Vietnam evolving rapidly in ICT: Official

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The Virtual Talk: Why Vietnam is held on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Digital World 2021 on October 14. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam is evolving robustly in information technology and telecommunications (ICT) and devising a strategy to grow further, said Nguyen Thanh Tuyen, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)’ Information Technology Department, on October 14.

Vietnam has surpassed many IT powerhouses in this field, he told the Virtual Talk: Why Vietnam held on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Digital World 2021. The country ranked second globally in phone production and export, accounting for 13.3% of the global market share, he said, adding that it has been also placed high in electronics export and game production,

Vietnam’s strong awareness and determination towards digital transformation has been seen from the central to local levels, said Tran Thi Quoc Hien, Deputy Director of the MIC’s Authority of Information Technology Application, the country has issued the National Digital Transformation Programme till 2025, with a vision to 2030, which features three main pillars – e-Government, digital economy and digital society.

Vietnam has been fostering digital transformation in eight areas, namely healthcare, education, finance-banking, agriculture, transport and logistics, energy, environmental and natural resources, and industrial production, she said.

The plans sets to achieve the twin goal of developing e-Government, digital economy and digital society; and at the same time, facilitating the formation of digital enterprises capable of going global, she added.

Underscoring the importance of technology in fighting COVID-19, reviving the economy, and living in the “new normal,” Nguyen Thanh Tuyen, Deputy Director of the MIC’s Information Technology Department, said shortly after the COVID-19 resurgence struck the southern cities and provinces, many tech firms have introduced new solutions to make the impossible possible.

People have changed their way of doing business, thinking, working and living to stay safe and develop themselves, he said, urging tech companies to continue helping the country recover the economy.

Echoing Tuyen’s view, Vu Thi Minh Tu from Lazada Vietnam said technology plays a vital role in containing the pandemic and recovering the economy.

E-commerce helps limit direct contacts as it allows people to make an order from home and have it delivered at door, she explained. E-commerce also enables enterprises, cooperatives and household businesses to diversify their channels of distribution; they can sell goods online and gain access to a larger and more diverse market, she said.

Even household businesses and individual sellers are now given a chance thanks to e-commerce, she stressed.

At the virtual talk, representatives from enterprises discussed Vietnam’s role in global technology and supply chain; e-commerce policies; and domestic enterprises’ innovation capacity.