MIC plans to boost digital infrastructure, digital applications in 2024

Hanoi: In 2024, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) will focus on key tasks, including the development of digital infrastructure and digital applications to boost the digital economy, creating new momentum for economic growth and labour productivity, Minister of Nguyen Manh Hung has said. Presenting a report at the MIC's conference on reviewing activities in 2023 and launch tasks in 2024 on December 29, Hung highlighted some notable results of the information technology and communication (ICT) sector in 2023. Notably, the total revenue of the entire sector reached 3.74 quadrillion VND, an increase of 1.49% compared to 2022. In addition, the sector contributed approximately 99.3 trillion VND (4.09 billion USD) to the State budget. According to the ministry, the 2023's national digital transformation campaign with the dual goal of developing the digital government, digital economy, and digital society, as well as fostering the growth of strong digital technology enterprises in Vietnam has a chieved positive results. Efforts to build and improve the legal framework continue to be prioritised, with the Electronic Transactions Law and the Telecommunications Law being passed by the 15th National Assembly. In the postal sector, Vietnam witnessed the explosion of e-commerce, contributing to driving the digital economy. Postal service revenue reached 58.9 trillion VND (2.42 billion USD), a 9.3% increase compared to 2022. In terms of telecommunications and digital infrastructure, despite being a developing country with low average income, Vietnam has made significant strides with 4G coverage rate higher than that of developed countries, reaching 99.8%. Currently, the ministry is conducting 5G trials in 59 localities, with a 99.8% population coverage rate for 4G. The percentage of smartphone users out of the total mobile phone users continues to increase to 84.4%. This is the sector's effort to achieve the goal of 100% smartphone users by the end of 2024. Digital technology revenue reached 142 billi on USD, with Vietnam accounting for 28.7% of the total value. Approximately 1,500 digital technology enterprises generated revenue from the international market, an increase of nearly 4% compared to 2022. Concerning internet information security, it remains a bright spot as citizens are now fundamentally protected in cyberspace. The national harmful domain detection and prevention system has blocked 9,073 law-violating websites, including 2,603 scam websites, protecting over 10 million people from accessing illegal and fraudulent online sites. Regarding the publishing sector, the market revenue for audiobooks was recorded at over VNÐ102 billion, doubling compared to 2022. The rate of publishers registering activities for electronic publishing is estimated to reach 40.3%, exceeding the plan by 20%; the number of electronic book titles published during the year is estimated at 4,600, a 31.4% increase, bringing the e-book ratio to 15.3% of the total published products. Speaking at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang affirmed the crucial role that the information technology sector plays in Vietnam, as digital transformation is both a goal and a driving force for the country's development. "In this context, digital transformation is a vital part of administrative reform," he said. The Deputy Prime Minister emphasised that bridging the gap with developed countries could only be achieved through science, technology, digital transformation, and innovation. However, he also pointed out that one of the biggest obstacles to digital transformation was the institutional and policy framework. Apart from formulating regulations, amending outdated decrees, the ministry needed to swiftly and urgently develop new decrees and regulations, ensuring that they meet the required standards, he said. For specific sectors, especially those requiring special mechanisms, Quang noted the importance of tailored mechanisms. Furthermore, he urged the ICT sector to rectify and put an end to media irregularities, implement the second phase of the National Development and Management Plan for the Press until 2025 to reorganise media agencies, and pay more attention to book publishing, as books always hold value in social life./. Source: Vietnam News Agency

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