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Software parks lack strategies, but future is bright

Update at: 28/07/2011 04:23:16

Software parks were the key to developing the information technology and communication sector but they lacked united management and detailed strategies, an IT forum heard recently.


To Thi Thu Huong, an official from the Ministry of Information and Communic-ations' Department of Information and Technology, told the forum in HCM City earlier this month that Viet Nam now had seven IT parks and software service centres.


She said the parks had attracted 700 enterprises employing about 30,000 workers and generated 40 per cent of the country's total revenue.


However, Huong said, the parks lacked united management and detailed strategies to reach their potential.


To help resolve the problem, Huong said a draft plan was in the pipeline to establish centralised IT zones in a move to help software parks develop sustainably, to reach an expected turnover to US$500-700 million by 2015.


Vietnamese software parks mainly supplied IT products and services for domestic use, processed software for overseas markets and trained human resources.


With good technology infrastructure and convenient business environment, software parks had managed to attract investment and create networks among companies operating in IT zones.


Quang Trung Software City director Lam Nguyen Hai Long said that besides the attraction of foreign investment, software parks would also help build the image of the nation.


The development of software parks would contribute to the nation's socio-economic growth while ensuring land was used efficiently, Long said.


Long said his company would duplicate the Quang Trung Software City model in provinces and cities selected to develop centralised IT zones.

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