24.11.2020, 06:18

Vietnam developing six smart cities

Vietnam developing six smart cities
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits an exhibition displaying the latest smart city technologies

At the ASEAN Smart Cities Network High-Level Forum 2020, Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha said Vietnam has a number of advantages for smart city development, including broad 4G network coverage, high accessibility of IT services and smartphone penetration throughout the country. In addition, many cities have piloted programs on smart city development.

Determination to develop smart cities in Vietnam is most clearly reflected in Prime Ministerial Decision 950/QD-TTg dated August 1, 2018 approving the strategy for sustainable smart city development in the 2018-2025 period, with a vision to 2030.

Under the plan, Vietnam would have at least six metropolises representing six major economic zones by 2025 and the country would form a network of smart cities nationwide by 2030.

Urbanization plays an important role in boosting economic development and improving the quality of people’s lives. Urban areas make up 70-80 percent of global GDP. In Vietnam, total budget revenue in urban areas accounts for more than 70 percent of total national budget revenues.

Nguyen Van Binh, head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, said sustainable smart city development has become more urgent as Vietnam is among the most vulnerable countries due to climate change. It is also an important way for the country to take advantage of Industry 4.0 for sustainable growth.

Deputy Commerce Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley reaffirmed the commitments of the US government and the private sector to work with Asian countries in smart city development, asking the parties to increase efforts to adopt the US-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership.

The US Department of Commerce will hold dialogues with Da Nang on a smart transportation system, with Quang Nam Province on e-government, and with Ho Chi Minh City on technical assistance for an intelligent operations center, Karen Dunn Kelley said.

Smart city development is a growing trend that requires a long-term vision as well as adequate capacities to ensure residents’ well-being and a sustainable urban ecology.

Quynh Nga