Việt Nam’s digital transformation expected to add US$162 billion to GDP (Eleven Media Group)

Việt Nam could enjoy an additional US$162 billion to GDP in the next 20 years if the country succeeds in its digital transformation, said Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Vũ Đại Thắng.

Thắng was referring to research conducted by Australia’s Data 61 at a conference held in Hà Nội on Thursday, saying the digital economy had been rapidly growing and was having an impact on socio-economic life around the world.

Việt Nam’s GDP currently stands at $223.9 billion. He cited Google and Singaporean sovereign fund Temasek as saying the country’s digital economy was worth $9 billion last year and was expected to reach $30 billion by 2025.

The digital economy had grown with new technologies such as blockchain, digital platforms, social media, e-business, e-commerce and precision agriculture, along with businesses in related areas.

However, Việt Nam had faced many emerging problems such as an incomplete legal framework, cyber security, a shortage of high quality ICT personnel, and IT application in building e-government.

Thắng gave four major policies for digital economic development in Việt Nam, including the building of an institutional foundation for digital economic models, and the reform of regulations to attract digital technology investment in adventurous investment areas.

He stressed the need to develop connectivity infrastructure and encourage businesses to develop 5G services as well as national databases.

The Deputy Minister expressed his hope that enterprises would seek measures to apply digital technology, implement digital transformation and engage in the construction of fundamental factors for the digital economy.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Planning and Investment was working on a national strategy to capitalise on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) to enable businesses to take advantage of opportunities presented by digitisation, he added.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Thành Hưng said the ministry had been assigned by the Government to build a roadmap for the country’s digitisation.

Hưng said the plan proposed having 50 per cent of firms working digitally by 2025 and the digital economy then accounting for 20  per cent of the country’s GDP.

It also sets a target for the Government of having at least 80 per cent of its interactions with the public and businesses carried out digitally by 2025.

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Eleven Media Group

4 May 2019

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