Ho Chi Minh Joins Smart City Bandwagon


While we, Indians, are eagerly awaiting to see the outcomes of the government’s ambitious Smart City plan, there are many other countries who are gearing up for the smart city race. The latest to join the bandwagon is  Vietnam’s commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM).

According to a leading news daily, the City’s Party Committee aims to turn HCM into a smart city for improving economy as well as its citizen’s quality of life. This news was revealed after the conclusion of a recent meeting between HCM City leaders and the Việt Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee members this Sunday.

To turn HCM into a smart city, city’s Party Committee secretary, Đinh La Thăng announced a new steering committee including an advisory board. He informed that the steering would be headed by the current chairman of the HCM City’s People’s Committee, who along with other team members would develop an appropriate roadmap to transform HCM into a smart city.

Commenting on the need to turn HCM into a smart city, Dhang said that one shouldn’t wait for the eligibility to join in the smart city bandwagon. He further urged the city leaders to come together and create a short- and long-term smart city development project for the next 10 years.

He expects the HCM Smart City plan to cover three main bases and they are: smart services such as education, healthcare and traffic; enhanced citizen participation in city life; and a common database plan.

In the Smart City plan, inefficiencies that are impacting the life and work of residents would be handled first. For example, for managing the city traffic better, all traffic and security cameras would be linked together, and then would be used to gather real-time information about city traffic density so that transportation agencies can rapidly react to issues.

The common database will contain information about socio-economic development policies, and thus, will be accessible to businesses, citizens, managers and investors.

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