The CEO of famous Vietnamese IT group FPT is one of three Asian businessmen honoured by Japanese Group Nikkei for his prominent contribution to regional growth.
The leading Japanese Telecommunication Group recently announced that Truong Gia Binh, one of the founders of FPT, Indian Professor Tejraj Aminabhavi and Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann, would receive the 2013 Nikkei Awards. The Nikkei Award was founded by the Japanese Group in 1996 and is presented to Asian individuals and organizations with excellent contributions in three areas, namely: development; science and technology; and innovation and culture.
In a report about the 2013 prize winners, Nikkei said that Truong Gia Binh, the President and CEO of Vietnam’s largest IT company, had helped his company grow and contributed much to the development of the Vietnamese IT sector by founding the Vietnam Software Association and a university to train technology experts.
Among the three winners, Truong Gia Binh is the youngest and the first Vietnamese businessman to receive the Nikkei Award.
Before Truong Gia Binh, Nikkei had presented its awards to three other Vietnamese people: movie director Dang Nhat Minh (in 1999), writer Bao Ninh (in 2001) and Professor Vo Tong Xuan (in 2002), none of whom were businessmen.
According to the Award Organizing Board, the awarding ceremony will be held on May 22nd in Tokyo and each award winner will receive 3 million yen (more than US$ 30,000). The award winners will also be invited to participate in an international seminar titled “The Future of Asia” held by Nikkei.
On hearing the news, CEO Truong Gia Binh was very happy. He said: “This is a big honour for me and FPT Group. Japan is a Vietnam’s strategic partner and I believe that cooperating with Japan, a world leader in technology, is a good opportunity for the Vietnamese software sector to develop and reach the level of Indian and Chinese rivals.”
He also planned to present the money of the award to staff of FPT Software in Japan, including Japanese workers.