Prime Minister sets strategic direction for information and communications sector development
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, during a working session with the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on May 11, assigned tasks and set strategic development goals for the time to come.
Prime Mnister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung at the working session
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, and Minister and Chair of the Government Office Tran Van Son were present at the session.
Chinh emphasized the important management role of MIC in the context of the 4.0 industrial revolution and said that “this year’s performance needs to be better than last year's, and the work results of the next term need to be better than the last term”.
The development process in general and the information and communication sector in particular needs to follow the trends of modern times, while taking into account the specific conditions of the country, including economic scale, human resources, infrastructure, and the society’s conversion capability.
It is necessary to choose priority fields based on advantages to pave the way for rapid and sustainable development; and apply reasonable measures to obtain high performance in the context of limited resources.
MIC leads national digital transformation
|Most of the fields under MIC management are infrastructure and platforms, which need to move forward. The ministry has decided that the information and communication fields will be among the world’s top 30 or 50 by 2025.|
Hung said most of the fields under MIC management are infrastructure and platforms, which need to move forward. The ministry has decided that the information and communication fields will be among the world’s top 30 or 50 by 2025.
The total revenue of the entire sector in 2020 was $130 billion, while total payment to the state budget was $5 billion.
“In the 4.0 era, science and technology and innovation will have a big impact on the sector through digital technology and digital transformation. The new mission of MIC is leading national digital transformation, building a digital Vietnam, including a digital government, digital economy, digital society and digital communications,” Hung said, adding that digital economy will serve as the major driving force for economic growth.
Hung said that Vietnam needs to master digital infrastructure equipment, especially for 5G, and cover the country with 5G by 2022.
In the field of Information and communications technology (ICT) Vietnam should aim to shift from assembling and doing outsourcing to "Make in Vietnam", or designing and making products in Vietnam. It is expected that the the proportion of made in Vietnam products and services would rise from the current 22 percent to 45 percent. Vietnam aims to develop 100,000 digital technology firms by 2025 from the current 58,000 firms, which will contribute 20 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product.
Regarding the media, newspapers need to truly reflect the flow of society, spread positive energy, create consensus in society, and arouse aspirations to build a powerful and prosperous Vietnam and create spiritual strength for Vietnam to break through and become a developed country.
“The wings for Vietnam to fly up include spiritual strength on one side and material strength on the other side which is developed based on technology,” Hung said.
Don’t leave strategy on paper
Closing the working session, Chinh praised the MIC’s important contribution to the country’s achievements in the last 35 years of doi moi, but said they were still not commensurate with the great potential of Vietnam, especially the human resources potential.
Regarding the important tasks for the time to come, Chinh asked for review of the implementation of Decree 17 on the functions, duties, rights and apparatus structure of the ministry. All strategies and plans need to be applied in real life rather than exist just on paper.
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation, forcing businesses to adapt quickly even though they are not ready for it.
The Government has issued Decision No.749/QD-TTg regarding the National Digital Transformation Program until 2025, with a Vision to 2030, focusing on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).