PORTAL - On the morning of June 21, at the Convention and Exhibition Center of Binh Duong province, the opening ceremony of the event to honor TOP 7 Intelligent Communities and the Forum "Post-pandemic recovery, how digital innovation drives growth in our community" took place.
Attending the ceremony, on the side of the guests were Mr. Tran Tuan Anh - Member of the Politburo, Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission; Mr. Huynh Thanh Dat - Member of the Party Central Committee (PCC), Minister of Science and Technology; Mr. Nguyen Minh Vu - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prof. Dr. Ta Ngoc Tan – Permanent Vice Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council; Mr. Louis Zacharilla – Co-Founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF); experts, scientists, enterprises; representative leaders of a number of provinces and cities.
On the side of Binh Duong province, attending were Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the PCC, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies; Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of Binh Duong Provincial People's Committee (PPC); Mr. Nguyen Van Hung - Board of Directors' Chairman of Becamex Corp; and representatives of Consulate Generals and foreign enterprise associations; leaders of ministries, departments, committees, branches, localities inside and outside the province.
Delegates attend the ceremony
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a prestigious international organization so far has more than 180 members that are prosperous smart cities around the world. Every year, ICF organizes to honor communities with typical strategies, which are concretized by specific projects. After selecting SMART21 as a group of 21 typical cities, ICF continued to select TOP 7 and organize the honor in a member city, after 2021 it was held in New York, USA, this year, Binh Duong province was selected by ICF as the host of the Honor Ceremony of TOP 7 ICF Intelligent Communities of 2022.
The PPC's Economic Commission presents a flower stand to congratulate the event
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Louis Zacharilla - Co-Founder of ICF said: ICF is the Intelligent Community Forum with global influence, with 6 criteria set out including: Connectivity - Broadband; Labor force; Innovation; Equal access to digital; Advocacy and Sustainability. Currently, the works of changing industry, urban areas and smart cities are developing most strongly, especially in Binh Duong. Along with that, technology and digital transformation are growing rapidly. This innovation is allowing workers to be more creative, work in a better, more comfortable environment, thereby creating new business types more effectively and helping society to progress more and more.
Mr. Louis Zacharilla - Co-Founder of ICF speaks at the opening of the ceremony
"We will tell the world about Vietnam's achievements and tell the story of Binh Duong, which is a place to realize dreams, develop intelligence and innovate. We would like to thank Binh Duong and Becamex for accompanying ICF to organize the program of Honoring TOP 7 Intelligent Communities of 2022 this time" - Mr. Louis Zacharilla added.
Mr. Tran Tuan Anh - Member of the Politburo, Head of the PPC's Economic Commission speaks to congratulate the event
Attending and speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Tran Tuan Anh – Member of the Politburo, Head of the PCC's Economic Commission highly appreciated Binh Duong's breakthrough and pioneering approach in building a smart city. In particular, Binh Duong's proactive participation and integration into the world community shows its initiative in local governance, but still ensures compliance with the orientations, guidelines and policies of the Party and State on smart city development. Especially the implementation of some good models and practices in Binh Duong in smart city construction, typically applying the triple helix model (Government; Enterprises; Universities – Research Institutes) or building a typical 5-layer model in the Binh Duong Innovation Region Project from planning urban infrastructure, technical infrastructure, and traffic to building a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship; comprehensively developing and balancing the economy; digital transformation, development of digital economy and digital society; developing and attracting human resources.
In addition, the Head of the PCC's Economic Commission also suggested that Binh Duong province adhere to the Party's viewpoints, guidelines and policies on urbanization and sustainable urban development; should pay attention to promoting the initiative, creativity, active participation of the enterprise community and people, international cooperation in organizing the implementation of the Smart City Project for the 2021-2025 period. It is necessary to focus on continuing to build an increasingly powerful digital and innovation ecosystem to bring a better life and develop Binh Duong to become "smarter" and more livable. He hoped that ICF will continue to support Binh Duong in shaping and connecting more deeply with other members of the Forum to exchange, learn and further improve the development model of the province."
Currently, in Vietnam, up to 44/63 provinces and cities directly under the Central Government have built smart urban development projects, Binh Duong is a number of localities implementing smart city construction with many positive results.
Chairman of the PPC Vo Van Minh speaks in response
Speaking in response, Mr. Vo Van Minh - Chairman of Binh Duong PPC said that since 2016, Binh Duong has developed the Binh Duong Smart City Project to create a mechanism for knowledge transfer in society between the state, universities and enterprises, thereby stimulating creativity in the economy, creating changes that affect all social classes, gradually transforming from labor-intensive to knowledge-intensive, technology-intensive, helping investors solve their problems and Binh Duong to solve their own. In order to learn, strengthen and realize those perceptions, Binh Duong actively participates in extensive connections with the international community to seek out communities with similar development views to share and learn from each other, that's why Binh Duong has become a member of ICF.
Joining ICF helps Binh Duong connect and learn many things from other members in the world, thereby affirming and continuing to persevere with the direction that Binh Duong authorities, people and enterprises have chosen. Being honored by ICF 4 times in a row in TOP 21 and in 2021 being honored in TOP 7 cities with typical smart city development strategies affirms that the choice of approach of Binh Duong Smart City Project is in line with the general trend of the world.
Within the framework of the Opening Ceremony of the event to honor TOP7 Intelligent Communities, a Forum with the theme "Post-pandemic recovery, how digital innovation drives growth in our community" took place, for each community to voice their views on the development of smart cities, smart communities, and share common vision and values.
After the opening ceremony, the delegates listened to Ohio State (USA) and Binh Duong province presented a presentation on building a smart city.
Reported by Mai Xuan- Translated by Thanh Tam