Vietnam speeds up smart city projects

The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) government and the government-run Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group have inked an agreement (VNPT) to create a sustainable smart city, they will work together to undertake a number of digital transformation projects between 2022 and 2025.

The collaboration aims to advance e-governance, boost the digital economy, and hasten the city’s digital transformation. Last week, a signing ceremony took place. Speaking at the occasion, HCMC Chairman Phan Van Mai said the city hopes that by 2025, the digital economy would account for about 25% of its gross regional product. The collaboration with VNPT is anticipated to hasten digital transformation and create a smart city for HCMC.

According to the agreement, the two parties will work closely together to develop digital platforms and infrastructure, guarantee cybersecurity, and increase HCMC’s information technology staff. In order for HCMC to “develop a big data source” for e-governance development, VNPT will set up data systems for many disciplines.

Furthermore, VNPT will improve channels of communication between the government, citizens, and enterprises in addition to developing a smart monitoring system for the municipal administration. To deploy cybersecurity solutions and safeguard the data systems used by the city government, VNPT will collaborate with the HCMC Cybersecurity Centre and the Municipal Department of Information and Communications.

The team will use a variety of digital solutions to strengthen HCMC’s leading industries, including commerce, logistics, and transportation, in order to hasten the city’s digital economic development. In order to lay a solid foundation for the digital transformation of sectors, VNPT promised to expand mobile telecom infrastructure and offer the city fast broadband.

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