The event running the theme "Building a digital world together" was jointly held by the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) from October 12 to November 12 via digital platforms.
Those in attendance at the event included Zhao Houlin, ITU Secretary General, representatives of relevant agencies and enterprises and associations involved in telecommunications, information technology, and digital communication in the country.
The ITU Digital World 2021 featured the participation of about 150 2D and 3D online booths from about 40 countries around the world., showcasing digital products, services, and solutions.
ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao underscored the need for public-private partnerships to expand digital interests worldwide. He called on governments and the industrial sector to ensure connectivity for the estimated 3.7 billion people who remain unconnected. He emphasized the spirit of multilateral cooperation as the major focus of all ITU events, activities and processes.
According to the ITU Secretary-General, over the past half century, ITU events have supported miraculous innovation, opening the door to an industry that is seen as the centre of life-changing advancements in Information and communication technology (ICT), from the advent of the Internet to the dramatic rise of wireless systems and emerging technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence and others.
In his speech, PM Pham Minh Chinh said the ITU Digital World 2021 will promote the values of digital transformation, digital technology to contribute to the development of a collaborative and sharing digital economy, for the benefit and advancement of people in all countries around the world.
Digital transformation to build a digital world is not the business of a single country, organisation or individual but a global matter that requires a global approach and contributions, Chinh said, adding that international cooperation in digital transformation should aim to build a greener, more comprehensive and equitable digital world for all countries.
He also underlined the need to ram up cooperation between State and private, with digital transformation taking people as the centre.
According to the Vietnamese Government chief, the digital world must be built on the basis of ensuring digital sovereignty and cyber security and safety.
He suggested the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) enhance its role as a professional organisation of the United Nations in shaping international frameworks for digital sovereignty, and ensuring cyber security and safety.
The strong developments of science and technologies and digital transformation globally have presented both opportunities and challenges to nations globally.
Digital transformation is a sound trend as it helps to keep the new normal on the digital space, while contributing to economic recovery, he went on to say.
Vietnam has viewed digital and data infrastructure and national digital platforms as the key, and is working hard to speed up national digital transformation. The Government always believes that domestic digital firms will play a significant role to the success of the process, raising the digital economy's share in Vietnam's GDP to over 20% by 2025 and 30% in 2030, the cabinet leader said.
He also urged organisations and businesses to step up cooperation and accompany Governments of countries to surmount difficulties.
PM Chinh also thanked ITU member countries for their valuable cooperation and expressed his wish to continue receiving attention and support to spur the development of telecommunications and information technology.
The ITU Digital World 2021 is the largest, global annual event of the ITU - a UN organization with 193 member countries.