Smart-city development must be linked with digital transformation process

November 3, 2021 | 09:21 am GMT+7

Smart-city development in Việt Nam must be linked with the digital transformation process in localities.


Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Huy Dũng made the statement at the online ASOCIO Smart City Summit held on Tuesday morning.

The five-day summit was organised by the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) and the Việt Nam Software and IT Services (VINASA). The summit will discuss modern technology trends applied in smart cities with five sessions on digital Government; smart real estate; smart industrial parks; digital platforms and solutions for smart cities; and start-ups.

Dũng said that smart-city development was an issue that had received the attention of many localities across the country.

Some localities had started to apply the smart city model and achieved initial results, he said.

“However, I think it is still a new model not only for Việt Nam but also for countries that applied the model before us,” he said.

It required us to constantly study, exchange experiences and draw lessons both domestically and internationally to serve the development of smart cities in Việt Nam, he said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some smart cities around the world failed to protect people's lives and health against the spread of the disease, he said.

The pandemic had given us an expensive but very valuable lesson to seriously review the limitations and then set directions for the deployment of smart cities in the future, he said.

Dũng also said the information and communications ministry, with the mission of leading and orienting the process of national digital transformation, including information and communications technology (ICT) for smart-city development, had made efforts to coordinate with relevant ministries, localities and international agencies to promote the deployment of smart cities in Việt Nam.

The ministry already issued guiding documents to create a legal framework for smart-city development, including the ICT Reference Framework, the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Smart Cities and the guidance of the IT application to provide services and utilities in the smart city, he said.

Việt Nam was accelerating the national digital transformation process, he said.

“We believe that smart-city development is also the implementation of the digital transformation in localities,” he said.

Urgent demand

Speaking at the summit’s opening ceremony, Nguyễn Văn Khoa, President of VINASA, said that building smart cities was not only an inevitable trend but also an urgent demand in Việt Nam and in the world.

The pandemic over the past two years had been promoting the process of building and developing smart cities with many issues from data collection and management; solutions for pandemic prevention and control as well as the smart city's operation and management during the recovery period, he said.

Along with digital transformation, smart cities were becoming a new development trend of cities in the smart era, helping the cities to optimise resources, develop sustainably, bring more safety and convenience for people and contribute to socio-economic development, he said.

The summit was more meaningful as participants discussed recovery and growth while countries were struggling with the pandemic, of which, cities and urban areas suffered the most, he said.

In Việt Nam, the Government issued Decision No 950/QĐ-TTg in 2018, approving the Project of Sustainable Smart City Development in Việt Nam in 2018-25, with a vision towards 2030.

The Politburo issued Resolution No 52-NQ/TW in 2019 on a number of guidelines and policies to actively participate in the fourth industrial revolution. The resolution sets a target that by 2025 there will be at least three smart cities in the three key economic regions of the North, the South and Central.

By 2030, a number of smart cities will be formed in three regions and gradually connecting to the smart city network in the region and the world.