BEGIC - On October 22nd, 2019, in the United States, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has published a list of 21 cities and regions honored with typical Smart City development strategy of the world in 2020 (Smart21). Binh Duong continues to be the locality of Vietnam honored in this list, affirming the direction of developing Smart City properly, effectively of the province, consistent with the development trend of the world.
02 consecutive years achieving Smart21
ICF (Intelligent Community Forum) - a prestigious international organization with more than 180 members, which are prosperous smart cities around the world. ICF has set out an approach and set of smart city building criteria that all members must achieve, which not only looks at solutions to the individual problems of the city, but also emphasizes community development and cooperation, attaching importance to the technological infrastructure of the foundation, thereby promoting the innovation of the whole system towards the digital economy and promoting knowledge and creating momentum for sustainable development, not only in culture, society, environment but also in economy.
In 2016, Binh Duong officially announced the Binh Duong Smart City Project. The project is a social-economic breakthrough program in Binh Duong province, transforming the economy into service - high-tech production, green urban, modern smart, good living, meeting the new needs of people and businesses in the new era, towards the knowledge economy, digital economy, to catch the wave of Industrial Revolution 4.0.
The highlight of Binh Duong Smart City Project is the Triple Helix model - close cooperation between the State, entrepreneurs, schools - is also a key model in the approach to ICF, at the same time, following the ICF's set of criteria, since then, the province has changed rapidly and achieved great socio-economic success in the past three years.
List of 21 intelligent regions of the world in 2020
Binh Duong plans an area called the Binh Duong Smart Region that covers the Southern part of the province, selected based on international criteria, which is currently the gathering of urban centers, education research areas and industries of the province.
With the right direction based on the evaluation criteria of ICF, Binh Duong Smart Region was again voted as one of 21 cities, the region with the typical smart city development strategy of the world in 2020, according to the criteria announced by ICF.
The fact that the Binh Duong Smart Region has joined the ICF and 2 consecutive years of being voted into the Smart21 has a great meaning to continue the breakthrough of socio-economic development; affirming the development direction of the smart city of the province to be effective, consistent with the global trend; elevating Binh Duong to a new position in the international arena; opening up the opportunity to cooperate and exchange experiences with ICF's network of more than 180 smart cities around the world. At the same time, creating confidence for investors, businesses, breakthroughs in attracting foreign investment, attracting intellectual workers, institutes and schools around the world, is the foundation for service development, high technology production in the future.
List of Smart21 cities and regions with the typical smart city development strategy of the world selected by ICF based on quantitative and qualitative data, evaluated by a team of analysts, headed by former Cisco and Westchester County (New York) CIO CEO, Dr. Norman Jacknis. The analysis is based on the ICF Criteria Set providing a framework and concepts to focus on developing the competitiveness factors of the community about economy, society, environment and culture.
The ICF's set of criteria is a very rigorous system of questions, both quantitative and qualitative, is focused on 6 major criteria that are fundamental, including: Broadband, Knowledge workforce, Innovation, Equal access to digital technology, Sustainability and Support - encouragement. A set of criteria helps communities to "measure" their "smart" initially. Based on that, there are orientations for developing, improving the quality of community services, mobilizing forces to participate and enlisting the support of the whole region. Meeting the requirements of the set of criteria is required conditions for becoming an official member of the ICF network.
Binh Duong is constantly rising
In October 2018, Binh Duong achieved Smart21 for the first time and joined ICF, which is an important first step to reach internationally. This shows that Binh Duong is gradually forming a foundation to create new breakthroughs. Continuing the momentum, in 2019, Binh Duong constantly implements new programs for smart cities, with constant socio-economic breakthroughs, supporting businesses, opening strong start-up waves, building nurseries, Fablab, Techlab, Innovation Center etc. to closely connecting the State, institutes, businesses, raising investment attraction and resources to a new level. Currently, the province continue cooperates with Singapore, Eindhoven city (Netherlands), Daejeon city (Korea) and World Technopolis Association to implement the idea of building a science and technology industrial park, in order to create a new added value for Binh Duong.
Binh Duong successfully organized the Asia Meeting Forum - Horasis 2018
In particular, in September 2019, World Trade Center Binh Duong New City (WTC BDNC) officially became a member of the World Trade Centers.
In November 2019, Binh Duong will launch the World Trade Center complex project in the heart of the New City (Hoa Phu ward, Thu Dau Mot City) on the occasion of the Horasis Asia Meeting 2019 taking place in Binh Duong, creating a highlight of commercial service. These will be important milestones for Binh Duong's services to take the new steps.
Besides, Binh Duong is currently making efforts to build up e-government, creating favorable conditions to encourage businesses and organizations in the province to digitize, apply technology, improve knowledge, develop smart factories etc. Binh Duong is also conducting drastic research on logistics and smart transport solutions to create the best conditions for businesses and people.
Since the end of 2018, Binh Duong has continuously hosted a series of international events such as the Horasis Asia Meeting, the Global Innovation Forum and the World Technopolis Association etc. with the participation of thousands of government leaders, experts, businesses and institutes around the globe, creating great buzz and breakthrough in attracting investment, cooperating to exchange international experiences.
The interest of prestigious international organizations in recent years and continue to choose Binh Duong as the venue for many important events of the world in economics, science and technology such as Horasis Asia Meeting 2019, Horasis India, Asia Workshop on Urban etc. has demonstrated a new era of strong development of Binh Duong, is the era towards knowledge economy, digital economy, ready to catch the wave of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.