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HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City wants to learn from Japan’s experience in addressing environmental pollution in urban areas, according to a Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee.

At his meeting with Vice President of the International Friendship Exchange Council of Japan (FEC) Nakagaki Yoshihiko on October 14, Vice Chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen said HCM City is bearing a lot of pressures from arising issues in urban development such as urban environment and order, as well as impacts of climate change.

The city hopes to enhance cooperation with Japanese localities and businesses in building a smart city and solving environmental issues in a sustainable manner, especially increasing capacity in forecasting and preventing natural disasters, and applying new technologies in waste treatment.

Nakagaki Yoshihiko said FEC and Japanese firms are willing to cooperate and share experience with HCM City in implementing socio-economic development programmes and improving the quality of life for local people.

He noted that climate change is posing challenges for the globe, with HCM City bearing its direct brunt such as drought, flood and saltwater intrusion.

He suggested the city build a long-term and scientific plan, focusing on coordination between authorities at central and municipal levels and businesses, including foreign ones.-VNA