First Vietnamese city announces digital transformation programme

July 28, 2020 | 09:01 am GMT+7

On July 22, Ho Chi Minh City has become the first city in Vietnam to announce a digital transformation programme.

 Nguyen Thien Nhan, secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, said that the digital transformation programme aims to increase labour productivity, reduce cost, and better serve the locals and businesses.

The city aims to become a smart city by 2030 by comprehensively adopting a digital public sector, digital society, and digital businesses. By 2025, over 50 per cent of documents are dealt with online at level 3 and 4 and at least 90 per cent of people and businesses will settle administrative procedures online.

Moreover, the digital economy will make up 25 per cent of the city‘s gross regional domestic product (GRDP).
Experts and businesses said that the programme is in line with the global trend of digital transformation.

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung speaking at the event

Addressing the event, Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communications, said that digital transformation is about applying new technologies, changing governance models, changing business models, and applying new models of technology innovations.
The minister also proposed Ho Chi Minh City to increase budgetary spending on digital transformation from the current 0.4 per cent.   
He added that the ministry will issue three handbooks in August, one about basic concepts of digital transformation, one about digital transformation for businesses, and one about digital transformation in public administration.