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|USTDA and Ho Chi Minh City signed the partnership on smart city projects at the US Business Summit|
“Ho Chi Minh City has an ambitious smart cities agenda, and USTDA is an ideal partner to support its goals,” said Todd Abrajano, USTDA chief operating officer and head of agency. “Our partnership will help the city deploy cutting-edge ICT technologies and advanced data analytics that innovative US companies are ready to supply.”
USTDA’s funding will help the city develop implementation plans for an intelligent operations centre, a smart city priority that will aggregate real-time urban data onto an intuitive dashboard platform that can be leveraged by local leaders. Through the usage of these smart technologies and the application of advanced data analytics, Ho Chi Minh City can enhance service delivery to its rapidly-growing population and advance new economic development.
“This is a watershed moment for Vietnam and US business to drive new partnerships, expand new business opportunities, and engage in all critical sectors in Vietnam. With the US as a partner, Vietnam has the potential to leapfrog into a modern, digitally-enabled economy, advancing beyond other countries in the region,” said Daniel Kritenbrink, US Ambassador to Vietnam.
"The technical assistance to develop the Intelligent Operations Centre for Ho Chi Minh City is the second cooperation project between the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications and the USTDA, following the success of the Technical Assistance to Develop the Integrated Emergency Communications System for Ho Chi Minh City, which was conducted and completed in 2018-2019," said Le Quoc Cuong, deputy director of Ho Chi Minh City Information and Communications Department.
"The signing of the grant agreement for the Technical Assistance to Develop the Intelligent Operations Centre for Ho Chi Minh City is the most concrete evidence for the strong development of the comprehensive partnership in smart cities between Ho Chi Minh City and the US on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the US,” he added.