On March 29th a Letter of Intent was signed in Hanoi, Vietnam, between the Dutch Smart City Consortium and the Urban Planning department of the Ministry of Construction, aiming to share knowledge and introduce the Dutch consortium partners into the various cities in Vietnam, who are recently embarking on their paths towards developing and implementing strategies becoming a Smart City.
The signing was part of an international seminar themed “Developing Smart Cities in Vietnam towards Green and Sustainable Growth” organized by the Vietnam Ministry of Construction and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Hanoi.
Last year, during the official visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the Netherlands, EIPO presented their model and strategy for developing smart city to the Vietnamese PM. Following up the visit, the Urban Development Agency, on behalf of the Ministry of Construction, has been working with EIPO, who initiated the Netherlands Smart Cities Consortium to foster cooperation in the relevant fields under smart city building and urban development. Thursday March 29th, Smart City experts from the Netherlands shared experiences and vision with their colleagues from the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction. In the afternoon program a wide range of Dutch experts from Eindhoven based Smart City Advisory EIPO, Philips Lighting, NXP Semiconductors, Royal Haskoning DHV, The Dutch GSC3 network and the Vietnamese Province of Binh Duong shared their practices on various approaches to work on the grand challenges of urban development. How to fight (air) pollution, congestion, and access to healthcare; manage the water and other aspects of fast growing metropolitan areas. The Vietnamese officials of the Ministry of Construction, department Urban Planning, reflected on these visions. How to adapt the European policies and frameworks to the local Vietnamese circumstances. The conference was opened by the Dutch Ambassador Mrs. Nienke Trooster and the Deputy-Minister of MoC Mr. Nguyen Dinh Toan
Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster stated that certain transitions would definitely take place, such as the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Resilience also means that a city can accommodate short-term upheavals, such as a flood. Smart cities offer architecture for structuring procedures in such a way that cities will be resilient enough to handle all of those future developments, she affirmed. At the seminar, experts from both sides discussed the current situation and challenges to smart city development in Vietnam and Vietnam’s ICT capability and potential in developing smart cities. They also shared experience on smart city construction in the Netherlands and other countries, drawing lessons and recommendations for Vietnam to facilitate the field with great potential for bilateral cooperation.