Ho Chi Minh City has approved a smart city project until 2020 period with a vision to 2025. One of the project’s priorities will be creating qualified human resources.
Investment in education and training has been one of the city’s top priorities, making up around 11.7% of the municipal budget (approximately US$150 million) every year. In addition to building new schools, upgrading schools with modern teaching equipment, and improving the staff, Ho Chi Minh City also gives high priority to projects and research on human resources development.
“A smart city only works when its citizens are smart. Education is the only way to improve our human resources and investment in this field is of great importance. This is what we will focus on in the near future., said Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the City’s People’s Committee.”
The city has learned experience from developed countries around the world. Acknowledging the importance of improving language skills and knowledge of science, the city has adopted a comprehensive project on improving education and training until 2030.
“In addition to improving the environment for education, the city’s Department of Education and Training needs to cooperate with other ministries and sectors to devise incentives to attract and nurture talent.”, said Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Council.
More specific mechanisms will be set up to further Ho Chi Minh City’s efforts to improve its human resources and prepare them for the future smart city.