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Vietnam & France sign MoU on e-government development

Released at: 14:13, 31/05/2019

Vietnam & France sign MoU on e-government development

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Government Office and French Development Agency to cooperate on e-government development.

by Nghi Do

The Office of the Government (OoG) and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in e-government development on May 30 in Hanoi.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and French Ambassador to Vietnam H.E. Bertrand Lortholary witnessed the signing between Minister and Chairman of the OoG Mai Tien Dung and Mr. Jean-Pierre Marcelli, Project Director of AFD.

Prime Minister Phuc said this would cement the contents agreed to by the two sides during the visit to Vietnam by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe last November.

Vietnam and France have good traditional relations and have raised their strategic partnerships. According to the UN, France is one of the leading countries in the e-government development index. Building an e-government is an important strategic task in implementing modern administration in Vietnam and is also sought after by its people and businesses. “With my determination and effort, along with the strong support of international friends in general and France in particular, I believe that Vietnam will create a breakthrough in e-government building this year,” Prime Minister Phuc said.

Ambassador Lortholary highlighted the effective cooperation between the two countries in the building of e-government, saying the important thing is to provide services for people in an effective, convenient, and safe manner.

Building e-government is a solution for the challenges we face today, to make the economy more competitive, with higher production capacity, more efficiency, and practical benefits for people. “The development of e-government and administrative reform poses many problems, such as how to provide new services, how to have an effective electronic format, and how to give people easy-to-access services that enhance service quality,” he said.

Under the MoU, the two sides will cooperate in prioritized areas such as supporting the Working Group to assist the Chairman of the National e-Government Committee, focusing on building key indicators on monitoring and evaluating results; building integrated and data sharing solutions between government agencies and data protection; building a national public service portal; and adopting solutions to authenticate individuals and businesses.

In the long term, both sides will cooperate on topics of common interest, such as support for changing information systems, technology infrastructure information, and the safety of network information; government figures and open data; and national reporting systems information.

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