The project of building Hue into a cultural and smart city is expected to help boosting its economic, environmental and social development as well as promoting sustainable tourism in the old citadel.
On Thursday (January 21), Mr. Phan Ngoc Tho, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of Thua Thien – Hue Provincial People’s Committee (PPC), conducted a meeting to officially sign the agreement on the “Building a cultural city of Hue with smart tourism” project with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Vietnam.
This project has been discussed since November 2020 between the PPC and the delegation of KOICA Vietnam led by Ms. Lee So Young – Deputy Country Director of KOICHA Vietnam. The two sides also conducted surveys to propose and amend the options in the project accordingly to the current situation of Hue city.
According to the Thua Thien – Hue website, the project has a total investment of 14.8 million USD, 13 million USD of which is funded by KOICA and 1.8 million USD of which is the reciprocal provincial budget to be implemented in the 2021-2025 period. KOICA supports this development project to improve public management capacity in the tourism sector related to the tourism’s transformation towards economic, environmental and social sustainability.
With this project, Hue city aims to turn into a smart city with smart tourism information systems to develop the city tourism in a responsible direction. In addition, the project also helps to transform Hue into an urban cultural tourism center and expand the pedestrian network in Hue.
Under the agreement, the project will implement the following parts: installation of smart lighting systems and surveillance cameras along Huong River, building public administrative capacity in tourism development and urban management. The scope of the project includes the two banks of the Huong River from Da Vien Bridge to Truong Tien Bridge.
According to Mr. Cho Han Deok, Country Director of KOICA Office in Vietnam, Korean experts with years of experience will be dispatched to Vietnam besides the 13-million-USD funding to provide the necessary technical assistance to achieve the expected results of the project.
Hue was highly appreciated and expressed gratitude to KOICA for funding this development project. Moreover, it committed to having a new total project management solution to effectively operate and manage the system of smart tourism data and services within the city.