Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan speaks at the international seminar “Vision for Innovation District in Ho Chi Minh City” on July 28 (Photo: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City plans to combine its Districts 2 and 9, and Thu Duc district into a highly interactive innovation district.

The information was made by Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan at an international seminar themed “Vision for Innovation District in Ho Chi Minh City” on July 28.

According to Nhan, Thu Duc district will focus on research and innovation, while District 2, with its Thu Thiem new urban area, will play a role as an international financial centre, and District 9 will be a research and development centre, with the highlight of its Hi-tech Park.

The innovation district will concentrate on research, human resources training and technology transfer, and contain of a service centre, a hi-tech manufacturing area and a space for culture and entertainment, he added.

The leader also revealed that within 2018, the city will organise a contest for international consulting units to build a vision as well as specific measures, and then make a master plan for the innovation district.

Ousmane Dione, Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam, suggested Ho Chi Minh City consider the entire ecosystem of the innovation district in terms of planning, policies, design, infrastructure and organisation, not focusing only on technology.

Meanwhile, a representative from the municipal Department of Science and Technology proposed the city carry out policies to attract and support investors as well as experts and scientists, and intensify connectivity between the innovation district and other centres in the city.

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest economic hub of Vietnam and has a high-quality labour force, with its labour productivity posting 2.7fold higher than the country’s average.

The city set a target of building an innovation district in line with the fourth industrial revolution in order to create an interaction between the fields of research, human resources training, and technology application, and to support such surrounding provinces as Dong Nai and Binh Duong to make a driving force for economic development in the southern region.-VNA