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Tien Giang province tops Vietnam ICT Index for 4 consecutive years

Recently, Mr. Nguyen Van Vung, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communications, said, continuously in recent years, according to the nation’s readiness index rankings for the development and application of Information and Communication Technology of Vietnam (Viet Nam ICT-Index), Tien Giang province’s ranking has improved rapidly, the following year’s ranking is promoted compared to the previous year and at that moment, the province ranks in the "top 10" of provinces and cities nationwide with spectacular rise

Recently, Mr. Nguyen Van Vung, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communications, said, continuously in recent years, according to the nation's readiness index rankings for the development and application of Information and Communication Technology of Vietnam (Viet Nam ICT-Index), Tien Giang province's ranking has improved rapidly, the following year's ranking is promoted compared to the previous year and at that moment, the province ranks in the "top 10" of provinces and cities nationwide with spectacular rise: As if in the years 2012 – 2013, Tien Giang province ranked "last" with ranking 55 out of 63 in the overall ranking of 63 provinces and cities, from 2014 to 2018, its index has continuously increased, especially in the last 04 years, there was a "significant breakthrough" when it got the "top" nationwide, namely: ranked 17th  out of 63 provinces and cities in 2015, it rose to ranked 8th in 2016, 9th in 2017 and 5th out of 63 provinces and cities in 2018 (after Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Ninh and Ba Ria-Vung Tau).

It is known that ICT-Index is the official index of information technology application and development which has been developed by the Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with the Vietnam Association for Information Processing to reflect honestly, objectively and comprehensively about ensuring conditions for information and communication technology development of agencies and localities throughout the country; the continual improvement of this indicator will link and support the enhancement of the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) and Administration Reform Index (PAR Index), etc.

It can be seen that the above results clearly reflected the efforts of the Provincial Information and Communications Department in particular and the drastic direction and administration of the Provincial People's Committee in general, especially from the beginning of the term. According to the leaders of the Department, up to now, many important tasks that the province has been paid attention in directing since the early years of the term have been "going into depth", such as the Digital Government pilot project (the Department has advised the Provincial People's Committee to issue the Plan No. 219/KH-UBND on pilot buidling of Tien Giang Provincial People's Committee's digital government), and at the same time coordinated with the Center for Professional Consulting and Information Technology Investment Performance Evaluation under the Department of Computerization - Ministry of Information and Communications to develop this project, in which a number of tasks to be implemented in details  in the period of 2019 – 2021 including focusing on the tasks of deploying smart cities such as the arrangement of the smart camera system, smart Wi-Fi, salinity and environmental monitoring equipment, etc., now the project is currently being completed, preparing to submit to the Provincial People's Committee. approval); researching and advising Mekong Innovation Technology Park (Mekong ITP) to join the chain of Quang Trung Software City (QTSC) in association with proposing mechanisms and policies to attract the investment into Mekong Delta; deploying information technology projects in the province such as upgrading LANs of State agencies, building a shared database between provincial government agencies, coordinating to process the implementation of information technology projects in government agencies which are invested by provincial government departments and agencies; formulating and implementing the implementation plan of component projects under the National Target Program on New Rural Construction on strengthening the infrastructure of information and communication systems, hiring specialized data transmission lines for the State agencies in the province to serve the common applications such as: the provincial document management system and administration; the provincial electronic one-door system, provincial official email system, Provincial portal, etc.

In particular, the implementation of the Plan No. 328/KH-UBND of the provincial People's Committee on organizing the examination of informatics level of the cadres and civil servants from the provincial to the communal levels is the new point in this year, the Department had coordinated with related units to organize examinations for 52 leaders of provincial-level departments and the equivalent, and at the same time, they are going to prepare an examination for senior officers, deputy-heads of departments and equivalent departments in the fourth quarter of 2019 (In some respects, this will create the effect of self-improvement of information technology skills in public service activities of each official in the province); organizes 9 training courses on using One-door software for 243 officials and public servants in charge of reviewing administrative procedures of People's Committees of communes, wards and towns, network administrators of provincial departments, branches and civil servants, network administrators of the Office of Culture and Information which help officials and public servants to have a clear understanding about the procedures for receiving dossiers, the process of document circulation and returning results on the provincial one-door system (especially, network administrators of provincial departments and branches will manage all administrative procedures synchronously from the national database on administrative procedures of their branches, and simultaneously update procedures to district- and commune-level administrative units).

Mr. Nguyen Van Vung further said that the above works will continue to be focused on by the Department in the coming time, in parallel with reviewing and advising the provincial People's Committee to support investment in information and communication infrastructure serving the development  of economy - urban in 3 regions of the province; coordinating with press agencies to carry out propaganda on e-government, online public services, building My Tho City as a smart city and creating specific pages about this project on Ap Bac Newspaper according to Plan No. 30/KH-UBND dated February 13th, 2019 of the Provincial People's Committee on the application of information technology in activities of the provincial State agencies in 2019.

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