Numerous mechanisms proposed for developing smart city in HCM City

24-Apr-2018 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Associations in the information technology (IT) and telecommunications industries have suggested various policies for HCM City to transform itself into a smart city, heard a conference on April 18.

Pham Duc Long, general director of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), said in order to flesh out the city’s smart urban plan, the municipal government should set up an agency responsible for management and implementation of the plan. The aim is to employ technologies and oversee their implementation so that various segments and services of the plan can be fully integrated, said Long.

The execution of the smart urban plan would require a lengthy period of time, so the municipal government should come up with a general plan for every single project. Moreover, these projects should be classified in order of investment priority, according to the VNPT general director.

He suggested a legal framework should be made more specific to lure companies into developing technologies. Meanwhile, their applications should be piloted in district-level governments so that suitable models could be established and further invested.

Also according to Long, security solutions, especially those involving privacy, should also be taken into account.

Ngo Vi Dong, vice president of the Vietnam Information Security Association, proposed that competent agencies under the government should set out specific criteria for information security in smart cities. In addition, they should set up an emergency response team along with a network security operation centre.

Dong also emphasized that relevant agencies should set up a public-private partnership mechanism in a transparent manner. In addition, they should closely cooperate with associations and companies at home and abroad that specialise in information security and IT.

Phi Anh Tuan, vice president of the HCM City Computer Association, explained that a mechanism for guaranteeing IT companies to fill the government’s orders is extremely necessary for facilitating technological transfers.

He suggested taxes should be directly deducted from annual IT application costs in order to reduce corporate income tax, while assets for developing IT should be primarily depreciated.

A representative of Senvi Technology Corporation proposed the municipal government establish mechanisms for ensuring business freedom and fair competition among startups in State-controlled IT segments.

The Senvi executive added there should be a mechanism in place for new companies to have equal access to all mechanisms and resources, especially investment capital. A policy for prioritising locally-made and creative hi-tech products should be simultaneously available.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the HCM City Department of Information and Communications struck a memorandum of understanding with the HCM City Computer Association, the Vietnam Information Security Association, and the HCM City Semiconductor Industry Association. City.html


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