Recently an announcement was made in the latest government decision approving the pre-feasibility study of the $107-million Vietnam Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development project for 2006-2010. Accordingly, the government approved a request by the Ministry of Post and Telematics (MPT), the General Statistics Office (GSO) and the municipal People’s Committees of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang to borrow $93.7 million from the World Bank to launch the e-government project.
Of the total, Hanoi will have the largest loan package of $35 million, which it will use to push the project in 12 districts. Three local state offices comprising the Departments of Information Technology, and Planning and Investment, and the People’s Committee Office, will use the loan package to promote information technology and design the municipal e-government process and basic exchange portals. Hanoi authorities aim to offer at least three-to-five G2B (government-to-business) services including a GIS and online services to at least 15 per cent of its residents, as well as encouraging 35 per cent of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to use ICT.