Search

 

Cablegate: Ambassador and Mic Minister Hop Discuss Future Cooperation

VZCZCXRO1188
RR RUEHHM
DE RUEHHI #1798/01 2900030
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 170030Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6519
INFO RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH 3807
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 HANOI 001798

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/MLS AND EB/CIP
STATE PASS TO USTR JONATHAN MCHALE AND DAVID BISBEE
COMMERCE FOR CORA DICKSON
COMMERCE PASS TO NTIA FOR MBAKER,AHEINEMAN

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECPS ECON ETRD KIPR VM
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR AND MIC MINISTER HOP DISCUSS FUTURE COOPERATION
IN TELECOM, ICT SECTORS

Ref: A) HANOI 1749

1. (SBU) This cable contains biographical information for INR/B in
paragraph 11.

2. (SBU) Summary: In his introductory call on the new Minister of
Information and Communications, Le Doan Hop, the Ambassador noted
Vietnam's cooperation in the ICT dialogue, IPR enforcement and
technology licenses. The Ambassador also reinforced the U.S.
message on the benefits of a transparent communication environment.
Minister Hop, who moved to this position from his previous job as
Minister of the newly divided Ministry of Culture and Information,
spoke at length of his commitment to openness and the need for
Vietnam to learn from the experiences of other countries. End
Summary.

CONGRATULATIONS AND COOPERATION
-------------------------------

3. (SBU) During his October 8 call on Minister of Information and
Communications Le Doan Hop, the Ambassador congratulated Minister
Hop on his new post at the recently created Ministry of Information
and Communications (MIC). The Ambassador noted that our two
countries enjoy a very positive relationship in terms of
telecommunications. In particular, the Ambassador highlighted three
recent examples of cooperation:

- The MIC was a key player in the GVN efforts to implement IPR laws,
particularly those concerned with signal piracy. This is an issue
on which we have worked for some time and which is now seeing
positive conclusions;
- The United States appreciates the issuance - or impending
issuances - of licenses which will allow American companies to test
WiMAX technology, allowing for wireless broadband internet access;
and,
- The initial Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Dialogue, held the previous month, was extremely fruitful and will
be useful in pointing the way forward in this area.

4. (SBU) Minister Hop congratulated the Ambassador on his posting to
Vietnam. He said that he was delighted by the growth in the
bilateral relations between our two countries, particularly since
Vietnam's accession to WTO. He said he was very happy with
increased interest and investment in Vietnam and noted that, in the
first nine months of 2007, the United States was third in terms of
tourists to this country (320,000), behind only China (460,00
visitors) and Korea (350,000).

5. (SBU) The Minister said that he was pleased that U.S. investors
seem to be coming to Vietnam with "reasonable" expectations and
visions for their investments here, and that this was a good
starting point for expanded economic cooperation. Specifically in
terms of telecommunications, he stated that he had chaired a number
of discussions within the Ministry on the topic and that it was his
plan to enhance the "already open and liberalized"
telecommunications environment by welcoming ideas for further
improvement from interested countries including the United States.
He said the Vietnamese economy would grow better with healthy
competition for business and human resources. Vietnam, he added,
would benefit not only from outside financial assistance, but also
from absorbing the knowledge, experiences and expertise from other
nations including the United States.

LESSONS LEARNED
---------------

6. (SBU) Minister Hop told the Ambassador that he had just returned
from a visit to the United States last month, and that he had
observed four major areas in which Vietnam had much to learn from
the Americans:

- Infrastructure, particularly in terms of transportation, urban
development, ports support, and communications;
- Urban and rural planning;
- Human Resources development; and,
- Regulation and administration of rural areas.

Vietnam, the Minister said, must be open to new ideas and flexible
in implementing them in order to maximize their benefits. For
example, the Ministry is working to make regulations covering
internet and network development more open in order to spur more
rapid progress.

7. (SBU) The Minister spoke at some length about the importance of
cross cultural exchange and understanding. He told the Ambassador

HANOI 00001798 002 OF 002


about the renowned 19th Century Vietnamese philosopher and reformer,
Nguyen Truong To, famous for his innovative ideas and policies.
Primary amongst his beliefs was that the best way for a country to
progress and improve itself was to open itself to other cultures and
ideas, and citizens should be sent out in the world to learn new
business practices and ideas in order to develop mutual
understanding between nations. Minister Hop noted that Nguyen
Truong To had also served as an interpreter for French missionaries
- further proof that exposure to other cultures benefited one's own
country.

A NEW OPENNESS
--------------

8. (SBU) The Ambassador responded that Minister Hop had hit upon
some very important themes, and he expressed the hope that the two
of them might discuss them further at a later date when both had
more time. He agreed with the Minister that Vietnam's openness to
new technologies and ideas could allow it to leap-frog over other
countries in terms of technology, as well as with the philosophies
of Nguyen Truong To that exposure to other thought and culture
allowed growth.

9. (SBU) The Ambassador noted that the technology to extend
broadband and the internet was only as good as the openness of that
proliferation. He told the Minister that he had seen stories about
Vietnam in the international media that he believed were based on
bad information, but that in the absence of an open and free
exchange, good and accurate information would be restricted as well.


10. (SBU) The Minister said that he believed Vietnam's future
success in this area of growth was based on three "Ts" (each word
beginning in T in Vietnamese). They were information, knowledge and
trademark (or branding). The Ambassador suggested a fourth T -
transparency, and then told the Minister that one of the top
priorities for his tenure as Ambassador is to double the number of
Vietnamese students in the United States, which would represent that
exchange of knowledge that the Minister had discussed.

Biographic Information
----------------------

11. (SBU) Minister Hop, who moved to this position from his previous
job as Minister of Culture and Information (MOCI) after the August 2
Cabinet reshuffle. Prior to assuming his position at MOCI in June
2006, Hop was Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee's
Ideological and Cultural Affairs Commission. Before that, he was
Chairman of the People's Committee and later Party Secretary in Nghe
An Province. The Ministry of Information and Communications
oversees six broad areas - press; broadcast; printing/publishing;
information and communication technology (ICT); posts; and
telecommunications. Hop is new to telecommunications and ICT, and
has told the press that he must learn quickly in his new job.

ALOISI

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

New IPCC Report: ‘Unprecedented Changes’ Needed To Limit Global Warming

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require “far-reaching and unprecedented changes,” such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, says a special report that finds some of the actions needed are already under way, but the world must move faster… More>>

ALSO:

Jamal Khashoggi: UK, France, Germany Join Calls For Credible Investigation

Germany, the United Kingdom and France share the grave concern expressed by others including HRVP Mogherini and UNSG Guterres, and are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness. More>>

ALSO:

MSF Not Wanted: Nauru Government Shows Continued Callousness

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today. More>>

ALSO:

Sulawesi Quake, Tsunami: Aid Response Begins

Oxfam and its local partners are standing by to deploy emergency staff and resources to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, as an estimated 1.5 million people are thought to be affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit on Friday. More>>

ALSO:

Decriminalising Same-Sex Relationships: UN Rights Chief Applauds Indian Decision

“This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights," Bachelet said. "With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC