A view of Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is willing to assist Ho Chi Minh City in becoming a smart city, USTDA Country Manager David Ross told Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen on March 10.

He said the USTDA has assisted the building of many smart cities around the world and gained certain successes. It is ready to send US experts to HCM City to assess, design or improve the smart city building plan.

US businesses want to cooperate with and help the southern economic hub of Vietnam in smart city building, he said, asking HCM City to detail plans on the fields that need assistance from the USTDA so that the two sides can work on them as soon as possible.

At the meeting, Tuyen appreciated the agency’s assistance to his city, asking it to comment on the local master plan on smart city building or participate in the plan implementation.

Municipal authorities will provide favourable conditions for the USTDA to conduct surveys and seek cooperation opportunities, he added.

Valuing the USTDA’s idea of an emergency communication system, Tuyen asked the agency to work with local authorised sides to carry out this project, thus addressing shortcomings of the existing system which uses many telephone numbers.

Ross said the USTDA wants to introduce experienced businesses to provide solutions for building the communication system.-VNA