April 21, 2024 | 09:27 GMT+7

Vietnam Prioritizes Digital Transformation with Ambitious 2024 Goals

Dinh Phan -

Vietnam's leadership has unveiled a comprehensive digital roadmap for this year, prioritizing digital economic growth, expanded public services, and robust digital infrastructure. The plan emphasizes practical, outcome-driven transformation with clear accountability for government agencies.

The 2024 plan is designed to elevate Vietnam to the level of digitally advanced countries, with the primary objective of achieving tangible socio-economic development.
The 2024 plan is designed to elevate Vietnam to the level of digitally advanced countries, with the primary objective of achieving tangible socio-economic development.

Vietnam is poised to undergo a major digital transformation with a bold plan signed by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Chairman of the National Committee on Digital Transformation on April 19.

The 2024 plan aims to propel Vietnam into the ranks of digitally advanced nations, with the ultimate goal of driving measurable socio-economic progress.

Implementation and Oversight

To translate its vision into reality, the National Committee on Digital Transformation has outlined a detailed action plan with over 60 specific tasks across areas like policy direction, economic development, infrastructure, and cybersecurity.

The Prime Minister has tasked Deputy Prime Ministers with direct oversight for implementation, while the Ministry of Information and Communications will monitor progress and coordinate efforts.

Accountability and Collaboration

A major focus of the plan is to strengthen leadership and accountability for all digital transformation initiatives. It underscores the responsibility of heads of state administrative agencies throughout all levels of government to ensure seamless implementation of the digital agenda.

Additionally, the plan emphasizes the success of the plan hinges on robust collaboration across ministries, government bodies, and close coordination with the private sector.

The Digital Economy at the Core

Vietnam's digital masterplan places strong emphasis on accelerating the growth of its digital economy, a strategic move designed to foster innovation and competitiveness.

One core objective is the development of a thriving digital technology sector, with the ambitious goal of cultivating 48,000 domestic technology enterprises.

Another key focus is the digital modernization of existing economic sectors. The plan aims for 60% of businesses in industrial and export processing zones to integrate digital platforms into their operations.

The expected benefits include streamlined production, greater efficiency, and progress towards sustainable practices through emissions reduction.

Expanding Online Public Services

In a move to enhance the delivery of public services, the Vietnamese government aims to increase the adoption of online public services to 40% of the adult population.

Central to this effort is the swift completion of 53 essential public services outlined in previous initiatives.

To streamline processes and increase transparency, the plan mandates that all ministries, branches, and localities integrate their systems for handling administrative procedures and reporting into centralized monitoring and evaluation platforms.

Beyond the Core Pillars

Recognizing the foundational role of robust digital infrastructure, the 2024 plan specifically addresses the need to expand mobile broadband coverage, particularly in rural areas currently underserved by digital connectivity.

Additionally, the plan prioritizes information security, mandating the use of secure platforms and practices across all levels of government to safeguard sensitive data.

Vietnam's comprehensive digital transformation plan marks a decisive step towards a future defined by technological innovation and a knowledge-driven economy. The plan's success will depend on the coordinated efforts of the government, businesses, and citizens to embrace the digital shift and build a more prosperous and inclusive future.

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