and banking, cooperation to provide solutions for smart cities, artificial intelligence, personal data protection was discussed by businesses at the conference.
Concluding remarks at the conference, Minister Nguyen Manh Hung shared Vietnam's major policies on digital transformation, prioritizing the rapid implementation of digital government and fields such as education, health, transportation and smart cities.
|There will be more channels to promote cooperation between Vietnamese and French digital businesses. Photo: VNN|
Vietnam is a big market, with nearly 100 million people. Vietnam's digital businesses are growing stronger, both in quantity and quality, with technological capabilities and a large team, with about 60,000 digital businesses, expected to have 100,000 businesses by 2025. France also has many large enterprises, capable of providing solutions for digital transformation in many fields. These are favorable conditions for implementing specific cooperative projects.
To create more channels to connect businesses of the two countries, in the coming time, the Ministry of Information and Communications will coordinate with agencies and associations of Vietnam and France to organize forums on digital transformation and digital economy, seminars, trade and investment promotion programs in this field.
|Immediately after the meeting, Secretary of State Cedric O tweeted news and photos about the meeting with Minister Nguyen Manh Hung. Photo: VNN|
Also within the framework of the official visit to France by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Minister Nguyen Manh Hung had a working session with Cedric O, secretary of state for the Digital Sector of France.
At the meeting, the two sides shared about digital transformation policies and strategies, exchanged measures to support and create conditions for businesses of the two countries to implement specific projects. At the meeting, Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group and the French company Rapid.Space signed an agreement to cooperate in researching and testing a number of applications for 5G networks.
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