HANOI - The Vietnam
Software Association (Vinasa) estimates that the export
of locally made software products to the Japanese market
will reach US$350 million by 2010, said the president of
Vinasa, Truong Gia Binh.
After returning from a
visit to Tokyo, Japan, last month, Binh said the export
plans will be a great opportunity for the country's
He added that Vietnam is the
fourth-largest manufacturer of Japanese software after
China, India and South Korea.
Still, Binh said
the Japanese plan to treat Vietnam's software producers
as a first priority. Japanese companies have provided
the Vietnamese software industry with valuable
incentives, including training programs.
Vinasa's surveys show that in recent years, some
20 Japanese software companies have conducted surveys on
the Vietnamese software industry.
predicted that the revenue from software exports to
Japan will reach $5 million this year, $9.5 million by
2005 and $350 million by 2010.
annual domestic growth rate is expected to increase by
A shortage of skilled labor and
language barriers were named as the major hurdles to the
Vietnamese information technology (IT) workforce, Binh
Vietnam now has 500 IT workers who are
proficient Japanese speakers. However, most of them are
now in Japan for training and work.
programers who were sent to Japan for short training
courses needed help from interpreters. But that was a
temporary solution." Binh said.
In an attempt to
address the hurdles, Vinasa will open a Japanese
language center to teach Japanese to software programers
and IT engineers so as to help them work easily with
their Japanese partners.
"If everything goes as
planned, Vinasa expects to post 10% of the Japanese
software market. This means that Vietnam needs to have
at least 18,229 software programers," Binh added. "This
is a huge number."
A long-term course to train
Vietnamese software programers in the Japanese language
is under discussion between Hanoi Technology University
and the Japanese Keio University, Ritssumeiken.
Jul 7, 2004
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