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Battle to switch from paper to email

Update: September, 28/2013 - 09:12

HA NOI (VNS)  — Agencies in the southern province of An Giang use email for 90 per cent of transactions. But in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau, 95 per cent of transactions are still conducted the old-fashioned way – on paper.

This year, 50 per cent of state bodies were expected to start relying on email. But the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) revealed that the actual numbers fall far below Government expectations.

It reported that barely 30 per cent of ministries have replaced daily paperwork with email, and only 20 per cent of provincial departments have made the digital transition.

"Many state bodies still do not utilise email in an effective way and some never use it," said Pham Van Hai, deputy head of MIC's IT department.

While 80-90 per cent of State agencies are provided with PCs and email addresses, only 20 per cent of them used them in 2012. Many State employees remain unaware of how useful email can be, so they lack determination to change their ways, MIC said.

To get State bodies to rely more on email, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) will conduct annual IT inspections nationwide.

MIC has submitted a new plan to increase government email usage for the 2013-15 period. According to the plan, 55 per cent of daily transactions must be completed electronically by the second quarter of this year and the rate must increase to 80 per cent by 2015. — VNS

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