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Title: Promoting Smart Cities in Developing Countries: Policy Insights from Vietnam
Authors: Khuong Vu 
Kris Hartley
Keywords: Smart city
developing countries
public policy
local government
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Khuong Vu, Kris Hartley (2018-11-01). Promoting Smart Cities in Developing Countries: Policy Insights from Vietnam. Telecommunications Policy 42 (10) : 845-859. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Smart city initiatives have been researched primarily in the developed country context. In developing countries, however, emerging technologies are enabling progress on urban functionality, productivity, and livability. A deeper understanding of facilitative policy conditions unique to developing countries would be useful to both theory and practice. This study presents empirically grounded insights about the policy implications of smart city development in developing countries, based on surveys of experts from the public and private sectors in 10 Vietnam cities. The study makes three contributions. First, it provides new evidence that pursuing smart city development (SCD) is not a development alternative but a critical strategic choice. Despite being faced by many persistent problems, the readiness for SCD of cities in developing countries as represented by Vietnam is significant and rapidly improving. Second, it provides new insights into related policy issues and challenges, including the positive link between e-government development and control of corruption, the risk of bias toward operational management over institutional reform, and the lack of a clear development strategy. Finally, it proposes a model for guiding smart city initiatives in developing countries.
Source Title: Telecommunications Policy
ISSN: 0308-5961
DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2017.10.005
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