Vietnam’s Prime Minister Urges Digital Transformation of Public Security Sector

The public security sector held its first conference on digital transformation in Hanoi on 10 October. The date was designated as the National Digital Transformation Day for the sector by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in April this year.

The Ministry of Public Security reported that since the 2022 action plan of its steering committee for digital transformation was released in May, it has obtained concrete and outstanding outcomes in different aspects. Including, the development of the national population database, the provision of online public services, and the granting of chip-based identification cards.

Chinh, who is also Chairman of the national committee for digital transformation, asked the Ministry to exert stronger efforts to fulfil its role as the permanent body in the implementation of the government’s Plan 06 to develop and apply population data and e-identification and e-authentication methods in the 2022-2025 period. According to the Prime Minister, do to this, the Ministry should focus on:

  • Effectively applying the e-identification and e-authentication system to facilitate online administrative procedures settlement.
  • Working closely with related parties to speed up the connection of the national population database with the national public service portal and information systems to handle the administrative procedures of ministries, sectors, and localities.
  • Accelerating and improving the provision of online public services.
  • Boosting communications to win public support.

Chinh requested the Ministry to apply digital technology and products of the fourth industrial revolution for its task performance, devise mechanisms and policies to attract high-quality human resources, especially IT and digital transformation, and learn from the experiences of developed countries. He expressed his belief that the sector will continue bringing into play achievements, address shortcomings, and overcome difficulties and challenges to become a vanguard of digital transformation.

On the same day, during a meeting to mark National Digital Transformation Day, the Prime Minister claimed that Vietnam has reaped encouraging outcomes in digital transformation, but there remains much to be done. He said that digital transformation must enable people and enterprises to benefit from public services and social utilities in a more convenient, fast, and effective manner.

The focus must be on perfecting mechanisms and policies, effectively implementing the national digital transformation strategy, developing regulations, digital infrastructure, digital platforms and digital human resources, and taking measures to promote Vietnam’s positions in the global e-Government, innovation, and competitiveness rankings.

The Prime Minister ordered raising the rate of administrative procedures handled online, improving the quality of online public services, and pressing on with the plan to apply population data, e-identification, and e-authentication. He called on enterprises to speed up digitalising production and business activities, invest more in research and development, enhance cooperation with international partners in digital transformation, and harmonise their interests with those of the state and people.

Furthermore, he requested increasing communications to encourage state agencies, people, and enterprises to engage in digital transformation, and further assist citizens to use online public services and digital services safely and effectively. At the programme, Chinh presented awards to ministries, sectors, localities, enterprises, and individuals with excellent digital transformation solutions.

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