10:03 | 26/08/2015 Science - Technology
(VEN) - The smart city has become increasingly popular as a concept in recent years. A smart city uses digital technologies or information and communication technology in almost all activities, especially transport and health to ensure better living conditions for people.
Ho Chi Minh City aims at becoming a leading locality in applying e-government
According to the National Committee for Information Technology Application’s member and State Office Deputy Chairman Le Manh Ha, Ho Chi Minh City topped the list of localities in terms of applying information technology (IT) in the civil service and businesses. IT has helped upgrade public services and provide better transparency. Ho Chi Minh City aims at becoming a leading locality in deploying e-government application.
Results from a program to promote administrative reform in urban government during the 2011-2015 period showed that Ho Chi Minh City deployed e-office services in all districts and 72 percent of numbers of departments and agencies. In addition, the electronic one-door system and the Ho Chi Minh City portal have also been implemented.
Only two hospitals in the city have had relatively complete IT system with data analysis applications to enhance quality of medical examination, while 54 hospitals have used IT at a medium level. Ho Chi Minh City intends to spend at least one percent of its budget for IT application and development in the 2015-2020 period.
According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport, the city has more than seven million vehicles. Therefore, in order to minimize congestion, it’s necessary to develop a smart traffic system. The city currently has 841 traffic lights and more than 300 cameras. However, these systems have not been used to their full potential. To overcome limitations, the city has adopted a policy to construct a US$200-300 million Ho Chi Minh City public transport management and operation center which could enter operation by around 2020.
IT businesses have also devised solutions for e-government. For example, Microsoft CityNext’s cloud platform system will help urban areas use services flexibly and enhance capacity of the public sector. The public and city leaders in transport, health, finance, human resource management, energy and education through mobile devices or the internet may also be able to communicate more easily, contributing to resolving urgent issues.
According to the United Nations E-Government Survey 2014, Vietnam ranked 99th among the 193 countries and 26th among the 47 countries in Asia in terms of the E-Government Development Index based on three main criteria of online services, telecommunications infrastructure and human capital.
According to the World Economic Forum, Vietnam ranked 85th among the 143 economies in April 2015 in terms of the Networked Readiness Index.