Double boon for Vietnam’s digital transformation

06:00 | 02/08/2020 Science - Technology

(VEN) - Information technology (IT), including extensive mobile phone and internet coverage, has played an important role in Vietnam’s effective public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, reflecting the country’s digital transformation efforts of recent years.

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Vpostcode launching ceremony

According to the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association, the Covid-19 pandemic has also provided Vietnam with a unique opportunity to further advance digital transformation.

Despite the deep penetration of foreign manufacturers and investment of the Vietnamese IT market, many domestic businesses see the manufacturing of Vietnamese products and services as a mission.

Under the instruction of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Vietnam Post has built a new postcode platform, known as Vpostcode, which combines the national postal code and digital map codes to allow for the exact location of an address. The new system is expected to optimize the delivery process for postal, transportation, logistics and e-commerce firms, contributing to efficiency, reducing costs and increasing competitiveness.

The online meeting platform Zavi, the first of its kind created in Vietnam, is being developed and mastered by Vietnamese engineers. The platform was completed within three weeks and can cater for up to 100 people in a meeting for 24 consecutive hours. The creation of Zavi proves the rapid advancement of Vietnamese IT.

Made-in-Vietnam products and services adhere to international standards, reducing dependence on foreign platforms and promoting national digital transformation. However, to create a wave of research and development, Vietnamese businesses need additional support from domestic customers.

At the request of many enterprisers and developers, the state needs to devise a roadmap and strategy to support IT businesses in improving their product quality, complete the system of legal documents to create an environment that allows stronger investment in research and development activities, and adopt competitive salary mechanisms for research and development teams. Products of domestic IT businesses with quality similar to imported ones should receive support on non-tariff barriers in order to limit imports.

It is also necessary to strengthen information dissemination to help consumers properly understand “Make in Vietnam” products and services.

The National Digital Transformation Plan envisions Vietnam among the top-four digitalized ASEAN economies and among the world’s top 40 in the National Competitiveness Index - both by 2025.

The shift from processing and assembly to the creation of Vietnamese products is a necessary move.

Quynh Nga