Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore to bolster ties in smart city building

Monday, 2018-08-13 22:00:21
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Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen (R) welcomes Chairman of Enterprise Singapore Peter Ong on August 13 (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen met with visiting Chairman of Enterprise Singapore Peter Ong on August 13, stating that his city hopes to learn from the latter’s experience in smart city building.

Singapore is currently the largest foreign direct investor in Ho Chi Minh City with over 1,100 projects worth more than US$ 10.6 billion in total, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tuyen said, noting that it has contributed to local development and dynamism.

He expressed his wish that Singapore will retain its leading position and realise the cooperation potential in carrying out sub-projects for Ho Chi Minh City’s smart city building plan, including building a smart operations centre and developing new residential areas. The Vietnamese southern hub also hopes to expand bilateral partnerships in priority fields, such as waterway transport, logistics, and flood prevention.

In appreciation of the goodwill of Singaporean businesses, the official spoke highly of the country’s expertise and capacity in applying high technology in the development process. He suggested that cooperation with Singaporean firms in building an operations centre to help Ho Chi Minh City swiftly deal with urgent problems like transport, water, and other innovative city building and development issues.

For his part, Peter Ong, who is also a senior economic advisor at the Singaporean Ministry of Trade and Industry, noted with satisfaction that the two countries have together built close-knit relations, especially in terms of economy.

Singaporean firms are looking to make long-term cooperation and investments in Vietnam, which is reflected in the fact that Singapore respectively ranks first and third among foreign investors in Ho Chi Minh City and in Vietnam, he noted.

He added that his country’s enterprises highly value the attractiveness and potential of Vietnam’s investment climate, particularly in terms of infrastructure, industrial parks, and transport. They hope to contribute to the socio-economic development of Vietnam.

Peter Ong emphasised that with a young and industrious workforce, Ho Chi Minh City holds necessary conditions to continue its dynamic development trend, especially if it is able to apply high technologies and techniques in an appropriate fashion.

Singapore has many businesses experienced in building data centres and supplying solutions and technologies for developing transport systems and urban infrastructure. They are ready to share those experiences and join the making of master plans and the construction of a local urban innovation centre.

Aside from the geographical proximity and long-standing friendship, smart city building is a good chance for Singaporean firms to strengthen ties with Ho Chi Minh City in the future, he noted.