Conference spotlights AI development in HCM City hinh anh 1At the conference (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee in collaboration with the World Bank Vietnam on September 25 held an international conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) use in Vietnam and abroad to gather experts’ recommendations for the southern economic hub.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said since 2015, the city has included AI projects in its demand stimulation programme, which offers each project support of up to 100 billion VND (4.3 million USD). It has also integrated AI applications into its smart city building project, he added.

The official, however, pointed to the city’s slower and inferior use of AI compared to other cities worldwide, and attributed the shortcoming to incompetent human resources.

Phong noted the conference will serve as an important foundation for the city to build its AI ecosystem, establish a centre on AI application, and compile documents for the upcoming municipal Party congress.

World Bank Country Director for Vietnam Ousmane Dione said AI could be the answer for a series of challenges facing the city like traffic congestion, flooding, and environmental and infrastructure problems.

Discussions at the event revolved around several topics, including AI application toward smart city building; the future of technology and innovation in Ho Chi Minh City; AI trends and application in the public sector; and opportunities and challenges facing the municipal health sector in applying AI; among others./.