The event was held jointly by the Association of Vietnam Scientists and Experts (AVSE Global), Quang Trung Software City (QTSC) and the Ho Chi Minh City Institute for Development Studies (HIDS). The forum included four sessions: ‘Pathway to the Industrial Revolution 4.0 for Vietnam’, ‘The impact of digital technology on business strategies of SMEs, ‘Applying digital technology to improve the competitiveness of SMEs’ and ‘Digitalised services in supporting SMEs’. According to AVSE Global Director, Vu Ngoc Anh, the VDEF 2018 aims to share strategic visions and practical experience from pioneers, as well as discussing the trend of indispensable transformation in the digital economy. In addition, the delegates assessed the current status, challenges and opportunities associated with the digital economy. Speaking at the forum, Deputy Minister Information and Communications, Nguyen Thanh Hung, expressed their hope that the experts would share experience in effectively implementing digital infrastructure in administrative management and public service delivery in important fields including education, healthcare, transport and agriculture.