Business urged to take a pioneering role in digital transformation

As digital transformation was vital for the development of Vietnam’s economy, local businesses had no other choice than joining to benefit from the trend, a top economics journalist has said. ​
Business urged to take a pioneering role in digital transformation ảnh 1Experts speak at the forum in Ha Noi on Wednesday. (Photo: VNS)

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As digital transformation was vital for the development of Vietnam’s economy, local businesses had no other choice than joining to benefit from the trend, a top economics journalist has said.

Speaking at a forum in Hanoi on November 11, Chu Van Lam, editor-in-chief of Editor in Chief of the Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times), said: “Enterprises are the core of the economy, can not outside the digital, especially in the context of the pandemic which is changing the world with a transition towards the digital economy.”

The forum, held by Vietnam Economic Times and local investment promotion alliance Invest Global, aimed to identify and evaluate the reality of digital transformation activities of enterprises in different industries and proposed solutions to help businesses speed up digital transformation.

According to the organisers, the Government has approved the National Digital Transformation Programme to 2025, with a vision to 2030 with the goal of making Vietnam a digital country, adding that such transformation process could help businesses reduce costs, control risks, improve labour and business efficiency and reach customers more easily.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu quoted the World Economic Forum (WEF) prediction that by 2022, the digital economy would account for 60 percent of the world's GDP.

Vu said though the prediction was only 7 percent of GDP in ASEAN, the digital economy could be expected to contribute an additional 1 trillion USD to the world economy in the next decade.

Experts at the forum said Vietnam had huge advantages for digital transformation with a population of nearly 100 million, of whom more than 70 percent use the internet, a dynamic technology level and great support from the Government.

Doan Duy Khuong, Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and chairman of ASEAN BAC said: “ASEAN is a special partner and an important market for Vietnam with a large area with a population of 650 million people. Therefore, Vietnamese enterprises will not only focus on the value-added chain in the domestic market but also in the region.”

“The organic links between industrial production and digital transformation are extremely important. Vietnam needs to take advantage of digital transformation, companies and industrial corporations in the country must pioneer and embrace advanced technology to create a supply chain of the region," he added.

Also at the forum, Dang Hoang Hai, director of the Department of E-Commerce and Digital Economy, Ministry of Industry and Trade, said: “In 2015-2019, e-commerce scale increased rapidly with an average growth rate of 30 percent. Online shopping is developing very well this year especially amid the pandemic, which has created a huge number of people participating in the e-commerce market.”

Hai added that with the development trend of e-commerce, businesses in this field were very optimistic about growth in 2020 and beyond. The positive growth of e-commerce in the current period has made many domestic enterprises well aware of the digital transformation trend and consider it an inevitable choice.

Mentioning the challenges of the transformation, Deputy Minister Vu said as enterprises were the core to change, the habit of going digital greatly depended on the quality of human resources and the determination of the leaders of enterprises.

Truong Anh Dung, director of the General Department of Vocational Education, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said: “Vietnam has a rapidly developing infrastructure, young, creative, and rapidly adapting human resources but another challenge is the low know-how of information technology among the common people while the technology training system is still limited.”

“It is clear that the education and training system can not help all people, so the role of technology enterprises with their strengths is to support building infrastructure, and human resources to meet the demand," he said.

The vocational training expert said another difficulty was the limited investment resources for the digital transformation of businesses.

“After the National Digital Transformation programme, there must be a strategy project for training enough resources to reach the target," he added.

By 2025, Vietnam set a digital economy target to account for 20 percent of GDP, the proportion of the digital economy in each industry and field will reach at least 10 percent and the labour productivity will increase by more than 7 percent per year on average. By that time Vietnam should be in the group of 35 countries leading in innovation and creativity./.

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