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Eurocham shares experience in smart cities

Released at: 11:57, 01/07/2017

Eurocham shares experience in smart cities

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Chamber holds conference in HCMC on June 30 to showcase smart solutions and best practices and highlight key challenges in moving towards smart cities.

by Hong Nhung

The European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) and its Information Communication Technology Sector Committee (ICTSC) shared their experience in cyber security, the Internet of Things (IoT), and connected services towards a smart city at a conference it held on June 30 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Through various presentations and a dedicated exhibition, EuroCham and its ICTSC aimed to share with Ho Chi Minh City authorities the European experience in creating smart cities, showcasing solutions implemented in various cities in Europe, and presenting best practices that have achieved success.

The conference was also dedicated to the key challenges facing Ho Chi Minh City on its road towards becoming a smart city and how these challenges can be overcome.

In order to grasp opportunities in the context of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and address various socioeconomic issues, the Vietnamese Government has recently begun employing numerous measures to encourage its cities to take action towards becoming smart cities.

Actions and initiatives have been taken to shed more light on several information and communications technology breakthroughs that are central to this shift. These include IoT, data flow, connected services, e-government, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and robotics, among others.

EuroCham aims to contribute to this effort by organizing the conference, where the government and interested parties could hear directly from key experts on smart cities. The agenda focused on smart solutions for the development, governance and innovation needed in Ho Chi Minh City.

It also approached the topic from the perspective of it being a necessary improvement to the business environment, which may allow for needed products and services to thrive in Vietnam and foster greater knowledge transfer.

“Our expertise and experience cuts across many fields, and this know-how is necessary to achieve the technological shift necessary to build, change, and reform Vietnam’s cities,” said Mr. Amanuel Flobbe, Chairman of the ICTSC. “We hope that local partners, the government, and authorities will consider this support as a useful resource for the desired development in Vietnam.”

“We are focused not only on the end result but also on the strategy of and implementation by cities and industries, as well as transferring knowledge and training,” he went on. “By bringing different experts from different levels and occupations, European companies and EuroCham members, building upon their long-term experience and proven results over decades of smart city implementation, can help address challenges and complexities in Vietnam, working together and sharing best practices.”

“EuroCham believes its members have a lot to offer to Vietnam’s sustainable development,” said Mr. Vo Quang Hue, Vice Chairman of EuroCham Vietnam. “The relevant know-how developed and tested in Europe and all over the world needs no introduction and we are very keen on promoting contacts by relevant companies with the Vietnamese Government to facilitate business opportunities that can produce concrete results towards a smart future for Vietnam’s cities.”

“Moreover, European enterprises typically add value to the creation of business models regarding technology and knowledge, as well as ongoing training to the local workforce,” he added. “We look forward to continuing to work with Vietnamese authorities and proceed with both engaging in productive dialogue and presenting concrete solutions that can contribute to the country’s advancement.”

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