Madame Nguyen Thi Nga Chairwoman, BRG Group:

'I want Ha Noi to be a desirable living place for young Vietnamese generations'

Update: 16:04 | 18/10/2019
TGVN. Chairwoman of BRG Group Nguyen Thi Nga faced numerous challenges when starting to build Smart City because this is an unprecedented project or model in Vietnam.
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Chairwoman of BRG Group Nguyen Thi Nga.

As a pioneering investor in such a project, which challenges have you faced?

This is not only a great but also an unprecedented project in Vietnam. Everything is quite new and strange so we have to do the research and test many times before outlining the final plan. I myself had to stroll around various traditional villages in the north to survey and search for a suitable solution to meet the requirements of a modern smart city within a traditional village via green natural living spaces.

Seeking suitable partners to implement the project is also a big challenge. It is lucky that we met Sumitomo Corporation, one of the very few experts in implementing a smart city model successfully.

We are still facing a lot of challenges but we have received great support and encourage from the governments of Japan and Vietnam as well as local related agencies and authorities when starting the project. We understand that what we are doing is not only an ordinary infrastructure project but also the first foundation for the development of a modern Ha Noi which can be comparable to advanced cities across the world.

i want ha noi to be a desirable living place for young vietnamese generations
Smart City project in Northern Ha Noi.

What are the specialties that we can expect for this Ha Noi Smart City project?

The smart city is Vietnam’s gateway to the world, the first images and impressions of the country, and its modern and cultural people. This will also be the ideal venue to exchange commercial and trading services between Vietnam and other countries.

The traditional, historical, cultural, and natural beauties of Dong Anh district will be highlighted in harmony with Internet of Things technologies.

Some of my favourite architectures include the Pearl Lake situated in the heart of the smart city, inspired from the immortal Hoan Kiem Lake; and the 108-storey financial tower in the shape of a beautiful lotus that will be a financial centre for Ha Noi and the Southeast Asian region. We will also have a cultural park which honours the most outstanding cultural identities of ASEAN member states and a square where residents can come to entertain and celebrate festivities after work.

When can the first residents live in the smart city?

The smart city is divided into five phases of construction closely connected and synchronised with each other. This is a great project that requires a thorough and meticulous research process to meet top quality standards.

I expect to continue receiving enthusiastic support so that the five phases of the city can be completed by 2028 as scheduled.

The first phase is expected to be completed 24 months from the date that North Ha Noi Smart City Development Investment JSC, the name of the joint venture between BRG and Sumitomo, is handed over the cleared premises.

We have a plan and a specific roadmap for each phase of the project. I also look forward to living in “the new Ha Noi” - the smartest city in the country and in the ASEAN region.

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