Around 500 representatives including policy makers and business leaders in the sector of information and communications technology (ICT) will take part in the Vietnam ICT Summit 2013 scheduled for June 20 in Hanoi.

An annual event organised by the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINA SA), the Vietnam ICT Summit 2013 has the theme of “ICT - The new paradigm of development for Vietnam”. It serves as a meeting place for the leaders and managers to identify trends, share visions and plan strategies as well as seek solutions to make ICT the foundation of national development, contributing to improving the comprehensive competitiveness of enterprise, industries, and localities.

Important topics on the summit’s agenda include the national ICT infrastructure, ICT and institutional reform as well as macro-economic competitiveness, ICT and enterprises’ competitiveness, and ICT and higher education reform.

According to VINASA Chairman Truong Gia Binh, this year’s summit aims to increase the entire society’s awareness of the viewpoint that ICT is the foundation of the new development model, moving towards a knowledge-based society and fast and sustainable growth.

Binh added ICT application should be an obliged requirement for all fields, sectors, and investment projects, firstly in the fields of administrative reform, transport, health, education and urban development.-VNA