The ASEAN Foundation, in cooperation with the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), has successfully conducted the first Train of the Trainer (TOT) in the training series under its Project “Enhancing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Skills of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN” on 8 – 10 April 2013 in Viet Nam.
The TOT session was opened by the Deputy Director SME PC of the VCCI, Mr. Din Manh Hung, and Ms. Prima Kurnia Sari representing the ASEAN Foundation. In his opening remarks, Mr. Hung pointed out that ICT could play a significant role to promote the SMEs product to global market. In addition, he also emphasised that this programme would significantly help develop and raise Viet Nam SMEs’ IT skills as well as promote the competitiveness of this sector by expanding e-commerce. Representing the ASEAN Foundation, Ms. Prima Kurnia Sari conveyed the highest appreciation to the VCCI for its great work to make this event materialised. Ms. Le Hong Nhi, Community Affairs Manager of Microsoft Viet Nam, was present at the opening session. Taking the role as master trainer was Mr. Niko Atmadja from the ASEAN Foundation.
The Project “Enhancing ICT Skills of SMEs in ASEAN” in Viet Nam was launched last 12 December 2012 in Ha Noi which was attended by the Vice Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology of Viet Nam, H. E. Dr. Chu Ngoch Anh, who delivered his opening remarks. The launching ceremony was also attended by Mr. Jamie Harper, General Director of Microsoft Southeast Asia, Mr. Vu Minh Tri, General Director of Microsoft Viet Nam, Mr. Nguyen Trong Duong, Director of ICT Department, Ministry of Information and Communication, Ms. Tran Thi Hong Lan, Deputy Director-General, State Agency for Technology Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ms. Pham Thi Thu Hang, the Secretary-General of VCCI, in the presence of around 100 various local Non Government Organisations (NGOs), SMEs, and media.
In Viet Nam, the Project has aimed to increase the awareness and realise full potential of using ICT skills, especially in e-commerce and e-business of young entrepreneurs with the age bracket of 19 – 35 years old in traditional occupation villages, thereby increase their competitiveness in the market.
To achieve the above-mentioned objectives of the Project, this TOT session has been organised to provide source of trainers to further directly train young entrepreneurs in the traditional occupation villages. The TOT was participated by 23 trainees from various concerned agencies, organisations, associations, and traditional occupation villages, with which the VCCI is partner.
The TOT session was followed by the e-business incubation programme on 11 April 2013. The objective of the e-business incubation programme has been to provide mentorship and assistance as the participating industry implements ICT in expanding its market. The selection of entrepreneur amongst the above participated entrepreneurs to participate in the e-business incubation programme was conducted by the ASEAN Foundation with support from the VCCI. The selected incubator for this programme was a household product made from rattan and bamboo, namely Han Hanh, in the Ha Vinh Hamlet, Phu Vinh village, Phu Nghia, Chuong My district. They have won many prizes from national to provincial level in Viet Nam. But due to the lack of knowledge on the ICT marketing tool, they have had difficulties in promoting their product to wider market.
This TOT training series has been made possible with full support from Microsoft.