Laos moves towards application of eGovernment


July 16, 2020

VIENTIANE (Viet Nam News/ANN) – Laos will become the third country in the world after Estonia and Dubai apply Blockchain technology for government use over the next few years.

The application of blockchain, specifically digital identity, will bring huge benefits to the Lao government and citizens, said Boviengkham Vongdara, Minister of Science and Technology.

He made this statement at the Laos Blockchain Forum 2018 held in Vientiane on Tuesday. According to him, the adoption of Blockchain Technology will allow the Laos citizens access to various public services.

As the technology can be utilized in many sectors, including agriculture, finance, banking, and healthcare, it can help enhance the transparency and efficiency of State management, Boviengkham said.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on the same day between Lina Network, a Vietnamese company, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Laos for the deployment of digital identity using Blockchain.

Lễ kí kết xây dựng chính phủ điện tử giữa Lào và Lina Network
The signing ceremony between Lao MOST and Lina Network about building e-government on Blockchain

Under the MoU, the company will provide solutions to develop Blockchain Application for the Lao government based on Blockchain Technology, Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Lina Network cooperates to invest US$500,000 in financial support to the ministry to establish a Blockchain Research and Development Centre in 5 years for developing human resources and research as well as to develop Blockchain Technology, Big Data, and Intelligence Technology to serve the government’s applications.

“After studying the technology platform and solutions from Lina Network, we thought of the need to set up a new model with breakthroughs in data management.”

“The Blockchain research institute will gather and train high-quality human resources for the establishment of other applications aimed at enhancing the development of science and technology in our country,” Boviengkham said.

Lina Network build e-Goverment for Laos
Boviengkham Vongdara (man on orange shirt – middle), Minister of Laos MOST at Laos Blockchain Forum

Vu Truong Ca, chairman of Lina Network, said to maximize the opportunities brought the Fourth Industrial Revolution as well as to strengthen the efficiency and transparency of State management, the application of information technology and E-governance was a must.

Currently, most E-governance systems are “citizen-centric,” where people only need a single sign-on a single window. They can interact and use services of the government all the time, Ca said, adding that the process will help increase transparency, reduce costs and promote socio-economic growth.

“With Blockchain Technology, data is digitalized quickly and ensures security. We can share information without intervention of a third party. All the information shared by users after being identified with Blockchain is considered the public record on digitalized platform,” he added.

Lina Network signed MOU with Laos Gov
Mr Vu Truong Ca – Lina Network Chairman speaking at Lao Blockchain Forum 2018

On the prospect of application of Blockchain Technology in Laos in the future, Ca said the country was facing many challenges, including the shortage of hi-tech human resources, low awareness of the common citizen and lack of legal corridor for cryptocurrency.

Boviengkham acknowledged that human resource was the main problem for the country in the application of new technology. He said the MoU would help the country to focus on preparing human resources and complete necessary legal documents to meet the new requirement.

Ca said he believed that with a population of seven million people, it was easy for Laos to deploy digital identity.

Prior to Laos, Estonia and Dubai had also adopted Blockchain Technology for government use and gained success in the field of State management.