Expecting the meeting of ministers of ITU member countries will lay the foundations for a better, more connected and safer world, ITU Secretary-General Zhao Houlin emphasized that countries must work together to solve the gap problem. number.
“Joining hands” to address digital inequality
From 6pm on October 21 (Vietnam time), the second session of the conference of Ministers of the World Telecommunication Union (ITU) – an important activity within the framework of the digital world conference and exhibition – ITU Digital World 2020 continues to take place online.
|Leaders of the Ministry of Information and Communications attended the Ministerial Conference of ITU Virtual Digital World 2020.|
For the first time to carry a new name at the initiative of Vietnam and also for the first time to be held online, ITU Digital World 2020 has just opened on October 20. With the theme “Building the digital world together”, this large-scale global ICT event is organized online by the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications and ITU on the Make in Vietnam platform at https: // digitalworld2020.vn.
The importance of IT during and after the Covid-19 pandemic as well as how to effectively take advantage of the great opportunity from Covid-19 to foster national digital transformation is a matter of participants. The second session of the Conference of Ministers focused on discussion and discussion.
In his opening remarks on October 21, the representative of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Deputy Minister Phan Tam said that since the appearance of Covid-19, IT has proven its importance in helping countries adapt and respond. Advances on challenges, activating distance learning and working. The epidemic drives us to accelerate digital transformation in all areas.
“We are entering a new era of the digital world with digital government, digital economy and digital society. ITU now plays a more important role, which is supporting member countries’ digital plans, promoting global cooperation to build the digital world. I hope today’s discussion will be effective and contribute to reinforcing the role of ITU in the digital transformation process ”, emphasized the representative of Ministry of Information and Communications.
Sharing his opinion with the representative of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr. Zhao Houlin, ITU Secretary General assessed that Covid 19 has made enormous changes and also opened up unprecedented possibilities.
|Mr. Zhao Houlin, General Secretary of the ITU|
According to Zhao Houlin, Covid-19 is a push to promote digital power and promote a national digital strategy. As government services go online, Governments need to be able to promote online business by devising policies to attract investment and appropriate incentives for carriers and manufacturers.
Affirming that the new digital world view needs to be built on the cooperation of nations, the ITU Secretary General suggested that we need to focus on promoting online education, improving digital skills for people. people. Human resource development is at the heart of an effort to connect people who are not yet connected.
“We also need to help small and medium-sized businesses thrive. And above all, we need to work together to bridge the digital divide between countries and within countries by providing more meaningful, cost-effective connectivity services, ”said Zhao. Houlin said.
In charge of the discussion session, Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the Telecommunications Development Department of ITU also said that IT plays an important role in eliminating social and economic gaps.
Citing statistics shows that there are 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 prices, Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin said: This digital equality is not the world we envisioned five years ago.
The Director of the Telecommunications Development Department of ITU said that translating Covid-19 requires the establishment of Internet connections around the world to be more urgent. This urgency did not end when Covid disappeared. And how can we take advantage of today’s unprecedented situation to put digital at the heart of a global recovery.
ICT helps many countries to “leave no one behind” during the Covid-19 season
Talking at the conference, the Minister of Telecommunications Technology of Costa Rica said that in the period of March 2020, when the country implemented social gap, all economic, social, educational and medical activities were put on the digital environment.
The Costa Rica Ministry of Telecommunication Technology has directed the Telecommunications Commission to require carriers to ensure stable connection service. Learning and working online has increased the Internet traffic of carriers. According to statistics, more than 140,000 households are supported with Internet fees so that the learning of more than 250,000 Primary and High School students is not interrupted, students can study online without going to school. .
|Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the Telecommunications Development Department of the ITU, took over the facilitating the discussion.|
Similarly, with Spain, where 85% of the population has access to fiber-optic networks, the country’s Minister of Economy and Digital Transformation said that during the Covid-19 anti-epidemic period, Spain had focus on maintaining the network, with a view that “no one is left behind”.
“There needs to be a combination of management measures to get the country through the crisis and negotiating with carriers to agree to come up with measures to help people stay connected during the epidemic. We are planning to have the remaining 15% of the population use fiber at home, ”said the Spanish Minister of Economy and Digital Transformation.
Sharing the above point of view, the President of the Uruguay Communication Service Authority emphasized that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government’s most important task is to protect the people. All activities move to digital environment, so the quality of connection service is more important than ever. Government agencies, organizations and people must cooperate and strengthen solidarity so that no one will be left behind. Government agencies need to increase information to the people.
“Equally important is the need to equip citizens with digital skills so that they can access government services in a digital environment. The digital environment presents many opportunities as well as many risks. The government must have measures to ensure transparency and clarity to encourage people to use online services ”, recommended the representative of the Uruguay Communication Service Authority.
How to seize the opportunity for digital transformation?
Discussing how to effectively take advantage of the opportunity to accelerate the digital transformation brought by Covid-19, the Indonesian Minister of Communications and Information said Covid-19 affects every aspect of life but also helps Speed up the number conversion process.
Considering that the digital transformation program needs to be accelerated, the head of Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information shared about initiatives focused on implementing by the country, including improving digital infrastructure to narrow. digital distance, providing a cheap, secure connection for everyone.
“We plan to roll out 4G infrastructure in more than 12,500 villages that have not yet covered 4G coverage. This will be completed by 2022. In addition, we will add tens of thousands of public Internet connection points, bringing the total number of connection points to half a million by the third quarter of 2022. Indonesia is also starting to implement 5G, ”said a representative from Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information.
-The Ministry of IT emphasizes developing digital talent with a holistic approach, focusing on administrative reform, digital skills.
Along with that, Indonesia also encourages better policies for the digital economy. At the same time, the ministry is considering building and promulgating a Law on Personal Data Protection and regulations with electronic system providers, the public sector. “The new regulation will create an environment for innovation as well as ensure personal data is protected,” said a representative from Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information.
|Deputy Minister of Information and Communications of Vietnam Phan Tam (left) attends the ITU Ministerial Conference as the host country.|
According to the Minister of Post and Telecommunication of Laos, technology has helped many areas to solve major problems during epidemic stages. And for IT to be effective, connectivity must be guaranteed at affordable service rates. In addition, government agencies, when establishing a virtual work environment, must pay special attention to cybersecurity.
Sharing views with other speakers on the importance of connection services as well as the quality of connection services, from the corporate perspective, the Ericsson leadership representative emphasized: Connection has become something ” There must be ‘for the entire economy and connectivity should be at the forefront, the center of policy concerns. Continuing to build 4G LTE networks and deploying 5G is extremely important.
“It can be said that the technology to support global connectivity is ripe and ready. Currently, the role of Governments and sectoral authorities is very important in creating the right environment for realization and the ITU also plays a very important role in supporting Governments around the world. gender ”, said a representative of Ericsson.