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Vietnam launches e-Cabinet system

Released at: 18:49, 24/06/2019

Vietnam launches e-Cabinet system

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New e-Cabinet system launched on June 24 in Hanoi.

by Nghi Do

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the launch of the country’s new e-Cabinet system and chaired the first government meeting via the system on June 24 in Hanoi.

The system aims to cut 30 per cent off the average meeting time and only use e-documents at government meetings by the end of this year, minimizing the use of paper documents, except for confidential documents.

It can update, store, and manage documents for government meetings and offer electronic voting with digital signatures. The system also sends SMS, emails, and notifications to Cabinet members.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Phuc said the purpose of the system is to help change from working with paper to an electronic environment, in order to create a modern working environment, transparency, and efficiency. “We want to build a successful digital economy and society, so firstly we need to have e-government, and the beginning of this is the launch of the e-Cabinet,” he said. “The benefit of the e-Cabinet is not only saving on meeting time but also having quality content prepared.”

The Prime Minister suggested there needs to be a legal framework for e-Cabinet to operate effectively and effectively. The main issues are regulations on data sharing, data protection, electronic authentication, the reporting regime between the government and State administrative agencies, strengthening information infrastructure, ensuring convenience, security, and information security, preventing hacks and destructive forms of information, and bolstering cyber security.

Developing software systems is suitable to the operations and characteristics of the Vietnamese Government and it was deemed necessary to have an e-Cabinet with a Vietnamese identity, not simply to apply foreign models.

The Prime Minister assigned the Office of the Government on February 27 to assume prime responsibility and coordinate with relevant ministries and agencies in building the e-Cabinet system. Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung issued Decision No. 168 / QD-VPCP approving the scheme on building the information system for meetings and handling the government’s work, with the aim of renewing the government’s working method based on the application of new and advanced technology, moving towards a paperless government.

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