Hanoi 's information and communication technology (ICT) readiness rating continues to drop, a survey has found.
The capital city slipped from third in 2010 to seventh last year and is now in only the tenth most ICT-ready location in Vietnam, according to a Vietnam ICT Index 2012, an annual survey by the Vietnam Association of Informatics Processing (VAIP), which assesses provinces, government agencies, and enterprises in terms of their ICT readiness.
Le Hong Ha, deputy head of VAIP, claimed the main reason for Hanoi's failure is that the city was joined by Ha Tay Province in 2008, without mentioning any clearer explanation, news website VnExpress reported December 22.
Central city of Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City preserved their positions as the most ICT-ready localities, with Da Nang claiming the number one position. The central province of Ninh Thuan came in last.
Surprisingly, the northern province of Ha Tinh this year rose from 18th to fifth and the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau climbed eight spots from its previous place of 19.
The index rated all 63 cities and provinces of Vietnam, 23 ministries and ministerial-level agencies, 21 banks, and 23 corporations.
It considered four criteria infrastructure, labor, local ICT industries' development and ICT application levels at companies.
For cities and provinces, a fifth criterion, ICT incentive policies, was also considered.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry topped the category of the most ICT-friendly central government agencies and the Ministry of Finance finished second.
In the banking sector, the survey found the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) to be most aware of the benefits of ICT use.
The Vietnam Industrial and Commercial Bank (Incombank) and Joint-Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) followed.
Among corporations, the Vietnam Steel Corporation (VnSteel) led the pack, and Saigon Trading Group (SATRA) came in second.
This is the seventh year the survey has been conducted by the association together with the National ICT Steering Committee.
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