PM asks Viettel group to take lead in digital transformation

August 17, 2022 | 08:49 am GMT+7

The Government leader urges Viettel to focus on digital transformation, energy transition and clean energy.


Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính proposed the Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel) take the leading role in the country's digital transformation process at a working session with the group's leaders in Hà Nội on Tuesday.

The Government leader asked the group to study and produce electronic chips, build a national database and enhance telecommunications security and safety. 

The group also needed to continue to invest in strategic telecommunications infrastructure, remote sensing, logistics and e-commerce; and actively participate in energy transition and development of clean energy, the PM said. 

He instructed the group to make greater efforts to contribute further to promoting socio-economic development and building an independent, self-reliant economy with active and effective international integration. He also noted that Viettel should continue effectively implementing its strategic missions of building and protecting the nation.

PM Chính spoke highly of Viettel's achievements in recent times, saying the firm had effectively transformed from a military unit into a “dual-use” unit with great contributions to the State budget and the development and application of science and technology in the country, especially in forming a cyber-security industry, ensuring safety for the development of digital government, economy and society. 

Viettel’s successes are a testament to the successful formation and development of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) during the "Đổi mới" (renewal) process of the country, he said, adding that the group had become a model of innovative and effective SOEs. 

Viettel Chairman and General Director Tào Đức Thắng said the group had extended its operations in 10 countries with average revenue of nearly VNĐ150 trillion per year.

In the first seven months of 2022, the group’s consolidated revenue and pre-tax profit hit VNĐ92.9 trillion (nearly US$3.97 billion) and VNĐ31.2 trillion, equivalent to 56.7 per cent and 73.6 per cent of the plans set for the year, respectively. The group contributed VNĐ24.3 trillion to the State budget, equal to 64.8 per cent of the yearly plan.

Viettel was the most influential Vietnamese enterprise in terms of innovation in South Asia and Southeast Asia in 2021. It also held the number-one position in the ranking of Top 50 most valuable brands in Việt Nam. 

The group has also made an active contribution to social security work, focusing on education, healthcare and poverty reduction. It has so far contributed about VNĐ15 trillion to social responsibility activities

The group proposed to the PM and ministries and agencies some policies to help it continue to develop hi-end products, green energy and important infrastructure projects.

At the working session, participants suggested that apart from the development of high technology products and clean energy, the group should strongly develop the software industry and take part in ensuring cyber security and building national database.