Vietnam strives to build legal base for smart city development by 2020

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently approved a project to develop sustainable and smart cities for 2018-2025 with a vision to 2030.

Ho Chi Minh City is building smart city project (Source: VNA)
With the goal of developing sustainable and smart cities, Vietnam hopes to boost green growth and sustainable development, bring into full play its potential and advantages, and increase the efficiency of the use of its resources.

The country also wants to improve locals’ living standards, increase the economy’s competitiveness and step up international integration.

Until 2020, the project will work to build a legal base for sustainable and smart city development, issue policies and mechanisms applied to the regions subject to pilot implementation, build and pilot the application of the ICT framework on smart city development, develop the GIS-based urban space data infrastructure, and build the national city database (first phase).

By 2025, the first phase of the pilot implementation of smart city development will be carried out, focusing on building and finalising legal corridors and regulations, applying the ICT spatial framework to smart city development in Vietnam, announcing national standards prioritised for the pilot building of smart cities, and developing the urban space data infrastructure.

The first-phase pilot is expected to be completed by 2030, towards the duplication by fields and regions, thus forming a network of smart cities nationwide. Hanoi, Da Nang city, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho city will be chosen to be the core of smart city networks in the northern, central, southern and Mekong Delta regions, respectively.

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