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Việt Nam gears toward e-Government and digital economy

Update: August, 10/2018 - 08:26
Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tiến Dũng. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Information technology development and application in the operation of all Government agencies has been defined as key in national industrialisation and modernisation, Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tiến Dũng highlighted in his writing on the Government news portal baochinhphu,vn on Thursday.

In 2014, the Party Politburo issued Resolution No 36 on the promotion of information technology (IT) to respond to the country’s demand for sustainable development and international integration.

The resolution also set a target that by 2020 the national administrative reform programme will have achieved certain successes and have contributed to building of an electronic Government and the Government online services or e-government will be available in many fields.

In early 2015, the Government issued a resolution focusing on e-government. The resolution aimed to improve the quality of all Government agencies.

However, the resolution said, the implementation of the e-Government has not yet brought about its expected results. Việt Nam’s ranking in the 2018 United Nations e-government survey was only at the middle level. According to the UN survey, in the past two years, Việt Nam’s ranking jumped one step to 88th among 193 countries and territories in the survey. Within the ASEAN, Việt Nam ranks sixth.

There are a few major factors leading to Việt Nam’s modest achievements in the course of applying the e-government. For example, many agencies or sectors have not yet developed roadmaps or specific tasks to launch online services in their agencies/localities. Also, at the central Government level, we still need a synchronous legal framework to develop the e-government or important requirements in administrative transactions or financial settlement as well as the participation of the private sector in building the e-government.

In the context of the fourth industrial revolution, Việt Nam should complete its foundation for the development of the e-government, Dũng wrote.

To achieve a breakthrough in applying the e-government, the Government Office has drafted a new resolution.

The draft resolution has laid down the five main tasks for the Government to focus on from now till 2020 as follows;

First, to speed up the completion of the country’s legal requirements for the establishment of the digital Government. Việt Nam should promulgate decrees on data sharing, protection of private data and many others. It should also develop a law on e-government and related legal documents.

Second, to complete the national data which to serve as a foundation for the development of the e-government.

Third, to establish required systems to serve the people and enterprises and for the Government’s performance and connection with the people and enterprises.

Fourth, to review, re-arrange and mobilise all human and financial resources needed in the course of developing the e-government.

Fifth, to enhance the role of people invested with power as well as their work efficiency and accountability in performing their duties. — VNS


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