Emphasizing ICT as the field that will lead Vietnam’s digital economy, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung said that we must become an ICT powerhouse not in 2045 but in the next decade (2021-2030).
History once again gives ICT industry the mission to be at the forefront
Speaking at a recent meeting with representatives from 16 ICT associations and clubs, which focused on the topic “”Realizing national digital transformation”, Minister Hung affirmed that the nucleus of the digital revolution is the ICT field. The nuclear responsibility in the cause of digital transformation, in the mission of making Vietnam a high-income developed country, has been given to the ICT industry, to the community of ICT businesses, to ICT associations and clubs.
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung.
History has given us the mission to be at the forefront once again. Around 20, 30 years ago, it was the mission to be at the forefront of Doi Moi (reform), to get out of poverty. We are no longer a low-income country. But once again it is the mission to be at the forefront to turn the country into a dragon or a tiger, to shoulder to shoulder with powers in the five continents. But this mission must be accomplished within 25 years, not a hundred years, Mr. Hung said.
“A new mission is always the beginning of change. In the past it was to catch up, compete with and then get ahead, but now it is to take the lead from the beginning. In the past it was outsourcing, but now it is “Make in Vietnam”. In the past, profit was the main target but now it is the national mission. Previously, we focused on exports, but now we emphasize the domestic market. Previously, we solved Western problems, but now we solve Vietnamese problems to help Vietnam develop and go to the world. Previously, we asked what the Government had done for us; now we ask what we have done for our Government, for our country. We saw more difficulties in the past, but now we see more opportunities. Previously, we performed from small to big, from easy to difficult things, but now we do the big thing first, the hard tasks first, because when we face big challenges, we will find breakthrough solutions and our ordinary people will become smarter,” he said.
The Ministry of Information and Communications has a mission to lead the ICT industry of Vietnam. Strategic directions, major content were outlined in 2019-2020. That was the postal infrastructure with digital address platform to each household that will ensure physical flow besides the flow of data. That was the telecommunications infrastructure to become digital infrastructure. That was digital transformation with three pillars of digital government, digital economy and digital society. That was the aim to have Vietnam become a cybersecurity powerhouse to protect Vietnam’s prosperity in cyberspace. To develop 100,000 Vietnamese digital technology enterprises with the mission of Make in Vietnam. To have Vietnam’s ICT enter the world’s top 50 in 2025 and the top 30 by 2030.
“As a state management agency, the Ministry of Information and Communications is always interested in and creates all favorable conditions for ICT associations. The year 2021 will be the year of strongly implementing the new strategic directions of the sector. The Ministry of Information and Communications hopes that ICT associations and businesses will actively participate in realizing these strategies,” Minister Hung said.
Unite to realize the aspiration of building a strong and prosperous Vietnam
Minister Nguyen Manh Hung pointed out that great challenges always need solidarity and cooperation. And more than ever, the ICT field needs solidarity, teamwork and unanimous sharing to take on great things. The ICT associations should solve the problem of cooperation in the industry, which we have not done well.
The leader of the ICT industry also wished ICT associations, clubs and the community of ICT businesses to make a breakthrough in the coming period to make Vietnam a powerful country in ICT, contributing to the realization of the aspiration to build a prosperous and mighty Vietnam in the mid-century.
Chairman of the Vietnam Informatics Association Bui Manh Hai said that ICT associations and clubs would join the Ministry of Information and Communications in national digital transformation.
Chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) Nguyen Van Khoa said the association would work on the principle of taking the nation first, putting the nation above everything, serving the nation as its mission. In the cause of digital transformation, the first thing that VINASA executive board will do is connect and unite all members to promote innovation, creativity and development, he said.
CMC Group Chairman Nguyen Trung Chinh said that the contribution of the ICT industry in the fight against Covid-19 has proven the capacity of the Vietnamese people.
Chinh said that the capacity of the people is very good and very suited to digital transformation. South Korean group Samsung has decided to move their entire research field and global IT management system to Vietnam. These are very important demonstrations for us to see opportunities in digital transformation.
“There are two important keywords: the intelligence and creativity of Vietnamese people who together, with the unanimity of the domestic ICT community, will help Vietnam to become a prosperous and powerful country in 2045,” Chinh said.