HA NOI — Viet Nam had no plans to privatise the press in Viet Nam, said Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son yesterday.
Son said the press was the voice of the Government and the people's forum according to the nation's press law.
His statement was made in response to a question as to whether the ministry had any plans for press privatisation.
The online question-and-answer session between the minister, ministry officials and people was organised by the Government's website.
Son also said that so far the ministry had no plans or proposals to set up media groups.
Regarding a question on communications planning until 2020, Son said the ministry was drafting a plan which included the transformation from analog to digital television.
Digitisation would improve television quality, he said.
By 2020, a television transmission market would be formed with three broadcasting networks of national scope and five others of regional scope. The networks would be based on national infrastructure, which would help save costs and resources for television and broadcasting agencies.
The Government would encourage the manufacture of affordable, quality receivers so that everyone, including those in remote areas, would be able to access digital television.
There were currently 786 press organisations in Viet Nam, with 194 print newspapers, over 590 magazines, 61 news websites and 67 television and broadcasting stations, plus 17,000 journalists granted press cards.
In response to questions about the development of the information technology (IT) in Viet Nam, Nguyen Trong Duong, head of the ministry's Information and Technology Department, said Viet Nam would step up training and raise staff expertise with an aim to producing 1 million staff in the sector by 2020.
Duong said the application of the IT would be stepped up in State agencies and enterprises to develop an "electronic society".
Nguyen Thanh Phuc, head of the Information and Technology Application Department under the ministry, said by 2015 it was expected about 60 per cent of State agency documents would be produced in electronic forms to save costs.
Phuc said it was expected by 2015 that the majority of State agencies, from district level to departmental level, would have websites to offer information and online public services. — VNS