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‘Make-in-Vietnam’ cloud computing and the opportunity to gain market share at home



Cloud computing platforms will be a new-generation telecommunications infrastructure used for the development of a digital government, economy and society.

Điện toán đám mây Make in Vietnam và cơ hội giành thị phần trên sân nhà

According to preliminary statistics, Vietnamese enterprises account for only 20% of the cloud computing market share. This requires cloud computing businesses in Vietnam to ally with each other so as not to lose market share at home.

Officials of the Ministry of Information and Communications have affirmed that Vietnam must master digital transformation infrastructure and platforms. This is an opportunity for local businesses. The Vietnamese market is big enough with nearly 100 million people, ranking 12th in the world.

Vietnam aspires to rise through digital transformation with the introduction of distance learning platforms, remote medical examination and treatment, remote working, video conferencing, remote accounting services, network safety and security platform, and cloud computing infrastructure.

Therefore, it is not possible for all data of Vietnam’s digital economy to be stored abroad by foreign companies. This is an opportunity for “Make in Vietnam”.

A representative of the Information Security Administration under the Ministry of Information and Communications said that Vietnam’s cloud computing platform infrastructure is being developed by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

It is forecast that by 2025 the cloud computing market in Vietnam will reach 500 million USD, with an annual growth rate of 30-40%. In particular, the Covid-19 epidemic has created a “push” to promote the development of the cloud computing market.

Thus, in terms of the market, cloud computing is a relatively large market for businesses. From a national perspective, with the importance of new-generation telecommunications infrastructure, digital infrastructure, and at the same time implementing the Make in Vietnam policy, domestic enterprises must develop and master this infrastructure.

To develop Vietnamese cloud computing platforms in the right direction and method, Vietnam is one of the few countries that has issued criteria to evaluate and select cloud computing platform solutions serving e-Government.

Race for market share of Vietnamese enterprises

Le Hoai Nam, Deputy Director of Viettel IDC, said the market for cloud computing services has grown quite rapidly in recent years. The market is full of potential while Vietnamese businesses only account for less than 20%. Thus, they still have a wide range of market exploitation. As for services, Vietnamese firms mainly provides cloud computing infrastructure services, while software services based on cloud computing infrastructure have not been exploited much, although this segment brings about big revenue and growth. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have applied cloud computing very quickly, especially during the pandemic.

Hoang Anh, Sales Director of CMC Cloud, said that CMC considers the domestic market to be the focus of development in the coming time. Vietnam has more than 700,000 SMEs but the number of applications is very small. Thus, the market is large.

Hoai Nam, however, said demand is still not there and it is necessary to consider customers. For example, SMEs and startups need technology that fulfills almost everything they need, or an ecosystem. Cloud service providers in Vietnam are not yet capable of building good infrastructure like Amazon. For their rapid development, to meet their need for many tools and environments to develop software, many businesses immediately hire foreign cloud services.

From a policy perspective, Vu The Binh, General Secretary of the Vietnam Internet Association (VIA), said that clear and feasible technical standards are very good but it is important to stimulate demand.

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Student start-up uses UVC light to kill viruses



A group of students from Ly Tu Trong College (HCM City) came up with an idea to integrate UVC light in refrigeration units to eliminate viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2. 

Student start-up uses UVC light to kill viruses
Nguyen Duong Thanh, a member of the group installs UVC light into a cooling system. — Photo courtesy of Nguyen Duong Thanh

Final-year students Nguyen Duong Thanh, Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa, Le Hoang Huy, Le Van Nam, and Tran Thanh Mai started the project after seeing the reality during their internship.

“We were installing cooling appliances for supermarkets as part of our internship. During this time, we noticed that there were micro-organism clusters in the cooling systems,” Nguyen Duong Thanh said.

“We then tried to figure out how the cooling appliances could still function as usual while minimising the amount of bacteria and viruses on its surfaces. Integrating UVC light was the optimal option.”

Their work was praised for its practicality at Startup Kite 2021, a start-up idea contest for vocational school students. 

Based on the project, the group established a cleaning service company specialising in cooling appliances, prior to the contest.

“Establishing a company makes it easier to receive orders and install the device. It is also our opportunity to apply our idea into reality,” said Thanh.

What’s even more remarkable is that the integrated UVC light can eliminate SARS-CoV-2 on the surfaces of the cooling systems.

This practical feature has earned them their very first orders from Cho Ray Hospital, Hoan My Hospital and the People’s Hospital 115. 

“Disinfecting cooling systems with UVC light can help sanitise hospital rooms for patients who have just undergone surgery,” said Thanh. 

“It can also reduce electricity use and periodic maintenance costs.” 

The project has received VND1 billion (US$43,878) in funding (equivalent to an 8 per cent share) and is under negotiation for another VND1 billion of investment.

Entering Startup Kite 2021, the group hoped to get more investment to scale up their production.

According to Hoang Van Viet, deputy head of the Refrigeration Department of Ly Tu Trong College in HCM City, the major advantage of the idea is that UVC light can be integrated into all types of cooling devices, especially air conditioning systems in supermarkets, hospitals and factories.

The modest cost to install UVC light (about VND1.4 million) is also a plus point in real-life operation. 

Talking about future goals, Thanh said the company had already set out plans for the next three years.

HCM City and the surrounding provinces will be the centre of their focus in 2022.

In the following years, they will concentrate on product distribution and collaborating with partners and distributors to provide their services on a larger scale.

Source: Vietnam News


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Mondelez Kinh Do achieves 95% progress on sustainable packaging goals



Mondelez Kinh Do continues to make progress towards its ambitious commitments to reducing the environmental impact of packaging and tackling plastic waste.

At present, up to 95% of Mondelez Kinh Do’s total packaging, including both plastic and non-plastic, is recyclable and reusable.

The company also has plans on doing validation for lamination film (PP-based material) for its products with sustainability material, as well as packaging material reduction by 20% for any new product development or re-innovation project.

This important milestone contributes greatly to the company’s long-term ambition to leverage its scale to reduce the impact on the environment and its commitment to achieving 100% packaging recyclable and labeled with consumer information across its portfolio by 2025.

To realize its commitments, Mondelez Kinh Do has significantly stepped up its efforts to make sustainable packaging not only available but also apparent to consumers.

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PRO logo is applied on the packaging of Mondelez Kinh Do’s products as an affirmation of its eco-friendly packaging.

As a member of the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam), a leading initiative focused on driving the circular economy and making recycling more accessible and sustainable, Mondelez Kinh Do takes a leading position in on-pack communication for recycling with transparency.

Accordingly, the company applies PRO logo on the packaging of its products, including AFC, Cosy, Solite, LU, Oreo, Slide, and all products of Kinh Do Tet… as an affirmation of Mondelez Kinh Do’s eco-friendly packaging.

According to the “Plastics – A Growing Concern” report recently released by Ipsos, Vietnam plastic waste is amongst the highest in the world. More than 1.8 million tons of plastic are generated in the country annually, while only 27% of which is recycled.

This situation requires local enterprises to take proactive measures to minimize negative impacts on the environment and raise consumers’ awareness of reducing plastic waste and proper waste recycling.

“Reducing the environmental impact of packaging and tackling plastic waste are urgent priorities for us, which we take extremely seriously. This priority is in line with our long-term commitment to preserve the planet and meet consumers’ aspirations every day,” said Mr. Anand Jakati, Director of Supply Chain, Mondelez Kinh Do Vietnam.

“As a member of PRO Vietnam, Mondelez Kinh Do now can better partner and influence our external stakeholders to drive a circular economy for Vietnam. Mondelez Kinh Do team has taken the lead for working on the flexible packaging platform and bring technical know-how as well as the partnership with our peers in a non-competitive way to look for win-win solutions”, he added.

Earlier this month, the company made some bold steps forward in ambition to build a more sustainable snacking company. With the commitment to a 2050 target to Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions across the full value chain.

Mondelez Kinh Do will take an end to end approach and will prioritize efforts which drives greatest impact. Some notable interim plans are laid out include: Designing 100% of packaging to be recycle ready by 2025; Sourcing 100% Cocoa volume for chocolate brands through Cocoa Life Program by 2025; Converting manufacturing electricity footprint to renewable energy; Replacing thermal fuels (natural gas, diesel etc.) by ‘green alternatives’; Water and food waste reduction programs across the supply chain; Improving efficiency of distribution networks by route optimization, improve container & truck utilization, investing in new mobility concepts, etc.

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Mondelez Kinh Do has significantly stepped up its efforts to make sustainable packaging not only available but also apparent to consumers.

In Vietnam, the leading snack company pioneers to simplify and use innovative packaging materials to facilitate recycling in existing infrastructure. The company continues to eliminate unnecessary plastic where climate change impact is favorable while delivering product safety and quality.

In recognition of Mondelez Kinh Do’s pioneering role in sustainable development in Vietnam, Mondelez Kinh Do has been ranked one of the Top 100 sustainable companies in 2021, based on the Corporate Sustainability Index (CSI) led by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in coordination with the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor.



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HCMC records lowest temperature since beginning of 2021



Deputy Head of the Forecasting Division of the Hydro-meteorological Station in the Southern Region Le Dinh Quyet informed that HCMC recorded the lowest temperature of 22oC in the early morning of December 4 since the beginning of the year.

HCMC records lowest temperature since beginning of 2021

Previously, on December 2, the temperature in the city dropped to 22.4 degrees Celsius.
A cold continental high-pressure system, the strong intensity of the northeast monsoon and a low-pressure trough are considered as reasons for the cold air in the southern region.

It is forecast that Ho Chi Minh City will maintain sunny daytime and cool climate at nighttime and in early mornings.

According to the National Center for Hydrology Meteorology Forecasting, the Northern and North-Central regions have experienced the bitterly-cold weather with a temperature of below seven degrees Celsius through December 5 while the South- Central and Central Highlands regions have suffered from thundery rains.

Fog at night and early morning, the lowest temperatures between 11 degrees Celsius and 13 degrees Celsius, the gusty northeast monsoon of level 2-3 without rain at nighttime are common in the capital city of Hanoi in these days.

The Central Highlands and Southern regions are forecast to experience sunny daytime and thundery showers in the evenings.

Source: SGGP


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