The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, in collaboration with Microsoft, yesterday hosted Government Solution Day event under the theme “Empowering Government”.
The conference was attended by key government officials and partners from public and private sectors. The event aimed to demonstrate how the government can leverage technology to digitally transform and support social and economic development.
The initiative is in line with the 8th National Social and Economic Plan, ICT Vision 2030, the ICT 5-year strategic development plan, as well as Microsoft’s National Empowerment Plan, which aims to advance the adoption of emerging ICT for sustainable development, to have smart government and generate new business development opportunities, to industrialize and modernize ICT as tools to drive sustainable social and economic development, be centre for regional and international integration and fostering people engagement.
“Embracing trusted technology, particularly the power of emerging ICT, will be key to enabling Laos’ growing economy to take a giant leap forward, propelling our nation into a digital enabled community and economy,” said Mr Thansamay Kommasith, Minister of Post and Telecommunications.
“Government Solution Day affirms our vision to drive inclusive growth, to have smart government, and transform the way both public and private sectors operate – not only by ensuring accessibility of tools, but also by establishing the right processes and building the digital skills of our citizens,” said Mr Thansamay.
Speaking at the Government Solution Day event, Vivek Puthucode, General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia Pacific, said: “Today, the benefits of the digital economy remain out of reach for many in emerging markets despite the enormous untapped opportunities across various industry sectors.”
“Our approach is to work closely with governments and public sector agencies to support them in overcoming challenges and building more cloud-enabling environments to accelerate their competitiveness, productivity and modernization of operations through trusted technology,” said Mr Vivek Puthucode.
A day before the Government Solution Day event, Microsoft launched Office 365 in Vientiane. With the introduction of Microsoft Office 365 business productivity services in Laos, Microsoft also aims to set in motion a reinvention of productivity in enterprises across the nation, transforming employee collaboration and customer engagement through the power of the cloud.
“Besides having access to the right tools, people must also know how to use them,” said Mr Michelle Simmons, General Manager, Southeast Asia New Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific.
“Looking ahead, what will be critical for Laos to thrive is digital literacy. We are working with the government to not only deliver educational programmes, but also to support the educators themselves with the right resources to impart science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills to local youth, preparing them for jobs of the future,” said Mr Michelle Simmons.
Also in the middle of this year, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft and the Ministry of Education and Sports in Laos to develop a youth online learning platform to leverage technology for education, covering a range of programmes that will support the development of 21st century skills and the employability of students.
Source: Lao News Agency