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US to provide assistance in developing smart cities

Released at: 17:23, 23/06/2017

US to provide assistance in developing smart cities

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Assistance to help Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular, conference told.

by Le Diem

The US will lend a helping hand in building smart cities in Vietnam in general and in Hanoi in particular, a workshop held by the Ministry of Information and Communications, the US Embassy in Vietnam, and the US Trade and Development Agency in Hanoi on June 21 and 22 heard.

The workshop offered a general overview of the duration, roadmap, and objectives of IT application in building e-government geared towards smart cities and was attended by representatives from ministries and localities and about 50 enterprises.

Attendees exchanged information on smart urban initiatives, the challenges and opportunities in Vietnam, the smart metropolis, smart urban development, the relationship between smart urban planning and intelligent transport, services for citizens and e-government, finance, and the roadmap for building a smart city.

Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, said the city has paid heed to scientific and technological application, especially IT application in major and pressing areas, in order to raise the efficiency of construction, management and development and provide better services to citizens and businesses. 

He highlighted Hanoi’s implementation of online public service portals in different fields, such as justice, natural resources and environment, construction, education and training, and information and communications. 

Hanoi aims to complete the core components forming a smart city by 2020, covering telecommunications, security infrastructure, keabases on andpopulation, land  businesses, and e-authority, he said.y dat

Representatives from the central city of Da Nang shared their experience in building IT databases, which enable the public and businesses to contribute their opinions and supervise the performance of local departments and agencies. In 2016, Da Nang received more than 10,000 comments and shared information about traffic and environmental health in the city. The city has also provided free wi-fi, which assists people in accessing common data systems.

Mr. Rahul Savdekar, Director of Corporate Development for the Asian Public Sector at Microsoft, said that with the rapid growth in information and communications, Vietnam has many opportunities to implement its strategy and policies for smart urban development and improving people’s quality of life. Cities in Vietnam will face financial pressure, however.

US Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Ted Osius, emphasized the significance of developing smart cities in the context of rapid urbanization globally, especially in Southeast Asia and South Africa, and said the US was ready to sponsor, support, and share its experience with Vietnam. 

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