14:31 | 14/08/2018 Economy
(VEN) - Consul General Mary Tarnowka from the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City joined 14 U.S. smart city and healthcare firms for meetings with the City of Can Tho People’s Committee on August 10.
The U.S. delegation to Can Tho was comprised of representatives from the following organizations: AmCham, 3M, Aetna, DI Central, Esri, Honeywell, HPE, KPMG, Medtronic, Microsoft, Pfizer, Rockwell Automation, Trilliant, Varian and Xylem.
The delegation of U.S. government and industry representatives met with Vice Chairman Dao Anh Dung and city departments to present innovative smart city and healthcare solutions from the United States that address the city’s growing urban and healthcare challenges.
During the dialogue, city leaders presented to the delegation Can Tho’s smart cities master plan to turn the Mekong Delta’s largest city into a smart city by 2025.
The August 10 meeting is the latest in a series of provincial outreach events undertaken by the U.S. Mission to Vietnam to promote U.S. smart city and healthcare technologies. The U.S. Department of Commerce organized a three-city smart city business development mission with 14 U.S. firms to the central Vietnamese cities of Nha Trang, Da Nang, and Hue in December 2017.
“Vietnam is facing rapid urbanization, posing challenges for city officials and planners to provide basic infrastructure in transportation, energy, and healthcare to make their communities more attractive and livable,” said Consul General Mary Tarnowka. “U.S. firms have innovative products and services that can support Vietnam’s communities.”
“Today, we have a team of private sector experts representing the best healthcare companies in the world who are eager to partner with Can Tho to help the city achieve its health objectives”, added Consul General Tarnowka. “As the healthcare system evolves, I see greater opportunities for collaboration between the United States and Vietnam on a government to government level and government to industry level.”
The U.S.-Vietnam Healthcare and Smart Cities Industry Groups were formed in 2016 by the U.S. Department of
Commerce and U.S. companies with the goal of helping Vietnam improve the capabilities and capacity of its
infrastructure. The groups represent more than 45 companies, four U.S. government agencies and departments –
U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Export-Import Bank of the United
States, and United States Agency for International Development – and two business associations, AmCham Vietnam
and the U.S. ASEAN Business Council. This collaborative group shares best practices from around the world,
proposes and provides innovative solutions and services to ensure that Vietnam’s infrastructure is ready to meet the
demands of the country’s growing economy.