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e-Commerce boom calls for online certification

  • 20/09/2011

HA NOI — Finding a suitable model and policies for the application of international Certificate Authority (CA) in Viet Nam is an urgent demand by management agencies because e-commerce is perceived as a vital tool for attracting foreign investment and facilitating businesses in transactions with the world market.
Speaking at a conference on CA Interaction and Acceptance of Foreign CA held in Ha Noi yesterday, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications (MIC) Nguyen Minh Hong said the implementation of the CA system in Viet Nam had exposed a demand of ensuring certificate and information security for IT applications which linked domestic and foreign partners through e-commerce.
Hong said the application was an urgent task for promoting investments, export activities and co-operation with foreign countries.
"CA has become an indispensable requirement in multilateral economic co-operation including WTO, APEC, ASEAN and Trans-Pacific which Viet Nam has actively participated in," the Deputy Minister said.
However, he said the acceptance level of foreign CA should have a roadmap and policy adjustment.
"International CA has been granted online with simple procedures. State management agencies should calculate the real demand of Vietnamese users for foreign CA services to support e-commerce," he said, adding that the ministry planned to release a revised e-commerce decree of which CA application would be an important factor.
Tran Huu Linh, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's E-commerce, Information and Technology Department, said four out of six CA services widely used in the country were foreign systems as public CA in Viet Nam had not been able to provide for users while legal frameworks for acceptance of CA had not been established.
"Most of the country's finance and banking, stock and e-commerce businesses do not use international CA services," Linh said.
Sharing the ideas, deputy head of the General Customs Department's Information Application Office Nguyen Tran Hieu said that e-customs had seen strong development with 22 out of the 23 customs departments nationwide utilising the service and 75 per cent of four million customs declaration papers changed into e-customs format per year.
Hieu said several foreign firms in Viet Nam had asked the department to use international CA systems.
However, Decree 26 on the acceptance of international CA had not provided legal guidance on its application.
He said it was important that the MIC review the decree to facilitate foreign businesses while ensuring information security. — VNS

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