Digital transformation needs new 'ways of thinking' at provincial, local level

A difficult question can often become easier if a new approach is used, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung told representatives of Thai Nguyen agencies pursuing the path to digital transformation.

Staff preparation

Vu Duy Nghia, chair of Song Cong City, speaking at an online conference on digital transformation in Thai Nguyen, said he was concerned about the lack of IT (information technology) and digital technology skills of civil servants and local people.

Digital transformation needs new 'ways of thinking' at provincial, local level

The conference

Minister Hung surprised the conference attendants when he said there was no need to pay too much attention to the teaching of digital skills.

The common way that many localities follow is organizing refresher classes for officers. However, this takes a lot of time.

Nowadays, digital technology has developed to a high level, which makes it fairly easy for most people to use. Zalo, a Vietnamese social network, for example, can be used by anyone and people can discover new things during use.

“Using platforms is the best way of learning,” Hung said.

The way of using high-quality human resources is also changing because of digital transformation. Many localities are worried that they cannot employ good specialists because of limited budgets. The minimum pay for one specialist should be VND20 million, but localities can pay only VND4-6 million.

But things will be easier with a new approach. Instead of having specialists who create software, localities nowadays just need to be the users. Creating software is the job of businesses. Raising questions is the work of localities.

Turning difficult questions into easy ones

In general, when provincial authorities wanted to increase by twofold the ratio of physicians per 10,000 people, they would assign healthcare departments to implement this, which could last dozens of years.

But nowadays, provincial authorities can assign the task to the Department of Information and Communications.

The department will choose software that allows health examinations from a distance and will instruct people to install the app. If so, people will be able to access tens of thousands of doctors working online throughout the country, including the best doctors in Vietnam.

In the past, if localities had problems, they would feel miserable. But now, they should speak up about their problems and ask others for help. Others will be ready to help because when helping, they can find opportunities for themselves.

In the educational sector, it is not feasible to require all schools in Song Cong to hire the best teachers like the Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted in Hanoi. However, if using online teaching, Song Cong students will be able to learn with the best teachers in Vietnam.

Encouraging online public services

Duru g the meeting, the leader of Pho Yen Town has complained that it is difficult to increase the number of people using online public services.

In reply, Hung said there are more than 600,000 smartphones in Thai Nguyen. Only 350,000 smartphones, or one smartphone for each family, is needed to deploy online public services.

 

So the number of smartphones in Thai Nguyen is more than enough. The problem lies in how the smartphones are used.

The answer to this problem, according to Hung, is teaching students and other young people.

Digital transformation depends on leaders

When the leader of Phu Binh district complained that it is difficult to familiarize officers with the habit of using IT in daily work, Hung said this depends on the heads of localities and agencies.

When they utilize IT, all officers will use IT in their daily work. For example, they will read documents online and attend online meetings.

“When the leaders change, the whole apparatus will change accordingly,” he said.

Hung said the same to the chair of Dong Hy district, who raised a question about difficulties in the digital transformation process.

'Do the opposite'

Concluding the conference, the minister gave advice that one should sometimes do things opposite to what is ordinary.

In the past, if localities had problems, they would feel miserable. But now, they should speak up about their problems and ask others for help. Others will be ready to help because when helping, they can find opportunities for themselves.

In the past, localities had to train specialists to work for them. But nowadays, they should think of raising questions and assigning tasks to officers. By doing this, their officers will become better.

In the past, leaders thought that they could do things if they had a lot of money. But nowadays, they should become the first people to do new things.

Businesses are ready to provide new services for free to localities that first try their products and ‘serve as a guinea pig’, because this will allow them to sell products to others.

“Localities have a lot of problems. And the key to solving the problems is not money,” he said.

Since there are many problems, there are many opportunities to use technology to solve them. Businesses will join forces with the localities that dare to pioneer, to develop solutions. If localities don’t raise questions and don’t dare to pioneer, businesses will not have opportunities to develop new products. 

Binh Minh

Vietnam to accelerate digital transformation in higher education

Vietnam to accelerate digital transformation in higher education

In 2021, Vietnam’s education sector will accelerate the National Digital Transformation Program and implement digital transformation.

Digital transformation: the quickest way to make a breakthrough in education

Digital transformation: the quickest way to make a breakthrough in education

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Hoang Minh Son believes that the biggest difficulty in digital transformation is the lack of qualified human resources.

 
 

Other News

.
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong: "What I do not polish myself"
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong: "What I do not polish myself"
FEATUREicon  01/02/2021 

Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong has been re-elected as the General Secretary of the Party Central Committee for the 2021-2026 term. 

MIC outlines plan on preparing human resources for national digital transformation
MIC outlines plan on preparing human resources for national digital transformation
FEATUREicon  30/01/2021 

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) is building a plan to develop digital human resources for national digital transformation.

Govt seeks 7.5-8% annual growth in next 25 years via digital transformation push
Govt seeks 7.5-8% annual growth in next 25 years via digital transformation push
FEATUREicon  02/02/2021 

To become a powerful and prosperous country by 2045, Vietnam needs to obtain a GDP growth rate of 7.5-8 percent per annum for the next 25 years. Only digital transformation can helps make this a reality.

Digital transformation opens up new development space
Digital transformation opens up new development space
FEATUREicon  29/01/2021 

"Like exploring new lands, the expanded cyberspace will open up a new development space for the country,” Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung said at the 13th National Party Congress on Thursday morning (January 28).

Vietnamese-made games now played around the world
Vietnamese-made games now played around the world
FEATUREicon  31/01/2021 

To create a level playing field and help Vietnamese develop games reach the world market, it is necessary to have more reasonable policies, experts say.

Education Minister outlines 9 achievements, 5 problems in educational sector
Education Minister outlines 9 achievements, 5 problems in educational sector
FEATUREicon  28/01/2021 

After seven years of implementing Resolution 29 on reforming the education and training sector, Vietnam has gained several outstanding achievements.

Vietnam stands at turning point to recover and make a breakthrough
Vietnam stands at turning point to recover and make a breakthrough
FEATUREicon  29/01/2021 

The 13th National Party Congress is taking place in the context of unpredictable changes in the world, as the Covid-19 pandemic is dividing many countries, the global economy is experiencing negative growth and ongoing trade and economic conflicts.

13th National Party Congress: Hanoi, HCM City aim for digital government
13th National Party Congress: Hanoi, HCM City aim for digital government
FEATUREicon  28/01/2021 

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City both plan to develop synchronous, inter-connected digital, IT, and data infrastructure, creating a foundation for digital economic and social development.

UNESCO expert: Vietnam education reform on right path, recommends better allocation of funds
UNESCO expert: Vietnam education reform on right path, recommends better allocation of funds
FEATUREicon  28/01/2021 

Dominique Altner, Senior Program Specialist at IIEP (International Institute for Educational Planning), spoke to VietnamNet about the development of Vietnam’s education system in the last five years.

Local specialties reach global market on e-commerce sites
Local specialties reach global market on e-commerce sites
FEATUREicon  02/02/2021 

Displaying local specialties on e-commerce platforms has proven to be the quickest way to increase the value of Vietnam’s farm produce and introduce it to international customers.

Two resolutions for reform
Two resolutions for reform
FEATUREicon  28/01/2021 

The Government has issued Resolutions 01 and 02, showing the spirit of reform and steadfast effort over the years to remove barriers in the business environment, helping people and businesses to thrive.

Digital transformation to contribute 25% of HCM City's GRDP by 2025
Digital transformation to contribute 25% of HCM City's GRDP by 2025
FEATUREicon  27/01/2021 

By 2025, digital transformation will contribute 25% of HCM City's gross regional domestic product (GRDP), said Chairman of HCM City People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong.

Wind, solar power sees new boom
Wind, solar power sees new boom
FEATUREicon  27/01/2021 

Many wind and solar power projects are awaiting approval to be added to the list of projects to be developed under the national power development plan.

After 30-year boom, motorbike market sees decline in sales
After 30-year boom, motorbike market sees decline in sales
FEATUREicon  31/01/2021 

The sales of motorbikes decreased sharply in 2020. After 30 years of continued growth, the motorbike market has become saturated.

Vietnam shows its 'firm stuff' after five years of difficulties
Vietnam shows its 'firm stuff' after five years of difficulties
FEATUREicon  26/01/2021 

The US-China trade war, Brexit, the US withdrawal from TPP, Covid-19 and internal difficulties all have affected Vietnam’s economy in the last five years.

Long-term development commitments realised through strategic M&A moves
Long-term development commitments realised through strategic M&A moves
FEATUREicon  25/01/2021 

A potential rise in mergers and acquisitions is sparking concerns that local firms will lose competitiveness by selling themselves to foreign investors.

Reshuffle underway to further stimulate revival of economy
Reshuffle underway to further stimulate revival of economy
FEATUREicon  23/01/2021 

The 13th National Party Congress is expected to set the country’s average annual growth rate of 6.5-7 per cent from now until 2025, when Vietnam may become a higher middle-income nation. 

Tech giants building on ICT potential
Tech giants building on ICT potential
FEATUREicon  23/01/2021 

Vietnam’s ICT market is expected to see a big 5G race in 2021 as international tech giants look to boost partnerships with local telcos to gain more advantages, driven by strong performances in Vietnam in 2020.

American corporations relocate to Vietnam as costs rise in other locations
American corporations relocate to Vietnam as costs rise in other locations
FEATUREicon  26/01/2021 

Vietnam has recently received many large global groups, led by US technology firms, that have brought production chains with capital of up to billions of dollars.

Real estate bond interest rates are too high, say experts
Real estate bond interest rates are too high, say experts
FEATUREicon  25/01/2021 

The HCM City Real Estate Association (HOREA), in its report about the real estate market in 2020 and prospects in 2021, says the real estate bond market will continue to grow well this year.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN