Vietnam still faces obstacles in intelligent urban development

Thursday, 2017-05-18 17:33:50
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Vietnam is still facing many obstacles and difficulties during the implementation of its intelligent urban development plan.
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NDO – The successful implementation of smart urbanisation will turn cities into a desirable place to live and work and help to enhance sustainable development in terms of economy, society and the environment. However, international experience shows that Vietnam still faces many obstacles and difficulties on the road to smart urban development.

The assessment was made by Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong during a symposium held in Hanoi on May 18 on smart urban construction in Vietnam.

Chairing the event, Deputy Minister Hong said that smart urban construction is a new and complicated issue, therefore the ministry will receive comments from relevant localities, enterprises, associations, and research institutes on appropriate solutions and implementation methods in Vietnam. On that basis, the ministry will continue to study and coordinate with concerned agencies to formulate mechanisms, policies and guidance on smart urban development suitable to the country's conditions.

At the conference, the organisers introduced an overview on smart urbanization, its development trend and smart urban construction experience around the world, as well as smart urban evaluation criteria and situation of intelligent urban development in Vietnam.

Several proposals for smart urban development in Vietnam were also sent to the conference, of which many agreed to form a unified viewpoint and understanding of smart urbanisation, thereby developing criteria for evaluating and encouraging IT application and database sharing during the implementation process.

They suggested developing and promulgating regulations for infrastructure development associated with smart urban management, while paying further attention to training and communication for smart urban areas.

The Ministry of Information and Communications was asked to coordinate with related ministries, sectors and enterprises to develop guidelines and recommendations for provinces and cities to implement homogeneously, especially in architecture. Functional units need to share information about intelligent cities so that provinces and cities can correctly implement and follow directions.

In Vietnam, urban areas account for 10% of the country’s total area but contribute more than 70% of its GDP, with five centrally-governed cities accounting for 50% of the country's GDP.

Vietnam has nearly 20 provinces and cities launching their smart urban schemes. Large ICT companies have signed a range of agreements for intelligent urban cooperation with provinces and cities.

A series of legal documents defining smart city development have been issued, of which Decision No. 1819/QD-TTg by the Prime Minister approving the National Programme on IT Application in State Agencies has set out an objective to deploy intelligent urban development in at least three locations according to criteria set by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

Resolution No. 05/NQ-TW on a number of major policies to further renew the growth model and improve growth quality, labour productivity and competitiveness of the economy also set-out the task of prioritising the development of several intelligent cities.

In particular, the Prime Minister has instructed the Ministry of Information and Communications to preside over and coordinate with the Ministry of Construction and other relevant agencies to develop and issue intelligent urban assessment and accreditation criteria, as well as guiding localities to implement in matching with the efficiency, capital balance and suitable conditions of each locality.