Project Title

Recommendations for Implementation of Smart Sustainable City (SSC) ICT Infrastructure in APEC Region 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

TEL 01 2018 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

TEL 01 2018 

Project Title

Recommendations for Implementation of Smart Sustainable City (SSC) ICT Infrastructure in APEC Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

55,318 

Co-funding Amount

18,107 

Total Project Value

73,425 

Sponsoring Forum

Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TELWG) 

Topics

Telecommunications and Information 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Japan; Papua New Guinea; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Tran Nhat Le 

Job Title 1

Director 

Organization 1

Viet Nam telecommunications Authority 

Postal Address 1

Dolphin Plaza, 28 Tran Binh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Telephone 1

84-4 39436608 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

tnle@mic.gov.vn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Tran Nhat Le 

Project Summary

Smart Sustainable City (SSC) is an upward trend in the world, both in developed and developing economies. Despite the differences in vision, strategy and deployment, the construction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure for SSC is a prerequisite condition embraced by economies to achieve better municipality in respect of economic, social and environmental aspects. In this context, Viet Nam proposes a project titled “Recommendations for implementation of smart sustainable city (SSC) ICT infrastructure in the APEC region” aiming to promote the development of SSC by utilizing ICT infrastructure.

Based on study and discussion, recommendations on policy frameworks, technical solutions and best practices to resolve challenges in deploying ICT infrastructure of SSC for the APEC region will be proposed. The project is expected to start from September 2018 and end by December 2019. A survey will be circulated to member economies for preliminary investigation on SSC, a workshop will be organized back-to-back with APEC TEL meeting held in the first half of 2019 and an online network of experts on ICT infrastructure for SSC will be created for in-depth discussion among interested experts.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Today, modern cities are incubators of innovation and opportunities, many large cities in developed areas, without doubt, act as economic engines, with the most cutting-edge communication platform and highly skilled workforce. However, they are emitting nearly 50-60% of greenhouse gases, consuming about 75% of global primary energy as well as causing other adverse influences to the communities such as traffic congestion, overloaded public health system, climate change and lack of resources (clean water, land, living space, etc.)[1]. The United Nations (UN) estimates that by 2030, over 60% of the global population of will be living in “megacities” (10+ million), large (5-10 million), medium (1-5 million), and smaller cities and peril-urban communities, increasingly concentrated in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This fraction could rise to two thirds by 2050[2]

In this regard, the development of smarter facilities and more effective urban governance and management is at the heart of many member economies’ pursuit of sustainability, including member economies in the APEC region to deal with rising challenges. SSC ICT infrastructure has been developing around the world as “innovative approach that use information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services while ensuring that they meet the needs of present and future generations in terms of economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects”[3]

However, member economies are mostly facing difficulties in terms of ICT infrastructure deployment for SSC as follows:

-  Lack of clear vision of SSC ICT infrastructure development;

-  Gap of skills (SSC planning and design skills, SSC implementation skills, SSC management skills, digital citizenship skills);

-  Financial constraints;

-  Difficulty in replicating SSC models due to wide disparities among cities in terms of administrative, politic, cultural and infrastructure aspects;

-  Lack of SSC-related recommendations to enhance interoperability among systems and equipment in SSC. 

Thus, this project can be considered as an initiative targeting at managers, policymakers, engineers and employees from APEC member economies and non-APEC member economies, who are interested in understanding, planning, and implementing SSC ICT infrastructure to improve quality of citizens’ life and urban management as well as address the given main problems and challenges facing by the region.

Relevance – Eligibility: The goal of SSC is to seamlessly and efficiently mobilise a broad set of existing and new city resources that serve urban areas to achieve its development goals. The SSC plans are usually mentioned in view of six central dimensions including economic, state management, transportation, environment, life and people, whereas ICT infrastructure acts as a crucial element integrating with city physical infrastructure to achieve:

-  Improvement of quality of citizens’ life;

-  Efficient and optimal management of urban operation;

-  Effective environmental management;

-  Improvement of competitive competence;

-  Faster, effective and convenient public services;

- Enhancement of security assurance, social safety, and crime prevention. 

The ICT infrastructure is a key enabler for accelerating SSC development towards the socio-economic improvement and sustainable objects in the future. The project outcomes will provide case studies, best practices, and recommendations for economies in implementing SSC based on their current ICT infrastructure, and create a network of experts familiar with the issue in order to exchange in-depth information and experiences about how to foster sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth through the expansion of SSC ICT infrastructure. Accordingly, this project fits the first priority of GPA funding for 2018 and also partly contributes to the second priority on improving connectivity, deepening regional economic integration. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: The expansive development of SSC ICT infrastructure can be realized in various member economies in the APEC region. However, there is a wide variation in the stages of its development within an economy and among economies. Singapore is on the headway to become a smart city where its government successfully launches more than a dozen smart city projects as part of Smart Nation Program. Smart city growth continues to expand in the United States, with 66% of cities reporting that they are investing in smart city technology, and 25% of those without any smart city systems are exploring how to implement it, according to a report released by the National League of Cities (NLC). The Australian government announces the 52 projects focusing on smart energy, smart parking, automated traffic management, smart emergency, and fire management, etc. around the nation that will be getting funding under the first round of its AU$50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Almost the remaining conurbations of the APEC member economies such as Jakarta (Indonesia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Tokyo, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Toyama (Japan), Incheon, Seoul (Korea), Manila (Philippines), Bangkok (Thailand), Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh city, Da Nang (Viet Nam) etc. also embark on the planning and deployment stage of SSC projects. 

However, some member economies are currently facing unresolved challenges and obstacles such as lack of long-term vision, an impossible adaption of smart city concepts to local conditions, financial constraints and well-developed business models, inefficient governance and administration slowing down the pace of development of SSC ICT infrastructure. In this regard, capacity building should be one of the foremost priorities in the member economies’ action plan.  The human resources skills need to be available to ensure all the different facets of SSC ICT infrastructure are being addressed adequately and efficiently.

This project will contribute to the capacity building activities and facilitate knowledge exchange among and to the APEC member economies. The research and analysis process will be conducted with valuable inputs collected through desktop findings, survey and interviews relevant stakeholders. Once technique, economy and regulation-related analysis are completed, a workshop will be held to exchange information and experiences sharing and in-depth discussions to assist member economies to tackle unsolved challenges in terms of smart infrastructure and smart applications. A completion report drafted afterward will serve as a reference for economies in implementing effectively SSC ICT infrastructure projects. A network of experts on ICT infrastructure for SSC will be created to support member economies for further sharing after closing this project.



[1] Urban themes/Energy available at: https //unhabitat.org/urban-themes/energy/

[2] United Nations  (2014) World Urbanization Prospects, 2014 available at: http://unctad.org/meetings/en/SessionalDocuments/CSTD_2015_Issuespaper_Theme1_SmartCitiesandInfra_en.pdf

[3] Definition of Smart Sustainable City available at: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/focusgroups/ssc/Pages/default.aspx

Objectives

This project aims at achieving, inter alia, the following objective:

1) To ensure workshop participants will be able to identify prerequisite conditions to deploy ICT SSC infrastructure in a certain city/urban geographical area in the APEC region. This objective is aimed at improving regional understanding of favourable regulatory policies, technological innovations, policy frameworks, common roadmap, etc. which might enable the adoption of advanced ICT technologies for smart sustainable city.

2)  To create a framework for analyzing key elements needed to support the development of SSC ICT infrastructure in the APEC region. This would include identifying the ICT benefits that enable smart services and applications to deliver in the APEC region. It would also include identifying the main problems and challenges APEC economies are facing in facilitating the development of SSC ICT infrastructure. This objective is also aimed at collecting materials to support the development of recommendations in Objective 3.

3) To develop recommendations to help economies recognize and capitalize on the benefits, and address the main problems and challenges identified in Objective 2 (see above). This would include recommendations on favourable regulatory and policy options and feasible technical solutions. This objective is aimed at supporting capacity building in the developing economies, with a view to bridging the digital divide and achieving balanced development in the region.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The concept of SSC is used to discuss the utilization of modern technologies for daily urban life. In SSC, ICT infrastructure is merged with other city physical infrastructures, such as energy, transportation, water supply and drainage, and have a crucial role in supporting a broad range of applications, from monitoring and managing individual health, improving energy efficiency, increasing industrial process quality and reliability, to reducing traffic congestion and enabling the development of new products and services such as smart parking, e-appointment, e-payment, etc.. This project’s objectives directly serve TEL strategic vision in establishing an ICT ecosystem, characterized by an integrated, seamless, secure, trusted and innovative ICT infrastructure, services and applications; widespread use of ICT in all sectors; and improved ICT skills which will enable APEC to attain regional economic integration, economic transformation and growth, and physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity and other APEC goals. 

This project also aligns well with APEC 2018 theme “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future” submitted by host economy Papua New Guinea in the 13th Emergency Preparedness Working Group Meeting from 24-25 February 2018. Policy Priorities of APEC 2018 are supported by these project outcomes including (1) Improving Digital Connectivity, deepening Regional Economic Integration (2) Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Growth. 

Alignment – Forum: This project is aligned with TELWG strategic vision aiming to improve the availability and productive use of ICT infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, to promote regional integration and connectivity and to stimulate robust, sustainable, inclusive and secure economic growth. ICT infrastructure of smart sustainable city is shaped through the integration of high-speed broadband network, cloud computing, big data, machine-to-machine communications, and great advances of sensor technologies to empower metropolitan’s lives, unleash the potential of digital economy, facilitate city administrations to enhance management efficiency but particularly assure environmental sustainability. 

Moreover, in accordance with TEL WG scope, the expected contributions of the TEL WG shall relate to ICT infrastructure policies and regulation and services across the region. The TEL WG members are encouraged to pursue a range of activities, such as conducting studies, workshops, information exchanges, enhancing cooperation and improving regulatory and policy environments. Following the aforementioned TEL WG scope, the workshop will be held to deliver experiences and best practices to policymakers, regulators and experts as well as to assist them in finding suitable solutions to overcome challenges in terms of SSC ICT infrastructure implementation. 

The project’s accomplishment will contribute to the successful implementation of the “APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group Strategic Action Plan 2016-2020”, in which align with priorities as follows:

-  Action f - Objective 1.1 - 1st Priority “Promote the use of ICTs to improve living standards of citizens including disabled people and socially vulnerable groups”;

- Action a – Objective 3.1 – 3rd Priority “Promote quality of ICT infrastructure”;

- Action b – Objective 4.1 – 4rd Priority “Promote development of sustainable smart cities in the APEC region”;

-  Action b – Objective 4.3 – 4rd Priority “Promote the development of sustainable smart cities”.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The outputs of this proposing project are described in detail as follows:

1) Survey: The wide disparity is occurring in terms of stages of development of SSC ICT infrastructure within economy and among economies. A survey made based on questionnaire form will be circulated to all member economies targeting to understand their needs and expectation regarding workshop content and particularly to grasp basically this disparity in view of ICT infrastructure, governance, vision and strategy, policy frameworks, action plans, technical solutions as well as realize challenges and obstacles affecting the development of SSC ICT infrastructure in the APEC region.

The survey result will enable the project teams to formalize what should be continuously discussed and investigated in the next stages, especially during the workshop. An information aggregation and analysis as literature review about the ICT infrastructure for SSC in the APEC region (ICT infrastructure preparedness, policy and strategies are in effective, economies’ vision in facilitating SSC for better urban life ect.) will be made subsequently and presented in the workshop. Further, these results will be annexed into the final project report and be submitted to the Secretariat. 

2)  Workshop: A workshop on ICT infrastructure for SSC is planned to be held back-to-back with APEC TEL meeting in the first half of 2019. All necessary activities will be prepared in co-ordination with the TEL Program Director, APEC TEL Chair Office and the host economy of TEL meeting at least 4 months prior to the Workshop date and planned to start from February, 2019 in Chile. Participants from member economies and guests who are familiar and experienced with ICT infrastructure and SSC will be invited to attend the workshop. The workshop agenda will be scheduled to focus on following issues:

-   Opportunities and challenges in deploying SSC ICT infrastructure;

-   Evaluation of ICT role in supporting the development of SSC;

-   ICT infrastructure landscapes for SSC including technologies taking into account data layer, communication layer, sensing layer;

-   The typical roadmap to deploy SSC ICT infrastructure;

-   International practices to deploy SSC ICT infrastructure.

-   Panel discussion to address ongoing challenges and obstacles.

Also, the workshop will serve as a platform to assess the validity of the preliminary findings, identify next steps in bridging the gap between developed and developing economies in terms of SSC ICT infrastructure development, and find new approaches to deal with challenges overseen earlier. 

3) Reports: Together with the monitoring reports and completion report, a final project report will be drafted to highlight literature, lessons, case studies learned, and especially providing recommendations on policy frameworks, technical solutions and best practices to address discoverable challenges and obstacles facing by APEC economies in deploying SSC ICT infrastructure. This final project report will be an APEC publication and will be submitted to PD within two months after project completes. 

4) SSC expert network: Information exchange and experience sharing is the necessity conducive to the member economies to develop SSC ICT infrastructure taking into account feasible technical solutions and appropriate policy frameworks. SSC expert network, built in the basis of a social network platform (such as Facebook page/group, Twitter group, etc.), serves as an integral part of the long-term orientation of this project facilitating the member economies to share information, key findings, and exchange initiatives and experiences in the SSC field. All member economies and non-member economies will be encouraged to join and introduce others to join this network. The project proponent will maintain and frequently update information, share useful links relating to case studies, advanced researches, and initiatives adhering to SSC ICT infrastructure. The mailing list will also be made to deliver updated information to relevant members. 

Outcomes: The outputs of the project are expected to bring three main changes: 

Firstly, the project will motivate policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders in the APEC region to pay more attention to the advanced technologies to develop SSC ICT infrastructure aiming at fostering general innovative, sustainable and inclusive growth. The workshop will play an important part in providing communication and cooperation platform for the APEC member economies to make them realize the importance of integration of smarter technologies into city’s traditional physical infrastructure as well as investigate feasibility to overcome faced challenges. 

Secondly, this project will facilitate technical cooperation between Internet of Things (IoT) & SSC solution providers and telecom regulators, telecom operators, government entities to promote the spread out of smart solutions in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Thirdly, the best practices and recommendations detailed in final project report will be applied to deploy SSC ICT infrastructure, to formulate or revise policy and regulatory frameworks and smart ICT models for the APEC member economies. The project members will also attend related workshop/seminar/roundtable held in the TELWG meetings to share key findings formulated in final project report. As mentioned in the Outputs item, the SSC expert network will be formed to serve long-term objectives of project in accelerating information sharing and capacity building to promote smart city-related activities in the region. In keeping with this though, the APEC member economies will be provided with convenience for better cooperation through the introduction of applicable regulatory policies, technological innovation, economic environment improvement and international cooperation. 

Beneficiaries: Since the construction of ICT infrastructure for Smart Sustainable City will comprise the diverse involvements of multiple stakeholders, therefore, ICT policymakers, regulators, industry stakeholders and academia of both the APEC member economies and non-APEC member economies will be the direct project participants and users of the abovementioned outputs. The equal involvement of male and female experts in this project will be encouraged. The direct beneficiaries are described in detail as follows: 

1) Policymakers and Regulators: Policymakers and regulators specializing in the development of SSC ICT infrastructure will be invited to fulfil survey, to make comments on the workshop agenda, to attend and/or speak out at the workshop, and to provide more inputs to the draft reports. Also, they will be invited to attend SSC expert network aiming to exchange information and address key issues of ICT infrastructure for SSC. By participating in these activities, it is expected that they will get more updated information about the situation and trends in the region as well as in other parts of the world, improve the integrity of their work plan, and find out more solutions and approaches in dealing with the questions on ICT infratruture for SSC. 

2) Industry stakeholders: Telecom operators, manufacturers, suppliers of smart equipment and technologies, solution providers will be invited to give inputs into workshop agenda, to attend or share experiences as a speaker at the workshop and to provide comments to the completion reports. It is expected that operators will get more updated information, explore suitable technical solutions, and increase the effectiveness of investment to ICT technologies for SSC. Solution providers will be able to investigate the customers’ needs and commercialize their products. 

3)  Academia: Researchers whose duties adhering to ICT and SSC field will be able to grab this chance to share experiences and understand at the workshop. They can achieve updated information as well as publish their new studies on ICT infrastructure and smart city.

Indirect beneficiaries may include citizens in the APEC region, who will get benefits from smart services and applications delivered on the basis of synchronic deployment of advanced ICT infrastructure. Citizens may change their behaviours in relation to home energy usage, parking, traffic and air quality monitoring, healthcare, education, payment, etc. through the use of SSC services and infrastructure, cloud computing and big data.

Dissemination

A final project report will be distributed electronically and made available via an embedded link on Publications part of the APEC website. This report will be developed in compliance with requirements stated in Guidebook on APEC Projects, the APEC Publication Guidelines and the APEC Logo Guidelines, especially to attain a level of English fitting for publication and requiring no further copy-editing. A soft copy of final project report and its link will also be encouraged to further distribute through email to relevant target groups such as key government bodies, appropriate telecom regulators, telecom operators, private sectors, academia who directly study, implement or are interested in shaping SSC ICT infrastructure. 

Other workshop materials (presentations, agenda) will be made available to participants and presenters via links embedded into the website created by hosting economy and uploaded to APEC website afterward. SSC expert network and its link will be introduced in the completion report. 

As mentioned above, the target audiences towards outcomes of this project include policymakers, regulators, operators, academia from the APEC member economies and non-APEC member economies. There is no intention to sell any of the publications or materials resulting from this project.

Gender

Equal engagement of both men and women is considered to be one of the important priorities taking into account project activities. Female experts are engaged in all stages of project, from proposing concept note, developing full project proposal and overseeing implementation. The project proponent will assign its female staffs to be a project overseer (PO) and project assistants. Women are also prioritised to be contracted to implement specific tasks of this project. 

To ensure that there will be a significant number of women participating in the workshop; economies will be encouraged to nominate both male and female participants.  Female experts from government entities, telecom regulators, telecom operators, private sectors, research institutions will also be invited as the workshop speakers. Female participants will comprise at least 30% of presenters and participants at the workshop. The final report will provide information on the female participation as presenters and participants. We obtain a potential list of female speakers and keep seeking qualified female candidates, thus female speaker target can be achieved to meet project’s requirement well. 

The engagement of women to project activities will assist them in confirming their roles in facilitating ICT infrastructure for SSC in their own economy and in the region, and providing them opportunities to absorb more valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences to effectively deal with their daily working challenges.

Work Plan

Date

Task

Deliverables

Sep 2018

Plan project

Detailed project plan

Oct 2018

Identify and recruit contractors

Experts qualifying the project requirements (02 researchers, 02 clerks)

Nov 2018 to Dec 2018

Desktop study and literature review

Synthetic information and  preliminary studies connected with SSC ICT infrastructure. This deliverables will be integrated in the final project report

Jan 2019 to Mar 2019

- Draft a survey and circulate to APEC economies

- Analyze feedbacks 

- Survey including questionnaires to understand current status of the APEC member economies in terms of SSC ICT infrastructure

- Analysis prepared based on feedbacks and annexed in the final project report

Feb 2019 to May. 2019

- Draft workshop agenda

- Identify speakers, participants, moderators and send invitations

- Collect other speakers’ presentation

- Prepare logistic plans (in coordination with the Project Director, TELWG and the host economy)

-  Workshop agenda

-  List of speakers, participants, moderators and their presentations

-  Completion of logistic plans

May 2019 to Jun 2019

Conduct a workshop on fostering ICT infrastructure development for Smart Sustainable City

Create a network of experts on ICT infrastructure for SSC

- Workshop completed

- Workshop presentations

- Workshop attendee survey results

- A monitoring report updating project progress

- Network created


Jul 2019 to Dec 2019

- Follow up with workshop participants and other experts for further inputs into the recommendations

- Draft a monitoring report, completion report, final project report

- Finalize all required procedures

- Maintain an expert network

- A monitoring report, completion report, final project report

- Follow up network of experts activities


Dec 2019 to Feb 2020

- Submit all reports and supporting documents to TELWG Secretariat

- Maintain expert network

- Reports approved by BMC

- Follow up network of experts activities


Feb 2019 to Dec 2020

- Maintain expert network

- Collect information and conduct long-term evaluation of project

- Statistic and analysis of applying key outcomes of project to member economies

- Follow up network of experts activities

Risks

1)  Unsuitable participation from economies: Quality of speakers and other participants are prerequisites towards the success of the held workshop. In few cases, project team is not able to identify/invite the most qualified candidates matching well content-related requirements in the workshop due to a number of reasons, such as un-match between their business schedule and workshop date. Also, due to limited time, the selection/nomination of participants is not properly done and the right/most appropriate participants may not able to participate in the workshop. Thus, project members owning strong existing international relationship to target the member economies should be selected to improve the effectiveness of project activities. Furthermore, project proponent should inform member economies in advance the planned date of the workshop in order to pre-identify the right candidates for the workshop. 

2)  Lack of responses to survey dissemination: There is a deficiency of responses or unqualified responses after survey circulation is one of the common risks. Hence, the project team will work closely with the member economies and consultants to identify and classify the accurately possible content of questionnaires fitting relatively with the APEC region current status in terms of SSC ICT infrastructure. The questionnaires will be tested carefully to verify the effectiveness and feasibility before formal circulation. 

3) Difficulty in achieving policy and regulatory changes: There are diverse stages in light of SSC ICT development around the APEC member economies and each city starts from different baselines, vision and strategy for their transitions to a smarter ICT infrastructure. Hence the risk could occur if project deliverables are not entirely relevant to some of the target beneficiaries of the project. In keeping with this thought, a project team will collect a broad range of case studies, international practices as well as build wide-ranging recommendations adapting practical conditions of a greater number of the APEC member economies. To improve the quality of project outcomes, highly qualified individuals will be invited to perform as project members, consultants, and researchers. PO should consider key factors such as educational background, professional background, international experiences, specialized knowledge, etc. in building a project team.

Monitoring and Evaluation

This Project will formulize a list of indicators that will evaluate the achievement of each objective as shown in the Table below. The indicators are designed to measure immediate outcomes, which would occur during the project period or immediately after closing the project. The approaches of evaluations mainly include statistics, surveys and keeping records of interactions with stakeholders through the project period. 

Objectives

Immediate outcomes

Indicators

1. To ensure workshop participants will be able to identify prerequisite conditions to deploy ICT SSC infrastructure in a certain city/urban geographical area in the APEC region.

- Sufficient attendances of the member economies

- Equal involvement of male and female participants

- Better understanding of  prerequisite conditions to deploy ICT SSC infrastructure

- Number of speakers and attendances engaged in the workshop (at least 30 speakers and participants)

- Proportion of female representatives attending the workshop (at least 30% of female)

- Stakeholders’ feedback

2. To create a framework for analyzing key elements needed to support the development of SSC ICT infrastructure in the APEC region.

- Stakeholders’ engagement and inputs collected to build a completion report and final project report

- A framework classifying main problems, challenges taking into account SSC ICT infrastructure implementation

- Number of inputs provided by member economies and other international experts (at least 10 inputs)

- Stakeholders’ feedback to accurateness and properness of the generated framework

3. To develop recommendations to help economies recognize and capitalize on the benefits, and address the confronted main problems and challenges

- Recommendations built to address identified problems, challenges

- Number of recommendations reach consensus of member economies (at least 90% number of recommendations reach consensus).


Linkages

Viet Nam will strengthen the collaboration with other APEC working groups such as Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) and non-APEC stakeholders such as Study Group 20 – ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector through the following methodologies: 

-   To directly attend their events (workshops/meetings/forums);

-   To remotely attend their events;

-  To contribute proposals, work items, research regarding SSC ICT infrastructure issues;

-  To invite experts of relevant organizations to share experiences, standpoints at the workshop and provide inputs/comments in the completion report and final project report. 

In spite of deployment of SSC-related projects in the other APEC fora, this project aims to deliver a broader view toward SSC ICT infrastructure and contribute to on-going work of other projects as follow: 

- Project “Best Practices Sharing of Standards and Conformity Assessment Implementation on Smart Cities in the APEC Region” will be supported to identify the opportunities and challenges for development of standards and conformity assessment to set up strategies for promoting SSC ICT infrastructure’s components-driven standards;

- Project “Smart Agriculture Initiative for Sustainable Growth” will be assisted to find proper approaches for development of smart agriculture built based on basis of smart ICT infrastructure. 

Regarding the APEC’s comparative advantage, APEC is the best source of the fund for this project because of the important role of ICT infrastructure in promoting regional integration and connectivity and stimulating robust, sustainable, inclusive and secure economic growth.

Sustainability

Policymakers, managers, engineers, employees currently being in charge of ICT infrastructure and SSC development in the telecom regulators, telecom operators, government entities, industry stakeholders and academia will be the direct beneficiaries under the scope of this project. It is expected that the final project report could be used as reference materials for their research, policy initiative and applicable projects. 

The beneficiaries will be continually supported through the SSC expert network to update new technologies, policies, regulations and to exchange experience and case studies in terms of ICT infrastructure, IoT & SSC field. Along with publication at the APEC website, the project’s outputs will be shared widely with other relevant groups/fora/organizations as mentioned in the Question 12 to expand the project’s impacts to IoT & SSC community globally. The Project proponent also actively attends relevant workshops/meetings in terms of IoT & SSC field to share findings, experiences, best practices achieved via project activities. 

Following the positive outcomes, the project team will continue to maintain active information exchange of the established SSC network expert to support the planning and implementation of smart city related programs for economies in the region. As cited in the Outputs item, Project proponent will maintain and frequently update information, share useful links relating to case studies, new researches, and initiatives in deploying SSC ICT infrastructure. Experts invited will join this network as consulters to offer advices to discussion topic raised by members. 

After the project accomplishment, Viet Nam will keep in touch with the policymakers, regulators, business entities and academia from the APEC member economies, track updated policies which is related to the SSC ICT infrastructure. Viet Nam will conduct a survey to collect the feedbacks from stakeholders of the APEC member economies in order to measure the actual effort in the medium-term and, at the same time, plan long-term activities. The result of the survey will be submitted to APEC Secretariat afterward.

Project Overseers

Ms. Tran Nhat Le as the Project Overseer being responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the design, planning, and implementation of a project are undertaken in accordance with APEC project guidelines. In the implementation stage, she will manage effectively all project activities relating to specialists, contracting, financial disbursement, and timely submission of all reports. She also seeks approval from the relevant fora and the Secretariat for any change to the project scope and budget during implementation, including reallocating funding, changing or substituting milestones, and seeking deadline extensions. 

Other main point of contacts is as follows:

1)  Mr. Tran Trong Dzung (dungtt@mic.gov.vn or dungtt@vnta.gov.vn) - Official of Viet Nam Telecommunications Authority

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

In order to carry out specific tasks within the framework of this project, the project proponent will recruit qualified 02 SSC experts working totally 160 hours/person under the contractor fees. The main tasks undertaken of each expert and their approximate number of hours allocated to each of tasks will be interpreted in the below table: 

No

Tasks

Expected Hours

Unit Rate (USD)

Contractor fee

1

Literature review

24

40

960

2

To study and propose survey content

32

40

1,280

3

To support project proponent in analysing feedbacks gained

32

40

1,280

4

To review and study the technical and regulatory aspects of SSC to identify the appropriate scope of workshop

32

40

1,280

5

To propose a detailed agenda and preparatory activities for organizing a workshop

32

40

1,280

6

To assist project proponent in drafting monitoring reports, completion report and final project report

152

40

6,080

7

To join and shape content, working method of SSC expert network

16

40

640

Total

320

12,800


Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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