European DigiTech leader upskilling women in Vietnam for digital transformation


Strengthening International Cooperation on digital transformation, the Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship (WISE), together with DigiTech Association Infobalt, starts a new joint initiative for women and girls in Vietnam.

Like many countries, Vietnam ICT sector has boomed in the past decade and continues to grow rapidly. Recent McKinsey research suggests that in Vietnam, digital technologies will create a revenue pool of US$100 billion by 2025, generated by the formation of ecosystems.

Millions of new jobs are forecast in the green economy, data science and artificial intelligence, engineering, cloud computing, and product development. The demand for tech-enabled jobs has only accelerated in the past year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past few years, Vietnam has seen progress in gender equality. Almost three-quarters of Vietnamese women have been active in the workforce over the past 20 years, according to the World Bank and IMF. This is much higher than Vietnam’s regional peers and other advanced economies.

 “Lithuania as a country recognized as a Silicon Valley of Europe and Digital transformation nowadays. it’s in our people DNR” – says Ms. Diana Mickevičienė, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Kayak HomeToGo, Apple Pixelmator, Vinted – just a few world-famous names created in Lithuania.  One of the best in the world car-sharing platform and e-scooters services, TRAFFI – world-class MaaS solution for cities – this is examples where Lithuania shapes own Real-time economy.

“If Vietnam is to reach its goal of building a digital economy that accounts for 20 percent of GDP by 2025, it will require the right supporting enablers to help women benefit from the skill transition” – says Ms. Hien Tu, CEO of WISE Vietnam. “That’s why we have to give for Vietnamese women and girls more direct access to the world’s latest knowledge and trends, which they can then use to explore new opportunities in business.”

“Empowering women and girls in Vietnam for digital businesses (VMpower)” project is an initiative of the Republic of Lithuania (European Union) and ICT Association INFOBALT in partnership with the Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship (WISE).

As Mr. Andrius Plečkaitis, expert of Digital Tech in Lithuania and Project Leader” stating, “the main goal of the project is encouraging women in Vietnam to become successful in the world of technology and improvement of digital skills. “We will hold workshops online and discussions led by role models, girls/ women with practical tips, first steps for self-paced learning”.

Training workshops will be conducted in September and October 2021.