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While Bangladeshis fight, Vietnam gets Billion $ Intel

Vietnam fought more wars, lost many times more people than Bangladesh to get their independence. But Vietnam knows, enemies are their best friends when trade is in the middle. While poor Vietnam has shown their forward looking character, Bangladesh is hell bent to march backward. No Tata, no foreign oil & gas companies, no nothing. These foreign companies are interested in sucking Bangladesh out of its everything. At least that's what Bangladeshis think.

A country gets leaders what it deserves. Bangladesh got leaders what it deserved in past 37 years. All including Mujibur Rahman, destroyed the education system and made every college and university battleground. Even a foreign bank,s CEO said two days ago, Bangladesh needed to improve its education and infrastructure for development. Enough has been said about the sad state of Bangladeshi education system. The country is going to bleed for a long time in future. BAL and BNP will fight until hell will touch ground. Sadly, Bangladesis are getting what it deserve. But Bangladesh deserves better. Below is excerpt of the news, Vietnam gets Billion $ Intel. Do Bangladeshi people have the guts to emulate Vietnam?

Robin

Carmel, California

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Intel's billion-dollar Vietnam bet along the Hanoi Highway - its biggest semiconductor manufacturing plant ever - is rising up from the flatlands of former rice fields. The Santa Clara chip giant jolted the tech world two years ago when it announced it would build a massive assembly factory in this Southeast Asian country known more for making shoes and growing crops than assembling key PC components. Intel picked Vietnam, a nation of 85 million that lacks a single world-class university, over India, whose army of engineers has reordered the global software industry. By the end of 2009, chipsets (pairings of more than one chip used for specialized tasks) are expected to roll off the assembly line to feed the company's massive global supply chain from a complex that will equal the size of nearly nine football fields and employ about 4,000 workers.The project, dubbed A-9 - nine is an auspicious number in Vietnam - is emblematic of Intel's muscular role as an iconic industry leader that can influence the fortunes of nations merely by deciding where it will plant its next factory. In Malaysia, which 35 years ago became Intel's first site outside the United States, the company helped to create a tech ecosystem with its $3.3 billion investment in testing, assembly and design facilities, which created 10,000 jobs. In Vietnam, Intel's decision to open a new global outpost involved an exacting process, from analyzing the country's educational curriculum to secret negotiations with government officials still learning the ABCs of market economics. Years of on-the-ground investigating by a crack team of company experts - and a cross-Pacific courtship by Hanoi - led to the decision to roll the dice in this developing country. Vietnam's attractions include a young, low-cost workforce, proximity to China and the government's bend-over-backward policy to attract powerhouse multinationals. And the government is giving the company unprecedented access to high-ranking officials in this increasingly capitalistic communist country. Intel executives are treated like high-ranking diplomats from important nations. "Any time I go to Hanoi, I can get time with the prime minister," Howarth said matter-of-factly. "That's how important we are to them. He always asks, 'Are you on schedule?' They are rolling out the red carpet for Intel." Intel also enjoys a "don't touch" status in a nation where bribery is common, observed company country manager and former Silicon Valley resident Than Trong Phuc. "We don't see the corruption," he said. Intel is providing officials a blueprint of what is required to build a tech industry. The company's requests for information were relentless, recalled My, who is vice president of the Saigon Hi-Tech Park. Intel sifted through Ho Chi Minh City crime reports, sent representatives to examine what students are taught in school, reviewed traffic congestion and even requested data on the average size of Vietnamese adults to better outfit its factory. Intel knows it faces a tough challenge helping Vietnam upgrade its industrial base. The biggest worry is finding enough qualified engineers. The company recently tested 2,000 graduating Vietnamese students. Only 90 were able to score at least 60 percent on the standard exam, and half of those failed an English competency review. "There are numerous universities in the country, but the quality of students they are putting out are not sufficient to meet the needs of the high-tech industry," Howarth said. "Their curriculum is antiquated. Their teaching methods are very hierarchical, meaning it's all memorization and passing tests, vs. the practical application we're looking for." The company also is bringing its culture to Vietnam. It sponsors team-building exercises like karaoke Fridays. Executives work alongside rank-and-file employees - no big offices for the big bosses - a stark contrast to Vietnam's pecking-order work culture. "When I went to Intel's Santa Clara office, I saw some guys wearing shorts," said Bui Tan Dat, one of Intel's new Vietnamese engineers. "I'd never seen that before." Vietnamese view Intel's decision to come to Ho Chi Minh City with patriotic pride and as another sign of their nation's economic emergence. Every morning, company buses shuttle workers along the highway northeast of central Ho Chi Minh City, a lurching, horn-honking journey that passes low-slung shacks.

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