Hanoi Fosters Urban Planning Partnership with France
On August 21, Vietnam's delegation had a working session with the Institute for Urban Planning and Development - Ile de France (IPR), discussing cooperation in public transport, planning, and expansion. The delegation from Hanoi introduced the host pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem Lake, and the planning and preservation of Duong Lam ancient village as typical examples of urban planning and development in Vietnam. Thereby, Chairman of Hanoi People’s Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan hopes to continue receiving close cooperation from the French region in this field.
According to VNA, Tuan also highlighted the fruitful partnership between Hanoi and the Ile-de-France region since the two sides set up their relations in 1989, as well as the efficiency of joint programs and projects in various fields, which have greatly contributed to the Vietnamese capital city's socio-economic development.
In response, IPR Deputy General Director Sébastien Alavoine welcomed the Hanoi delegation’s visit which aimed to specify the joint action program signed between the two localities for the 2022-2025 period. He said that the collaboration between Hanoi and Paris over the past 34 years is a diverse cooperation model, allowing IPR to carry out effective activities such as engaging in the amendment of the master planning project of Hanoi.
Alavoine said that the new cooperation period between the two countries has started with the "Moov’Hanoi" project which is significant amid the current climate change situation. It is expected to make Hanoi's public transport more attractive and promote multimodal travel, thus contributing to reducing pollution and environmental protection in the city, he said.
|The two sides discussed the efficiency of bilateral cooperation in urban planning, especially urban traffic, and sought potential projects in the future, including the Moov’Hanoi project, a project to design planning and expand pedestrian spaces around the Hoan Kiem Lake, and another to preserve the Duong Lam ancient village (Photo: Vietnamplus).
Another important activity that the Vietnam delegation attended was the Hanoi-France investment, trade and tourism promotion conference. At the conference, there was the Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang, representatives from the Vietnam Trade Office in France, the Vietnamese Business Association in France (AB Viet-France), Business France, the Hanoi Promotion Agency, and a large number of enterprises from Hanoi and France in the local area.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan stressed that Hanoi is a safe, attractive and promising destination for foreign businesses and investors. The city has always focused on improving its investment environment while creating the most favorable conditions for enterprises and investors to explore investment opportunities.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang pledged that he will accompany businesses of Hanoi and France during their cooperation, contributing to bolstering the Vietnam-France strategic partnership.
|The delegates at the Hanoi-France investment, trade and tourism promotion conference (Photo: Vietnamplus).
Jean-François Ambrosio from Business France said that the event was a good chance to encourage Vietnamese and French firms to foster their partnership, thus putting Vietnam into the development strategy in Asia of French companies, and turning France into a gateway for Vietnamese enterprises to enter the European market.
Concluding the event, the delegates witnessed the exchange of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Hanoi Promotion Agency and AB Viet-France in connecting businesses of Hanoi and France, as well as cooperation agreements among businesses of the two sides. Also, Athena Vietnam and Ma ville du Talent signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in implementing the program "My city has talents."
Addressing the special meaning of the conference and the cooperation agreement, AB Viet-France Chairman Nguyen Hai Nam said that businesses need to focus on areas where France has strengths and Hanoi has demand, including developing sustainable tourism and increasing trade through international fairs.
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