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Digital transformation offers Vietnam better transportation services: minister (The Star)

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Ngọc Đông talks to Giao Thông (Transport) online newspaper about the digital transformation programme of the Ministry of Transport.

In building an e-Government, digital transformation is a major policy of the Government. How is this being implemented by the Ministry of Transport (MoT)?

The Ministry of Transport has promoted the application of information technology and building e-Government towards an online working environment instead of a traditional one with paper documents and providing online public services to facilitate and reduce costs for people and businesses.

The agency is also promoting the development of databases for digital data-based management and operations. However, at this time, the digitisation and information technology (IT) application is meant for faster and more convenient management, but in fact we are still doing it on the old platform, mainly by manual methods.

How is the digital transformation at the ministry different from the process of applying IT previously?

According to Decision 749/2020 of the Prime Minister, transport and logistics are two of the eight priority fields for digital transformation. Digital transformation in the transport sector is different from the IT application process which was carried out previously.

It will fundamentally change management methods, not simply modernise old management methods.

This is a long process and needs to be done regularly.

During this process, it is necessary to promote and form new models of transport management and business, without precedent and which may not be in the legal policy system.

Therefore, with the digital transformation programme, MoT sets a vision to 2030: “Transport is a pioneer in innovation and comprehensive digital transformation to meet the strategic goals of the industry. The sector will apply digital technology and use digital data extensively in all management activities to develop modern and advanced transport infrastructure; protect the environment and ensure traffic safety."

What are the specific goals of the MoT's digital transformation programme?

The first is to raise awareness about deep digital transformation in the entire transportation sector. Digital transformation will be performed in all management activities of MoT, accompanying transportation businesses in all digital transformation activities.

For digital government development, the agency's goal is to build a database for all business operations and use digital data for the automation of decision-making and supporting decision-making.

The industry also focuses on building systems to serve people and businesses in the direction of administrative reform, facilitating and reducing costs and social resources.

For the digital economic development goal, we set a goal through reforming management methods and applying digital technologies to facilitate people and businesses in using transportation services and reduce logistics costs.

Specifically, digital transformation must be done successfully in large enterprises operating in the transport sector to change the mode of providing services from traditional to digital and create digital platforms to connect multimodal transportation services, building logistics supply chains owned by Vietnamese enterprises.

The transition from traditional to digital is certainly not simple, how will the ministry implement it?

Digital transformation in MoT is not a stand-alone programme. It is related to the tasks of IT application, e-Government development or the legal document development programme that is being implemented.

The programme includes: cognitive transformation; institutional construction; digital infrastructure development; digital data; digital platform; network safety and security and international cooperation, research, development and innovation in the digital environment.

To read the rest of the article, please use this link: https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2021/01/14/digital-transformation-offers-vietnam-better-transportation-services-minister


By The Star | January 15th, 2021

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