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Mar 18, 2021 / 17:09

Japan provides Vietnam with e-government equipment

Japan expects e-government to be a key to accelerate Vietnam-Japan cooperation and push up the digital transformation process in Vietnam.

The Government Office on March 17 received equipment for the Government Information Reporting System under an assistance project from the Japanese government, three months ahead of the June deadline.

 Overview of the handover ceremony. Photo: Nhat Bac

“Such support shows strong efforts and commitments from both sides in building e-government in Vietnam,” said Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung at the ceremony marking the reception of these equipment.

According to Dung, over the years, the Government Office has put into operation four systems that lay the foundation for the establishment of the e-government, including the National E-document Exchange Platform, the e-Cabinet, the national public services portal, and the National Reporting System.

“These platforms help shift the way the government operates from paper-based towards online, in which the people and businesses are the main beneficiaries,” Dung added.

Dung noted the National Reporting System, launched in August 2020, is a digital smart infrastructure with the objective of assisting government’s leaders in the decision-making process based on real-time data, which is in line with the country’s plan for national digital transformation.

To date, the National Reporting System has been connected with the reporting system of 14 ministries/government agencies and 37 provinces/cities and provides 105 out of 200 socio-economic indicators.

“Modern equipment provided by the Japanese government would help complete the National Reporting System and ensure greater efficiency in government’s decision-making process,” he noted.

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio expressed his pride as the Japanese government is providing equipment for Vietnam’s National Reporting System.

“This is the evidence of the trust of Vietnamese government in Japan,” said Takio.

Takio added Vietnam’s efforts in establishing the e-government is in line with the government’s push for stronger administrative reform and better policy making process.

“The Japanese government is willing to do its best to support Vietnam in this regard,” stressed Takio.

Takio mentioned that during the official state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide to Vietnam last October, both Suga and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed on greater cooperation in digital fields, including the establishment of e-government.

“Japan expects e-government to be a key issue in Vietnam-Japan cooperation and accelerate the digital transformation process in Vietnam,” said Takio.

Japan is one of Vietnam’s major economic partners and the first G7 country to recognize the country’s market economy status.

In the first two months of 2021, Japan remained Vietnam’s largest investor with total investment capital of US$1.64 billion, accounting for nearly 30% of total registered capital.