return icon

Experts discuss smart city model in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Some major cities in Vietnam have taken initial steps towards a smart city model and Japan’s experiences, especially in infrastructure development, are of great help for them, 

VietNamNet Bridge – Some major cities in Vietnam have taken initial steps towards a smart city model and Japan’s experiences, especially in infrastructure development, are of great help for them, experts said at the Asia Smart City Summit 2015 in HCMC on July 22.


Illustrative image -- File photo


According to Nguyen Hong Tien, director of the Technical Infrastructure Agency under the Ministry of Construction, some localities in Vietnam have worked towards the application of information technology (IT) in urban management. For instance, IT has been applied to State management activities and public services in Danang, infrastructure management in Hanoi, and HCMC also wants to use IT for smart city management.

Smart city is a global development trend and Vietnam is gradually investing in infrastructure and urban management based on the smart city model.

Huynh Van Thanh, deputy director of Danang City’s Department of Planning and Investment, said the city is implementing a cooperation program with Yokoyama City and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to learn their lessons of urban development and management.

Meanwhile, Mai Huu Tin, chairman of Binh Duong Province-based Uni Group, said Japanese investors are contributing to the province’s application of the smart city model by investing around US$1 billion to turn Binh Duong New City into a smart city.

Yuri Furusawa at the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said to develop smart cities, Japan has had to cope with problems like traffic congestion, a shortage of housing and environmental pollution.

According to Furusawa, Japan has to deal with such problems in different stages of economic development. For transport networks in major cities in Japan, urban railways play a central role. Buildings, shopping malls and stores have been moved out of city centers to ease traffic congestion and facilitate transportation.

Regarding cooperation opportunities between the two countries in agriculture, Vu Kim Hanh, director of the Center for Business Studies and Assistance (BSA), said the application of high technologies in the domestic agricultural sector would be an effective solution. Vietnam’s agriculture is lacking post-harvest technologies and production management.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, investments of private enterprises in agriculture picked up 1.9 times in 2013 compared to 2009. Besides, the number of investors in the sector rose from 2,397 in 2007 to 3,635 in 2013, up 13.8% annually.




Two more national parks nominated ASEAN heritage ones

Coc Coc browser, search engine recognised national digital platform

Vietnamese-developed Coc Coc browser and search engine is now eligible to become a digital platform serving the people in 2022, the Ministry of Information and Communications announced on October 7.


Vietnamese firms attend M-Tech Osaka 2022 expo

Vietnam Airlines flight makes emergency landing to save German passenger

A Vietnam Airlines flight en route from Germany to Ho Chi Minh City made an emergency landing at Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport of Azerbaijan on late October 6 to save a German passenger with health problem.

SSC warns investors about online securities trading apps

Some businesses have created websites and trading applications, such as Passion Invest, Finhay, Tikop, Infina, Savenow and BUFF, to raise capital under unlicensed business cooperation contracts.

Investors warned of the possibility of corporate bond default

In the financial market, investors need to keep in mind the principle of high risk, high return. Therefore, the higher the bond yield, the greater the probability of default.

PetroVietnam, BSR seek foreign capital for Dung Quat

A delegation of officers from PetroVietnam and Binh Son Oil Refining and Petrochemical JSC has attended a thematic seminar on export funding – TXF Asia 2022 – in Singapore.

Lenders look further afield for recruitment

As digital transformation calls for a different set of skills and knowledge, many financial institutions are turning to the overseas market for recruitment.

Moss-covered houses on Tay Con Linh Mountain

The moss-covered houses of the Dao ethnic people are among the special features of Tay Con Linh Mountain in the northern province of Ha Giang.

PM orders karaoke service licensing be tightened

The prime minister has ordered the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to study and issue more stringent karaoke service licensing regulations.

Six airports proposed for expansion under PPP format

The Ministry of Transport has written to the prime minister proposing upgrading and expanding six airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) format.

VN companies can now compete fairly with cross-border platforms

Cross-border TV OTT platforms will have to have operating licenses and pay tax, and domestic firms will be subjected to looser censorship, thus creating opportunities for domestic firms to compete with foreign ones.

Vietnam ranks 48th in 2022 Global Innovation Index

Vietnam is placed 48th among 132 economies in the Global Innovation Index 2022.

New UNDP Resident Representative pledges support to Vietnam’s development

Ramla Al Khalidi, newly-appointed UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, has pledged to further support Vietnam’s development, covering climate change response and the settlement of bomb and mine consequences.

VN should not become a place where investors exploit only cheap labor

Vietnam wants foreign investors to come to cooperate and not build closed facilities that are separate oases in the economy, former chair of the Vietnam Confederation of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc said.