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Transport sector’s working hard on digital transformation




Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Ngọc Đông

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Ngọc Đông spoke to the Vietnam News Agency about the digital transformation process in the transport sector.

How do you evaluate the current digital transformation at the Ministry of Transport?

In recent years, the Ministry of Transport has promoted the application of information technology, building e-Government towards an online working environment instead of traditional work based on records, papers; providing online public services to facilitate and reduce costs for people and businesses.

The Ministry of Transport has promoted the building of specialised databases to manage operations based on digital data. Specifically, the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam has been managing, issuing, extending driving licences, and managing road traffic infrastructure based on digital data.

Meanwhile, the Việt Nam Registry Department has digitised all vehicles to make vehicle registration faster and more convenient. The Việt Nam Maritime Administration shall apply information technology to the management of ships and boats entering and leaving seaports in Việt Nam.

The digital transformation in the Ministry of Transport differs from the information technology application carried out in the previous period in the point that we’re changing it fundamentally in management, not simple modernising the old management method. This is a long process and must be done on a regular basis.

In the digital transformation process, new models of transport management and business will arise without precedent and we may not have a legal policy system to adjust. Therefore, it is necessary to change the perception of the transport state management to adopt and accept new, pilot models and find ways to manage and promote development instead of discouraging such efforts.

What are the goals of the Digital Transformation Program set by the Ministry of Transportation?

Firstly, it is to raise profound awareness of digital transformation within the Ministry of Transport, making digital transformation an organic component in all management activities of the Ministry of Transport so that we can accompany the transportation business in all digital transformation activities.

For digital government development, the ministry’s goal is to build a database for all operations, use digital data for automation of decision-making and support decision-making. The ministry focuses on building systems to serve people and businesses in a way that facilitates and reduces costs and social resources.

As for the digital economic development goal, the program sets out the development of the digital economy through reforming management methods, applying digital technologies to facilitate transport businesses and reduce logistics costs.

We are aiming for the successful digital transformation of large enterprises operating in the transport sector to change the method of providing products and services from traditional to digital, while also creating digital platforms to connect multimodal transport services, and to build logistics supply chain owned by Vietnamese enterprises.

In order to accelerate the ministry’s digital transformation, what are the radical solutions?

The Digital Transformation Program of the Ministry of Transport is not an independent program, but is integrated with other tasks such as building an e-Government  or for building legal documents.

The program offers seven solutions, including: Cognitive transformation; institutional construction; developing digital infrastructure; digital data development; building a digital platform; ensure network safety, security and international cooperation, research and development and innovation in the digital environment.

For agencies and units under the Ministry of Transport, the implementation of awareness transformation is integrated into the programmes of conferences, seminars, regular training and awareness raising activities of the Ministry.

At the same time, we are coordinating with socio-economic organisations to develop an awareness raising program on digital transformation for businesses operating in the transport sector. Digital transformation has also been integrated into the annual program of building legal documents and the annual project development programme of the Ministry of Transport.

To implement this, the Ministry of Transport will complete the data infrastructure of the transport sector with regular, complete and accurate data sources.

A noteworthy point is that the Ministry of Transport aims to “eliminate” cash in the operation of the digital transport economy by applying and promoting electronic payment and inter-payment in transportation services.

How will people and businesses benefit from the digital transformation of the Ministry of Transport?

The first benefit is that people and businesses can quickly and accurately access information of the transport industry, anytime, anywhere. In addition, the provision of online public services at a high level helps people and businesses to perform administrative procedures more conveniently, easily, and save time and costs. At the same time, the receiving and handling of complaints and petitions of people is more promptly and more timely.

In addition, the use of digital data published by the Ministry of Transport in the form of open data helps people and businesses to apply in developing new business models and developing digital economy. —



Four returnees diagnosed with Covid-19



Medical workers of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi take care of a Covid-19 patient. The Ministry of Health has reported four new imported Covid-19 cases – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Ministry of Health has confirmed four fresh imported Covid-19 cases, including one in Kien Giang and three in Khanh Hoa, taking the country’s Covid-19 tally to 2,737 as of this morning, April 15.

Specifically, the case in Kien Giang is a 25-year-old man residing in Duong Kinh District, Haiphong City. On April 10, he entered Vietnam through the Ha Tien international border gate in Kien Giang and was quarantined in the province.

On April 13, he tested positive for Covid-19 and is being treated at the medical center of Ha Tien City.

The remaining patients include a woman and two men, aged 27, 32 and 26, respectively. The woman is a resident of Thua Thien-Hue Province, while the two men are from Ha Tinh Province.

They flew back to Vietnam from Japan through the Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa on April 11 and were quarantined in the province. The three tested positive for Covid-19 on April 14 and are receiving treatment at the Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases.


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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News — April 15



Read what is in the news today:

COVID-19 Updates

— Vietnam reported 20 imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, raising the national tally to 2,737 patients, with 2,445 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health

— Ho Chi Minh City medical authorities said on Wednesday that the city had yet to receive the protocol of ‘vaccine passports,’ which are COVID-19 vaccination certificates to be granted for international visitors and stranded Vietnamese to enter the country, from the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.


— It is forecast to rain in the evening from Friday to April 23 in the southern Vietnamese region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

— More than 14 metric tons of fish died en masse due to an unknown reason on the section of the Ma River passing through Cam Thuy District in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa on Wednesday.

— Police in Ho Chi Minh City said on Wednesday that they had recently arrested a group of seven people for staging motorbike accidents on the streets to steal properties from commuters.

— One student has been successfully rescued from drowning while two others remain missing after a group of nine students went swimming at a local river in northern Phu Tho Province on Wednesday afternoon.

— An eighth-grade student critically knifed a seventh grader after being reprimanded by their school administrators for hitting the latter in southern Vinh Long Province on Wednesday afternoon.

— Two workers were dead and another was injured after a personnel lift overturned at a shipbuilding company in central Quang Ngai Province on Wednesday morning.


— The 2021 Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo), the 30th edition of its kind, opened at the Hanoi International Exhibition Center on Wednesday.

— E-stamping, a computer-based application with product information that can be retrieved on state agencies’ websites, must be used for imported tobacco and alcohol products from July 2022, according to the Ministry of Finance’s new instruction.

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Vietnam tightens security along southwestern border amidst rising COVID-19 risk



Localities in southwest Vietnam are tightening border management and security to minimize risk of COVID-19 spread as the pandemic situation in Cambodia becomes increasingly complicated.

In Long An Province, the provincial People’s Committee has ordered competent authorities to carry out regular inspection at local hotels and accommodation facilities, as well as patroling along border trails and ports to promptly detect any border jumpers.

Multiple quarantine centers have been reactivated with the capacity of up to 1,000 people, according to Huynh Minh Phuc, director of the Long An Department of Health.

Local authorities have been in regular contact with their counterparts in the neighboring country to stay updated on the pandemic developments.

A total of 36 checkpoints have been established along the 133-kilometer borderline in the province.

The administration in Dong Thap Province has been advising Vietnamese people living in Cambodia to refrain from returning home during this period.

Local authorities have also provided essential goods and medicine to overseas Vietnamese in difficult conditions.

An officer is on duty along the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Photo: Khoa Nam / Tien Phong

An officer is on duty along the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Photo: Khoa Nam / Tien Phong

Twenty-one checkpoints and 18 patrol units with the participation of more than 220 officers have been set up to tighten security along the border.

The province has administered 600 COVID-19 vaccine shots to medical staff and officers working in border areas.

In An Giang Province, 187 working groups have been on duty to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via the Vietnam-Cambodia border.

About 16 to 20 people travel from Cambodia to An Giang on a daily basis and all of them are quarantined upon arrival in accordance with regulations, said Colonel Bui Trung Dung, deputy commander of the provincial Border Guard Command.

In Kien Giang Province, which shares a 56-kilometer border with Cambodia, thousands of officers have been mobilized to maximize border management efforts.

Many patrol ships and speedboats have been tasked with managing the maritime border off Kien Hai, Phu Quoc, and Tho Chau Islands.

Local fishermen have agreed to assist the task force by reporting to competent authorities when they detect a suspicious boat.

A border guard officer talks with local residents in An Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Buu Dau / Tien Phong

A border guard officer talks with local residents in An Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Buu Dau / Tien Phong

Authorities in An Giang and Kien Giang have advised residents of the Khmer ethnic group to celebrate the Choul Chnam Thmey (Khmer New Year), which takes place from April 14 to 16, in a safe manner.

Residents were asked to avoid traveling across the border to visit their relatives, wear face masks during ceremonies and rituals, and limit crowded activities.

Vietnam has recorded 2,737 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday morning, with 2,445 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has not recorded any community-based infections for nearly 40 days.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has recently warned that Cambodia is standing on the brink of a national tragedy following a sudden and huge surge in community transmissions and COVID-19-related deaths.

Cambodia has documented 4,874 COVID-19 cases so far, with 2,544 recoveries and 35 fatalities, according to the Khmer Times.

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