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PM meets leader of Uber

Released at: 16:02, 01/06/2017

PM meets leader of Uber

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Uber's Global Chief Technical Officer praises government's vision in embracing ridesharing services.

by Tue Lam

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a meeting on May 31 with Global Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Uber, Mr. Thuan Pham, in Washington D.C. during his official visit to the US.

Mr. Thuan and delegates from ten US businesses attended a seminar with PM Phuc.

He expressed his appreciation to the PM and the Vietnamese Government for arranging the meeting. “I am very excited to meet with PM Phuc and share with him our wonderful journey in Vietnam as well as Uber’s commitment to bringing convenience to people.”

The Vietnamese government has shown vision, radical thinking and determination to embrace the new ridesharing service, he emphasized. “On behalf of Uber, I thank the PM for his vision towards the sharing economy, the fourth industrial revolution, and the role of technology in promoting these trends.”

He told the PM of a plan called UberEXCHANGE, which is a mentoring program initiated by Uber in partnership with the Vietnam Youth Union and supporting the center for Youth Startups under the auspices of the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Uber has planned to establish a program since mid-2016 with the aim of helping young Vietnamese talent gradually lead and master the country with great intentions.

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) gave approval to Uber in April to conduct a Ridesharing Pilot Program in the country.

This is a significant milestone for Uber in Vietnam and reflects the progressive stance of the government in embracing new technologies and new business models during the fourth industrial revolution and its recognition of the positive contribution ridesharing can bring to its economy and society.

Uber’s growing presence in over 450 cities in 70 countries and territories ensures overseas visitors have a familiar and safe way to explore Vietnam and visit a broader and more diverse range of neighborhoods.

It entered Vietnam in July 2014. Late last year the country became the first in Southeast Asia to launch cash payments and since then a significant proportion of fares have been paid for by cash. uberMOTO was also launched earlier this year, providing motorbike taxis with lower fares.

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