The Ho Chi Minh City Business Association has unveiled a digital transformation programme for small and medium-sized enterprises to help improve their competitiveness in the bustling technology landscape.
The programme will be implemented in collaboration with the Computer Association in the city as part of the Government’s efforts to help SMEs gain better access to digital transformation solutions at reasonable costs.
Speaking at a press conference on September 24, Chu Tiến Dũng, the Chairman of the HCM City Union of Business Associations, stressed the importance of good infrastructure and a legal framework for digital transformation.
“Enterprises have recognised the importance of technologies in their operations and management. Digital transformation will be the element to help them improve their competitive capacity and develop sustainably,” he said.
As part of the scheme, a committee for digital transformation and a training center for enterprises will be established.
“The association is willing to support and assist enterprises in undertaking digital transformation if they face any hurdles in implementation,” Mr. Chu added.
The Chairman of the Computer Association, Lâm Nguyễn Hải Long, recommended the city should provide free IT infrastructure for SMEs, and IT enterprises should offer digital transformation services at reduced prices.
Two basic digital transformation packages will be provided by the HCM Business Association and members of the Computer Association: the X-Starter for startups and X-SME for SMEs.
“The city should choose local enterprises to provide technologies for the programme because similar projects are already being carried out by IT enterprises in other provinces and cities,” suggested Mr. Lâm Nguyễn.
In line with the Vietnamese Government’s plans, Ho Chi Minh City has digital transformation plans to become a smart city with e-government, e-enterprises and an electronic society by 2030, setting up a database to assist with this.
To obtain these goals, the city will strengthen communications and improve the awareness of its workers, the public and enterprises and create shared databases.
The digital transformation efforts are expected to affect all areas of the city’s economy like health, education, transport, finance-banking, tourism, agriculture, logistics, environment, and energy.