The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) of Vietnam plays an important role in building an e-government and reforming the administrative system toward better serving the people, transparency and democracy, experts agreed at a seminar held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Department of Survey, Mapping and Geographic Information on December 6 in Hanoi.
|Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa addresses the seminar__Photo: Internet|
Addressing the seminar themed “International experiences on building and development of NSDI”, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa said the Government signed in August a decision to establish the National Committee on E-Government, which would support the country’s socio-economic development, increase labor productivity and transparency, improve business and investment environment, build e-government and eventually develop digital government, economy and society. NSDI is therefore crucial to such a plan and would be governed by the National Committee on E-Government, Hoa added.
The seminar participants agreed that NSDI would reduce information-producing costs, avoid coincidence, increase information sources and lay the foundation for attracting all social resources for updating, managing, using, exploiting and accessing to spatial data. NSDI will be the sufficient, accurate and timely information source for managers to make decisions, while facilitating the achievement of sustainable development and millennium development goals, environmental protection and adaption to climate changes.
|Delegates at the seminar__Photo: Internet|
The important role of NSDI has recently been provided in six articles of the Law on Survey and Mapping, which was passed by the 14th National Assembly on June 14, 2018. These articles regulate the building, management and coordination of NSDI-related activities. A draft decree on surveying and mapping activities has also been released recently, which details the formulation of strategies, implementation plans and coordination mechanisms of NSDI.
The seminar was participated by experts from the World Bank, the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan and the United Kingdom’s Ordnance Survey, and representatives from the Government Office, the National Committee on E-Government and other ministries and sectors.- (VLLF)