Vietnam’s Government Places 59th In the World in AI Readiness: Oxford Insights

Vietnam is ranked 9th in the East Asia region and 59th out of 193 countries globally, with an overall AI readiness score of 54.48, according to the report by Oxford Insights, a UK-based organization.

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Vietnam ranks 9th in East Asia and 59th out of 193 countries worldwide for AI readiness, according to a recent report by Oxford Insights. This score represents a slight improvement for Vietnam, as it moved up from 55th in 2022, 62nd in 2021, and 76th in 2020.

The report analyzed 193 countries in terms of their readiness for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2023. Vietnam’s AI readiness score of 54.48 placed it in the 9th position in East Asia. However, it trailed behind Singapore (1st), Malaysia (6th), Thailand (7th), and Indonesia (8th) among its ASEAN counterparts. It did, however, outrank the Philippines, Laos, and Cambodia in the region.

Vietnam’s score was higher than the East Asia average of 51.41, placing it 4th among the 9 global regions covered in the report.

The report also highlighted the significant disparity in AI readiness rankings within the East Asia region. Singapore, the top-ranked country, had a 72-point lead over the eighteenth-ranked Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and a 52-point lead over Timor-Leste (17th).

The annual report by Oxford Insights evaluates governments’ preparedness to utilize AI for public service delivery. The 2023 report examined 39 indicators measuring digital capacity, technological capabilities, and data infrastructure. The United States of America, Singapore, United Kingdom, Finland, and Canada were ranked as the top five governments globally in terms of AI readiness, while South Sudan, Syria, and DPRK ranked at the bottom of the list.

In January 2021, Vietnam’s Prime Minister issued Decision No. 127/QD-TTg, which outlined the “National Strategy for Research, Development, and Application of Artificial Intelligence until 2030.” The strategy aims to promote research, development, and application of AI, positioning it as a crucial technological field for the country in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The goal is to contribute to socio-economic development and establish Vietnam as a prominent player in AI research, development, and application in the region and the world.

By 2030, Vietnam aspires to be one of the top four nations in ASEAN and among the top 50 globally in the field of AI research, development, and application. The country aims to trademark 10 AI technologies and establish three advanced national data and computing centers by that time.

Fanasy Nguyen Le