At the seminar (Source: http://dantri.com.vn)

Quang Nam (VNA)
– Vietnamese and Japanese experts shared experiences in building and developing smart cities in combination with environmental protection during a seminar held in the central province of Quang Nam on August 18.

The event was part of the Japan Cultural Days in Quang Nam to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties (September 21, 1973).

Director of the provincial Department of Information and Communications Nguyen Hong Quang said smart city is an urban management model that uses information and communications technology as an important tool to address challenges in urban development.

This model helps local authorities with analysing, planning and making decisions to better serve people’s lives.

At the seminar, experts shared successful models of smart cities in Vietnam and Japan.

They put forth solutions to building ecological, environmentally-friendly and energy saving smart cities.

By the end of 2017, Vietnam had over 800 urban areas. The rate of urbanisation increased rapidly to 37.5 percent in 2017 from 23.7 percent in 1999.

Despite this fact, the country is facing a number of challenges such as poor technical infrastructure, water shortage, submergence, and environmental pollution.

In Quang Nam, the sustainable development of urban areas has been implemented since 2015 with a vision to 2020. Tam Ky city has been selected to build itself into a smart city.-VNA