PM Nguyen Tan Dung receives Google CEO Sundar Pichi in Hanoi on Dec. 22. (Photo: chinhphu.vn)
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will open up opportunities for Google to expand its operations in the fast-growing Southeast Asian country, CEO Sundar Pichai told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a meeting in Hanoi on Tuesday morning.
Google sees Vietnam as one of its most important markets and is committed to doing more to contribute to Vietnam’s socio-economic development as well as the country’s information technology industry, Mr. Pichai added.
The U.S. giant will carry out a number of projects to support Vietnam in training 1,400 IT engineers, promoting Vietnam’s tourism image, and aid the country’s small-and medium-sized enterprises in enlarging access to the global market through e-commerce, according to the government's website.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung said at the meeting that the Vietnamese government pledges to create favorable conditions for global IT companies, including Google, to do business and expand operations in Vietnam.
Vietnam has a population of 93 million, 53% of which have access to the Internet and the majority use Google search engine. The government encourages the development of the Internet and the IT sector, Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung added.
The government’s website cited a survey as saying that the percentage of the Vietnamese population using Google for information searching and other educational purposes is three times the global average.
Local media has reported that Sundar Pichai will join a meeting with a group of selected Vietnamese entrepreneurs and the startup community in Hanoi on Tuesday on the occasion of his first visit to Vietnam.
This is the first visit of a senior official of Google Inc. to Vietnam.