THE MINISTRY OF POST AND TELEMATICS
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No.13/2007/QD-BBCVT
Hanoi, June 15, 2007
 
DECISION
APPROVING THE PLANNING ON DEVELOPMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE CENTRAL KEY ECONOMIC REGION UP TO 2010, AND ORIENTATIONS TOWARDS 2020
THE MINISTER OF POST AND TELEMATICS
Pursuant to the Ordinance on Post and Telecommunications dated May 25, 2002;
Pursuant to the Law on Information Technology dated June 29, 2006;
Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 90/2002/ND-CP dated November 11, 2002, defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Post and Telematics;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 92/2006/ND-CP dated September 7, 2006, on the elaboration, approval and management of master plans on socio-economic development;
Under the Prime Minister’s authorization in the Government Office’s Document No. 116/TB-VPCP dated May 22, 2007, on the approval of plannings on development of information and communication technology in northern, central and southern key economic regions;
At the proposal of the director of the Planning and Finance Department,
DECIDES:
Article 1. To approve the Planning on development of information and communication technology in the central key economic region up to 2010, and orientations towards 2020, with the following principal contents:
I. DEVELOPMENT VIEWPOINTS, OBJECTIVES AND ORIENTATIONS
1. Development viewpoints
a) To develop telecommunications and information technology in service of national industrialization and modernization, contributing to developing the central key economic region into a dynamic development region of the country, playing the core role for growth and boosting the development of the Central Vietnam and the Central Highlands. To step up telecommunications and information technology development in Da Nang city as the pervasive core of development in the whole central key economic region and as a motive force for accelerating and supporting the development of the central provinces.
b) Telecommunications constitutes an important economic, technical and service sector of infrastructure which must be developed one step ahead and comprehensively in terms of network, technology and services so as to ensure network, technology and services so as to ensure network safety and inter-regional and national interconnection, properly serve economic zones, industrial parks and the whole society, contribute to speeding up economic restructuring towards modernization and sustainable development, create a motive force for socio-economic development in the region, improve the people's life, and effectively and promptly serve security and defense in any circumstances.
c) To develop the information technology industry into a spearhead industry of the central key economic region. To apply to modern technology and promote international cooperation in order to utilize capital sources and new technologies. Foreign investment plays the primary role in the development of the information technology industry, especially the hardware industry. To prioritize the development of software industry and content industry.
d) To widely apply information technology in economic, social, cultural, security and defense domain, prioritizing the development of e-government and e-commerce. To apply information technology with a view to renewing the organization, management modes and administration processes, effectively supporting management activities of local administrations and striving to build ''e-provinces and e-cities.'' To step by step provide information online to people and enterprises so as to attract investment and help people and enterprises work with state agencies in a quick, convenient, economical and effective manner.
2. Development objectives and orientations
a) Telecommunications development
- Objectives up to 2010
To build a modern telecommunications network infrastructure of large capacity, high speed and high reliability. To develop telecommunications to effectively and promptly serve socio-economic development, security, defense, and social order and safety as well as for search and rescue activities in the sea and areas frequented by storms and floods. To develop telecommunications services for marine economic development, offshore fishing, shipping activities and safety and salvage management in areas within the scope of assigned international responsibility; to build Da Nang city into a high-quality telecommunications service center providing a wide variety of efficient services in Central Vietnam and the whole country.
To maintain a growth rate of between 20-30%, higher than the national average rate. To speed up the expansion of mobile signal coverage in rural areas, narrowing the gap in service use between provinces and cities in the region. To accelerate the universalization of telephone and Internet services in rural, deep-lying and remote areas, especially in border communes. By 2010, all communes will have public telephone booths, 50% of communes will have public Internet access points; all districts and most communes in the region will be provided with broadband Internet services; the number of telephone sets per 100 inhabitants will be 40-45 (16-18 fixed telephone sets and 24-27 cell phones); 28-32% of the population will have access to Internet services (the telecommunications development targets of provinces and centrally run cities in the central key economic region up to 2010 are shown in Appendix 1).
- Orientations towards 2020
To build and develop an advanced, modern, effective, safe and reliable information and communication infrastructure with a wide coverage. To strongly develop the next generation network (NGN) in order to provide multi-services in a unified infrastructure. To accelerate the development of broadband connection networks in order to ensure the development of online applications such as e-government, e-commerce, distance training and medical examination and treatment, and other applications. Mobile telecommunications networks will be developed towards those of the third generation (3G) and subsequent generations. To develop services in line with the trend of converging radio and television, information and telecommunications technologies so as to meet the information sharing needs of the whole society. By 2020, the rate of use of telecommunications services will be equal to that of developed countries. The percentage of telecommunications services use in rural areas will be equal to that of urban areas.
b) Development of the information technology industry
Objectives up to 2010
To step by step build and develop the information technology industry into a spearhead one of the central key economic region, attaching importance to export, training cooperation, technology transfer and product processing with foreign companies. The information technology industry will record an average annual growth rate of 32-33%. By 2010, the total production value of the information technology industry will be about US$ 400-500 million, accounting for about 0.5-1% of the total industrial production value of the region.
- Orientations towards 2020
To strive for the target that before 2015, the information technology industry will become a spearhead economic branch of the region, developing sustainably and stably at a high rate with an export-led objectives and, at the same time, acting as a motive force for accelerating the industrialization and modernization process in the region and adjacent areas. By 2020, the production value of the information technology industry will account for around 10% of the total industrial production value of the whole region. To develop the central key economic region into a center for production of software, industrial electronic, telecommunication electronic and home electronic products.
c) Development of information technology applications
- Objectives up to 2010
To build a communication system in order to ensure smooth and prompt administration and exchange of information among state agencies which will serve as an effective tool for administrative reform. To computerize professional operations in state agencies. To build and effectively use information infrastructure and websites in service of the exchange, supply and sharing of information between agencies and organizations as well as individuals. To strive for the target that all cadres and civil servants can use e-mails and exploit information in service of their work.
To conduct and develop e-transactions and e-commerce along with the development of operation of organizations providing digital signature certification services. Websites of provinces and cities must supply and update adequate information on policies, laws, administrative procedures, working processes, investment projects, public procurement and bidding, online activities of various agencies and investment attraction information, which can be quickly and easily accessed and used by citizens and enterprises. A number of declaration, registration and licensing services may be provided online.
To intensify the application of information technology in enterprises. On average, 50% of big enterprises in provinces and cities will make tax reporting, statistics and declaration, make business registration and be granted business licenses and certificates online. Over 50% of enterprises will make customs declaration and registration and carry out customs procedures online. About 60% of big enterprises will possess skills for doing online business and conducting e-transactions, 70% of small- and medium-sized enterprises will be fully aware of the benefits of e-commerce and run certain online applications in their production and business activities.
- Orientations towards 2020
Before 2020, to complete the construction of large information infrastructure works in order to connect in central key economic region with neighboring areas, especially the outermost northern Central Vietnam, the southern central coast, the Central Highlands and the east-west corridor of the Greater Mekong region, and with the Vietnam-Lao-Cambodia border area. To ensure information safety and security for the application and development of information and communication technology. To widely information communication technology in all domains and effectively make use of information and knowledge in all domains. To build and develop an e-Vietnam with e-citizens, e-government, e-businesses and e-transactions.
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