Minister-Chairman of the Government's Office Mai Tien Dung (front, right) and World Bank Country Director in Vietnam Ousmane Dione exchange the signed cooperation agreement on e-government building at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The national e-government committee made debut at its first meeting in Hanoi on September 20 under the chair of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The committee is headed by the PM, while Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam serves as its Vice Chairman and Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung is permanent member and General Secretary.

Building an e-government is one of the important contents of administrative reform towards realising the Government’s vision of a facilitating and action-oriented Government of integrity.

In 2018, Vietnam has moved up one place in the UN rankings on e-government to the 88th position among 193 countries and territories and the 6th among 11 countries in Southeast Asia compared to 2016. Since the Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) issued the Vietnam E-Government Architecture Framework (version 1.0) in 2015, more than 50 ministries, agencies and local administrations have started researching and building e-government architecture.

Among the base platforms for an e-government, the national business registration database has been put into operation, while those on population, land, finance and insurance are under construction.

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All ministries, sectors and localities have established their own websites or portals and updated them regularly, basically meeting the requirements of management and the needs to look for information by people and businesses. Ministries and sectors have so far provided 1,551 online services at the two highest levels of 3 and 4, while local administrations have supplied 45,374 services.

Addressing the meeting, PM Phuc said Vietnam is still at the average level in e-government rankings both globally and regionally, so the country needs stronger resolve in the work.

He noted that the presence of four major IT companies in the national e-government committee demonstrates the public-private partnership in the field, and the participation of the PM and a Deputy PM in the committee reflects the high political determination to build an e-government.

The PM required that the MoIC build the version 2.0 of the Vietnam E-Government Architecture Framework in October, in line with the world trend of e-government and the fourth industrial revolution, to submit to the PM for consideration and issuance.

He also urged accelerating the building of national databases on population, insurance, finance and land, with first priority given to the population database.

During the meeting, the committee’s members focused attention on solutions to remove obstacles in e-government building, specific targets for each period, and the committee’s working plan at the end of this year.

On the occasion, the PM witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements on e-government building between the Government Office and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the World Bank in Vietnam, along with regulations for coordination between the Government Office and the MoIC and the Government Information Security Commission.-VNA