Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed comprehensive progress in the information and communications sector this year during its conference in Hanoi on December 28.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (front row, sixth from left) at the event
Reviewing the pastachievements, PM Phuc said according to the2019 Integrated Index for Postal Development announcedby the Universal Postal Union, Vietnam ranked 45th out of 172countries, up five places.
Intelecommunication, the country leaped to 50th place this year from100th in 2017 in the Global Cybersecurity Index announced by theInternational Telecommunication Union (ITU). Vietnam also had the second lowest number ofmobile malwaresdetected in Southeast Asia, only behind Singapore.
The sector’stotal revenue in 2019 is estimated at 135 billion USD, up 8.8 percentyear-on-year and it is expected to contribute over 43 billion USD to the Statebudget, up 23.4 percent from 2018.
Of which, the ICT industry isprojected to expand 9.8 percent in revenue to 110 billion USD, creating jobs forover 1 million workers, while the telecommunication industry is forecast togrow 19 percent.
He lauded the pilot launch of5G services, production of 5G equipment, press planning, and better managementon foreign social media.
The PM asked officials andcadres of the sector to continue following the Politburo’s Resolution No.22 oninformation and communications, facilitate enterprises’ involvement in nationaldigital transformation.
Next year, all ministries,agencies and localities must be connected together to share data and a cybersecurity monitoring centre must be set up.
The Ministry of PublicSecurity must promptly complete population archive, considering it a foundationfor e-government, he said.
The Ministry of Informationand Communications (MIC) was also assigned to thoroughly prepare for the worlddigital exhibition in Vietnam, thus improving the country’s image and prestige.In particular, the PM requested adopting more technological advances inmeetings during 2020, when Vietnam assumes ASEAN Chair.
As 5G development holdsnational strategic significance, the PM asked the MIC to provide all possiblesupport for enterprises to develop 5G equipment, and issues incentives toattract more foreign hi-tech giants to Vietnam.
The leader directed seriouslyand actively conducting the press planning and called on foreign social mediato abide by Vietnam’s laws.
On the occasion, the PMattended a ceremony to launch a training course for 100 e-government experts,who will later work for ministries, agencies and localities./.VNA