Under the program in the 2021-2025 period, in order to be recognized as an exemplary new rural area, a commune must have at least one smart village, based on criteria issued by the provincial authorities.

Bach Dang commune is the first in Kinh Mon district, the Northern province of Hai Duong, to be recognized as an exemplary new-style rural area.

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Chairman of the communal People’s Committee Tran Van Tang told Nhan dan (People) newspaper that most of the management work in the commune has now been done through smart phones, from public lighting to irrigation systems.

Lam Phu has been the first hamlet in Giao Phong commune, Giao Thuy district, the Northern province of Nam Dinh, to win the smart new rural area status. It has been equipped with security cameras and up to 80% of the local households have gained access to the internet.

Vinh Hung commune in Phu Loc district, the Central province of Thua Thien Hue, is another locality selected for piloting the smart commune model, where all administrative procedures have been digitalized.

Director of Thua Thien Hue province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Dinh Duc stressed that digital transformation has been seen as a solution to build a comprehensive, ecological, effective agricultural sector, towards modern, smart rural areas.

Nam Dinh province’s Department of Information and Communications has been assigned to accelerate digital transformation in localities, aiming to have 184 communes and towns recognized as advanced new rural areas and at least 20 others recognized as exemplary new rural areas by 2023.

Under the national target program on new-style rural area building, at least 80% of communes nationwide are expected to win the new-style rural area title by 2025.

Notably, the average income of rural residents will increase by at least 1.5 times compared to that in 2020.

Funding for the program is estimated at VND 196.33 trillion (USD 8.35 billion) at the lowest, with VND 156.7 trillion coming from the local budget.

Source: VNA