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USTDA provides technical assistance for HCMC to transform into smart city

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HCMC – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the HCMC Department of Information and Communications signed a partnership agreement on August 25, under which the USTDA will provide technical assistance worth more than US$1.4 million to help HCMC develop an intelligent operations center, which is the top priority of a smart city.

The center will aggregate real-time urban data onto an intuitive dashboard platform that can be leveraged by local leaders, helping to transform the way the southern metropolis manages its daily operations through advanced data analytics, according to the USTDA.

“HCMC has an ambitious smart cities agenda, and USTDA is an ideal partner to support its goal. Our partnership will help the city deploy cutting-edge ICT technologies and advanced data analytics that innovative U.S. companies are ready to supply,” USTDA chief operating officer and head of agency Todd Abrajano said.

Through the use of smart technologies and the application of advanced data analytics, the city can enhance service delivery to its growing population and advance new economic development.

The technical assistance to develop the intelligent operations center for HCMC is the second cooperation project between the city’s Department of Information and Communications and the USTDA, following the success of the technical assistance to develop the integrated emergency communications system for the city in 2018-2019, according to Le Quoc Cuong, deputy director of the department.

“The signing of the grant agreement is the most concrete evidence of the strong development of the comprehensive partnership in smart cities between HCMC and the United States,” Cuong added.

The signing was part of the HCMC-U.S. Business Summit held in HCMC on August 25 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United States.

“This is a watershed moment for Vietnam and U.S. businesses to drive new partnerships, expand new business opportunities and engage in all critical sectors in Vietnam,” said Daniel Kritenbrink, United States Ambassador to Vietnam.

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