In December 2012, Microsoft Vietnam launched a new initiative in partnership with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the ASEAN Foundation, aimed at empowering small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region with technology.

Senior executives from Microsoft, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the ASEAN Foundation, launching the new joint initiative aimed at empowering small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

To be implemented over a period of two years, the project will focus on enhancing the information and communication technology (ICT) skills of SMEs in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. The project meets the mandate of the ASEAN Foundation in terms of collaborating with the business sector and undertaking activities in technology that build the capacity of people in the Southeast Asia region.

In Vietnam, Microsoft will collaborate with the VCCI to provide local SMEs with ICT training especially in e-commerce applications, helping young entrepreneurs in rural communities realise their full potential and improve their market competitiveness.

During the launch ceremony held in Hanoi, Dr Pham Thi Thu Hang, Secretary General of VCCI, elaborated on the project’s objective, “The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry is very pleased to partner Microsoft in this project, which we anticipate will contribute significantly to ICT skill development among SMEs and young entrepreneurs in Vietnam.”

To achieve its objective, Microsoft and the VCCI will jointly conduct and supervise the ICT training courses, including the development of a team of qualified trainers who will work directly with young entrepreneurs in the rural communities. On top of the training, a group of young entrepreneurs who show strong promise will be invited to take part in an e-business incubation programme that provides mentorship and assistance in the use of ICT to expand their businesses.

Vu Minh Tri, Country Manager, Microsoft Vietnam, said, “One of our commitments is to empower local businesses with new but affordable technologies. In this project, our target groups are young people living in rural villages who are starting up or are already running their own business. We want them to take full advantage of the latest ICT to enhance work productivity, explore e-commerce to realise their potential and thus enhance their market competitiveness.” 

“The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry is very pleased to partner Microsoft in this project, which we anticipate will contribute significantly to ICT skill development among SMEs and young entrepreneurs in Vietnam.”

- Dr Pham Thi Thu Hang, Secretary General, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry