The central city of Da Nang on July 22 launched its e-government system after seven years of development, becoming a pioneer in handling administrative issues online.

The system comprises a range of infrastructure, policies, and mechanisms of information technology (IT) and communications, and IT manpower resources.

The city's synchronous and updated e-government system will allow greater transparency and efficiency among State agencies while minimising bureaucratic delays, said Director of the municipal Department of Information and Communications Pham Kim Son.

It also helps connect all city agencies, grassroots administrations and online public services, he added.

Last August, Da Nang launched its IT infrastructure system, which includes a Metropolian Area Network (MAN), wireless internet, a data centre and a centre for human training and research on IT applications.

So far, the city has offered wireless internet free services, with a maximum of 20,000 connections at major centres and streets, including living quarters, schools and beaches.

These services are available at tourist sites, hospitals and shopping malls, apart from bus and railway stations, airport and entertainment complexes.

Da Nang is one of the biggest cities developing concentrated information centres, after Hanoi and HCM City.

With the construction of the 341-ha Da Nang IT park in April 2013, US investor Rocky Lai & Associates Inc expects to turn it into a hi-tech industrial development modeled after the Silicon Valley in the US and Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan, targeting to attract small, medium and large companies engaging in technology-intensive industries.-VNA