Vietnam to host world ICT forum in 2009

Vietnam will hold a global forum on information and communication technology (ICT) in cooperation with the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) next year in Hanoi, organizers announced recently. About 1,500 delegates, including ICT ministers, deputy ministers, academics, business people and organizations will attend the ministry-level World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) 2009.

The theme for the fourth WITFOR, lasting for three days from August 26, is 'ICT for stable development.' It will include 39 meeting sessions focusing on topics like IT applications in agriculture, economy, e-government and education. During the biennial forum, organizers will also hold marginal activities including business promotions amongst associations and organizations. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will attend the forum's opening ceremony as an honorary chairman. WITFOR was initiated by IFIP, which was established under the auspices of UNESCO in 2003 to strengthen the cooperation and sponsorship of developing countries, and improve their ICT applications in their economy and society.

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