General To Lam, Minister of Public Security headed the Vietnamese delegation while Mr. S. Iswaran, Minister of Communications and Information and Minister in charge of Cyber Security led the Singaporean delegation to the conference.

At the meeting

The conference provided a platform for the two countries to discuss Vietnam’s cyber space strategies, the country’s process of building and completing cyber security standards; prepare for the fifth International Cyber Security Week (SICW-5) and the fifth ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cyber Security (AMCC-5) (will be held virtually in Singapore from October 5-9).    

At the conference, the two sides voiced their concerns over cyber security-related challenges and threats, especially amidst the complicated impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, facing countries worldwide, including Vietnam and Singapore.

They also exchanged each country’s cyber security situation to enhance their cooperation in dealing with related issues.

In his speech, General Lam said that Vietnam has increased the application and development of IT, telecoms, and internet, opening up more opportunities to improve productivity, competitiveness, and socio-economic growth.

However, Vietnam has been facing challenges in cyber space that threaten national security, social order, and safety.

The Vietnamese minister also informed the delegations that Vietnam has paid due attention to strengthening its cyber security capacity by adopting the Law on Cyber Security in 2018 and implementing the National Digital Transformation Program by 2025 with a vision to 2030 with the target that Vietnam will be in the world’s top 50 countries in the E-Government Development Index (EGDI).

Vietnam has also built code of conduct for cyber space to help maintain a healthy and safe cyber space while ensuring effective information security.

At the event, Minister Lam proposed several measures to enhance the cooperation with Singapore in ensuring cyber security, information security, anti-cyber and hi-tech crimes.

Meanwhile, the Singaporean head delegate agreed on the Vietnamese side’s proposals and affirmed his hope that the two countries will deepen their cooperation in cyber-crime prevention. He also affirmed the Singaporean Government’s commitment to fighting cyber-crimes and intensifying its partnerships with countries in the region and the world to create a safe cyber space. 

He finally made proposals on further coordination in cyber security in the “new normal”.

Source: VNA/Baotintuc

Translated by Mai Huong