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Government Office & JICA to cooperate in building e-government

Released at: 08:04, 15/09/2018

Government Office & JICA to cooperate in building e-government

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Record of discussion signed on September 14.

by Linh Chi

The Office of the Government (OoG) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed on September 14 a Record of Discussion for Project to Build Professional and Efficient State Operation for Improvement of Business Environment, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

Training courses in Vietnam and Japan will be given to officials of OoG and relevant ministries and agencies while conferences and talks will be held in Vietnam, with a focus on developing e-government and bettering the business climate.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung thanked the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam and JICA for their effective coordination with Vietnamese agencies in general and OoG in particular.

The State-run news agency quoted Minister Dung as saying that right at the beginning of the 2016-2021 tenure, the government and the Prime Minister ordered the building of an action-oriented, development-enabling government of integrity in service of people and businesses, with due attention paid to administrative reform and business climate improvement to push economic growth and enhance local livelihoods.

Placing emphasis on the trend towards Industry 4.0, Minister Dung said that building e-government is an overriding priority of the government. The Prime Minister has already set up the National Committee for E-Government, tasked with researching and proposing guidelines, strategies, mechanisms and policies to create a legal environment favorable for the development of an e-government towards a digital economy.

As Japan has considerable experience in developing e-government, the JICA-funded project will help Vietnamese officials enhance their capacity in all fields, he said, expressing his hope that JICA will continue cooperation with OoG to bolster socioeconomic development  and contribute to the friendship and collaboration between the two countries.

JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka, for his part, wished that the newly-signed record of discussion will play an important role in carrying out e-government in Vietnam. 

Through the project, he added, the two countries will share experience in building e-government on both sides.

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