Vietnam gears up for fourth industrial revolution

Delegates at the Vietnam ICT Summit 2017 (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Overcoming the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and
making best use of the opportunities it will bring was discussed at the seventh
Vietnam ICT Summit 2017, which concluded in Hanoi on September 6.

Truong Gia Binh,
Chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association, said Vietnam
should take drastic actions to engage in the fourth industrial revolution.

Specifically, in
information-technology, the country needs to create an environment that
encourages innovation, and an open legal system facilitating new-style
production and business models, he said.

The first job is
to roll out a national strategy on digital transformation to plan digital
socio-economic development, contributing to industrialisation, modernisation
and economic reform, Binh noted.

He stressed that
breakthroughs should be made on the basis of digital transformation in all
sectors at all levels.

Experts at the
summit called for efforts from the entire political system, social
organisations, businesses, universities, research institutes, scientists and society
to enhance capacity to access the fourth industrial revolution.

The connectivity
between State agencies, enterprises, universities and research institutes plays
the core role in the work, they said.

They also pointed
out the need for Vietnam to prioritise sectors that have potential in digital
economic development, first of all the digital technological industry, smart
agriculture and tourism.

At the same time,
the Government and agencies relating to IT and communications should remove all
barriers and build an ecosystem to promote innovation, start-ups and develop
the private economic sector, making them drivers of the digital economy, they

Other tasks
include developing high-quality human resources and a standardised and open
data base to create a foundation for the development of digital technology,
they added.-VNA 

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