Vietnam progresses in adopting digital solutions for regulatory reform

VOV.VN - Vietnam has achieved significant progress in adopting digital solutions for regulatory reform, which should be further pushed ahead to make substantial changes for greater efficiency of the state apparatus.

UK Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward made the statement on March 10 during the launch of a report on the adopting of digital solutions for regulatory reform.

The Ambassador affirmed that the UK Government will continue to support the Vietnamese side in fully exploiting their potential in this regard.

As part of his address, Minister Tran Van Son, chairman of the Government Office, said the country has made remarkable progress in administrative reform over the last year, particularly with the simplification and removal of 1,101 business conditions, as well as updating 7,022 existing ones.

Over 3,552 public services have so far been incorporated into the national public services portal, of which a total of 1,888 are business-related.

The database and business conditions information portal serve as instruments to promote transparency and publicity in regulatory reform, mobilising the active participation from residents and business community to the Government’s renovation programme, he said.

According to Minister Son, the report, drafted with the help of the UK Embassy, will serve as a useful reference for the Government Office in implementing socio-economic development programmes in general, with a specific focus on regulatory reforms. 

Dang Quang Vinh, an expert in institutional reform, said progress has been made in the nation’s efforts to develop an e-Government and eventually a digital Government. However, the development of a local e-Government remains modest compared to other countries elsewhere in the region.

Most notably, the nation ranked sixth in Southeast Asia in terms of the e-Government development index, behind Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, and the Philippines.

Many useful digital solutions have yet to be fully used to speed up business regulatory reform, Vinh pointed out, adding that the country can learn from the positive experience of others to push forward the application of these tools.

As a means of boosting Vietnamese e-Government development, he suggested that the country continue to build laws and institutions for digital technology applications, whilst also developing and exploiting digital infrastructure. This should be done alongside promoting the application of digital technology in state management and public service provision and improving digital capacities.