Cisco launches digital acceleration programme in Vietnam

June 21, 2024 | 16:10
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On June 20, Cisco, a global tech leader , announced the launch of its Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) programme in Vietnam.

The programme, announced at the Cisco CXO Symposium in Danang Mikazuki resort and spa in Danang, will see Cisco collaborate with public and private enterprises in Vietnam to advance the nation’s digitalisation agenda.

Cisco launches country digital acceleration programme in Vietnam (PR)

The CDA programme is strategically aligned with the government’s National Digital Transformation Programme by 2025, which aims to elevate the country’s technological capabilities.

It focuses on promoting economic growth, technological innovation, and cybersecurity resilience through improvements to the country’s communication and information infrastructure.

The launch was unveiled by Guy Diedrich, senior vice president and global innovation officer of Cisco, Bee Kheng Tay, president of Cisco ASEAN, and Jason Kalai, interim country leader of Cisco Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

“The CDA programme is a bridge connecting a country’s digital ambitions to the benefits of a digital society. The model is based on high degrees of trust and deep engagement across ecosystem partners in the public and private sectors,” said Guy Diedrich, senior vice president and global innovation officer of Cisco.

“We are thrilled to bring this highly successful global programme to Vietnam and look forward to working with the Vietnamese government and local enterprises to build sustainable, secure, and inclusive communities through co-investment in digital skills training and innovation.”

The CDA programme in Vietnam will undertake several initiatives, focusing specifically on three key pillars.

The first pillar involves digital transformation in national infrastructure. Along with this, Cisco will work with local service providers to co-develop 5G capabilities and equip these companies with the necessary skills and best practices for network development and innovation.

The 5G network is a critical infrastructure in Vietnam’s digitalisation agenda and its development will boost data transmission, accelerate business productivity, and enhance connectivity within communities.

The second pillar engages digital transformation in enterprises. Accordingly, Cisco will equip the financial services industry and manufacturing sectors with industry-leading technology and invest in the co-development of innovative digital solutions to accelerate industry-wide digital transformation. This will increase the competitiveness of Vietnam’s financial services and manufacturing industries, propelling economic growth.

The third pillar relates to digital transformation in the public sector. Accordingly, Cisco will partner with local public sector entities to advance national digital infrastructure for the Vietnamese government. The initiatives within this pillar will support the establishment of a digital government, enhancing municipal management and fostering more inclusive communities.

These initiatives are bolstered by Cisco’s commitment to securely connect everything and bridge the digital divide.

Alongside the delivery of new technologies and sharing of expertise, Cisco will also upskill local talent through Cisco Networking Academy, one of the world’s longest-running IT skills-to-jobs programmes, to drive an inclusive, sustainable, and resilient digital economy in Vietnam.

The programme has trained over 90,000 students in the country since its inception through partnerships with 30 higher-learning institutions.

In the Asia Pacific region, Cisco trained a record one million students in its fiscal year 2023, the highest in its 26-year history, and aims to train an additional 6.7 million people in the region by 2032.

“Vietnam’s economy has demonstrated strong and consistent performance in recent years with digital interactions and cloud-first models rapidly becoming the default for businesses across the country,” said Jason Kalai, interim country leader, Cisco Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. “Alongside the government’s National Digital Transformation Programme, there has never been a better time for public-private partnership to accelerate the country’s digitalisation agenda. At Cisco, we are committed to working together with all stakeholders in Vietnam to drive a new era of growth, tackle cybersecurity threats and power an inclusive future for all.”

Currently, Cisco is working with national, state, and local governments in 50 countries around the world to accelerate their national digitalisation agendas, co-develop cutting-edge solutions, and deliver beneficial services to their citizens more effectively.

Cisco’s CDA programmes have supported the creation of net new jobs, promoted GDP growth, and helped nurture innovation ecosystems.

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