Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Digital Transformation Day (DX Day Vietnam 2020) took place in Hanoi on December 14-15 as a practical activity to accompany the Government in accelerating the national digital transformation in Vietnam.

DX Day Vietnam 2020: Sharing and connectivity in digital transformation hinh anh 1At the Vietnam Digital Transformation Day (DX Day Vietnam 2020) in Hanoi (Photo: VietnamPlus)

Themed “National Digital Transformation: Sharing and Connectivity”, the event was co-hosted by the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA), the Ministry of Information and Communications’ Authority of Information Technology Application, and the Hanoi Promotion Agency.

DX Day was a bold effort to promote the digital transformation in Vietnam and for enterprises to promote their participation in the global technology value chains. On June 3, 2020, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved the national digital transformation programme to 2025 and 2020 was selected to be the year for national digital transformation.

A survey conducted by VINASA with the engagement of more than 500 participating enterprises at DX Day found that the most challenging factors in digital transformation included determination; cost, time and resources; and methods of digital transformation; as well as information security.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung urged enterprises to speed up digital transformation as it is essential for business growth.

He said digital transformation is successful only when the progress attracts the participation of the entire population, meaning that digital technology services as well as network security must be universal with reasonable prices, easy to use and convenient for everyone.

He asked every agency, organisation and business to raise strategies to implement and speed up digital transformation, adding that Vietnamese digital technology companies are the main force in developing the digital infrastructure, platforms, services and solutions as well as mastering core technologies and extending global reach.

DX Day Vietnam 2020: Sharing and connectivity in digital transformation hinh anh 2Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung speaks at the event (Photo: VietnamPlus)

According to VINASA Chairman Truong Gia Binh, now is a special time – the time of action for digital transformation. “Vision and determination will be needed to decide the success of digital transformation,” he noted.

He said: “Raising awareness is the story we have already talked about a lot but where should we start? It is the vision from which we can draw a roadmap for what and how to do. Then it is the determination to drive us forward to success.”

Hoang Viet Anh, FPT deputy general director in charge of digital transformation, said this would continue to be an important trend, even when the pandemic was over.

He said: “During the toughest and most challenging times, technology is the key to opening up opportunities for growth, operation optimising, improving customer experiences and creating new business models.”

In the new normal, the digital transformation would bring bigger effects, which would enable enterprises to play the critical role in shaping new realities, he said, stressing that FPT pledged to accompany the Government and enterprises in digital transformation.

Within the framework of Vietnam DX Day 2020, experts also discussed digital transformation on finance and banking, manufacturing, agriculture, logistics, healthcare and small and medium-sized enterprises.

On the occasion, the top 10 Vietnamese information and communications technologies (ICT) were honoured and a special publication introducing them debuted.

Their products not only assist domestic firms in digital transformation but also create an ecosystem to push forward the process in the country.

According to the VINASA’s statistics, total revenue of top 10 ICT companies surpassed 1.9 trillion VND (82.6 million USD) last year, accounting for over 76 percent of the sector’s total. Their software export earnings topped 4.9 trillion VND, making up nearly 24 percent of the combined.

The special publication featuring the top 10 Vietnamese ICT companies in English, Japanese and Vietnamese languages will be introduced to over 2,000 domestic agencies and units, more than 10,000 partners from around 100 economies worldwide, and trade promotion events in the US, Japan, Europe, the Republic of Korea and Australia.

The Ministry of Information and Communications’ statistics showed that the IT industry earned estimated revenue of 100 billion USD in 2019, equivalent to one third of the country’s GDP and had a workforce of around one million.

Vietnam’s digital economy was projected at 43 billion USD by 2025, of which the fastest growth included e-commerce, online travel, online media and ride hailing, according to a report by Google and Temasek./.