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Ho Chi Minh City constructs eastern smart city area
"Smart city for the people, for the family and for the country" - Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan said.

Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan discussed with representatives from South Korea. Photo: PHUONG THUY.

In the afternoon of September 5, the Department of Planning and Architecture of Ho Chi Minh City cooperated with the Management Magazine to organize a seminar on smart cities, aiming to develop a high-impact creative urban area in the east of the Ho Chi Minh City. The seminar was attended by experts on investment, planning, architecture, technology from Korea.

Mrs. Luong Thu Anh, Department of Planning Management of the central area (Department of Planning and Architecture of Ho Chi Minh City), said that the eastern area of the city has an area of about 21,000 ha, the existing population of about one million people (12% of students), transport infrastructure is being invested.

In particular, this area has the National University of Ho Chi Minh City with about 110,000 students, the High-Tech Park and Thu Thiem new urban area suitable to build this place into a creative urban area.

Speaking at the seminar, Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan said that aiming to develop for the period of 2021-2030, Ho Chi Minh City has a policy of selecting countries that are strategic partners of Vietnam to become being a partner of the city, helping the city solve strategic problems.

In particular, South Korea is helping the city realize the policy of building a smart city and the project has a future strategy of developing a high-impact creative urban area in the east of the city.

According to experts from Korea, in building smart cities, people must be centered. With this view, Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan shared that building a smart city is not only for people but also for families. "Smart city for the people, for the family and for the country" - Mr. Nhan said.

The head of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee said that after this seminar, there will be more coordinated activities for the city to become a more effective smart city and soon start to implement a highly interactive creative urban area in the east of the city. In October 2019, the international competition for the idea of building this creative urban area will end, then Ho Chi Minh City will choose the best ideas to deploy the planning of creative urban areas in the east of the city.

At the seminar, Korean experts shared about Seoul's reform strategy, the application of technology, especially artificial intelligence (AI) to smart cities, and water management experiences, traffic, landscape design of smart cities that Ho Chi Minh City and smart urban areas in Vietnam can refer to.

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