Vietnam Allocates US$90 Million to Establish Comprehensive Gov. Web Sites by 2015

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Oct. 11 – With a budget of US$90 million, Vietnam plans to launch a newly approved program next year that will see all government agencies and departments at the district level running “comprehensive” web sites by 2015.

The five-year plan to simplify administrative procedures and better serve the public by establishing online content could result in annual savings of up to US$1.5 billion, according to Dr. Phung Van On, IT Center director for the Office of the Government.

The program, referred to as Prime Ministerial Decision No. 1605QD-TTg, aims to have half of all tax forms, 90 percent of provincial customs documents, and all passport applications done online by 2015. The government will also use the new web sites to provide bid invitations and bid results for state-funded projects and as a forum through which announcements can be made to the public.

“The deployment of such a large program will bring many challenges,” Phung said. “To make it work, the government has proposed a comprehensive plan to ensure there is the appropriate legal framework, the right financing, human resources, and implementation strategy.”