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Asian software designers to take part in APEC App Challenge

Released at: 10:12, 03/05/2017 APEC Viet Nam 2017

Asian software designers to take part in APEC App Challenge

Participants to develop app for MSMEs, with winners announced on May 19 in Hanoi.

by Uy Vu

Software and website designers from Asia, including Vietnam, will gather together in Hanoi on May 18-19 to compete in the APEC App Challenge, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The event will be co-organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Asia Foundation, and Google in the run-up to the 23rd APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting slated for May in the capital. 

Over the course of 24 hours, participants are required to develop a free app on a mobile phone or website to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) leverage the internet to export to foreign markets. 

Winners will be announced on May 19. Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh will present awards to the winning team at the APEC conference on trade and innovation held on the same day.

The theme of the contest is significant to the Asia-Pacific region as MSMEs currently make up 98 per cent of all businesses in the region and employ two-thirds of the region’s workforce.

The event aims to seek new solutions to strengthening comprehensive development, innovation and sustainability of regional economies as well as to promote the promulgation of policies targeting creativity and innovation in addressing trade issues.

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