Ho Chi Minh city to build 2 centres for AI
Published 1 March 2021
Ho Chi Minh City has approved the Artificial intelligence (AI) research and development programme in the city in 2020-2030, which set a goal to become one of the leading AI hubs in Vietnam and ASEAN.
In an effort to turn AI into a dominant economic sector of the city, HCMC announced on Wednesday its plan to build at least two AI centres with regional quality and increase the number of scientific works and patent applications for AI by 20% per year. Specific legal mechanism will also be approved for innovation centres in the city to attract social resources and encourage investment into AI-enabled startups and SMEs.
According to Vice Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc, the city has developed the program since last year, being the first locality in Vietnam announcing an action plan for AI development.
After the issue of the “National strategy for research, development and application of Artificial Intelligence to 2030” signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last month, the move from HCMC presents the country’s eagerness in a race to become a technology hub of the region.
Among the set goals to 2030, the city will also develop five pillars of its AI ecosystem, including the legal framework, calculation and digital infrastructure, data system, human resources, and AI research, development, and application.
HCMC has a high density of universities, research institutes and organisations, known as the largest and most populous city in Vietnam and third in the region, with nearly 9 million residents and 30,000 enterprises.