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ITU Digital World 2020 and profound messages about a new world



The 3-day ITU Digital World 2020 has closed, leaving key messages about a new world – the digital world.

ITU Digital World 2020 – the world’s largest event in telecommunications and IT – is an annual event held by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Formerly known as the ITU Telecom World, this year it was organized by Vietnam under a new name – ITU Digital World 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is also the first time in ITU’s history that the event was held online, using Vietnamese technology at the “Make-in-Vietnam” platform at

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Many profound messages about a new world have been shared by the ITU Digital World 2020. Photo: Le Anh Dung

The event attracted the participation of 30 ministers, 20 vice ministers, top government officials and leading ICT experts from over 50 countries, who made significant comments and suggestions for the development of the world telecom industry in the future. 

Digital transformation to help the world overcome the pandemic 

At the opening session, Vietnamese Minister of Information & Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, on behalf of the host country, confirmed that the new name – ITU Digital World 2020 – reflected the powerful combination of telecommunications, IT and digital technology. 

He believed that the world’s development will be driven by digital technology and the annual ITU Digital World will help promote the development and application of digital technologies. That was why Vietnam had proposed to change the name of the event from ITU Telecom World to ITU Digital World.

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Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung. Photo: Trong Dat

At the ITU Ministerial Roundtables, a key part of ITU Digital World 2020, top officials of the ICT industry throughout the world discussed the role of ICTs in Covid-19 pandemic response and digital strategic planning during and after the pandemic and set the orientation for cooperation between ITU and its member countries in implementing digital transformation programs. 

They emphasized that IT is increasingly proving its role in helping the world respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to IT infrastructure, the world can still operate while the economic and social flows are not interrupted. In the pandemic, the Internet has become the most effective tool for ensuring the connection of people despite social distancing. 

The pandemic also creates opportunities to promote IT and to digitize production, service and commercial activities. Digital transformation gradually becomes an irreversible trend in the world and offers every nation, every economy, every organization and individual unprecedented opportunities. 

The world and the challenges for narrowing the digital gap 

IT plays an important role in eliminating social and economic gaps. However, in the 47 least developed countries in the world, about 20% of the population is not connected to the Internet due to lack of infrastructure and expensive service cost.

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The development of the global telecommunications industry is discussed by many experts at ITU Digital World 2020. Photo: Trong Dat

In the crisis triggered by Covid-19, there are still millions of people around the world having no access to healthcare, education services, etc. due to geographical distances. This gap will be gradually narrowed if they have access to telecommunications infrastructure. Therefore, it is necessary to bring Internet access opportunities to remote and disadvantaged areas. 

This is the moment for the world to join hands to speed up broadband coverage and narrow the digital gap by increasing user outreach and technology availability. 

Governments around the world can realize this by introducing policies to lure investment, by encouraging telecom network operators to expand coverage and provide services at affordable costs, and manufacturers to launch low-cost models of equipment, and by improving people’s digital skills and promoting online education. 

5G creates resurgence for the telecommunications industry 

Representatives of the world’s leading ICT and telecom corporations also discussed the future of 5G and how to deploy this technology. 

They said that 5G creates an information revolution, not only an upgrade in technology. This is proven clearly when we see the difference between 4G and 5G. While 4G helps connect people together, 5G is used to connect everything.

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ITU Digital World 2020 was held online for the first time. Photo: Trong Dat

Over the next five years, more than 1 billion people around the world will use mobile data with the average monthly flow 4-5 times higher than the current rate. 5G is an effective technology to meet that need. 

In terms of bandwidth, thanks to 5G, there will be no limits for at least the next few years. 5G technology will be the key to the power of calculation and automation of factories. In that context, the telecommunications industry needs to take measure to promote an open ecosystem. Along with the breakthrough impacts of 5G, governments should see the mobile ecosystem worth over US$1 trillion as an engine for growth. 

From a technology perspective, the world’s leading telecom experts agreed that it will take 5G a few years to develop. However, this technology will probably become the common foundation to promote the world’s recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic and to enter the new-normal state. 

Cybersecurity – a global issue 

Security experts said that the world is facing a major threat related to cybersecurity, with the increase of cyberattacks in both number and scale. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of cyberattacks rose by 60% over the same period, targeting more on the elderly and children, the most vulnerable subjects. The number of phishing cases was also on the rise. Fake and malicious news become tools to disperse malicious code and collect data. This happens during the boom of IoT devices, which may be on the radar of cybercriminals.

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Mr. Hoang Minh Tien – Deputy Director of the Department of Information Security (Ministry of Information and Communications) spoke at the session on information security of the ITU Digital World 2020. Photo: Trong Dat

However, in many places, people are just focusing on using technology and neglecting cybersecurity concerns. Many countries have awareness of IT application but lack national strategies for cybersecurity. 

To fight cybercriminals, it is a must to have an ecosystem of cybersecurity, rather than single actions. These challenges offer an opportunity for governments and the private sector to work together and for global cooperation to solve common issues. 

National information security forces also need a mechanism to share information and to promote the application of new technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity. In addition, there should be measures to raise awareness about cybersecurity. 

Experts said that cybersecurity regulations and guidelines should take a top-down and bottom-up approach. Governments should issue regulations on cybersecurity implementations while businesses can also have their own regulations on this regard. 

Everyone benefits from ICT technology 

At the closing session, Mr. Houlin Zhao – ITU Secretary General – congratulated Vietnam, the host country, for successfully organizing the ITU Digital World 2020. He highly appreciated Vietnam’s initiative on renaming and organizing the event online. 

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Mr. Houlin Zhao – ITU Secretary General – praised Vietnam as a shining example in ICT development. Photo: Trong Dat

He emphasized that during the ITU Digital World 2020, ICT ministers of ITU member countries made strong messages about cooperation and innovation. He believed that the post-Covid-19 world will become better. The public and private sectors will cooperate with each other and with the international community to promote the development of the ICT industry. In that future, all people will benefit from the common development of ICT and no one will be left behind. 

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Vietnam masters 90 percent of ecosystem of cyber security products



Vietnam has to date mastered about 90 percent of the ecosystem of cyber security products serving Party and State agencies, and is likely to be one among few countries mastering 100 percent of the ecosystem, 

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung has said.

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Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung 

Speaking at the Vietnam Information Security Day 2020 International Conference and Exhibition on December 2, Minister Hung said that Vietnam must assert national sovereignty and prosperity on cyberspace and everyone has the responsibility to protect that environment.

To make the safety of the country’s IT system, products and services be assured at the highest level, Vietnam has to have competent experts on this field.

President of the Vietnam Information Security Association Nguyen Thanh Hung (VNISA) said that cyber security with “Make in Vietnam” technologies is a key factor in national digital transformation.

The event, themed “Cybersecurity Ecosystem Make in Vietnam – Key Success Factor for National Digital Transformation,” aimed at connecting cyber security businesses, units using cyber security products and services, and policymaking agencies so as to better handle issues related to cyber security of all individuals, organisations and businesses by Vietnamese people’s solutions, Hung stated.

He also emphasised the need for relevant agencies, organisations, enterprises and associations to join hands in training more experts on cyber security and safety.

Representatives from many businesses shared opinions on issues involved in digital platforms and solutions available in Vietnam.

They said that Vietnam is lacking senior experts on cyber security and safety.

On the day, the organising board announced “Make in Vietnam” Cloud platforms./.VNA


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Da Nang monkeys flood city in search of food



Hundreds of monkeys from the Son Tra Peninsula in Danang City have recently flocked into the city to seek food.

A monkey climbs on the car on a street in Danang.

The monkeys used to gather at Linh Ung Pagoda to beg for food from visitors in Son Tra Peninsula. But now they have flocked to the city streets. The monkeys have got used to humans and many of them casually rummage through the bags of visitors to find food. When no-one is around they go to rubbish sites.

Some of the monkeys have been killed and injured in traffic accidents when running across the streets.

The monkeys are no afraid of tourists.

A photographer in the area, Nguyen Van Tuan, said children and women might be in danger if they were surrounded by the monkeys. However, several visitors have been entertained by the animals and teased the monkeys.

“They have used food to encourage the monkeys to get closer to them but then would take the food away,” Tuan said. “This has angered the monkeys and they have attacked visitors.”

Son Tra Peninsula and Danang Beaches Management Board has put up warning signs asking visitors to not feed wild animals at several locations. Dtinews/Tienphong


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HCM City needs VND29 trillion for solid waste treatment



HCMC will need nearly VND29 trillion in the next five years to implement a solid waste treatment scheme, which is aimed at enhancing the management, classification, collection, and recycling of solid waste in the city.

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Waste collection vehicles are seen on a street in HCMC. The city will need nearly VND29 trillion in the next five years to implement a solid waste treatment scheme – Photo: TNO

The city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment has just sent to the municipal government a scheme to treat solid waste by 2025 with a vision toward 2050. The scheme will be sent to the Ministry of Construction for appraisal and then to the Prime Minister for approval after it receives a green light from the city government.

The scheme will be financed by the city’s budget, official development assistance loans, and other private sources. Of the total funding, approximately VND14.5 trillion will be used for technology transfer activities to treat solid waste, VND5 trillion for building a waste treatment plant, VND3 trillion for developing waste transfer stations, VND1.2 trillion for setting up waste collection points along roads and VND500 billion for arranging waste collector teams.

According to goals set by the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, all industrial and medical waste shall be collected and treated by 2025; 90% of construction waste will be treated, with 60% recycled. By 2023, 60% of households in the city are expected to sort waste at source and the figure could jump up yearly.

Around 9,300 tons of household waste are daily discharged in the city. In February this year, the municipal government passed an adjusted plan to classify waste at source into two groups: recyclable and the rest, instead of the previous three groups: organic, inorganic, recyclable. The change was made to be in line with the waste-to-energy technology currently adopted by the city and to reduce landfill waste.  SGT


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