The assessment was revealed at a workshop on evaluating open data and digital government readiness which was jointly held by the World Bank, the Government Office and the Vietnam Initiative on January 17.
The event also brought together representatives from 14 ministries, localities in North Vietnam, the Embassies of Australia, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and France in Vietnam, various international organisations, and others.
The assessment stated that Vietnam has a solid foundation to develop open data initiatives thanks to a clear vision of senior leaders, available data of ministries and sectors, and investment from the Government.
However, Vietnam also encounters three major challenges: the absence of a legal framework for open data, the limited professional capacity of the public sector, and unequal care from leaders at different levels. The Vietnamese Government is implementing a number of solutions to overcome the current weaknesses.
The assessment results are important in building and implementing a suitable digital development strategy for Vietnam towards a digital government and industrial revolution 4.0.
According to Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, ministries, sectors and localities are all determined to build a digital government, with the aim of preventing corruption and harassment and boosting the transparency in dealing with administrative procedures.