e-Finance (Department of Financial Informatics and Statistics - Ministry of Finance) released a report on the readiness index for development and application of information technology and communication of finance sector 2017 (ICT index of Finance sector 2017) at the website: http://www.taichinhdientu.vn. 2017 was the ninth year Electronic Financial Magazine made this annual report.
Compared with last year, the ICT Index of Finance sector in 2017 was changed and improved significantly in the indicator system to ensure conforming to the Party and State's orientation towards development and application of information technology (IT) - Communication in Resolution No. 36 / NQ-TW dated 1 July 2014 by the Politburo on promoting IT application and development to meet the requirements of sustainable development and international integration and Resolution No. 36a / NQ-CP dated 14/10/2015 of the Government on e-Government.
The Finance sector’s ICT index 2017 was developed to be almost adequate based on the organizational structure of the Ministry of Finance, in which, the group of provincial and municipal units in vertical system and Finance Department groups were separated to be suitable for evaluation and ranking. Many irrelevant indicators were removed from the 2017 questionnaire to simplify the data collection, the indicators were adjusted to be more simple, to fix the issues of wrong data, imprecise data, the data because providers did not understand the requirements of the questionnaire.
The ICT Index of the Finance Sector 2017 was surveyed on two groups: a group of the central level agencies and a group of the provincial and municipal level agencies (Finance Department, Tax Department, State Treasury of provinces and cities, Customs Department, State Reserves Department of the areas) with 251 subjects.
The assessments were based on 27 indicator groups, the Finance sector’s ICT Index of 2017 focused on areas such as IT infrastructure; IT application; IT human resource and IT investment.
In the Finance sector’s ICT Index 2017 for Central agency group, the General Department of Customs ranked first, the General Department of Taxation ranked second and the Ministry of Finance ranked third.
In the Finance Department group of provinces and cities, Hanoi Finance Department continued to rank first; the second place belonged to Da Nang Finance Department; the third place belonged to the Thua Thien Hue Finance Department.
Also in the group of provincial and municipal agencies, the State Treasury of Dak Lak province ranked first; the second place belonged to the State Treasury of Ha Tinh province and the third place belonged to the State Treasury of Hau Giang Province.
Dong Thap Tax Department made a spectacular move from 36th place in 2016 to the first place in 2017; The second place belonged to Lao Cai Tax Department and the third place belonged to Tax Department of Quang Ninh province.
Similarly, Can Tho Customs Department made a breakthrough to rise from 32nd place in 2016 to the first place; The second place belonged to Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department and the third place belonged to the Quang Nam Customs Department.
State Reserves Department of Nghia Binh area ranked 1st in the rankings; second place belonged to the State Reserves Department of Binh Tri Thien and third place belonged to the State Reserves Department of Danang.
The ICT Index of Finance sector helped the units in the Finance sector identify their place, which directs them to a more effective ICT - communication development strategy.