In October 26, 2023, at New York City, US, the annual Intelligent Community Awards Dinner in New York City, the culminating event of this year's ICF Global Summit conference, the Intelligent Community Forum honored a Vietnamese city with its top award among intelligent communities in all over the world. Binh Duong is the first Vietnamese province becoming the member of Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) and honored the Top award for the first time in 24 years of ICF history.
PORTAL - That is the assessment of Mr. John Jung - Co-founder of the
Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) at the meeting with leaders of Binh Duong
province on inspection results and proposed directions for the future took
place on the afternoon of September 07, in Thu Dau Mot City.
PORTAL - On the morning of September 08, at the Binh Duong Provincial Convention and Exhibition Center, Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Mai Hung Dung had a meeting with Mr. John Jung - Co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) to discuss the Master planning of Binh Duong province for the 2021-2030 period, vision to 2050.
PORTAL - The project "Developing the application of population database, identification and electronic authentication for national digital transformation in the 2022-2025 period, with a vision to 2030" (referred to as Project 06) was born with the hopes to create new achievements and steps on the digital era integration journey. For Binh Duong, after one year of implementation, Project 06 has brought many utilities, saved time and state budget, and gradually contributed to the establishment of a professional, modern and transparent administration to better serve people and enterprises.
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PORTAL - Operation and improvement of operational quality of the Provincial Public Administration Center; the Provincial administrative procedure settlement information system in the province are the content set forth by the provincial People's Council deputies during the Questioning session at the 11th meeting - the 10th Provincial People's Council took place on the morning of July 21, at the Provincial Administration Center.
PORTAL - On the morning of August 26, at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center, Eastern International University (EIU) held a commencement ceremony in 2023, awarding diplomas to 233 new bachelors and engineers.
PORTAL - Thuan An City has just announced that it has free wifi coverage at 10 public places, including 7 parks located in densely populated residential areas.
Attending this honoring annoucement ceremony, Mr. Mai Hung Dung, Member of the Provincial Party Standing Committee and Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee received the award for Binh Duong. This is the great achievement of Binh Duong province in deploying the Binh Duong smart city project since 2016. The province has been previously named a Smart21 Community five consecutive times (2019 - 2023) and to the prestigious list of Top7 three times (2019 - 2023).
Given his remark, ICF Co-Founder Louis Zacharilla said "This year we witnessed an historic moment in the life of cities with Viet Nam's first Intelligent Community being named Intelligent Community of the Year," "Binh Duong has methodically executed ICF's Community Accelerator Strategy while participating in our annual awards. The city is a great example of the power of teamwork, focus on a clear and persistent strategy and a passionate dedication to creating a place that honors its people and is part of a nation preparing its citizens for the 21st Century. ICF's Founders were also pleased to see Eindhoven, a former Intelligent Community of the Year, work with Binh Duong on adapting the Dutch city's experience and best practices to Viet Nam's culture and transitioning economy. Binh Duong represents many things to other cities throughout the world, but mainly, it is physical, vibrant proof that 'the middle of nowhere is no more!'"
Despite of challenges due to the pandemic last several years, Binh Duong tried to do all its best to overcome difficulties, recover its growth by diverse solutions.
Binh Duong was selected after more than a year of evaluation that included a quantitative analysis of extensive data, a site audit by an Intelligent Community Forum co-founder and votes from an international jury made up of experts from around the world. Communities in the Awards program are evaluated based on six Factors making up the Community Accelerator Strategy, which combine to produce inclusive economic growth, strengthen social connection and support rich and meaningful cultures.
Starting on Wednesday October 25th, the Summit featured two days of programming, workshops and panel discussions around the City of New York, including the SUNY Global Center, with leaders from around the world, including representatives from each of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2023.
And Binh Duong is honored the TOP1, the other six finalist competitors for Intelligent Community of 2023 were Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil; Durham Region, Ontario, Canada; Greater Geelong, Victoria, Australia; Hilliard, Ohio, USA; and Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
PORTAL - That is the assessment of Mr. John Jung - Co-founder of the
Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) at the meeting with leaders of Binh Duong
province on inspection results and proposed directions for the future took
place on the afternoon of September 07, in Thu Dau Mot City.
Welcoming and working with the ICF delegation were Mr. Nguyen Hoang Thao - Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC); Mr. Nguyen Van Hung - Board of Directors' Chairman of Becamex IDC Corp and leaders of provincial departments, committees and branches.
Overview of the meeting
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. John Jung thanked Binh Duong province for inviting him to visit, survey project programs and evaluate the province's specific activities in building a Smart City. After more than 2 working days in Binh Duong, he expressed his impression of the changes in infrastructure and economic development, especially the province's orientation to convert from traditional industry to high value-added, advanced, and environmentally friendly industry.
Mr. John Jung also appreciated putting people at the center of development, giving priority to serving people and the community in building Binh Duong Smart City. Among them, the investment in building social housing in Binh Duong is a project that he was very impressed with and he hoped that the province will build and develop more projects so that workers can live and work stably and long-term in Binh Duong.
Mr. John Jung - ICF Co-founder speaks at the meeting
From the ICF's perspective, he assessed that Binh Duong is on the right track; focusing on innovation, converting to modern industry with high added value, investing in infrastructure, social housing, education, etc. is the direction for smart, sustainable development. He believed that the initial specific results in building a Smart City and the province's current investment will bring even more impressive results in the upcoming period.
Regarding the future direction, according to Mr. John Jung, in the master plan, the province needs to pay attention to the transportation system towards the TOD model; create space for people to live, increase green space to make Binh Duong a place worth living, a place to attract and retain talent. He highly appreciated and said that Binh Duong has applied the "Triple helix" cooperation model well, but needs to continue to do better, especially increase community participation in government decisions.
Another factor, according to Mr. John Jung, Binh Duong needs to continue investing in building its image, brand and widely promoting so that the world knows about Binh Duong. With his position at ICF, Mr. John Jung hoped to be an active participant in telling Binh Duong's story to the world.
Mr. Mai Hung Dung – Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC speaks at the meeting
Speaking at the meeting, on behalf of the provincial leaders, Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC said that Binh Duong is very honored to participate in ICF. Through participating in ICF, Binh Duong learns a lot about the province's development process; at the same time, this is also an opportunity for Binh Duong to introduce and promote its image to 200 localities of many countries around the world that are ICF's members. He thanked Mr. John Jung for taking the time to come to Binh Duong to see firsthand the province's changes and expressed his honor when Mr. John Jung shared Binh Duong's story with the world. Binh Duong provincial leaders will participate in the TOP 1 ICF evaluation event taking place next October in New York, USA.
Also receiving were Mr. Nguyen Hoang Thao - Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC); Mr. Nguyen Van Hung - Board of Directors' Chairman of Becamex IDC Corp and leaders of departments, committees and branches.
Welcoming the ICF leadership team to visit and work in Binh Duong, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi emphasized that since joining ICF, Binh Duong has been greatly inspired in the direction of building a Smart City, especially the goal of building a Smart City to serve people's lives, serve the community, and provide maximum support to disadvantaged groups. Regarding the environment, the province strives to ensure a green, sustainable, clean and beautiful environment, Binh Duong is a place worth living. Many projects on environmental treatment of dust, wastewater and garbage have been implemented by the province. In education, building smart and happy schools, so that "every day going to school is a happy day". In the field of health, the province develops smart health care, bringing health policies to workers and disadvantaged people. In neighborhoods and hamlets in the province, community digital technology groups have also been established to grasp difficulties and problems and guide people in carrying out online administrative procedures, etc. In planning, the province prioritizes land funds for education, health care, and community service space; strives to achieve the goal of 10 square meters of greenery per person.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi speaks at the reception
The Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee acknowledged and gratefully thanked the ICF's orientations and criteria in building a Smart City for inspiring and motivating Binh Duong to achieve initial results in building a Smart City.
Mr. John Jung - ICF Co-founder highly appreciated the remarkable changes and development of Binh Duong during the past time. He said that the initial results in the implementation of the Smart City Project have created a highlight and foundation for the province to continue to develop breakthroughs in the next phase. In particular, building a Smart City and participating in international organizations such as ICF has contributed to widely promoting the image of Binh Duong province in the international arena, positively contributing to the province's investment attraction results. During his 3 working days in Binh Duong, he will spend time visiting, conducting field surveys, and meeting people to better understand the changes and impacts of building a Smart City on the development of the province.
Mr. John Jung (middle) - Co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) speaks at the meeting
At the meeting, Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC Mai Hung Dung brieved information about Binh Duong province and introduced the Binh Duong Smart City Project. Accordingly, up to now the scale of the province's economy has increased 104 times compared to 1997. Labor has shifted from agriculture to the industrial, commercial and service sectors. To date, the province has attracted over 4,000 foreign investment projects with a total capital of more than 40 billion USD, ranking second of Viet Nam, after Ho Chi Minh City. The per capita income is the highest in the country, about 400 USD/person/month. In the process of economic development, the province strives to ensure environmental protection and improve people's quality of life.
Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC said that Binh Duong has implemented the construction of the Smart City Project since 2016 as a breakthrough program aimed at services, high-tech production, and a dynamic, livable urban area. During the implementation process, the province applied the Triple Helix model (Government - Enterprise – Institutions/Universities) and achieved impressive initial results. Binh Duong has been recognized by ICF 5 consecutive years (2019-2023) to Smart21 and 3 consecutive years (2021-2023) to Smart7. An important goal when deploying the construction of a Smart City is that the province wishes to learn from experience in managing and building smart cities and smart communities for more sustainable development.
Development orientation of Binh Duong Smart City to 2030, Binh Duong continues to closely apply the Triple Helix model; at the same time, focuses on digital transformation, smart city, deploys Binh Duong innovation ecosystem and focuses on human resource development, invests in education, takes care of the disadvantaged, "leaving no one behind".
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi presents a souvenir to Mr. John Jung
Provincial leaders discuss with ICF leaders
It is known that the ICF Team will have 3 working days in Binh Duong to evaluate and better understand the challenges, development strategies and progress of Smart City implementation in Binh Duong through 06 criteria: Connect; wWork; innovate; include; engage and sustain.
Delegates take a souvenir photo
Attending were leaders of provincial departments, committees and branches.
Overview of the meeting
At the meeting, representatives of the Department of Planning and Investment and the consulting unit presented the purpose, meaning and some basic contents of Binh Duong province's planning for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050. In particular, the approach, bottlenecks and challenges in terms of growth model, transport infrastructure, environment, etc. are outlined. However, Binh Duong has advantages such as being located in the central area of Ho Chi Minh City, having industrial and urban infrastructure, and good land fund; the government accompanying enterprises with dynamism and innovation. Therefore, the province aims for green and sustainable growth, striving to become a modern urban, industrial and service area of regional and international stature by 2050.
To achieve that goal, the province proposed 6 strategies for development including: Deploying pioneering breakthrough actions; foreign relations to enhance Binh Duong's position; developing urban space and infrastructure; developing in depth and new models of economic, cultural and social development; space and infrastructure; protecting the ecological environment, etc. The province applies the TOD model to create a foundation for developing public transport infrastructure, associated with urban development; Southern urban redevelopment, development of the North - South economic corridor and ecological corridor along the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers.
Representative of the consulting unit presents the draft Master planning of Binh Duong province for the 2021-2030 period, vision to 2050
Mr. John Jung - ICF Co-founder highly appreciated Binh Duong province's planning for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050. The planning has taken further steps, exploiting the potential and strengths of the locality, associated with the orientation of building a smart city. Besides, the planning has also contributed to clearly shaping the new development step of Binh Duong, along with the 6 criteria given by ICF. The ICF representative also commented on some contents of the planning such as: Necessary to assess the social impact of relocating manufacturing plants to industrial parks and clusters, resettlement, ensuring support services in new areas; having plans to flexibly respond to challenges such as pandemic, environmental changes, and climate change. Mr. John Jung also mentioned the planning orientation for the waterway transportation system and river tourism development; building social housing for workers; developing high-tech forms of transportation (such as self-driving cars, etc.).
Mr. John Jung – ICF Co-founder speaks at the meeting
Speaking at the meeting, Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC Mai Hung Dung said that provincial planning is the overall content that guides the province's development in the coming period associated with smart community development, but must ensure feasibility. The delegates' comments will be recorded and adjusted by the province and the consulting unit to soon have the best quality planning as a basis for implementing State management, suitable for the new development stage.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of September 05, within the framework of the visit and working of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) survey team in Binh Duong, Mr. John Jung - ICF co-founder worked with provincial departments and branches on implementation o
Receiving the delegation were Mr. Nguyen Viet Long - Director of Department of Science and Technology, Deputy Head of Binh Duong Smart City Executive Board; Mr. Le Tuan Anh - Director of the Department of Information and Communications, member of the Binh Duong Smart City Executive Board; Mr. Joost Helms - Member of Binh Duong Smart City Executive Board.
The delegation visited the Provincial Public Administration Center and collected information about the implementation of administrative procedures and the process of volunteers guiding people to look up information and carry out administrative procedures. At the same time, surveying to get an overall view of the Provincial Intelligent Operation Center (IOC) - a place that collects information and data sources of ministries, branches and localities in all fields, helping leaders at all levels in their supervision, direction and administration.
The ICF survey team visits the Provincial Public Administration Center and the Provincial Intelligent Operation Center
Reporting to the ICF Survey Team, Mr. Le Tuan Anh - Director of the Department of Information and Communications introduced the implementation of broadband; digital transformation and connectivity projects; training program of human resources ready to serve for digital transformation and building of Digital Government. For the include factor (equal digital access) promotion, the province established community digital technology groups in community and hamlets to understand the encounted problems and guide people, especially the elderly, women, and vulnerable people to access technology and digital technology. People also approaches rapidly related information via the Provincial Portal, social networks, etc.
Overview of the meeting with the ICF Survey Team
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. John Jung expressed his impression of the information shared by Binh Duong. He emphasized, Binh Duong not only implements criterias set forth by the ICF, the province also combines its specific cultural elements to these criterias. These are the plus points of Binh Duong in the process of building a Smart City.
In the next 2 days, the Team will continue to work with agencies and units of the province to evaluate the implementation of 06 ICF's criteria.
Utility values from Project 06
Before, when the chip-based Citizen Identity Card (ID card) was not applied to replace the Health Insurance (HI) card in medical examination and treatment, the medical examination and treatment process at healthcare facilities took a lot of time, people had to present many documents, wait a long time for healthcare staff to verify and enter information. Currently, people only need to carry Citizen ID Card without having to bring a paper HI card with them when going to healthcare facilities for medical examination and treatment. Ms. Nguyen Thi Hai (Phu Hoa ward, Thu Dau Mot city) said: "I personally find this model very convenient, I don't have to carry as many documents as before, the registration procedure for medical examination and treatment is quick and I don't have to wait a lot of time."
The use of a chip-based Citizen ID card to replace the HI card in medical examination and treatment is a step forward is a step forward in reforming administrative procedures for the Health branch, which clearly demonstrates the utilities that Project 06 brings. Up to now, the whole province has 1,639,481 HI cards that have been integrated and authenticated with Citizen ID cards; 177/177 HI healthcare facilities looked up HI card information by chip-based Citizen ID card with 609,096/741,396 successful searches for medical examination and treatment covered by HI, reaching 82.16%, ranking in the TOP of the country in applying chip-based Citizen ID card to replace the HI card in medical examination and treatment, etc.
Point model of medical examination and treatment using chip-based Citizen ID card to replace HI card at Provincial General Hospital
For the Justice branch, implementing the plan to enter civil status data on the National Population Database, the branch has coordinated to digitize 930,322 civil status records, reaching the rate of 100%, exceeding the schedule 18 days in advance, reducing machine rental costs, saving more than 45% of the State budget. "Correct, sufficient, clean" data creates a solid "root" to promote online public services to serve people and enterprises. The civil status data is entered into the civil status registration and management information system to build and create data for the national electronic civil status database, the exploitation and use of digitized civil status data will help simplify administrative procedures, reduce documents to be submitted and processing time, and reduce travel for people.
Deploying the peak phase to authenticate the database on social security, non-cash payments for people with meritorious services, social protection, the provincial Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs branch has completed information verification for 36,793 beneficiaries under preferential treatment policy; in which 25,460 people are eligible to open accounts and 24,344 people have been granted ATM cards; rate of 71%. With this rate, Binh Duong becomes the leading locality in the country in non-cash social security payments.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi visits and encourages people who make Citizen ID cards at Phu Cuong Ward Police
The official "death" of temporary residence books and household registration books in all administrative procedures services from January 01, 2023 marks another important milestone in the administrative management of Binh Duong as well as provinces and cities nationwide. Accordingly, the management of residence (permanent residence, temporary residence) changes from manual method by paper book to modern management method by information technology; specifically, residence management by using personal identification numbers to access, update and adjust on the National Population Database. Information about each citizen's permanent and temporary residence is a digital data field updated and adjusted on the National Population Database; agencies, organizations and citizens can exploit and use them to serve civil transactions, settle administrative procedures, etc.
Functional force integrates the HI card and other documents into the Citizen ID card
After one year of implementation, Project 06 has made a breakthrough, making fundamental changes in many fields, Binh Duong has become a bright spot in digital transformation with many outstanding indexs, standing in the TOP of the country. The whole province has deployed 1,290/1,290 online public services, reaching 100%; 139,525 accounts were created on the National Public Service Portal, the Provincial Public Service Portal with 587,155 with 587,155 documents submitted online. Regarding the on-time settlement index on Public Service Portal, Binh Duong reached 18.8/20 points. In the satisfaction index of people and enterprises, Binh Duong has an average score of 17/18 points. In 2022, Binh Duong's online public service index only reached 3.8/12 points, but in the first 3 months of 2023, the province had a breakthrough with 7.2/12 points.
Binh Duong ranked 3rd nationwide in both areas of Citizen ID card issuance and the number of successfully activated electronic identification (eID) accounts. Accordingly, the whole province has issued 1,919,976/1,972,053 Citizen ID cards, reaching 97.36%. At the same time, 607,725/1,005,735 level-2 eID records were obtained, reaching 60.43%. According to statistics of the Police Department for administrative management of social order, as of March 16, 2023, the total number of approved eID records is 556,290 documents; 172,986/1,005,735 active accounts, reaching 17.2%.
Building digital data, completing digital transformation infrastructure
According to the assessment of the Project 06 Working Group, in addition to the initial positive results with many utility values, the implementation of Project 06 still has many problems. In some places, the arrangement of computers, transmission lines, creating free access points is lacking. The preparation of conditions for human resources and funding is still slow, not meeting the requirements of the task, especially high-quality human resources in information technology.
Services in the electronic environment require citizens to register for an account and have network access devices such as smartphones, computers, etc. and skills in using relevant applications and software. In many cases, due to lack of equipment and limited software use skills, they are afraid to access and use services. The features of the current VNeID app have been widely deployed for people to use; however, the app does not have many utilities, information about driver's license, vehicle registration, etc. is slow to display, prolongs the time to roam the documents to the receiving software, leading to the settlement and return of results to citizens that do not guarantee the prescribed time.
The community digital technology group of Phu Tho ward, Thu Dau Mot city guides people to install and activate level 2 eID account
The national population database system is unstable, with many software functions incomplete, regularly updated and upgraded, etc. so there are many cases where citizen information has not been updated timely on the system; there is still a situation where citizen information is not consistent in documents, etc.
It can be seen that Project 06 still has "obstacles", "bottlenecks" that Binh Duong need to remove in 2023. In which, there are 3 issues on building and strengthening human resources for digital transformation to meet both quality and quantity; build digital data sources; continue to improve the infrastructure for digital transformation.
According to Colonel Vu Van Tan - Deputy Director General of the Police Department for administrative management of social order, the Ministry of Public Security: "Digitalization requires data and storage to serve the exploitation and use. It is known that Binh Duong is starting to deploy a datastore, has connected the data of the project implementation results to the Provincial Intelligent Operation Center (IOC) on the digital map platform, serving the direction and administration. From the success of the civil status data entry model, Binh Duong can completely successfully digitize other data such as: data of committees and branches, unions, party members, civil servants, public employees, etc. A further goal is to complete the overall data for the whole province."
Binh Duong Intelligent Operation Center effectively serves the province's direction and administration.Photo: The provincial delegation listens to the leaders of the IOC Binh Duong report on the province's supervision and administration activities
In addition to the task of focusing on overcoming the backlogs and problems; the Project 06 Working Group continues to set higher and more distant goals and expectations in the coming time. On the basis of the achieved results, in 2023, the province will continue to perfect the ecosystem for connecting, exploiting and enriching population data. Strengthening the propaganda and dissemination of the law on Project 06 to a large number of people in the province to grasp and actively participate in the implementation. Accordingly, deploying community digital transformation teams, volunteering to propagate and guide people to install and activate level 2 eID accounts. Paying attention to the work of ensuring security and safety of information and data. Effectively maintaining and implementing utility groups for handling administrative procedures, providing online public services, effectively implementing online public services, especially the 25 essential public services identified in the Project 06 and 24 online public services.
Binh Duong was selected by the Government as a pilot locality to integrate driver's licenses on eID accounts via the "VNeID" app. Currently, the Provincial Project 06 Working Group is actively coordinating with the Government's Project 06 Working Group to develop the content, guide and implement the pilot plan to integrate the driver's license on the eID account of "VNeID" app in the near future.
Promoting the application of Citizen ID cards in medical examination and treatment to replace paper HI; comprehensively promoting all digital payment methods, especially in payment of hospital fees and tuition fees, and implementing social security policies for beneficiaries with the state budget. Deploying the use of Citizen ID cards to replace ATM cards at branches of banks located in the area, other utilities are integrated on VNeID app when there are specific instructions from the Ministry of Public Security. Accelerating the collection of eID documents for citizens in the province with the goal of completing activation of more than 1.2 million level 2 eID accounts before June 20, 2023, etc.
Speaking at the Conference summarizing the one-year implementation of Project 06, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi suggested that the Project 06 Working Group and other branches and levels continue to thoroughly understand and raise awareness for both the political system and the people about the importance of Project 06; uphold the spirit of leaders in digital transformation. Completing facilities and infrastructure for digital transformation; building and renovating the government apparatus in the direction of modernity and efficient operation to serve the people and enterprises. Continuing to deploy eID accounts; striving until June 01, 2023 not to receive paper documents in handling administrative procedures; collecting and inputting data on the system of the provincial IOC system; solving the shortage of equipment for the grassroots; upgrading transmission lines; improving the operational efficiency of the community transformation team of the residential area, etc.
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We were present at Tan Uyen city Park when people came here to practice sports and access the internet. Since the wifi network was installed, people in the area have flocked to the park every day. When coming here, in addition to exercising, people also use mobile phones connected to wifi to connect to social networks, chat with relatives and friends, read newspapers, and watch arts and entertainment programs, and current information.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Ba, living in Group 1, Quarter 1, Uyen Hung Ward, said: "Previously, I, like many people in the neighborhood, had to install 3G and 4G to access the network, so I was cautious when using it. Now the park has free wifi, everyone can easily access the internet without having to spend money, and the connection is strong again." Meanwhile, Ms. Pham Thi Man, in Quarter 3, said: "I find that installing free wifi networks in parks is very practical and meaningful to people in the current digital age. Thanks to the wifi network, cultural, artistic, and sports activities of women are more exciting, attracting many members to participate; thereby strengthening the attachment and solidarity of people in the neighborhood."
It is known that the entire city now has free wifi coverage at 29 points serving people. All installation costs are socialized. 29 free wifi installation locations include: One-stop-shop sections in communes and wards, City Public Administration Service Centers, markets, parks, gardens, historical relics... The free wifi coverage helps people connect to on-site information quickly and conveniently.
The population database is gradually being completed
Deputy Tran Huu Tai (Deputy Group of Thuan An City) questioned the implementation of using a level 2 electronic identity account (e-ID account) with the same value as the use of a Citizen Identification Card (Citizen ID card) in performing transactions requiring the presentation of a Citizen ID card; value in providing information in the papers of citizens for comparison by competent agencies and organizations when performing transactions requiring the presentation of papers at the Provincial Public Administration Center. Mr. Vo Anh Tuan - Chief of the PPC Office said that following the direction of the PPC and the Ministry of Public Security, the Provincial Police Department issued Document No. 329/CAT-PC06 dated May 11, 2023, implementing the contents of Official Dispatch No. 1101/BCA-QLHC to all departments, branches and People's Committees of districts, towns and cities to study, guide and direct officials, people, and related agencies to organize the implementation at the Provincial Public Administration Center, the District-level Public Administration Service Center and the Commune-level One-Stop-Shop to comply with regulations. Up to now, the administrative procedure (AP) settlement information system in Binh Duong province has completed connecting to the National Database on Population since December 10, 2022 with 20 information fields according to the guidance of the Government Office on connecting, integrating and sharing with the national database on population.
Deputy Tran Huu Tai (Deputy Group of Thuan An City) asks questions
As of July 19, 2023, the AP settlement information system recorded 117,573 times of searching and identifying citizen information. However, in practice, there are still many obstacles and currently only using 10-14 data fields (depending on the procedure) to look up and automatically fill out electronic forms; the information fields are still inaccurate, missing, the data is old, leading to the people, civil servants and public employees having to make adjustments to the information, causing loss of time and effort of the people. On this issue, the PPC has reported to the Ministry of Public Security to continue to improve the database on population.
Mr. Vo Anh Tuan - Chief of People's Committee Office answers questions from deputies
Particularly with the question of deputy Tran Huu Tai about being able to use a level 2 e-ID account to replace having to present the vehicle ownership certificate and driver's license to the authorities when the traffic participants work with the Traffic Police or not, Colonel Ta Van Dep - Director of Provincial Police said that in order to be able to do this, besides registering for a level 2 e-ID account, people must integrate 03 related documents such as: health insurance, driver's license, certificate car ownership to level 2 eID account. However, at present, the law has not been institutionalized by specific standards, so up to the present stage, this content cannot be implemented.
Improve the quality of public administrative services
Responding to the question of delegate Nguyen Thanh Quang (Deputy Group of Thuan An City) about solutions to improve the quality of volunteer teams at Public Administration Centers as well as the asynchronous process of receiving and processing records between localities, Mr. Vo Anh Tuan - Chief of the PPC Office said that the PPC Office is coordinating with the Standing Committee of the Provincial Youth Union to deploy more effectively the volunteer team. Specifically, arranging regular and continuous volunteers, mobile volunteers, and coordinating with the community digital technology team, especially at the commune level, to ensure better service to people and enterprises.
Deputy Nguyen Thanh Quang (Deputy Group of Thuan An City) asks questions
In addition, volunteers will be coordinated training, arranged to support and guide people to perform online public services at the Commune Police. Regarding the reason for the incompatibility in the process of receiving and processing dossiers between localities, because in the process of implementing the provincial AP settlement information system (on the basis of merging the provincial public service portal and the provincial electronic one-stop-shop information system), two systems must be used in parallel, which are old software (from 2014) and new software so there is a situation where the dossiers cannot be looked up at some time (due to a synchronization error in the province and synchronization on the National Public Service Portal). According to regulations, the online dossier submission of people and enterprises must have a digital signature and digital signature on the record component to authenticate the identity. Therefore, if there is no digital signature, people and enterprises must bring the original dossiers directly to compare and submit to the AP settlement agency for storage in accordance with regulations. From that, leading to the situation of the same online public service, but there are different processes between localities. Up to now, the provincial AP settlement information system has basically been completed and operated quite stably, overcome the situation of not being able to look up dossiers.
Answering the question of deputy Nguyen Thanh Tam (Deputy Group of Thuan An City) about solutions to improve the quality of consulting and supporting enterprises and people at the Public Administration Center, Mr. Tuan said that according to statistics, in 2022, on average, 01 provincial civil servant or public emplouyee received 3,432 dossiers/year (2.1 times higher than the minimum level of 1,600 dossiers/person/year) according to Decision No. 468/QD-TTg dated March 27, 2021 of the Prime Minister); 4.5 times more at the Provincial Public Administration Center in particular, so it puts pressure on civil servants and public employees. In the coming time, the province will continue to consolidate and supplement the contingent of volunteers; strengthen fostering and training on office culture, communication and behavior, updating new regulations, equipping with necessary skills to improve the quality of task performance of the volunteer team; diversify channels of advice and guidance on AP, implementing online public services. Besides, equipping with smart Kios systems that can guide people and enterprises to perform APs directly at the machine, guide to submit APs online, receive dossiers and return results 24/7, etc., without the need for the implementation of civil servants, public employees to bring many utilities to best serve the needs of solving AP problems of people, enterprises, etc.
Deputy Nguyen Thanh Tam (Deputy Group of Thuan An City) asks questions
However, there is still a state of delayed enterprise dossiers, answering the question of deputy Huynh Thi Tuyet Hanh (Deputy Group of Thuan An City), the Chief of the PPC Office said that the PPC Office is making efforts to coordinate with relevant departments, branches and localities to focus on handling and advising the PPC, the PPC Chairman to direct rectification and remedial measures to step by step limit and proceed to no longer delay the dossier settlement without a very good reason. The tracking of dossiers on the online public service portal has not shown in some cases, this error may arise during the transition from the old software module to the new software module and has been basically fixed so far.
Deputy Huynh Thi Tuyet Hanh (Deputy Group of Thuan An City) asks questions
In order to renew the one-stop-shop, connected one-stop-shop mechanism in handling APs, build a Public Administration Center in the direction of service administration - taking the user as the center, organizing and arranging the areas for receiving dossiers and returning results in a modern and friendly manner, associated with digital transformation, answering questions from deputy Tran Thi Diem Trinh (Deputy Group of Di An City), the Chief of PPC Office said that the PPC Office has directed the Public Administration Center to submit a proposal report on the idea of organizing and rearranging the one-stop-shop area; at the same time find a consulting unit to design and rearrange the Provincial Public Administration Center. To date, the consulting unit has proposed the initial design plan. The PPC Office will hold a meeting to collect opinions from relevant departments and branches next week so that the consulting unit can complete the detailed design and submit it to the PPC Standing Committee for the next steps. It is expected to be completed in early 2024.
With the content of questioning about the orientation of the PPC Office in advising to raise the support regime level to promptly encourage officials and civil servants to perform the tasks of receiving, returning results, and handling dossiers directly at the One-Stop-shop Section at all levels, the management officials and civil servants, including personnel from the Police, Tax, Social Insurance agencies, etc., Mr. Vo Anh Tuan said, after 9 years of implementation, the support level of 400,000 VND/person/month (according to Resolution No. 19/2014/NQ-HDND8 dated July 24, 2014) is no longer appropriate. The Office has advised the PPC to assign the Provincial Public Administration Center to the chair and coordinate with the Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Finance and relevant units to study, propose and advise the PPC o submit to the Provincial People's Council to promulgate a Resolution on specific support regimes for one-stop-shop personnel working at the Section of receiving and returning results at all levels to replace Resolution No. 19/2014/NQ-HDND8, expected to be submitted at the end of the meeting in 2023. The target subject is expected to include one-stop-shop personnel of vertical agencies that receive and return results at the One-Stop-shop section at all levels.
Deputy Tran Thi Diem Trinh (Deputy Group of Di An City) ask questions
PORTAL - In recent years, Binh Duong province's telecommunications infrastructure has been developing rapidly, contributing to promoting digital transformation and creating motivation for the province's socio-economic development.
Current status of infrastructure development
In recent years, along with socio-economic development and growth, Binh Duong province has become a destination, attracting many investment enterprises, including enterprises operating in the telecommunications field. To date, in the province there are more than 10 enterprises investing in infrastructure, providing telecommunications, Internet and pay television services such as Binh Duong Telecommunication, Viettel Binh Duong, Mobifone Binh Duong, FPT Telecom Binh Duong and Viet Nam Technology & Telecommunication Joint Stock Company (VNTT) which are the leading enterprises, have the largest infrastructure and account for about 95% of the telecommunications services market share in the province.
Telecommunications enterprises are constantly investing and upgrading infrastructure to improve service quality, while expanding service areas, meeting communication needs for direction and administration of all levels of government, as well as meeting the communication needs, serving production, business and entertainment of people and enterprises in the province, contributing to ensuring national security, social order and safety and promoting socio-economic development of the locality.
In addition to making large investments in urban areas, telecommunications enterprises have also fully deployed fiber optic networks and mobile transceiver stations to the hamlet (village) level, with more than 3,000 transceiver stations. To date, the number of mobile subscribers has reached 138.75 subscribers/100 people; 85% of households use fiber optic broadband; 99.9% of residential areas have 3G and 4G mobile coverage; the rate of mobile broadband fiber optic internet subscriptions reached 101.43 subscribers/100 people, meeting all broadband Internet connection needs for people and enterprises, ensuring to provide users with high quality telecommunications services, such as FTTH (Fiber to the home), mobile broadband services on the 3G/4G mobile network platform. In addition, Vinaphone, Viettel, and Mobifone mobile networks have also successfully tested 5G mobile networks and will soon begin providing 5G service to users after being officially licensed.
Forming the foundations for the digital transformation process
With the motto of maximum support for people and enterprises to access and use high quality services at the lowest cost and put into use new applications on mobile platforms, Binh Duong provincial government has coordinated with network operators to establish and provide Internet access services via free public Wi-fi networks at 70 locations in the province, at the Provincial Public Administration Center and at all levels, parks, commercial centers, bus stations and other public places, contributing to improving people's knowledge, serving the province's digital transformation process, supporting people to gradually access online public services.
The province has signed cooperation agreements with telecommunications groups and enterprises on digital transformation activities of the province in the coming time, with the desire to maximize strengths, mobilize all resources, to step up investment and develop modern telecommunications infrastructure to serve the digital transformation process of the province. In particular, focus on developing 5G networks in key areas, giving priority to coverage in central areas, locations, industrial zones and clusters. Promote the deployment of public information points to provide telecommunications products and services, infrastructure, digital and communication services to people and enterprises at competitive prices, contributing to attracting investment of domestic and foreign enterprises, socio-economic development of the province.
In addition, the province has paid more attention to sustainable development, ensuring network safety and urban beauty. In particular, focus on embellishing and undergrounding telecommunications cable networks in existing urban areas. In projects to develop industrial parks, new residential areas, and new urban areas, telecommunications enterprises have participated in investing in telecommunications infrastructure that is synchronized with other infrastructures to both ensure service provision, ensure aesthetics, safety and improve service quality for people and enterprises.
PORTAL - On September 08, 2023 at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center, the "Meet Japan 2023" program with many meaningful activities will take place.
This is an event to practically celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Viet Nam and Japan diplomatic relations; is an opportunity for Binh Duong province and localities and Japanese partners to evaluate cooperation results in the past time and directions for cooperation in the coming time. At the same time, it promotes economic diplomacy activities, attracts foreign direct investment capital as well as widely promotes the image of Binh Duong province and contributes to strengthening the relationship between Binh Duong province and localities and Japanese partners, thereby contributing to promoting the extensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Japan.
The low-altitude fireworks program to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Viet Nam and Japan diplomatic relations will take place at 20:45 in Binh Duong New City
The main commemoration activities include: The "Meet Japan 2023" program will meet with Japanese enterprises and partners, award investment certificates to Japanese enterprises, sign cooperation agreement between Binh Duong province and Japanese partners, announce SORA Gardens III project; the "Binh Duong Women with Japanese Culture" program; the goods supply-demand connection conference and Industry and Trade Fair in the Southeast region will take place from September 05 to 10, 2023.
There are also side events such as: The party celebrating 50 years of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations; The festival at AEON MALL Thuan An Binh Duong with the theme "Enhancing cooperation, looking to the future" which is scheduled from September 08 to 10, 2023; The Viet Nam - Japan youth exchange program which is scheduled from September 04 to 14, 2023.
Especially, at 20:45, there will be a low-altitude fireworks show to celebrate the anniversary.
Attending the ceremony were Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet - former President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; Mr. Nguyen Van Loc - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Chairman of Provincial People's Council; Mr. Nguyen Loc Ha - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC), Honorary Chairman of EIU Council and leaders of departments, committees, branches and EIU's strategic partner enterprises.
Provincial leaders and Becamex IDC Corp present flowers to congratulate EIU's commencement ceremony
As a university founded and invested by enterprises, it plays an important role in the connection between the State - University - Enterprises, during the past time, EIU has achieved many outstanding results in providing high-quality human resources, meeting the need for innovation to improve labor productivity for enterprises not only in Binh Duong but also in the Southern key economic region.
New bachelors, new engineers at the commencement ceremony
The university always focuses on improving and enhancing the quality of training programs, building training programs associated with practical experiences, closely connecting with the community, focusing on promoting quality assurance activities, doing scientific research, signing cooperation agreements with more than 280 domestic and foreign enterprises and partners to serve teaching - learning activities and provide the best learning experiences for learners, helping students quickly adapt to career requirements in the context of globalization.
Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet - former President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam awards souvenir medals to new bachelors and engineers
100% of new bachelors and new engineers of the University have achieved at least IELTS 6.0 English certificate upon graduation and are always highly appreciated by the units for their solid knowledge foundation and comprehensive skills; good adaptability and integration. Many graduates have been accepted to work in large enterprises and corporations at home and abroad.
Mr. Nguyen Van Loc - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Chairman of Provincial People's Council awards souvenir medals to new bachelors and engineers
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the PPC Nguyen Loc Ha affirmed, with the educational philosophy "Humanity - Community - Creativity - Sustainability", EIU has made great efforts to achieve very respectable results, well carried out the mission of training high-quality human resources, contributing to the socio-economic development of Binh Duong province in particular and the country in general.
Vice Chairman of the PPC Nguyen Loc Ha speaks at the ceremony
"With strategic orientations, specific action plans of the university together with the investment of Becamex IDC Corp and the attention and support of all levels, branches, I believe that the University will grow more and more, achieve more success, contribute to the achievement of development goals and improve the quality of human resources, meeting the requirements of building Binh Duong for sustainable development towards a smart, civilized and modern urban area" - Vice Chairman of the PPC emphasized.
Leaders of the University award diplomas to new bachelors and engineers
PORTAL - On the morning of August 24, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, the delegation of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission led by Mr. Do Ngoc An - Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission had a meeting with Binh Duong province on the results of implementing Directive No. 37-CT/TW of the Secretariat on strengthening leadership and direction to build harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations in the new situation in Binh Duong province.
Welcoming and working with the delegation were Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC); leader representatives of provincial departments, committees and branches.
As reported by Binh Duong Provincial Party Committee, after more than 3 years of implementing Directive No. 37-CT/TW and Decision No. 416/QD-TTg, the awareness of Party committees, authorities, officials, civil servants, public employees, enterprises and workers on the task of building harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations in the new situation has changed.
Many guidelines, mechanisms, and policies of the Provincial Party Committee, People's Council, and People's Committee along with a series of programs and plans of departments, committees, branches, and units have been issued, contributing to improving the harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations in the new situation. Committees, branches and localities have proactively coordinated closely in preventing and resolving strikes. From there, the situation of labor disputes occurring in the province has been reduced. The incidents that happened were also resolved quickly and did not last long to cause complications in security and order, creating a stable environment, serving the province's strategy of attracting investment.
Mr. Pham Van Tuyen - Deputy Director of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs reports on the situation of labor relations in Binh Duong
Through the implementation of programs and plans on strengthening the dispute settlement system in Binh Duong province, the officials who work concurrently in labor relations at the provincial and district levels, the force of labor arbitrators, and labor conciliators have been disseminated and trained on the new regulations of the 2019 Labor Code as well as fostered to improve their capacity, knowledge and skills to handle and resolve situations arising in labor relations, in collective labor disputes, between the employer and the employee in the enterprise.
Awareness and actions of employers and employees in enterprises have changed positively. Most enterprises have focused on building, promulgating and well implementing collective labor agreements, labor regulations, salary scales, signing labor contracts, taking care of the material and spiritual lives of workers, etc. The grassroots trade union has done a good job of representing and protecting the legal rights of workers, contributing to helping enterprises stabilize and develop production and business. Workers in enterprises have gradually improved their industrial style, participated in learning to improve their cultural and professional qualifications, and gradually met the production and business requirements of enterprises. Especially facing difficulties in production and business activities from the end of 2022 until now, workers have shared and sympathized with the difficulties of enterprises, accompanying them.
Mr. Truong Van Phong - Deputy Head of the Provincial Industrial Zones Authority explains and clarifies the content of delegates' concerns
However, besides the achievements, the labor relations situation in Binh Duong in recent years has arisen many complicated and difficult problems in the State management of labor and employment such as: Some enterprises do not properly comply with the Labor Law, the Trade Union Law, and the Social Insurance Law, leading to the rights of workers not being guaranteed. Trade unions in enterprises have not done well in protecting their rights and obligations in representing and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of workers in labor relations.
Propaganda and advocacy work to establish grassroots trade unions and develop union members, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, faces many difficulties. Besides, there are still some enterprises that are eligible to establish trade unions but have not yet created the conditions. Coordination in organizing worker conferences and building collective labor agreements at enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, has not received due attention. Some enterprise owners disregard the implementation of democratic regulations at the grassroots as a task of the Trade Union executive committee or do so purely as a formality, not considering it a solution to stabilize labor relations.
Member of the delegation analyze the results achieved, shortcomings and limitations in the implementation of Directive 03 in Binh Duong province
At the meeting, members of the delegation evaluated and analyzed the results achieved, shortcomings and limitations in implementing Directive No. 03 in Binh Duong province; Representatives of provincial departments, committees and branches also explained and clarified the contents at the request of the Delegation.
Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Do Ngoc An highly appreciated the implementation of the Secretariat's Directive No. 03 in the province during the past time, ensuring the building of a harmonious and progressive working environment, contributing to the socio-economic development of the province, maintaining political security, social order and safety, ensuring good security - national defense in the province.
Mr. Do Ngoc An - Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission speaks to conclude the meeting
Through the actual survey at enterprises, he said that compared to the local average, the current income level of workers is still low, so he suggested Binh Duong pay attention to increasing the income level of workers to suit actual requirements. Paying attention to building trade union organizations on par with the task of local economic development. Focusing on developing Party organizations in enterprises, developing Party members among workers to enhance the role of Party organizations in foreign-invested enterprises.
The PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh receives the direction of the delegation
Receiving the guidance from the delegation, PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh emphasized that the province will study some outstanding points that need attention as pointed out by the delegation to have solutions to contribute to building a harmonious and progressive labor relations in the coming time. At the same time, he he proposed to the delegation to advise the Central Government on institutions for provinces and cities in the Southeast region, including Binh Duong province to contribute to promoting local sustainable development in the coming time.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of August 23, the delegation of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission led by Mr. Do Ngoc An - Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission had a meeting to survey the labor relations situation in enterprises in Binh Duong province.
The delegation had a field survey of Saigon Stec Co., Ltd and Omron Healthcare Manufacturing Viet Nam Co., Ltd.(100% Japanese capital) at Viet Nam - Singapore II Industrial Park (Hoa Phu Ward, Thu Dau Mot City).
Leaders of Saigon Stec Co., Ltd. report on the company's operation
As reported by Saigon Stec Co., Ltd., currently, the Company has more than 3,000 workers. The Company's Trade Union was established in 2008, the number of union members participating as of June 30, 2023 is 3,290 people. Over the past time, the Company has gradually built harmonious and sustainable labor relations in the enterprise, contributing to stabilizing production and business activities, creating a premise for the development of the Company. The Company considers workers an important resource for the stability and development of the Company; therefore, recruitment, training, and labor management are always concerned by the Board of Directors. 100% of qualified workers in the enterprise are allowed to enter into a written contract in accordance with the provisions of the Labor Code. The Company always pays attention to the salary increase policy and bonus policy, creating conditions for workers to stick with the Company for a long time. In particular, 100% of workers are paid Social Insurance according to regulations.
Overview of the survey at Omron Healthcare Manufacturing Viet Nam Co., Ltd
For Omron Healthcare Manufacturing Viet Nam Co., Ltd., there are currently about more than 1,000 workers. The enterprise's grassroots trade union was established in 2008, and now has nearly 1,000 participants. In the work of recruiting and training workers, paying salaries, bonuses, and raising wages, the Company has complied with regulations.
Member of the delegation speaks at the survey
At the meeting, the members of the survey team discussed issues related to the implementation of workers' rights such as overtime work, payment of regional minimum wages, overtime meal regime, situation of health care, accommodation support for workers, etc.
Mr. Do Ngoc An - Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission speaks at the conclusion of the survey
Speaking at the conclusion of the survey, Mr. Do Ngoc An highly appreciated the implementation of Vietnamese law regulations for workers of foreign-invested enterprises in Binh Duong province. At the same time, he noted that enterprises need to pay more attention to quality of life, consider finding solutions to increase income for workers; reduce overtime to ensure workers' health; continue to expand production and business, seek orders to ensure jobs for workers.
The delegation visits the production line of Omron Healthcare Manufacturing Viet Nam Co., Ltd
The delegation visits the kitchen area of the enterprise and the quality of the workers' meals
PORTAL – The Provincial People's Committee (PPC) promulgates an Action Plan on green growth in Binh Duong province for the 2023-2030 period.
Specifically, topic 1: Building and perfecting institutions and policies, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of State management in association with green growth goals.
Topic 2: Communication, education and awareness raising
Topic 3: Human resource development and green jobs
Topic 4: Mobilizing financial resources and promoting investments for green growth
Topic 5: Investing in science and technology, innovation
Topic 6: Integration and international cooperation
Topic 7: Equality in green transformation, ensuring that different target groups, especially those affected when economic restructuring associated with growth model innovation, disadvantaged groups (women, children, ethnic minorities, the poor, the disabled, the elderly) have equal access to opportunities, information, technical infrastructure, basic social services, suitable to new fields and jobs during the transition to green economy.
Topic 8: Energy (ensuring energy security in the direction of developing energy sources, exploiting and using energy sources economically and transforming the energy source structure towards reducing dependence on fossil energy; promoting efficient exploitation and increasing the proportion of renewable and new energy sources in the province's energy production and consumption, etc.).
Topic 9: Industry (improving energy use performance and efficiency, reducing energy consumption; step by step limiting industries that generate large waste, cause pollution and degrade the environment, and create conditions for the development of new green manufacturing industries, etc.).
Topic 10: Transportation and logistics services (increasing investment in modernization of transport systems, networks and vehicles on the basis of energy saving, high economic and environmental efficiency, and resilience to climate change;accelerating the transformation of goods transportation methods, promoting logistics activities in the green direction; improving competitiveness, developing logistics services in the green direction).
Topic 11: Construction (promoting urbanization towards a sustainable smart city that is resilient to climate change, ensuring eco-economic efficiency).
Topic 12: Agriculture and agricultural development (developing modern agriculture, circular agriculture, green, clean, sustainable, smart agriculture, improving the quality, added value and competitiveness of agricultural production through the adjustment and restructuring of livestock, crops, forestry and aquaculture and the application of processes and technologies for economical and efficient use of seeds, feed, agricultural materials and natural resources, etc.)
Topic 13: Waste management (strengthening waste management through research and development of solid waste integrated management models, waste treatment technology towards circular economy, waste transformation into resources, production materials, etc.).
Topic 14: Air quality management
Topic 15: Management of water resources, land resources, biodiversity; blue sea economic development.
Topic 16: Green, sustainable consumption and shopping.
Topic 17: Building a green, smart and sustainable healthcare; promoting community health care in the direction of improving people's capacity to cope with climate change and air pollution.
Topic 18: Developing tourism types in the direction of green growth, developing green tourism products.
Accordingly, 10 public places with free wifi will start serving people from August 8.
Free wifi hotspots include:
Thuan An City Public Administration Service Center (An Phu Ward)
Cultural and Labor Center of Binh Duong Province (An Phu Ward)
SCG Community Sports Ground (An Phu Ward)
Gia Long Park (Lai Thieu ward)
Chau Van Tiep Park (Lai Thieu Ward)
Binh Nham Park (Binh Nham ward)
Binh Hoa Park (Binh Hoa ward)
Thuan Giao Park (Thuan Giao Ward)
An Phu Park (An Phu ward)
Lai Thieu Embankment Area Park (Lai Thieu Ward)
According to Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tam, Chairman of Thuan An city, the coverage of free wifi in public places to improve the efficiency of administrative reform. Especially to improve the quality and efficiency of online public services. Thereby, promoting digital transformation in the city.
In addition, in Thu Dau Mot City, Tan Uyen Town, and Ben Cat Town, many free wifi hotspots have been installed, creating a lot of convenience for people.
It is known that in order to have a place to rest and entertain people and workers after a tiring working day, Binh Duong has built many mini parks.
Up to now, Binh Duong province has more than 100 parks and is continuing to build more.
Mini parks in Binh Duong with an area from 80 to over 500 meters are taken from the available public land fund and some offices have been moved to other places.
According to the leader of the Binh Duong province government, the land to build the park is located in a beautiful location, the land value is high, but the fact that people have places to play and entertain, the value is even higher.
PORTAL - On the morning of July 25, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) Mai Hung Dung chaired the meeting to listen to the report on the preparation of the "Meet Japan 2023" program in Binh Duong.
The "Meet Japan 2023" program aims to practically celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations; is an opportunity for Binh Duong province and localities and Japanese partners to evaluate the cooperation results in the past time and the direction of cooperation in the coming time. At the same time, promoting economic diplomacy activities, attracting foreign direct investment capital as well as widely promoting the image of Binh Duong province, and contributing to strengthening the relationship between Binh Duong province and Japanese localities and partners, thereby contributing to promoting the extensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Japan.
Ms. Ha Thanh - Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs reports on the preparation of the event
It is expected that the program will be held in 02 days from September 08 to 09, 2023 at the Provincial Convention and Exhibition Center and some locations in Binh Duong province with about 400 guests including Senior leaders of the Government of Viet Nam, Government of Japan, leaders of Japanese localities twinning with Binh Duong province, Japanese enterprises, etc.
The program includes the following main contents: the Conference "Supply and demand connection of Goods and Industry and Trade Fair of the Southeast Region"; "Binh Duong Women with Japanese Culture" Program; "Meet Japan" program to meet Japanese enterprises and partners; Groundbreaking ceremony of A1 roundabout; Opening of WTC Exhibition Center; inauguration of WTC Tower; Welcome music and fireworks show.
There are also side events such as the Festival at AEON MALL Thuan An, Binh Duong; Viet Nam - Japan cultural, art, and culinary exchange program of "Japan Festival"; Viet Nam - Japan youth exchange program.
Leader of the Provincial Industrial Zones Authority comments on the program content
At the meeting, representatives of departments and branches commented on such contents as guests, the event organization, the organization budget, the propaganda, etc.
Concluding the meeting, Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC Mai Hung Dung emphasized the importance of the event, therefore requesting the departments and branches to carefully prepare the event program, especially the logistics of sending invitations, budgeting, event propaganda, etc. Agencies and units closely coordinate and organize the implementation of specific assigned tasks to make the event a success, contributing to further tightening the friendly cooperation relationship between the two countries Viet Nam - Japan in general, Binh Duong province, and localities of Japan in particular.
PORTAL – On the morning of July 04, at Viet Nam - Singapore IIA Industrial Park, Vinh Tan Ward, Tan Uyen city, Viet Nam's first-ever global innovation centre for the food and beverage (F&B) industry (BLOOM.) was officially inaugurated and put into operation.
Attending the opening ceremony were Ms. Ann Måwe - Swedish Ambassador to Viet Nam, Mr. Pham Hong Quat - Director of National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation Development, Ministry of Science and Technology and leaders of large F&B companies in Viet Nam.
BLOOM. is developed by Tetra Pak and DenEast, working with the goal of revolutionizing the F&B industry through a product development model with an innovative and cost-effective approach.
BLOOM. is the first-ever global innovation centre for the F&B industry in Viet Nam
BLOOM. drives innovation for every brand, from turning an idea into a concrete product concept to testing small numbers of products in the market, to expanding production to medium, large, and mass production. Flexible technology enables seamless scaling from trial to full production with no equipment investment.
Delegates perform the inauguration ceremony of BLOOM.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Adolfo Orive - President & CEO of Tetra Pak said that BLOOM. demonstrates a long-term commitment to contribute to Viet Nam's goal of transforming to a creative economy as well as unlocking the great potential of the F&B industry. BLOOM. is designed to help F&B enterprises accelerate product innovation, turn ideas into concrete products, help enterprises produce small batches to gauge market acceptance, and then assist them in transitioning to medium, large, and mass production.
Mr. Adolfo Orive – President & CEO of Tetra Pak speaks at the ceremony
In particular, BLOOM. will significantly shorten the new product launch cycle, from a period in years to a few months; thereby being able to bring the company's new innovative products to market at a rapid pace without the need for significant financial investments in equipment lines.
Delegates visit BLOOM.
Mr. Johan Boden - General Director of DenEast Viet Nam shared that innovation is key for F&B enterprises to stay ahead in a rapidly growing market with increasing demand for nutritious, healthy and sustainable products. Smaller enterprises need expertise and need to invest more in production equipment, while established enterprises do not want product innovation to lead to production disruption, they also lack the facilities to implement product innovations on a small scale. Leveraging Tetra Pak's technological strengths and extensive expertise, and DenEast's manufacturing capabilities, BLOOM. can effectively address these challenges for any enterprise. BLOOM. offers exceptional flexibility and efficiency, shortening time-to-market and saving enterprises from having to invest in equipment. All services for product development and production are available in one place. BLOOM. can meet the needs of F&B brands not only in Viet Nam but also throughout the region and other countries around the world.
Mr. Johan Boden - General Director of DenEast Viet Nam shares at the ceremony
PORTAL - In the morning of June 27, Thu Dau Mot City Party Committee held a Mid-term preliminary meeting on implementing the Resolution of the 12th Thu Dau Mot City Party Congress, 2020-2025 tenure.
Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies attended and spoke to direct the meeting.
According to the report, in the past 3 years, the City Party Committee has focused on leading, directing, and proposing timely solutions to both effectively prevent and control the pandemic, while implementing the tasks of socio-economic development and ensuring social security; implementing management solutions to restore economic development, creating conditions for enterprises to conduct production and business activities, and ensure jobs and workers' lives.
Delegates attend the meeting
Most of the targets were implemented according to the progress compared to the Resolution, 25/41 targets achieved, 16/41 targets were close to the Resolution. The economic structure has shifted in the right direction, the growth rates of the trade - service, industry - handicraft sectors always increased in the direction that next year is higher than the previous year (up to now, the economic structure of service - industry - agriculture has shifted with the corresponding rate of 60.91% - 39.06% - 0.03%). The value of the service industry increased on average annually at 27.62% (exceeding 0.12% compared to the Resolution). Total retail sales of goods increased on average annually at 27.72% (0.04% higher than the Resolution). The value of industrial production increased on average annually at 27.27% (0.07% higher than the Resolution). 54 domestic enterprises and 368 foreign-invested enterprises were attracted (up 157 enterprises compared to the beginning of the tenure) with a total investment capital of 198,656 million USD. Total state budget revenue in the city reached 42,305 billion 365 million VND, achieving an average annual growth rate of 8%/year (reaching the target of the Resolution).
Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee awards the Certificate of Merit from the Provincial Party Committee to Thu Dau Mot City Party Committee
The socio-cultural field has undergone many changes, social security has been ensured, the material and spiritual life of the people has been improved, and many movements and activities were regularly organized to take care of policy beneficiaries, the poor, and workers.
Administrative reform has focused on implementation and achieved high results. For 9 consecutive years, it has been rated as the leading unit in the province. The initial digital transformation has been effectively implemented initially. National defense - security was maintained, social order and safety were ensured. Party building and political system building have always been paid attention to and achieved good results.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi speaks at the mid-term preliminary meeting of the 12th Thu Dau Mot City Party Congress
Speaking at the meeting, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi highly appreciated the results of Thu Dau Mot City achieved through 03 years of implementing the Resolution. The Secretary emphasized, besides the basic advantages, Thu Dau Mot city has to face many difficulties and challenges greater than forecast. Therefore, in the tenure's remaining time, the City Party Committee needs to keep a close eye on the situation, focus on leading and directing the drastic implementation of tasks and solutions to overcome difficulties; develop a plan with a very specific roadmap to continue striving to fulfill the targets and tasks set out by the Resolution of the City Party Congress for the 2020-2025 tenure. Specifically, continuing to do better in adjusting the general planning of Thu Dau Mot city and managing the planning in order to create driving force and leverage for the city's development, while also mobilizing and promoting all resources for the province's general development. The city's general planning must adhere to the provincial planning for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050. In the immediate future, focusing on local adjustment of high-rise construction in Thu Dau Mot city, meeting current requirements. Implementing synchronously solutions to renovate and embellish old urban areas, building and developing new urban areas, associated with the process of building province's smart cities. Focusing on leading and drastically directing the disbursement of public investment capital, taking advantage of mobilizing resources to continue developing synchronous transport infrastructure, connecting with key transport projects of the province, forming a continuous traffic network, expanding the connection of the Region. Along with speeding up the implementation of traffic works in the West - Northwest of the city (Tuong Binh Hiep ward, Hiep An ward), it is necessary to urgently complete investment procedures and carry out the compensation and site clearance for the road along the Saigon river from Thu Dau Mot city to Thuan An city to expand and develop urban space and serve tourism, etc.
On this occasion, the Thu Dau Mot City Party Committee was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Provincial Party Committee for outstanding achievements in 03 years of implementing the Resolution of the 12th City Party Congress, 2020-2025 tenure. At the same time, Thu Dau Mot City Party Committee also commended 09 collectives and 09 individuals.
Thu Dau Mot City Party Committee commends collectives and individuals for achievements in 03 years of implementing the Resolution of the 12th City Party Congress
PORTAL - On the morning of June 21, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) officially honored the TOP 7 Intelligent Communities of 2023. Binh Duong is in the list of TOP 7 for the third consecutive time.
ICF has researched and evaluated the profiles of 21 Intelligent Communities that have won the Smart 21 title in February 2023 to select 7 communities with the best development strategies, and honored during the ICF 2023 Top 7 Honors Conference held in Durham Region, Canada, with the theme "Better Together: Building a Strong region from Diverse Communities".
Binh Duong has implemented the ambitious Binh Duong Smart City project since 2016 and has always adhered to the concept of economic transformation towards innovation and digitization. Supported and inspired by ICF Intelligent Community of the Year (2011) - Brainport Eindhoven (Netherlands), efforts and support from Becamex IDC Corp, Binh Duong has begun an impressive journey of socio-economic development, thoroughly applying digital transformation and innovation in specific projects, in order to build and develop Binh Duong more and more "smarter", better and more livable. A digital and innovation ecosystem is being strongly developed in Binh Duong, such as Intelligent Operation Center, EIU Campus with Becamex Business Incubator, Fablab, Advanced Manufacturing Center; World Trade Center WTC, etc.; bringing better life to Binh Duong community. Moreover, Becamex IDC Corp and Binh Duong province have also been implementing strategic development programs, in line with more sustainable development goals such as promoting the use of clean energy and renewable energy; promoting the application of technology in production; developing industry 4.0, etc., creating a greener - cleaner living environment, thereby creating a premise for attracting technology enterprises, attracting high-quality human resources, getting ready to strongly spread the model of socio-economic construction and development of the province
In 2023, along with the constant transformation of the world, Binh Duong is also in the process of formulating and approving a new smart city development strategy, with development orientations in line with the new master plan of the whole province. With the right strategies and steady and firmly development steps of Binh Duong in the past time, Binh Duong was once again officially recognized by ICF as TOP 7 of 2023 along with cities of countries such as Canada, Brazil, Australia, etc. Binh Duong believed that this new strategy will promote the development of Binh Duong to a new height, bringing prosperity and well-being to Binh Duong people as well as economic success and international recognition.
ICF is a forum of more than 200 prosperous smart cities in the world; ICF collects information and data of specific projects in the process of building and developing Smart City of communities around the world; conducts research and evaluate hundreds of cities around the world to choose the Top 21 (Smart 21) of 2023 with a smart city development strategy, then select the Top 7 and finally evaluate the Top 1 Intelligent Community of the Year. ICF is based on a set of 6 indicators, including: Connectivity - Broadband, Knowledge Workforce, Innovation, Digital Equality, Advocacy and Sustainability. Unlike previous years, in 2023, ICF has renewed the Smart 21 and TOP 7 registration questionnaires, focusing deeply and strongly on strategic directions on sustainable development and focusing on innovation, with deeper and broader applications of technology - digital, in the spirit of taking the community as the center, taking smart connection as the development motto. With the Covid-19 pandemic under control globally, ICF will conduct an assessment of the TOP 7 communities by direct visits and interviews. TOP 1 Intelligent Community this year will be announced in October 2023 in New York, USA.
PORTAL - The Executive Board of Binh Duong Smart City issued the Action Plan to implement the Binh Duong Smart City Project (2022-2026).
Accordingly, the plan focuses on extensive propaganda and training in basic digital skills for people and enterprises in Binh Duong; focuses on training and supporting digitization for home enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), providing them with basic skills to participate in the digital economy. Starting with implementing a digital platform, which can be used to deliver a series of visual lessons; organizing training courses both online and in person for special groups in the community such as those with low incomes, low levels of education, the elderly, farmers and people in rural and remote areas.
To work towards higher value and higher productivity activities, all enterprises in Binh Duong, both larger industries and their suppliers (SMEs and local small enterprises), need support to gain knowledge of applying Industry 4.0, advanced production technologies and methods. Existing projects and initiatives must be connected to act as a support network for knowledge, development, and practice.
There are already many initiatives related to advanced manufacturing/smart industry/industry 4.0 such as the newly established Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship at EIU, initiatives of the Becamex Smart Manufacturing Center, various fields at EIU, VGU and some vocational colleges, as well as a wide range of research projects at VGU and EIU related to this topic. Many international partners have specific expertise in this field, already operating or connecting with partners in Binh Duong.
In addition, sustainability and "green growth" will increasingly become the key to future economic development. Initiating and implementing projects related to sustainability and green growth, which can be introduced to the public as well as to the enterprise community such as: use of renewable energy, zero-emission vehicles, projects that people and enterprises participate in.
In addition, entrepreneurship promotes the innovation ecosystem by promoting the role of existing start-ups such as BBI, Block71, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship. Building a clear vision of the most suitable type of startup, attracting startup students and startup enterprises to Binh Duong.
At the same time, in the globally connected economy, Binh Duong continues to attract investors, talents and international partners to invest, learn and cooperate through bilateral relationships such as Eindhoven and Daejeon, organize international events and conferences in Binh Duong, participate in related international events, conferences and trade shows around the world to tell Binh Duong's story, participate in international networks, participate in international rankings and annual award events and more marketing and branding events.
PORTAL - On the morning of June 21, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) officially honored the TOP 7 Intelligent Communities of 2023. Binh Duong is in the list of TOP 7 for the third consecutive time.
ICF has researched and evaluated the profiles of 21 Intelligent Communities that have won the Smart 21 title in February 2023 to select 7 communities with the best development strategies, and honored during the ICF 2023 Top 7 Honors Conference held in Durham Region, Canada, with the theme "Better Together: Building a Strong region from Diverse Communities".
Reported by Ha Long- Van Thuan- Translated by Thanh Tam
PORTAL - On the afternoon of June 15, the leader delegation of Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province had a field visit and had a working session to propose investment in connecting transport infrastructure between the two localities.
Attending the meeting were Mr. Phan Van Mai - Member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Secretary of the City Party Committee, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee; Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Binh Duong Provincial People's Committee (PPC) and leaders of the departments, committees, branches and localities of the two provinces and cities.
The leader delegation went to survey the reality of the Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh Expressway passing through Go Dua - Doc Lap; Ring Road No. 3 at the intersection of Song Than and An Binh road.
Chairman of Binh Duong PPC Vo Van Minh and leaders of Thu Duc City survey the Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh Expressway passing through Go Dua-Doc Lap
Chairman of Binh Duong PPC Vo Van Minh survey to expand An Binh road section
At the meeting between the two localities, Thu Duc City proposed to invest in 05 key connection locations between Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Specifically, Dao Trinh Nhat street - Thu Duc city, An Binh road - Di An city, with a length of 1.39 kilometers, in which the section through Di An city is 1.09 kilometers long, with a planned road width of 34m to facilitate the connection between the two provinces and cities.
DT.743B Road connects with Binh Chieu Road and Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh Expressway and DT.743B Road in Thuan An City, with a length of more than 12 kilometers, of which the section through Binh Duong province is about 11.44 kilometers, with a planned road width of 60 meters.
The road section expected to launch the South Linh Trung Export Processing Zone No. 2 - Thu Duc city and Vinh Phu 32 road - Thuan An city is 2.5 kilometers long, of which the section through Binh Duong province is 2.1km long, with a planned road width of 23 meters.
Chairman of Thu Duc City People's Committee Hoang Tung proposes investment locations connecting Thu Duc city and Di An city, Thuan An city, Binh Duong
The section of road N3 - Thu Duc city and Vinh Phu 41 road - Thuan An city is 2.6 kilometers long, of which the section through Binh Duong province is 2.3 kilometers long, with a road planning of 24m.
The road section marked N1 - Thu Duc city and Binh Hoa 1 road - Thuan An city is about 1 kilometer long, of which the section through Thuan An city, Binh Duong is 850 meters long, and the investment is expanded along the planned road width of 26 meters.
At the same time, the two sides also agreed to speed up the progress of investment in 47 locations connecting Thu Duc City (Ho Chi Minh City) and Di An City (Binh Duong province); 06 locations connecting Thu Duc City (Ho Chi Minh City) and Thuan An City (Binh Duong Province) according to the planned project.
Secretary of the Di An City Party Committee Ho Quang Diep exchanges some contents at the meeting
At the meeting, the leaders of the departments, branches and localities of the two provinces and cities discussed solutions to effectively implement the projects and proposed the direction of connecting waterways and roads between the two localities to contribute to the effectiveness of the project to promote the economic development of the two provinces and cities. At the same time, discussing and agreeing on a number of issues such as: Raising the clearance height of Binh Trieu 1 and Binh Phuoc 1 bridges to transport goods on the Saigon River; proposing the location of the bridge over the Saigon River on the Ho Chi Minh City's Ring Road No. 4; Song Than intersection project and An Binh road upgrade and expansion project and the bridge connecting Song Than overpass, etc.
The PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh speaks at the meeting
Speaking at the meeting, the PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh proposed projects to relieve traffic pressure in the bordering areas between the two localities, in which it is proposed to build Tan An bridge to solve traffic congestion in the Provincial Road No. 8 through Phu Cuong bridge connecting with Huynh Van Cu street; at the same time opening up urban development space in the area, etc.
Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Phan Van Mai speaks at the meeting
Through the opinions of the units, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Phan Van Mai suggested that the departments and branches of Ho Chi Minh City urgently need to implement the contents that the two localities have agreed on. During the implementation process, it is necessary to regularly exchange to solve and remove difficulties and problems. Agreeing with the proposal to invest in 05 key traffic connection locations between Thu Duc City and Di An City, Thuan An City, he asked Ho Chi Minh City to review and include in the mid-term plan 2025-2030. Ho Chi Minh City also wants to work with Binh Duong to study urban development along the Saigon River between the two localities, especially on the Saigon River through District 12, Hoc Mon and Cu Chi districts, etc.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of June 09, in Binh Duong New City, a Ceremony to announce application solutions for smart city and smart industrial parks (IPs) and sign strategic cooperation took place.
Attending were Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of the National Assembly Deputies; Mr. Nguyen Hoang Thao - Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Nguyen Van Loc - Chairman of the Provincial People's Council; Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Permanent Vice Chairman of Provincial People's Committee (PPC) and leaders of provincial departments, committees and branches; Mr. Nguyen Van Hung - Chairman of the Board of Directors (BOD) of Becamex IDC Corp and leaders of NTT Vietnam and VNTT.
Delegates attend the ceremony
At the ceremony, Viet Nam Technology & Telecommunication Joint Stock Company (VNTT) - a member unit of Becamex IDC signed a strategic cooperation agreement with partner NTT DATA - a member of Japan's NTT Group in deploying application solutions for smart city and smart IPs in Binh Duong to serve investors in IPs to transform smart manufacturing factories, towards the following goals: Binh Duong enterprises master technology and smart city solutions in a comprehensive and sustainable way, creating opportunities for enterprises and investors to upgrade the infrastructure of urban areas, IPs and factories to become smart and modern, etc. contributing to the common prosperity of Binh Duong province.
VNTT signs a strategic cooperation agreement with partner NTT DATA - a member of Japan's NTT in deploying application solutions for smart city and smart IPs
Accordingly, the two sides will coordinate to expand the market and produce smart products; cooperate to serve the needs of IP investors; training and technology transfer. Cooperating to develop and expand markets in fields, products or services in which the sides have advantages such as: Smart manufacturing, smart city, telecommunications infrastructure, network infrastructure and other fields in which the sides have advantages.
NTT DATA supports VNTT to expand its market through solutions tailored to specific projects in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. The two sides cooperate in researching and developing common solutions to serve the needs of investors in Becamex and Vietnam - Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIP) in the fields where the two sides have their own advantages and strengths. Cooperation in training, technology transfer, professional cooperation to upgrade the capacity and human resources of each side.
VNTT signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Becamex IDC on transforming the operation of Becamex's IP into a smart IP
Also at the ceremony, VNTT and Becamex IDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding on transforming the operation of Becamex's IP into a smart IP, a green and sustainable industrial ecosystem. Becamex's IP system will be applied solutions for: Smart wastewater treatment plant, Smart security camera, smart traffic, smart lighting and many other utilities. All will be controlled, monitored and observed at the Becamex Intelligent Operation Center located at WTC Tower in Binh Duong New City.
Mr. Pham Tuan Anh - General Director of VNTT, Director of Binh Duong Smart City Office shares solutions for smart city and smart IPs
According to Mr. Pham Ngoc Thuan - General Director of Becamex IDC, from the foundation of industrialization development after 25 years of re-establishing the province, Binh Duong has implemented the Smart City Project to welcome the 4th Industrial Revolution wave and has achieved many successes. Entering a new phase, with the explosion of science and technology and new business and commercial models, Binh Duong determined to continue to make breakthroughs, bringing the smart city project to a higher development ladder - Innovation Region, creating new driving force to accelerate development momentum, meeting the needs of people and enterprises.
Over the past time, Becamex IDC has assigned a member unit, VNTT, to deploy technology solutions to apply digital transformation and develop smart city. Currently, Becamex and VNTT have built sets of solutions and products and services for Smart City and Smart IPs on the basis of self-mastery of technology solutions and practical implementation to apply to the Smart City development process in the new period to help Binh Duong improve and self-upgrade its infrastructure, while supporting investors, gradually transforming the development model from labor-intensive, to knowledge-intensive and technology-intensive.
Mr. Pham Ngoc Thuan - General Director of Becamex IDC speaks at the ceremony
Becamex has been developing a new type of ecosystem, complementing the Industry - Urban - Service model, which is an ecosystem of innovation and science and technology, building smart IPs, green and sustainable smart cities, moving towards building IPs associated with science and technology to attract high value-added industries, participating in contributing to bringing Binh Duong industry to a higher segment in the global value chain, gradually building the driving force for the development of the knowledge economy, the digital economy to replace the labor-intensive and land-intensive economy.
Specifically, phase 1: New construction and upgrading of existing IPs into green, smart IPs, with the ability to provide 4.0 technology platforms such as IoT, Big Data, AI, etc. to help investors easily deploy the model of smart factory, smart production quickly and efficiently.
Phase 2: Development of IPs associated with science and technology to attract institutes, universities, research, development and innovation activities, service industries and digital services.
The application solutions for smart city and smart IPs and the signing of cooperation agreements are the initial results of creating the next generation of Becamex's soft infrastructure, creating the first "bricks" for self-mastery of technology solutions and practical implementation of enterprises.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of June 06, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) chaired the conference to collect opinions on the draft implementation plan of the Government's Resolution No. 154/NQ-CP and Provincial Party Committee's Program No. 113/Ctr-TU on socio-economic development and assurance of national defense and security in the Southeast region to 2030, with a vision to 2045.
Attending the conference were Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Permanent Vice Chairman of PPC; Mr. Nguyen Loc Ha - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Vice Chairman of PPC; departments, committees, branches and localities in the province.
Overview of the conference
The draft plan aims to orient Binh Duong development in accordance with the national master plan, the Southeast region plan, the national socio-economic development strategies and plans, ensuring consistency, consistent with the strategy of sustainable development, green growth, and adaptation to climate change.
The goal by 2030, Binh Duong basically becomes a smart city and basically meets the criteria of becoming a grade I city, directly under the Central Government, one of the modern, livable, civilized, and affectionate cities. In which, specific targets are set such as: The average growth rate of GRDP in the 2021 - 2030 period reaches from 9% - 10%; economic structure of industry - construction, service, agriculture - forestry - fishery, product taxes less subsidies on production respectively 62% - 30% - 2% - 6%; GRDP per capita at current prices is about 393 million - 419 million VND, equivalent to 15,000 - 16,000 USD; the share of the digital economy in GRDP is about 30 - 35%; the province's urbanization rate reaches 90%; 100% of communes meet the new advance rural standards; the rate of trained workers with diplomas and certificates is about 40 - 45%; unemployment rate <3%; reaching 32 hospital beds and 11 doctors per ten thousand people; Health insurance coverage rate reaches over 95%; the average residential area of the whole province is 33.5m²/person (in which the urban area is 34m2/person, the rural area is 29.64m2/person); the rate of using clean water and hygienic water of urban population reaches 100%, rural population 95%; 100% of urban daily-life solid waste is collected and treated according to regulations; 100% of hazardous wastes are collected, transported and treated according to regulations; the average green tree area per urban dweller in urban areas (Thu Dau Mot, Thuan An, Di An, Ben Cat, Tan Uyen) reaches 8m2 - 10m2/person; the remaining urban areas reach ≥ 10m2/person; by 2025, mobilizing and relocating 30% - 40% of enterprises subject to relocation under the project of relocating manufacturing enterprises in the south to the northern localities of the province to focus on arranging the planning of converting functions to developing services and commerce, creating a sustainable balanced development.
The draft Plan sets out 9 groups of tasks and solutions: Rapid and sustainable development, creating breakthroughs and spillovers in regional and inter-regional economic development; focusing on perfecting institutions and policies and promoting the development of regional linkages; developing high-tech industry and completing infrastructure and urban areas; developing high-quality services, speeding up economic restructuring; restructuring and enhancing the value of the agricultural sector; developing science - technology, innovation associated with training high quality human resources; developing culture - society, improving people's material and spiritual life; firmly ensuring national defense and security, improving the efficiency of foreign affairs; focusing on building and correcting the Party and political system.
Mr. Doan Hong Tuoi - Chairman of Tan Uyen City People's Committee comments on the draft
At the conference, departments, committees, branches and localities made practical contributions, going into each target, group of tasks and solutions; mentioned and analyzed the tasks that are not suitable with the functions of each department, branch; and proposed solutions to achieve the set tasks.
Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of Binh Duong PPC speaks to conclude the conference
Speaking at the conclusion of the conference, Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of Binh Duong PPC acknowledged and highly appreciated the comments for the draft. He requested the Department of Planning and Investment to receive and select the comments, synthesize and complete the report to submit to the PPC for consideration and approval. He emphasized that the development of groups of tasks and solutions should be specific, associated with the general planning and orientation of the province and the national plan in order to create a breakthrough in investment attraction and socio-economic development of the province.
PORTAL – The Provincial People's Council promulgates Resolution No. 09/NQ-HDND on investment policy in construction investment project of the Ho Chi Minh City's Ring Road No. 4, section from Thu Bien bridge - Saigon river (phase 1) by method of public-private partnership (PPP). This resolution was approved by the 10th Binh Duong Provincial People's Council, 9th meeting (thematic) on May 18, 2023 and takes effect from the date of adoption.
Estimated road alignment: according to the road network planning, detailed planning and land use planning corridor approved by the Binh Duong PPC in 2022.
The road starting point: at the position connecting Ho Chi Minh City's Ring Road No. 4 with the current Thu Bien bridgehead in Binh Duong province in Thuong Tan commune, Bac Tan Uyen district, Binh Duong province. The road end point: in front of Phu Thuan bridge abutment in An Tay commune, Ben Cat town, Binh Duong province. Total length is about 47.85km.
From the road starting point at the Thu Bien bridgehead in Thuong Tan commune, Bac Tan Uyen district, Binh Duong province, the basic alignment follows the current Thu Bien - Dat Cuoc road, intersects with DH.411 road; the new launching road passes through VSIP III, intersects with DT.747 road in Hoi Nghia ward, intersects with DT.742 road at the existing intersection, coincides with the center line of road no. 17-VSIP IIA, the road continues to newly launch the grade-intersection with Di An - Loc Ninh railway (planned), intersects with the DT.741 road in Hoa Loi ward, connects to the existing Ho Chi Minh city's Ring Road No. 4 to Thoi An bridge, follows the existing road to DT.748 road and newly launches to intersect DT.744 road in An Tay commune, newly launches as planned to Saigon River at Phu Thuan bridge.
Scale: expressway, design speed: 100 km/h; type and grade of works: grade I traffic works.
Site clearance: fully implemented with 8 expressway lanes, 74.5m wide roadbed for the sections from Dat Cuoc (DH.411 road) - VSIP IIA, from Thoi An bridge - Saigon river and intersections. Particularly, the section connecting VSIP IIA - My Phuoc 3 Industrial Park has a site clearance of 62m; the Thu Bien - Dat Cuoc section (including the Thu Bien bridge intersection on the Binh Duong side) has been implemented in another project, not included in this project.
Investment in scale of 04 complete expressway lanes including continuous emergency stop lane; especially the section from DT.742 road to Thoi An bridge: keep the status quo of the invested sections (scale of 62m, 10 lanes), the section from VSIP IIA - My Phuoc 3 Industrial Park is invested synchronously with a scale of 62m, 10 lanes. Investing in allocating inter- and direct-connected sections and building parallel roads on both sides of the road to ensure the technical elements of the expressway and regional traffic connection, suitable to the local development situation. Handling intersection of some level crossings: use suitable overpass or underpass.
Investing in 2 branch roads connecting to Binh Duong Industrial - Service - Urban Complex (Le Loi Street and Road no. 2) with an appropriate scale.
Location: across the administrative boundary of Tan Uyen city, Ben Cat town, Bac Tan Uyen district in Binh Duong province.
Estimated time of project implementation: 2023 - 2026. Expected demand for land use is about 419.6 ha, of which the main road is 413.4 ha, the connecting road is 6.2 ha; type of PPP project contract: Build - Operate - Transfer (BOT). Preliminary total investment of the project: 18,247.9 billion VND (excluding interest).
PORTAL - Provincial People's Committee (PPC) issued Decision on approving the list of online public services eligible not to receive paper documents in Binh Duong province, phase 1 (from June 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023).
The total number of online public services eligible not to receive paper documents under the handling competence of departments, committees and branches is 666 administrative procedures (APs) in 91 fields.
Eligible online public services that do not receive paper documents under the jurisdiction of the district-level People's Committees have 45 APs in 15 fields; Eligible online public services that do not receive paper documents under the jurisdiction of the Commune-level People's Committee have 20 APs in 09 fields.
Departments, committees and branches, People's Committees of districts, towns and cities; People's Committees of communes, wards and towns base themselves on the list of online public services eligible deploy effectively and in accordance with regulations and periodically review to advise the PPC Chairman to standardize, adjust, replace and supplement to suit the regulations and actual situation of the province.
Assigning the Department of Information and Communications to chair, and coordinate with other branches and units in, ensuring the conditions for information technology infrastructure, technical standards, digital signatures and other related conditions so that the departments, committees, branches and localities to implement smoothly. At the same time, effectively organizing propaganda and communication to mobilize people and enterpises to participate in online application submission instead of in-person form.
The PPC Office based on its assigned functions, tasks and powers, coordinates with the Department of Information and Communications to monitor, urge and inspect the implementation of the above-mentioned contents, advises and proposes the PPC to direct the settlement of problems arising in the implementation process, ensuring that the provision of online public services is eligible not to receive paper documents in accordance with the provisions of law.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of May 29, at the Provincial Convention and Exhibition Center, Mr. Mai Hung Dung – Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC), Head of the Executive Board of Binh Duong Smart City chaired a meeting of the Executive Board to listen to the report on the construction situation of Binh Duong Smart City Project in the 2022-2030 period.
At the meeting, Mr. Peter Portheine - Smart Cities Program Director of Brainport Eindhoven (Netherlands), member of the Executive Board informed about opportunities and challenges for countries due to the influence of the world economic situation. Advantages for Binh Duong province in building a smart city such as Binh Duong actively deploying solutions to catch up with the industry 4.0 trend; expanding the development of services; focusing on developing high-quality human resources; building sustainable urban development, etc. At the same time, he said, in the 2016-2021 period, Binh Duong achieved positive results, the economy continuously grew, the economic structure continued to shift in the right direction, GDP per capita increased, the urbanization rate reached 82% in line with the orientation of building a smart city, the infrastructure system was strongly invested, the innovation ecosystem was constantly developing, etc. This is a solid foundation for Binh Duong to build a Smart City Project for the 2022-2030 period to a new level, which is to focus strongly on balancing economic development with social progress and green growth.
Mr. Peter Portheine - Smart Cities Program Director of Brainport Eindhoven, member of the Executive Board, gives an overview of the draft Binh Duong Smart City Project for the 2022-2030 period
Binh Duong Smart City Project for the 2022-2030 period continues to include 04 areas (people - technology - business - foundation factors) as in the 2016-2021 period, however, these areas will be adjusted to the current situation and the major challenges ahead. At the same time, the Binh Duong Innovation Region Project is integrated in the new Smart City strategy for the 2022-2026 period. Continuing to apply the triple helix model (Government - University - Enterprise) in building smart city.
Mr. Nguyen Viet Long - Director of the Department of Science and Technology comments on the content of Draft project
Reporting on the task of implementing smart city construction in the coming time, representatives of departments and branches said that, based on the general plan of the province, units are implementing the development of key programs and projects of their industry, in which focusing on digital transformation, innovation start-up, administrative reform, etc. At the same time, proposing projects and solutions to be implemented in the coming period such as training high-quality human resources for localities and regions, solutions to overcome the middle-income trap; taking the human factor as the foundation in implementing projects; closely coordinating between the University and enteprises in developing the innovation startup ecosystem; establishing an Innovation Center; building eco-industrial parks, etc.
Mr. Pham Ngoc Thuan - General Director of Becamex IDC Corp proposes the strategy to build smart city in the next period
Through the opinions of the delegates, Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC Mai Hung Dung highly appreciated the plan of implementing the construction of smart city of the departments and branches in the coming time. He suggested that agencies and units focus on commenting on the draft Binh Duong Smart City Project for the 2022-2030 period, supplementing the key tasks and solutions to be implemented in this period of each department and branch to achieve the goals set out by the Project.
PORTAL - On the morning of May 10, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) chaired the announcement ceremony of operating the "Binh Duong Digital Government" app.
Accordingly, the "Binh Duong Digital Government" app is a channel to receive and facilitate civil servants, public employees in handling online public services, reflecting recommendations, looking up and exploiting information and data in a timely manner. Besides, through this app, it will help change the habits of officials, civil servants and public employees in using mobile devices to process work, improve work efficiency, save time and minimize delays and shortcomings in performing assigned tasks.
Delegates perform the announcement ceremony of Binh Duong Digital Government app
Basic features of the app: Information module includes news, reference information, operating data. Module for handling daily work: Work schedule - makes it easy to track the calendar, notify when there are changes; notify when there is a meeting through the paperless meeting room; manage documents when there are incoming documents that need to be handled immediately or waiting for digital signature, unprocessed documents that are about to be overdue will be alerted, etc. to ensure the proportion of documents processed on time.
Processing of one-stop-shop documents: When documents are submitted on the Provincial or National Public Service Portal, officials, civil servants and public employees are notified that there are documents to be processed, and a warning that the documents is about to be overdue for timely implementation.
Handling complaints 1022: Incoming people's complaints are notified directly to officials, civil servants and public employees assigned to handle and resolve petitions, handle, look up and track complaints.
IOC function: Officials, civil servants and public employees can monitor warnings related to socio-economic indicators, operating indicators. With the Utilities section, it is possible to use functions such as internal chat to send and receive documents, create interactive groups; look up information to serve the direction and advice.
Thu Dau Mot University (TDMU) is a public university training institution of Binh Duong province, established in 2009 on the basis of upgrading from Binh Duong Pedagogy College. Right from the very beginning of its establishment, TDMU determined the strategic direction and viewpoint to build the application-oriented University to become a center of culture, education, science and technology; providing human resources and quality scientific and technological products for socio-economic development and international integration of Binh Duong province, the Southeast region and the whole country.
Matching the destination of the applied university
After more than 13 years of operation, up to now, the University has been shaped as a multi-field and multi-disciplinary university, developing in terms of scale, quality and training efficiency; meeting the learning needs of the people, the industrialization requirements of the locality and the whole country; initially affirming the prestige and brand of a young university in Binh Duong. On the other hand, being established in the context of Vietnam's higher education entering a period of comprehensive renovation for international integration, at the same time, implementing Resolution No. 29-NQ/TW dated November 04, 2013 of the 8th Conference of the 11th Party Central Committee on fundamental and comprehensive renovation to meet the requirements of the country's industrialization and modernization, TDMU found its own way to create vitality and affirm the value of the University. One of the important breakthroughs that make a difference for TDMU is the development of a curriculum associated with social needs.
Vietnamese education is aiming to be learner-centered, helping learners approach active learning, so the fact that training institutions find new directions to develop curriculum will be a breakthrough, thereby affirming the training quality of the University. With TDMU, right from the early years of its establishment, the University has built a curriculum oriented to an applied university. But how does the curriculum satisfy learners' needs and meet the requirements of today's society? That question is concretized by the University by approaching the development of the Outcome-based education (OBE) curriculum, ensuring the comprehensive development of knowledge - skills - autonomy and responsibility for learners through expected learning outcomes. Expected learning outcomes reflect stakeholder requirements (both internal - learners and external - employers), meeting the requirements of the Viet Nam National Qualifications Framework for higher education and compatible with programs in the same major of countries in the region. Program activities include: program design, development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement. All these activities are operated in accordance with the PDCA (Plan - Do - Check - Act) procedure, ensuring that the training activities at the University meet the stakeholder requirements and the expected output standards.
In addition, the University always identifies the construction of the Output standards as one of the important stages in the chain of curriculum design activities. Therefore, since 2012, TDMU has boldly changed the direction to develop the curriculum under the CDIO (Conceive Design Implement Operate) initiative, meeting AUN-QA (Asean University Network - Quality Assurance) standards.
Not only designing the curriculum under the CDIO initiative in the engineering majors, but also in 2014, all blocks of training programs of the University completed the curriculum under the CDIO initiative. With those new steps, in 2015, the University became a member of the world CDIO organization. This is one of the factors contributing to the University affirming the training quality for society. Not only focusing on changing and developing the curriculum to catch up the trend of the times, the University also strengthens the teaching of social skills, improves the output standards of informatics and foreign languages for learners, and invests in facilities, etc. to synchronize quality improvement, help learners assert themselves and have more job opportunities after graduation.
Upholding training quality and focusing on learners' capabilities
Facing the challenge of social needs, TDMU always upholds the training quality and focuses on learners' capabilities. Therefore, every year, the curriculum is always updated and supplemented with practical modules, accompanied by new versions of the detailed outline so that the curriculum knowledge meets the ongoing reality. In 2017, after meeting the national quality accreditation standards, through the DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) meetings, from the employer feedback, the University strengthened the practical capacity of students in the learning process. The first basis for this improvement process is the Document No. 30/DHTDM-DTDH dated January 05, 2018, of the Rector of Thu Dau Mot University on the implementation of the regular university curriculum for the 2017 and 2018 enrollments. The university directs all majors to ensure that the structure of practice hours is at least achieving 40% of the total knowledge volume of the course. The training process is implemented through: (1) teaching theory; (2) teaching on models and simulations; (3) practical exercises, internships at workshops and laboratories; (4) applied/practical exercises outside of the University.
With the desire to empower the student's capacity and achieve high quality in teaching, when developing the curriculum, the University designs and allocates practice hours from the first year to the last year of the course. The curriculum shows openness, helping students understand specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge. Thereby, creating opportunities for students to choose their favorite professions again after finishing the first year, and convenient in registering for fundamental courses as well as favorable for students who want to study further and have many career options. In addition to ensuring connectivity and interdisciplinary, the curriculum development of the TDMU also ensures the professional knowledge and skills to train a team of young intellectuals who are capable and qualified their career after graduation, provide learners with opportunities for lifelong learning.
In order to update and develop the curriculum to ensure the connection with the output standards with teaching-learning activities and assessment according to the OBE-based principle, the University focuses on teaching and assessment methods from a learning-centered perspective, which plays an important role in implementing the university's educational philosophy to create motivation and initiative in learning for students; encourage students to take an active role in creating the learning process and teachers to be flexible in their plans for class; activities of experiential learning and community service learning are also closely connected by the University, helping students improve the quality of learning knowledge, skills as well as self-control capacity, sense of social responsibility and moral values.
Initial achievements of the TDMU's curriculum development
In the current development of science and technology, education cannot train people who can only do one thing or only know how to operate work like a robot. The University's responsibility in the training process is to focus on training vocational skills so that learners have enough knowledge when embarking on practical work, avoiding the case that employers have to "re-train". Vocational skills training must also be gradually upgraded to an international level, in order to provide students with all the elements of knowledge, skills, foreign languages, informatics, etc., to work abroad and integrate with the region under UNESCO's four educational pillars: learning to know, learning to be, learning to live together, and learning to do.
Thus, in order to achieve the goal and meet the output standards associated with social needs, TDMU has boldly chosen its development direction in line with the province's need to identify and step by step affirm the brand. The decisiveness and breakthrough in curriculum development over time have brought considerable results. Especially, from the DACUM seminars, the University boldly develops the Curriculum in the direction of increasing practice in the training process, enhancing skills, personal and professional qualities resulting to motivate the University to improve training activities by meeting the increasing demands of the labor market. More importantly, after graduation, being confident with the knowledge and skills acquired in the University, students are ready to serve society and affirm their own values, contributing to the construction of Binh Duong into a smart city in the near future.
PhD. Nguyen Quoc Cuong
Rector of Thu Dau Mot University
Translated by Thanh Tam