Vietnam has carried out digital transformation programmes for enterprises and dialogues between companies and senior leaders of ASEAN countries to turn the bloc into a hub for innovative and sustainable start-up development.
These activities also accelerate digital transformation and technology start-up development in ASEAN, according to the Ministry of Information and Communication.
ASEAN countries have an advantage with about 60 percent of the population under 35 years old, promising strong start-up potential. Therefore, as Chairman of ASEAN 2020, Vietnam has organised the ASEAN Startup Forum to discuss promoting start-up co-operation in the bloc.
Ngo Dien Hy, General Director of VNPT Information Technology Company (VNPT-IT), said the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Corporation (VNPT) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) have signed a deal to support the domestic enterprises in implementing digital transformation.
Per the agreement, VNPT will work with VCCI and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) to implement the Digital STARS Showcase 2020 project, which aims to build a network connecting technology start-ups in ASEAN to create opportunities to exchange experience, expand partnerships and promote digital transformation.
Pham Dinh Doan, an ASEAN BAC member, said Digital STARS Showcase 2020 also includes innovative and practical digital transformation solutions for firms to upgrade their business models and participate in the digital economy, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Digital STARS Showcase 2020 has had more than 100 solutions from large companies and potential start-ups since it was launched in September.
The system of those solutions is expected to expand to other ASEAN countries to build a common database on regional digital transformation.
At present, digital transformation models are creating convenient services. However, this kind of model also brings difficulties for local start-ups because it fundamentally changes the traditional business model and poses new challenges.
To survive and thrive in an age of constantly changing technology, domestic start-ups must change because they could be eliminated if they are slow to carry out digital transformation.
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy said they should choose small projects for digital transformation. That would reduce damages and take experiences to implement the digital transformation for larger projects.
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