Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Urban development was the main theme of a workshop on housing in Vietnam, which was jointly held by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. Bank – Hanoi branch on January 18.

Tran Dinh Thien, director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics, said that the Vietnamese economy is on the up and is involved in intensive international integration thanks to the signing of several high-level agreements.

As such, the international community is paying more attention to Vietnam’s development prospects, he said, adding that this offers both opportunities and challenges for the country, and creates pressure on urban development.

He emphasised the need to carry out more drastic and specific measures to ensure the urban boom does not become a target of speculation.

In recent years, the urban boom has been seen in major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and also Bac Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

At the workshop, participants contributed their ideas on building ‘real homes’ that people want to live in as the pressure to increase the scale of urban areas rises.

Architect Vo Trong Nghia proposed green urban areas to improve the urban landscape.-VNA