Vice Chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen (R) presents a gift to Jaroslav Gasinec (Photo: thesaigontimes.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City encourages all businesses and residents to apply high technologies so as to help turn it into a smart city, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen said on September 20.

He had a working session with Jaroslav Gasinec, Chief Business Development Officer at Asseco – one of the biggest groups on information technology in Europe.

He said HCM City is determined to become a smart city to improve local living standards, noting that it is conducting surveys to make a smart city design. It aims to meet smart city standards by 2025.

The southern economic hub of Vietnam is developing an e-government so as to ensure governance efficiency. It is also carrying out many technology application projects to raise the capacity of dealing with environmental, healthcare and traffic problems, he added.

Jaroslav Gasinec said Asseco Group wants to cooperate with HCM City in building a smart city. Although it is operating in more than 70 countries, its activities concentrate in Europe. The firm wants Vietnam to be its first destination in Asia.

He also took this chance to introduce several smart city models to officials of HCM City.

Tuyen said to successfully build a smart city, active participation of enterprises and local residents is necessary. Asseco has opportunities to cooperate with the municipal administration as well as local companies and organisations in applying high technologies here.-VNA