Standards lacking in Vietnam's e-government initiative

Lack of a central strategy and agencies investing in different, often conflicting, IT tools are hindering Vietnam's efforts to develop an effective e-government system.

The absence of a common strategy and IT standards within Vietnam's government agencies is hampering its efforts to develop an effective e-government.

The Saigon Times reported Wednesday that there are no clear plans for IT application deployment at mid-level state offices currently, resulting in haphazard, even conflicting, software implementations internally.

Vietnam's government agencies need to synchronize their IT deployment roadmap to facilitate an effective e-government system.

At the same time, many government agencies are making IT investments separately, noted Chu Tien Dung, chairman of the HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) Computer Association, in the report.

Another industry insider, Truong Minh Thuan, added there are agencies using different software for their IT systems and document management. The director of the Department of Information and Communications of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang said these conflicting programs have made it difficult to connect and exchange documents among various government bodies.

"Failing to connect information systems among state agencies will hinder the development of the e-government model ,” Thuan stated in the report.

He also urged the Ministry of Information and Communications to come up with a common set of standards to develop an integrated IT infrastructure across the agencies.