The 2023 Vietnam-Asia DX Summit is taking in Hanoi between May 24 and 25 to discuss driving economic growth through digital data and smart connectivity.
This year has been declared 'National Digital Data Year' and Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chin, also Chairman of the National Committee on Digital Transformation, has issued a central action plan for 2023. The Ministry of Information and Communications has also approved activities to promote data governance in the digital environment.
Vietnam's digital economy is rated as the fastest growing digital economy in Southeast Asia. According to statistics from the Ministry of Information and Communications, the contribution of the digital economy accounts for about 14.25 per cent of the country's GDP.
|Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha |
Authorities at all levels are to issue a list of databases under their management and specific plans and roadmaps for building and providing data to an integrated data sharing platform, the NDXP Local Government Service Platform (LGSP).
As of date, the NDXP platform has connected to 90 agencies and units, including 85 LGSPs. The total number of transactions made on NDXP in 2022 was 876 million, an almost five-fold increase on-year. On average, there were 2.4 million transactions per day.
Speaking at the Vietnam-Asia DX Summit, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha said, “Digital transformation cannot be done by one person, or one organisation, or one country or government. All sectors of the economy must participate to build our digital resources."
Ha added that Vietnam's economy is undergoing a dramatic transformation with remarkable new technological achievements. The development of digital government should play a major role in this by promoting development and solving socioeconomic problems to create improvements for citizens and businesses alike.
"The government must play a central role and take responsibility for driving this transformation so the digital economy, along with society at large, will also grow," said Ha. "However, sci-tech is constantly changing, so the government needs to be advised by experts to build the right policies."
Nguyen Van Khoa, chairman of the Vietnam Software Association, said, "Vietnam needs an overall national digital data strategy. This strategy should be the methodology for creating, connecting, and using data to achieve the country's socioeconomic goals. It will be our guide to creating and exploiting digital data for the benefit of the Vietnamese economy."
At the summit, representatives of several large Vietnamese technology corporations such as Viettel, VNPT, FPT, MISA, and FSI, shared models of connection and cooperation between business and government for creating and exploiting digital data. Delegates from international firms also shared useful cooperation models.
“The digital technology business community expects and is ready to stand side-by-side with the government and related authorities to consult on the building of an open and methodical data strategy. We want to participate in the construction of an advanced, modern, and effective digital data infrastructure to create new value for socioeconomic development," Khoa added.
According to a 2022 United Nations' e-Government Report, Vietnam ranks 86th out of 193 countries on the E-Government Development Index in its ability to deliver round-the-clock government services and information electronically. Vietnam's Online Services Index ranks 76th out of 193, higher than the world average, and of Asia and the Southeast Asian region.
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