COVID-19 a hundred-year "push" for Vietnam’s digital transformation: minister

May 11, 2020 | 10:22 am GMT+7

COVID-19 offers a hundred-year opportunity for national digital conversion and also a hundred-year push for this process, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung has affirmed.


 Speaking at a conference discussing State management in the first four months of 2020 held by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), Hung asked the information and communications industry to seize this golden opportunity to make break throughs and take the lead in the nation’s digital transformation.

According to the minister, the information and communications sector, utilising technologies, newspapers and communications, have contributed a lot during the previous waves of COVID-19, helping Vietnam to gain initial control of the epidemic.
With socio-economic activities to be resumed, the industry must make a major contribution to this successful restart, Hung stressed, adding that the information and communications sector should join in both the epidemic prevention and economic development processes to achieve the Government's double goal.
The minister went on to say that the industry has recently developed quite a lot of software applied in preventing and fighting COVID-19, with some open source software having been shared with the international community.
In August, the first Vietnam Open Source Congress will be held aimed at building the strategy for national open source development. This is an opportunity for "Made in Vietnam" to master digital transformation platforms for each industry and each field, Minister Hung stated.
He asked Vietnamese digital businesses to accelerate the development and mastery of digital platforms as the mastery of Vietnam's digital transformation platform is considered the most important factor in the transformation process.
Regarding 5G deployment, it is expected that Vietnam's 5G equipment will be tested on the network in June and the country will commercialise 5G with Vietnamese equipment at a defined scale by October, Hung announced.