Vietnam Accelerating Digital Transformation

9:06:37 AM | 31/8/2020

At an online conference hosted by the National Committee on E-Government, with steering committees for e-government development from ministries/agencies and steering committees on e-government development of 63 provinces and cities nationwide, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highly appreciated the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Information and Communications for directing the accelerated application of information technology that helps prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam.

The Prime Minister also praised technology firms for their contribution of human and financial resources to epidemic prevention, investment in construction of applications for disease treatment, disease analysis, and infection tracking like Bluezone and NCovi. According to the Prime Minister, the force of more than 50,000 technology firms currently plays an important role in digital transformation in Vietnam. They have gradually mastered core technologies and developed technology platforms for digital transformation.

In recent years, e-government platforms have developed rapidly. The number of ministerial, provincial integrated data sharing platforms has increased dramatically. In the past six months, the rate of ministries and provinces using these platforms rose by more than three times (only 25 ministries and provinces in February 2020 or 27%, and 76 ministries and provinces in July 2020 or 82.6%). Currently, Level 4 online public services account for about 15.9%, twice that of the same period of last year.

As for the National Public Service Portal, the Government Office has launched many high-level online public services provided by ministries and localities to facilitate people and businesses to access online public services.

However, there are certain shortcomings, that is to say, the incomplete legal environment for e-government. The rate of Level 4 online public services is still low. Without a new approach, Vietnam will fail to achieve the target rate of 30% in 2020. To date, eight ministries and 25 provinces have less than 10% of Level 4 public services provided online. Some national databases that create a foundation for e-government development have been slowly deployed. Cybersecurity investment has not been adequate. The Prime Minister suggested ministries, branches and localities immediately implement directions and tasks in the coming time to overcome the above matters of concern.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum