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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced today it will provide grant funding for technical assistance to fundamentally transform the ways Ho Chi Minh City manages its daily operations through advanced data analytics.

USTDA, Ho Chi Minh City to Partner on Smart Cities Project
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“Ho Chi Minh City has an ambitious smart cities agenda, and USTDA is an ideal partner to support its goals,” said Todd Abrajano, USTDA Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency. “Our partnership will help the City deploy cutting-edge ICT technologies and advanced data analytics that innovative U.S. companies are ready to supply.” 
USTDA’s funding will help the City develop implementation plans for an Intelligent Operations Center, a smart cities priority that will aggregate real-time urban data onto an intuitive dashboard platform that can be leveraged by local leaders. Through the use of these smart technologies and the application of advanced data analytics, Ho Chi Minh City can enhance service delivery to its rapidly growing population and advance new economic development. 
“This is a watershed moment for Vietnam and U.S. Business to drive new partnerships, expand new business opportunities, and engage in all critical sectors in Vietnam. With the United States as a partner, Vietnam has the potential to leapfrog into a modern, digitally enabled economy, advancing beyond other countries in the region,” said Daniel Kritenbrink, United States Ambassador to Vietnam.
“The Technical Assistance to Develop the Intelligent Operations Center for Ho Chi Minh City is the second cooperation project between the Department of Ho Chi Minh City Information and Communications and United States Trade and Development Agency, following the success of the Technical Assistance to Develop the Integrated Emergency Communications System for Ho Chi Minh City, which was conducted and completed in 2018-2019. The signing of the grant  agreement for the Technical Assistance to Develop the Intelligent Operations Center for Ho Chi Minh City is the most concrete evidence for the strong development of the comprehensive partnership in smart cities between Ho Chi Minh City and the United States on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and the United States” said Le Quoc Cuong, Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Information and Communications Department.

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