Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and Google Senior Vice President Ken Walker at their meeting in Hanoi on December 11 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Google is researching the procedures for opening a representative office in Vietnam to ensure that its compliance with local regulations is in line with its international commitments, Senior Vice President Ken Walker has said.

Walker unveiled the move during a reception by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue for him in Hanoi on December 11, as part of his trip to Vietnam to meet with a number of public agencies and localities.

The official told his host that Google has contacted several Vietnamese startups and noticed an encouraging level in their IT application. Google considers Vietnam a good potential partner concerning innovation and start-ups, he said.

He praised the Vietnamese Government’s ambition of training 1 million international-standard IT engineers, as well as its development approach of creating a favorable business climate and boosting multilateral cooperation.

Deputy PM Hue stated that Google has made significant contributions to Vietnam’s socio-economic growth for years.

He lauded the company’s goodwill in supporting the local digital economy by equipping many pupils and students with programming skills, saying it could help the country develop 1 million well-operated firms in 2020.

Vietnam considers information technology the foundation of development and welcomes Google’s assistance toward the country’s growth and innovation ecosystem, Hue said, adding the Vietnamese Government supports the company’s long-term presence and successful investment.

Hue commended the collaboration among Google, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and other sides involved to ensure cybersafety and to make recommendations to build a decree guiding the implementation of the Law on Cyber Security.

For his part, Walker agreed with Vietnam’s stance on cybersecurity for a stable society and affirmed that his firm will join hands with relevant agencies towards this goal. –VNA