Mr. Denis Brunetti

Denis has 27 years of experience working in senior management positions with Ericsson across various countries in the world, including Sweden, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Australia.
On 1st July 2017, Denis was appointed Ericsson President and CEO for Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and
Laos, having previously headed the Ericsson business in Sri Lanka and Maldives since 2014. Prior to 2014,
Denis was the Vice President of Ericsson in Vietnam for 6 years, and he received the Campaign Medal from the Ministry of Information and Communications in March 2014 for his contribution to the development of the ICT industry in Vietnam.
Denis is also the Co-Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam.

Mr. Denis Brunetti
Chairman of EuroCham, Vietnam

Topic: Policy suggestions on building a sustainable smart city in Vietnam

The future of the ICT industry is to digitally transform all other industries, such as Manufacturing (Industry 4.0), Transport, Retail, Tourism, Healthcare and Education, making them for efficient, affordable and accessible to more people across Vietnam. Smart Cities successfully capture and leverage the benefits of Industry Digitalization, ensuring that societies live, work and play smarter, whilst also increasing the level of public safety and security. Indeed, Smart Cities are safe and secure cities. Indeed, Smart Cities drive sustainable Inclusive Growth.
Policies that support the successful implementation of sustainable Smart Cities need to be integrated, coordinated and end-to-end holistic in nature, combining efforts across the ICT industry, Education and all other industries that are targeted for digital transformation. Related ministries will need to coordinate efforts as one collaborative team, creating a masterplan and roadmap that takes a step by step approach, orchestrating the Smart City evolution in a carefully planned and phased manner.
Secure nationwide 4G & 5G IoT networks are the cornerstone and foundation of a thriving Smart City since this advanced ICT network capability will fuel and drive the digital transformation journey. It’s the enabling ICT infrastructure that is required to realize the full potential of sustainable Smart City initiatives.
From a human resource/capital perspective, Education and training is also key, as its essential that people are upskilled for the higher tech jobs of the future. Government, Industry and Education institutions ought to join hands and partner in driving this learning process. In addition, it’s important that high tech start up entrepreneurship is encouraged and incentivized so that the innovation capacity of the nation can flourish and further fuel Smart City advances.
The government is also increasingly focused on streamlining administrative procedures and regulations to help simplify and fast track the implementation of innovative and start of the art Smart City initiatives.
Collaboration, Simplicity, Innovation, Education and Security are key to driving a sustainable Smart City in Vietnam.