Viet Nam National ICT Resources

Please find these new resources (you can look at the older blog post for the ITU, WEF, EIU, and World Bank citations).

  1. Latest National ICT Policy:

    Approving the strategy on vietnam information and communication technology development till 2010 and orientations toward 2020.Authored by: Phan Van Khai, Prime Minister
    Date: October 6, 2005
    Language: English

  2. Previous National ICT Policy:Master Plan for Information Technology Use and Development in Vietnam by 2005

    Authored by: Ministry of Information and Communications
    Date: July 17, 2002
    Language: English
  3. CIA World FactbookThe world factbook: Vietnam

    Authored by: Central Intelligence Agency
    Date: January 2013
    Language: English

  4. ICT sector in Vietnam:

    Authored by: UK Trade & Investment
    Date: January 7, 2013
    Language: English

  5. Good sources for other information:UNESCO
    Viet Nam Ministry of Information and Communications

Brief overview of differences between Approving the strategy on vietnam information and communication technology development till 2010 and orientations toward 2020 (2005 plan) and Master Plan for Information Technology Use and Development in Vietnam by 2005 (2002 plan) :

  • The 2002 plan actually mentions a project for national security and defense (“Using and Developing IT in National Defense”) and characterizes the area as being a “prioritized sector” in which to promote IT use, but the 2005 plan focuses more heavily on education and the economy.
  • Although both plans are very detailed, the 2005 plan seems to be more redundant and has several measurable objectives that seem to be more idealistic than those found in the 2002 plan. That being said, the 2002 plan is not as clear on actual measurable objectives except for in a few sections of the plan.
  • The 2005 plan introduces the idea of an “electronic Viet Nam” where everything, even the citizens should be “electronic”. There is more of a vision in the newer plan than the previous one.

Both are well written, and there is a clear progression from the 2002 plan to the 2005 one. It seems that Viet Nam knows more about what it wants to achieve in the 2005 plan.

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