Assessing readiness for digital government and open data in Vietnam

This assessment is within the framework of the World Bank’s technical assistance to the Government of Vietnam to promote the e-government process in our country effectively and practically.

Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said that the process of implementing administrative reform, focusing on reforming managerial procedures and applying information technology, building e-government in Vietnam. Nam has taken place since the 90s century and achieved unquestionable success.

To make great strides this term, the Government and the Prime Minister have determined to direct all levels and branches to promote administrative reform in close association with the application of information technology, Building e-government.

Since December 2017, the Government Office has coordinated with World Bank experts in Vietnam and relevant ministries and sectors to assess and develop a Government Readiness Assessment Report: Numbers and Open Data.

The assessment of readiness for digital Government aims to examine Vietnam’s potential for digital government development through an examination of 7 key areas, including Leadership and governance; user-centric, change the workflow; capacity, cultural practices, and skills; shared infrastructure; use of data for policy decision making and cybersecurity, privacy, and resilience. The assessment of open data readiness focuses on the state of the country’s open data ecosystem.

Minister Mai Tien Dung said that turning senior leaders’ determination into practical results requires changes in the law and specific actions throughout the Government and society.

According to Mr. Achim Fock, Coordinating Director of Project Operations in Vietnam, World Bank, the development of digital Government plays a vital role in the development of Vietnam, helping to solve many related issues—industry 4.0, including challenges and opportunities.

The findings and recommendations of the open data and digital government readiness assessment report will help Vietnam have a better foundation for development. With the Leadership and drastic direction from the Government, Vietnam has made significant strides in developing the digital field.

Mr. Kim Andreasson, Digital Government Consultant at the World Bank, said that Vietnam is currently ranked 88th in the United Nations e-Government survey, up one place from 89th in 2016. The World Bank’s Digital Government Readiness Assessment was conducted to understand the opportunities and challenges in Vietnam’s road to digital Government.

The World Bank’s research and survey results show that Vietnam has made firm commitments to implementing digital Government and open data with policy commitments to the trend of the global transition to revolution. The fourth industrial network has a solid foundation to develop an available data initiative, and the current political climate is conducive to launching such an initiative shortly.

The Government is also very active in testing innovative new funding models such as public-private partnerships or corporate social responsibility in implementing open data and digital government building. The Government has applied fundamental technical advances to develop a Digital Government.

Some ministries and branches already have data formatted according to international sub-sector standards for publication. Some agencies have started using new technologies such as big data, data analytics, and cloud computing.

However, these activities are still isolated, while standards and policies related to critical areas, such as Government cloud computing and government data management, are still unclear.

The biggest challenge in developing digital government and open data is the absence of a legal framework for the development and implementation as well as coordination documents and inter-agency coordination, information sharing, and information sharing. Through an internal database system shared between agencies at the same level and vertically from the central to the local, uneven attention from leaders. In addition, the challenge comes from financial difficulties and technological skills in the state sector…

The assessment process also shows that the Government has been implementing various solutions to overcome the current weaknesses. The results of the ODDG Assessment and recommendations on the action program will be an essential reference base for developing and implementing an appropriate digital development strategy for Vietnam in the coming time.

Minister Mai Tien Dung said that entering 2019, the Government has determined the motto of action: “Discipline, integrity, action, creativity, breakthrough, efficiency” with four focus areas of direction and management. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on administrative reform, building e-government in association with organizing a streamlined, tasks to be implemented in building e-Government towards digital government and digital economy.

Chu Thanh Vân (TTXVN)


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