Vietnam Computerworld Expo To premiere In 1996; First Computer Show In Vietnam Organized By U.S. Company To Premier In Ho Chi Minh City
BOSTON –Sept. 5, 1995–International Data Group
(IDG) announced its plans to launch Computerworld Expo in Ho Chi
Minh City, Vietnam, January 31-February 4, 1996.
The event will be co-organized by the Vietnam Chamber of
Commerce. Vietnam Computerworld Expo will be the first large-scale
international computer show in Vietnam since the formal recognition
of that country and normalization of trade by the United States.
The majority of the computer and telecommunications market is
located in the immediate area surrounding Ho Chi Minh City (formerly
Under the government's IT 2000 Master Plan, Vietnam's demand for
computers are projected to grow 20-30% annually. Dr. Dang Huu,
Minister for Science, Technology and Environment and Head of NLB,
said, "Our objectives until the year 2000 are building IT
infrastructure, widely applying IT in all national economic areas
and beginning to build the foundation for IT industry."
To meet these objectives, Huu estimates an initial investment of
500 million to 1 billion USD is needed. "We are pleased to have IDG
— a global leader in IT publishing, research and expositions —
stage the first Vietnam Computerworld Expo and enhance IT in
Vietnam," Huu stated.
"There is huge market potential for computers and related
products," said Gary Fung, Vice President of IDG World Expo (Asia).
"The number of PCs imported and used in Vietnam doubled from 15,000
to 30,000 units in just one year (1993/1994) and the total value of
software and services increased 50% from $4 million to $6 million
USD. The government is laying the groundwork and setting policy
that will let private and foreign enterprises develop and flourish
in the IT market. Now is the time for foreign suppliers to gain
market entry," concluded Fung.
International computer companies already doing business in
Vietnam include: Acer, Compaq Computer Corp., Digital Equipment
Corp., IBM Corp., IPC Corp., KT Technology, Microsoft Corp., and
Vietnam Computerworld Expo is produced by IDG World Expo (Asia),
a division of International Data Group, a global leader in IT
publishing, research and expositions. IDG IT events around the
globe include expositions and conferences in China, Hong Kong,
Prague, Warsaw, Australia, Brazil and the U.K. For more
information on Vietnam Computerworld Expo, contact Dawn McKenna,
Vice President, IDG International Marketing Services, 508/879-0700.