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BRG & Sumitomo kick off Smart City project

Released at: 16:48, 09/10/2019

BRG & Sumitomo kick off Smart City project

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Breaking ground ceremony held on October 6 for smart city in Hanoi.

by Ngoc Lan

Ground has been broken at the Smart City project in Hanoi, to be developed by Vietnam’s BRG Group and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation in five phases with total estimated investment of nearly $4.2 billion.

Located in a great position on the route directly linking the center of Hanoi and Noi Bai International Airport, the Smart City project will cover nearly 272 ha.

According to the plan prepared by the BRG - Sumitomo joint venture, people living in the Smart City will enjoy the full benefits stemming from the synchronous development of modern and sustainable infrastructure, promoting Hanoi’s socioeconomic development.

In the northern reaches of Hanoi, the Smart City is community oriented, with facilities such as schools, healthcare centers, security systems, disaster prevention measures, and commercial areas, as well as green parks, canals, and a garden of sakura trees, to deliver a comfortable life to local people. It is expected that the project will install a multifunctional intelligent monitoring and warning system to monitor air quality, water, weather, disaster risks, and security in the city, ensuring maximum safety for residents.

At the same time, the BRG - Sumitomo joint venture will compile a detailed plan on the application of smart technologies such as 5G, facial recognition, and blockchain, which will contribute to improvements in services in the capital. Along with a smart economy, there will be high-end, modern services that hasten trade between domestic and foreign businesses. The Smart City will be an important foundation for increasing the competitiveness of Vietnam’s economy.

The project is considered a stepping stone towards Vietnam achieving its socioeconomic development ambitions. At the same time, it also will be a place that connects trade between Vietnam and other countries in the region and the world.

As part of activities to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Hanoi’s Liberation Day (October 10), BRG Group and Sumitomo Corporation officially held a breaking ground and announcement ceremony on October 6 for the Smart City project, in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The implementation of the project demonstrates the pioneering spirit and determination of Hanoi authorities in quickly bringing to life the Politburo’s Resolution on Industry 4.0, in which Vietnam is to have at least three smart cities in its three key economic regions - the North, the South, and the Central - by 2025.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Nga, Chairwoman of the BRG Group, said that a smart city is a city for future generations. “Today we begin construction of our Smart City, but it is not just for our generation but, more importantly, it’s to build a solid foundation for the development of future generations of Vietnamese people,” she added. “In living in the Smart City, the capacity of Vietnamese people will be truly boosted, creating momentum to promote socioeconomic development quickly. My desire has always been to dedicate the best things to Hanoi, for our capital to not be cluttered by small projects and lacking in synchronized planning, but to develop into a modern city rivaling and even surpassing other developed cities.”

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