The pedestrians' space around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter, which is popular destinations for Hanoians and tourists (Photo: VNA)
The official made the statement during a working session in Hanoi on August 20 with over 100 overseas Vietnamese science and technology experts who attend an innovative network connection programme from August 18-24.
Chung noted that Hanoi is among the 17 largest capital cities in the world, with a population of about 10 million. Over 10 years of administrative boundary expansion, the city enjoys an annual growth speed of 7.41%.
To date, Hanoi has established a wide area network (WAN) in all 584 localities of 30 districts, he added.
However, the city currently faces major challenges in terms of urban development, namely rapid population growth and environmental issues as 97 percent of waste is dumped in landfill sites. Additionally, the rate of labourers without training remains high, especially in management and information technology.
The official voiced his hope that the participants will connect domestic and foreign experts and scientists to seek solutions to these challenges, contributing to the development of Hanoi and the nation at large.
At the session, participants discussed ideas to address various issues related to urban areas and socio-economic development in Hanoi.
They shared their experiences in building smart cities, as well as advanced technologies in transport, healthcare, education, and environmental protection, among others.
They also showed willingness to cooperate with the city in attracting high quality human resources and applying modern technology.
Chung asked the experts and scientists to connect with local authorities via the startup portal startupcity.vn. The sound collaboration between the city and the innovative network connection programme will create favourable conditions for them to contribute further to the nation, he said.