Delegates visit an exhibition on ICT products and solutions as part of the 22nd Vietnam ICT Development conference that opened yesterday in Vinh Long province (Photo: baovinhlong.com.vn)

Vinh Long (VNA) -
Mekong Delta provinces and cities need to apply advanced technology in agriculture, human resources training, e-government and climate-change adaptation, experts said at a conference held in Vinh Long province on August 29. 

More than 700 delegates, including representatives of 55 businesses from the information technology and communication (ICT) sector across the country took part in the 22nd Vietnam ICT Development Conference.

With the theme “Industrial Revolution 4.0 - Opportunities for the Mekong Delta”, the conference focused on building e-government and adapting to climate change under the guidelines and orientation of the Party and State. 

Nguyen Thanh Hung, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, said the Mekong Delta is the country’s biggest granary and a major economic centre with key products such as seafood, fruits and farm produce. 

The region also has great potential for river tourism and the processing industry, he said, adding that some areas have not tapped their potential, including healthcare, education and high-quality human resources. 

The region is facing challenges related to climate change, including rising sea levels and severe salinity. Research and application of IT is inevitable for the country, especially the Mekong Delta, he told the media.

The conference also acts as a forum for policymakers, managers and experts to share experiences and create opportunities for cooperation in the field of ICT. 

Nguyen Van Quang, Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee, who is also chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the promotion of IT application helped Vinh Long province improve administration at all levels and further administrative reform, as well as improve the investment environment.

He said through the event, the province was expected to develop guidelines and policies for ICT development, contributing to e-government and climate change adaptation. 

The Ministry of Information and Communications planned to develop a national programme to shift to digitalisation, he said. 

Speeding up the digital transformation process is an important step for Vietnam to realise opportunities offered by the fourth industrial revolution, he said. 

At the conference, a representative of the Government Office introduced the e-government building programme in the 2018-2020 period with a vision to 2025.

On the sidelines of the conference, an ICT exhibition was held with the participation of 24 leading ICT companies.-VNA