This paper discusses the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the development of clusters of small export-orientated enterprises in the Red River Delta region of northern Vietnam. Using the cluster concept, it argues that the many dormant small-scale industry clusters found in developing countries could be transformed into more vibrant entities through the adoption of ICTs. The penetration of these technologies in the export-oriented and private-enterprise sector in the Delta was found to be quite significant. The paper discusses the implications of the empirical findings and suggests a reconsideration of policy issues concerning the adoption of ICTs to foster Vietnam’s economic development.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); Development; Vietnam; Economic Development