(Engineering Daily) Nguyen Anh Duong = Hanoi is now stepping up plans to develop into a smart city, with important legislation in the hi-tech sector gaining more focus.
The city officially issued Action Plan No.66/KH-UBND for the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
This made the capital the first to follow the prime minister's Resolution No.121/QD-TTg on a plan to implement the CPTPP.
Under Hanoi's action plan, the city will focus on a number of key tasks over the coming period.
These include the development of human resources and competitiveness, policies regarding trade union units in businesses, policies on social security, environmental protection, sustainable development, and raising people’s awareness of the CPTPP.
Specifically, the city will boost the application of IT to develop an e-government, thus enabling it to gradually develop into a smart city. In addition to IT, there will be development of hi-tech industrial parks and hi-tech agricultural zones.
The industrial sector of the capital city will also undergo restructuring and development towards -focussing on in-depth manufacturing, promoting technology innovations, increasing labour productivity, and developing new industries with high levels of competitiveness.
These changes would serve to increase the added value and the competitiveness of Vietnam, therefore more deeply integrating the country into the global value chain.
Amid this landscape, foreign investment in hi-tech applications will be encouraged, especially into those with operating facilities in the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park.
To facilitate businesses, Hanoi will be involved in the revision, supplementation, removal, and issuance of legal documents in alignment with commitments to the CPTPP. Among them are Labour Code 2012, the Law on Intellectual Property 2005, documents related to cosmetics imports, a decree on import-export tariffs in line with the CPTPP, and others.
With an action plan in place, the capital is likely to add to its attraction, thus enabling it to lure in between $10-15 billion worth of FDI during the 2018-2020 period which can help the city realise its socio-economic development goals for 2020.