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RMIT helps provinces boost digital transformation

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Around 5,000 participants from Dak Nong and Binh Phuoc provinces have joined a training series co-organized by RMIT University and the two provinces, with financial support from the Australian government through the Australian Alumni Grants Fund (AAGF) managed by Aus4Skills.

The training series themed “Improving digital competence for local authorities, businesses and citizens – Towards an inclusive digital nation” was ideated by a research team from RMIT School of Business & Management and funded through the AAGF. It was held on August 1 and 2 in Dak Nong province, followed by Binh Phuoc province on September 16, 2022.

The training program was divided into sessions for three target groups: local authorities, businesses and citizens.

For local government leaders and officials, experts from RMIT University and the HCMC Department of Information and Communications talked about digital transformation and e-government, as well as strategies related to managing digital transformation and the latest solutions for fostering digital government at the local level.

The program provided the latest knowledge in digital transformation for participants from small and medium enterprises, business households, and cooperatives in each province. The content focused on digitalizing business data, applying digital technologies to automate and optimize business processes, transforming business models and creating new value for businesses.

The training also enhanced digital competence in the post-Covid era for thousands of citizens, providing instructions on how to use online public services and sharing the themes “Live – Work – Play” with many insights on information security.

In the 2021 Digital Transformation Index (DTI) rankings for cities and provinces published by the Ministry of Information and Communications, Binh Phuoc ranked 9th out of 63 localities (up 16 places from 2020), while Dak Nong came in 41st (up 13 spots from 2020).

Though differing in their levels of digital transformation, both provinces have shown determination to propel this journey forward.

As per Resolution No.09-NQ/TU of the Dak Nong Provincial Party Committee, the province will undergo synchronous and comprehensive digital transformation to be on par with the national average digital transformation by 2030.

Meanwhile, Binh Phuoc has set targets for 2025, stipulating that the digital economy will account for 20% of the province’s gross regional domestic product. In addition, 100% of all households will use smart connectivity, and citizens will be encouraged to apply IT in all areas of life.

Associate Professor Nguyen Quang Trung, project lead and Managing Smart Transformation research cluster co-lead at RMIT Vietnam, said that both provinces had made impressive progress in digital transformation. This outcome is primarily thanks to the vision and enthusiasm of the provincial authorities.

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