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Vietnam launches e-Cabinet

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According to a press release, the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has launched an e-Cabinet system that aims to shift governance from a paper-based working model to an electric, modern, transparent, and efficient working environment.

According to the Minister, the government has drastically accelerated the e-government building by learning from and researching about successful and unsuccessful models from other countries and enabling technological and relevant companies to engage in the process.

This is an initial and important pilot step.

He acknowledged the difficulties in applying the new method of working, which will be overcome by the determination to build the e-government. “If the country wants to successfully build a digital-based economy and a digital-based society, it is crucial to build the e-government and the development of the e-Cabinet is the first step, he said.

During the event, the Minister proposed making a legal framework for e-Cabinet to operate in an effective manner.

The government’s members were urged to uphold the pioneering spirit and master the system. The government is working toward cutting 30% of average meeting time and using 100% of e-documents (apart from confidential ones) at governmental meetings by the end of 2019.

The office of the government was assigned to receive and finalise the system in the coming time. The Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and the Government Cipher Commission were asked to ensure network security and system security to prevent information and database disclosure.

OpenGov reported earlier that the Prime Minister said that there is a growing need to accelerate the building of a digital government, digital administration, and smart urban system.

The Prime Minister asked ministries and sectors to urgently review the current legal documents to better assess their compatibility with industry 4.0 and promptly propose directions for amendments and supplements.

He requested the Ministry of Justice to focus on studying and putting forth specific issues as well as solutions to speed up the building, issuance, and effective implementation of laws.

Meanwhile, he asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to complete and submit a national strategy on the fourth industrial revolution, and closely coordinate with the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to build and complete a national digitisation project.

The Prime Minister also urged the Ministry of Public Security to complete a national identity database, serving as a foundation for e-identification and e-authentication, and information sharing a safe and effective manner. It should also fulfil the guidelines for the implementation of the Law on Cyber Security, thus ensuring both digital social-economic development and network security.

He asked the State Bank of Vietnam to assess the impact of appearance and circulation of digital currencies or e-wallets, thus proposing appropriate policies, and soon submit to the government for the issuance of regulations on new forms of capital mobilisation and credit.

The Ministry of Information and Communications should focus on improving institutions, policies and laws to promote the development of information technology infrastructure, deploy 5G network and meet requirements of the application of the IoT as soon as possible.


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