Synchronized IT standards needed for e-government
By Ha Van - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Vietnam needs to issue a common set of standards on connecting information technology (IT) systems between ministries and agencies and localities as soon as possible to help the e-government model develop in a sustainable way, local experts said.
According to Chu Tien Dung, chairman of the HCMC Computer Association, the absence of strategic plans of IT application at mid-level State management authorities has resulted in unsynchronized or even conflicting IT applications. Consequently, he said, many State agencies at all levels are making IT investments separately and inconsistently, Dung said.
Speaking with the Daily, Truong Minh Thuan, director of the Department of Information and Communications of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, said there are several State entities using different software products on information system and administration documents management internally. This has made it difficult to connect and exchange documents among State agencies, with plenty of entities failing to connect with one another, he said.
“Failing to connect information systems among State agencies will hinder the development of the e-government model,” Thuan noted.
To deal with the situation, Thuan urged the Ministry of Information and Communications to soon set up a common set of connection standards to help develop suitable IT infrastructure at every agency. Software solutions must be able to get linked with one another to pave the way for local management authorities to exchange documents and handle administrative tasks in a consistent way.
Sharing the same view, Nguyen Van Hien, general director of Inet Solutions specializing in providing solutions based on open source codes for governmental agencies, said the information ministry needs to make specific details for common software. In this way, producers will conform to the criteria, allowing for software connection helping avoid the current costly and thinly-spread IT investment.