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Digital transformation receiving boost

Released at: 14:22, 09/08/2019

Digital transformation receiving boost

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Vietnam ICT Summit 2019 hears of measures to drive country's digital transformation.

by Minh Do

“Vietnamese ICT enterprises are defined as a key facet of the process of digital transformation, so we need to develop 50,000 new enterprises around the country to rapidly boost the process,” Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung told the Vietnam ICT Summit 2019 on August 8 in Hanoi.

The Summit was co-hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) and the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA). With the theme “Digital transformation towards a prosperous Vietnam”, the Summit called for action from agencies, ministries, departments, communities, businesses and society as a whole regarding the National Digital Transformation Project.

Minister Hung said digital transformation opens up great opportunities for Vietnam and will result in comprehensive change for every business, every organization, every citizen, and every field.

“It’s a historic shift; a once-in-a-thousand-years event,” he said. “If the country wants to change in global rankings, it must take the lead to gain a competitive advantage. Digital transformation does not need a lot of facilities but a change in thinking.”

He also emphasized five fundamental elements needed for concrete action: institutions, infrastructure, cyber security, platform solutions, and training.

MoIC revealed the latest draft version of the National Digital Transformation Project at the Summit, which states that digital transformation deeply impacts the structure of and relationships in the global economy, replacing manual labor with automation and capital with knowledge and data, and changes consumption habits as well as behavior in society.

The project sets specific objectives, including Vietnam’s digital economy to grow 20 per cent annually by 2030. It is to be one of the top 20 countries and territories in the world and the top three in ASEAN in competitiveness indexes. It is to be among the top 50 e-government countries, and workplace productivity is to increase by 8-10 per cent per year.

The Vietnam Digital Transformation Alliance was officially launched at the Summit, involving Vietnamese IT giants such as Viettel, FPT, VNPT, CMC, MISA, Hai Hoa, MobiFone, and BKAV, together with other IT enterprises and the government, to promote the country’s digital transformation.

Mr. Nguyen Van Khoa, General Director of the FPT Group, said that pioneering enterprises and tech groups in Vietnam are ready and are gradually providing solutions for digital transformation. With comprehensive platforms, in-depth processes and experience in digital transformation and highly-qualified human resources, this will drive Vietnam to break out and catch up with technology from around the world.

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