VN eyes close cooperation with Intel: PM

Vietnam places a high priority on information technology development and Vietnam is building a roadmap for IT development with the aim of becoming a strong IT country; therefore, the country wants to cooperate closely with Intel in this area, said the Vietnamese Prime Minister.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung said this during his April 9 meeting with Intel chairman Craig Barrett in Hanoi.

Craig Barrett (L) presents a gift to PM Nguyen Tan Dung during their meeting in Hanoi April 9 (Photo : D.Quang)

Highly appreciating Mr. Craig’s visit to Vietnam, the PM stressed that  despite the global economic crisis, Intel has implemented a project in HCM City, supported Vietnam in training IT engineers and provided low-cost computers.

The Vietnamese government keeps a close eye on the implementation progress of the US$1 billion Intel-invested project in HCM City which was licensed in February 2006, considering it as an important foreign project in the country, Mr. Dung added.

He said he hoped Mr. Craig to instruct the project progress and that Intel would continue helping Vietnam to nurture its IT human resource and supply human resources for its factory when operational, as well as providing low-cost computers for schools and hospitals in the country.

He applauded the corporation’s plans to develop advanced technology and cooperation programs with Vietnamese universities.

For his part, Craig Barrett said that he is impressed with Vietnam’s achievements, especially in its IT infrastructure development. He assured Mr. Dung that the Intel-invested project in HCM City will be completed on time and its factory will churn out first products in early 2010.

He said that a strong education system plus good IT infrastructure will help a nation increase the competitive capacity of its economy and Vietnam is on the right track, especially implementing third-generation technology.

Sources: SGGP, VNA; combined by Uyen Phuong

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