According to statistics of the Ministry of Construction of Vietnam, the agency in charge of deploying the “Sustainable Smart Urban Development Project Vietnam for the period of 2018 – 2025 and orientation to 2030”, the whole country has about 40 provinces and cities has been or is developing a smart city development project.

In these smart city projects, each chooses different hot issues, for example, the Ho Chi Minh City Project emphasizes economy, traffic congestion, flooding, and high tide. Da Nang, Da Lat and Hue emphasize tourism. Quang Ninh and Lao Cai selects both economy (trade) and tourism (homestay).

In addition, the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam is directly guiding the pilot implementation of smart city services for 19 cities and provinces. It is expected that in December 2020, the Ministry of Information and Communications will coordinate with cities and provincese to evaluate the pilot results to consider and propose the implementation for the next period.

There is a project on developing smart city in Tanan city of Long An province in the period of 2020-2025, with a vision to 2030, aiming at the application of ICT to support timely and effective settlement of issues raised by the people pay attention to, improve people’s satisfaction and quality of life. The budget of project around 500 billion VND (~ 22 million USD).

Long An is situated in an advantageous position in the Southern Key Economic Region of Vietnam. It serves as a bridge between Ho Chi Minh City in the north and 12 provinces in the Mekong Delta in the south. (Wiki)

From Vananh ICT News

Another Smart City project is in Dong Anh district of Hanoi city, has a total investment of nearly 4.2 billion USD. The project is promised to apply many smart technologies such as energy, transportation, management, learning, life and economy. This area will be built with a very high community, ensuring full amenities from schools, health, security, commerce as well as green parks, water surface … (from giaoducthoidan.vn)

However, at present in Vietnam, there is no specific set of standards, regulations, mechanisms and policies on smart cities. The consequences of the lack of standards lead to the cities when implementing smart city construction, struggling to know how to do it. In Vietnam, while the management agency is still struggling to manage urban areas, it is still revealed in the regulations that do not come to life. In order to create a smart city, it is necessary to ensure the building of a unified and managed urban government from top to bottom. At the same time, there must be good planning, specific action plans and a system of policies and mechanisms to raise enough capital to implement it. (from enternews.vn)