Da Nang launches ‘smart city’ plan


Da Nang is planning to become a ‘smart city’ and the first in Vietnam to join the ASEAN ‘smart’ city network by 2030.  

Director of the city’s IT Department Nguyen Quang Thanh said at the launch of the city’s plan towards 2030 with a vision to 2045 yesterday that it would be built in three phases with total investment of VND2.14 trillion (US$95 million), of which 30 per cent would come from the State budget.

It will include smart management, smart economy, smart environment, smart living, smart citizens and smart traffic to connect the city to the 126 ASEAN ‘smart city’ network, Thanh said.

“The plan will help develop Da Nang as a ‘start-up and innovative’ city in creating a driving force for socio-economic growth for the central region of Vietnam.”

Da Nang was the first city in Vietnam to launch an e-Government system in 2014, and transferred the system to 16 cities and provinces in 2016.

Thanh also said the plan would raise funds from partners including the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) Group; Software giant FPT, Viettel Group, the World Bank, Vietinbank and KOICA and other ODA.

The city has launched the first stage of the 341ha Da Nang Information Technology Park (DITP) – central Vietnam’s ‘Silicon Valley’ - with total investment of $278 million.

The park will create revenue of $1.5 billion each year with 25,000 jobs and a satellite city of 100,000 people.

Source: VNA