In the first phase in 2005-2007, the project will help small to medium enterprises develop their system and skills for IT capability. The Vietnam Japan Cooperation Group (VJCC) has introduced a US$14mil project to improve IT capability of Vietnamese small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The five-year project, funded by Japanese companies and non-government organisations, will focus on import-export, service, and mechanical companies.
In the first phase in 2005-2007, the project will help small to medium enterprises develop their system and skills for IT capability. The second phase will see the development of e-commerce.
Project developers hope that around 300 SMEs will participate, a number that will reach 7,000 over the next five years. Thanks to this project, participating enterprises will have staff who can implement IT and e-commerce applications.
According to Duong Manh Hung, Head of the project?s management board, Vietnamese enterprises will be assisted through direct contact with Japanese partners on English-Japanese websites that will be connected to create forums for discussion and trade negotiation.
?The existing infrastructure in Vietnam is eligible for construction of this system. Spending for each enterprise joining this programme is US$2,000,? said Hung.