Annual largest info tech expo kicks off in city

The Viet Nam Computer Electronics World Expo 2008 opened in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday, displaying latest products and is expected to lure 260,000 visitors. 

International Data Group chairman Patrick Govern (3rd from R) visits the computer electronics world expo Tuesday  (Photo: Truong An)

The event, which is the country’s annual biggest information technology exhibition, is staged at the HCMC International Exhibition and Convention Center in Tan Binh District until July 19.

More than 200 exhibitors are present to showcase their latest products, services and technologies. International names include Canon, Asus, Gigabyte, Samsung, Intel, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, LG, Fujifilm, JVC, Acer, Olympus, Brother, Lenovo, and AOC, while some popular Vietnamese companies are FPT, VinaGame, VTC, Robo, THT and CMS.

Government leaders, policymakers and industry professionals are scheduled to meet and discuss technology development trends, said the organizers, which are IDG, the Hochiminh Computer Association, and Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

This year, besides the showcase as usual, many other IT-related activities are being carried out during the event. On July 16, the PC World Viet Nam magazine is to announce the “Best IT product 2008” award, which is based on the magazine’s voters for IT products and services available on the market.

An IDG forecast says Viet Nam’s IT spending this year is estimated at about US$2 billion (including hardware, software and services), up 15% on last year. The Vietnamese ICT market is believed to continue to develop sustainably due to this spending.

Between now and 2010, the number of digital products used in the nation will increase by more than 10%, and the growth rate in the audio and video products is 5-6%, according to a forecast by the Viet Nam Electronic Industries Association.

The Viet Nam ICT Outlook 2008 conference took place in HCMC Tuesday. Mr. Le Truong Tung, vice chairman of the Viet Nam Computer Association, said the nation’s knowledge index and knowledge economy index have improved this year. The indexes were below 3.0 points last year and are higher than 3.0 points this year. A report by the association says Viet Nam has upgraded its position on the global ICT map.

Also Tuesday, the HCMC Investment and Trade Promotion Center inaugurated an ICT showroom in District 1 as part of the Viet Nam ICT Outlook 2008.

By Tuong Thuy

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