The Vietnamese software industry has been selected as one of the top-ten software outsourcing providers of the Asia Pacific region, radio The Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reported.

The news was announced at the 19th Vietnam ICT Outlook (VIO) forum in Ho Chi Minh City on July 25.

Vu Trong Duong, Head of the Information Technology (IT) Department under the Ministry of Information and Communications, said Hanoi capital and Ho Chi Minh City have been ranked 20th and 30th, respectively, as top cities providing software outsourcing in the region.

The forum themed “the third platform-trend and realistic development” focused on new technology trends, such as cloud computing, big data, mobility, social network, the internet and Internet of things.

Duong unveiled the white book on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) 2014 and affirmed that Vietnam’s ranking does not change in the world‘s ICT map in the 2013-2014 period.

According to the White Book, the ICT industry continued to thrive with total revenue of more than 39 billion USD in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 55 USD.

The hardware and electronics industries also continued to grow strongly thanks to a strong export performance. Their gross revenues were 36.8 billion USD, up 59.2 percent over 2013, accounting for 93 percent of the sector’s total value.

The VIO forum coincided with the second Vietnam E-Business Forum 2014 themed “digital era, opportunity and challenge”.

Vietnam E-Business Forum opened a new view on doing business in the digital era, opportunities and challenges in business management.

It also provided a good chance for ICT businesses, experts and policy-makers to exchange experience and discuss opportunities and challenges arising from the digital era, helping business leaders build proper business strategies and models.-VNA