Vietnam seeks stronger ICT links with Japan

Wednesday, 2017-03-29 09:43:09
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Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan (L) and Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi (Source: VNA)
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NDO/VNA—Vietnam is willing to coordinate with Japan in ensuring information security, Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan told Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi.

During talks with the Japanese official in Tokyo on March 29, Minister Tuan, who is on a working visit to Japan, suggested the Japanese side make information security-related projects a priority when providing official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam and assist Vietnam in building a pilot smart city project.

He explained that the Vietnamese Government considers the information and communication technology (ICT) industry as a spearhead economic sector that greatly contributes to the country’s socio-economic development.

The minister hailed the effective ICT cooperation and the implementation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two ministers.

He expressed his hope that the two ministries would continue supporting and facilitating cooperation between the two countries’ ICT enterprises in the coming time.

For his part, Sanae Takaichi affirmed that Japan would share its experience with and support Vietnam in developing its ICT sector.

Following the talks, the two ministers signed an agreement on establishing a joint working group, aiming to foster collaboration between the two ministries.

They also witnessed the signing of a principle agreement between the Vietnam Post Corporation (Vietnam Post), the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and the Hitachi Group of Japan; and a framework service contract between Vietnam Post and the Hitachi Asia (Vietnam) Co., Ltd.