Vietnam beefs up e-government

(VOVWORLD) - The National e-Government Committee convened its initial meeting on Thursday, one month after its establishment. Chairing the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called for strong measures to build an e-government, now considered essential to an effective public administration that will serve the people and improve Vietnam’s business environment. 

Vietnam beefs up e-government  - ảnh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the first meeting of the National e-Government Committee 

According to the UN’s e-Government Survey 2018, Vietnam ranks 68th of 193 nations worldwide and 6th of 10 in ASEAN. Since 2015, 50 ministries and localities have built an e-government architecture and contributed the national database of business registrations. But much remains to be done.

E-government is inevitable

Since 2000, the Party and State has considered IT to be the driving force of national development.

The Politburo issued Resolution 36 on IT development to support sustainable growth and international integration. Resolution 36 targets administrative reform, e-government building, and provision of automated public services by 2020.

Other successful countries have shown e-government to be an inevitable trend that improves government transparency, fights corruption, and boosts the economy, creating prosperity. Its importance grows as the 4th Industrial Revolution transforms the world. Minister and Head of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said: “E-government building is crucial for countries during renewal as it means  developing an effective  government. A shift to digitization is inevitable. Vietnam has built e-government for 20 years, but achieved little.”

Vietnam determined to build e-government  

The Vietnamese government has vowed to make a breakthrough in e-government building. Acting Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung told a National e-Government Committee meeting on Thursday that his ministry is finalizing the e-government architecture so that it can be approved by the Prime Minister later this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said comprehensive approaches will concurrently develop public services, human resources, infrastructure, and a national database.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called for greater effort to make e-government building a success: “We want to show an aggressive determination to successfully build an e-government in Vietnam that will serve the people and national construction and defense. We must properly organize work, assign tasks, and perform oversight. Strict discipline should be enforced to speed up e-government building.”



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