Vietnam eyes to develop domestically- and globally-connected smart cities

A symposium on the development of domestically- and globally-connected smart cities took place in Hanoi on June 16.

The event, which was one of four seminars in the framework of the ongoing Vietnam Sustainable Urban Development Forum 2022, was jointly organised by the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission, the Ministry of Construction and relevant agencies.

Addressing the seminar, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Nguyen Duc Hien noted that policies on developing smart cities have been set out in Resolutions of the Party and projects of the Government.

As many as 41 out of 63 provinces and centrally-run cities nationwide have or are developing smart urban development projects, while nearly 40 localities have developed a number of smart-city services, he said.

However, Hien noted that the deployment of smart cities in Vietnam has only initially focused on the application of smart-city services, while issues related to smart urban planning and construction management have not been really addressed.

The role of people in joining the planning and operation of smart cities remains limited, he said.

Participants discussed and clarified issues about the need and role of smart city development, experience, successful models in smart city development, and specific solutions in planning, managing and operating smart cities.

According to Dr. Tran Quoc Thai, director of the Urban Development Agency under the Ministry of Construction, the construction of smart cities in association with the development of e-government and digital transformation has been bringing initial results, contributing to effectively processing administrative procedures at State agencies.

He underlined the need to enhance dialogue and exchange of experience in this work, saying that relevant agencies should urgently research, develop standards and manuals related to aspects of smart cities.

Another symposium on digital transformation, and building synchronous and modern urban infrastructure to adapt to climate change ứa held on the same day. 

It offered a venue for policy making and enforcing agencies, organisations, businesses and individuals, domestic and international experts and scientists to provide more scientific arguments and share practical experience for institutionalising and concretising the Party's guidelines and policies on urbanisation and sustainable urban development in Vietnam.

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