Hanoi highly values ADB’s support in infrastructure development hinh anh 1Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Chu Ngoc Anh (R) hosts ADB Country Director in Vietnam Andrew Jeffries on November 4. (Photo: Ha Noi Moi)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh appreciated the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s support in the capital city’s infrastructure development over recent years while hosting ADB Country Director in Vietnam Andrew Jeffries on November 4.

Anh hoped the two sides would continue bolstering the bilateral partnership so as to promote the bank’s contributions to the development of Hanoi’s critical infrastructure and Vietnam’s growth at large.

Highlighting the city’s breakthroughs in urban transport infrastructure, the Chairman thanked the ADB for financing its two key urban railway projects – Pilot light metro line connecting Nhon (Bac Tu Liem District) and Hanoi Railway Station, and Metro Rail Extension Project connecting Hanoi Railway Station and Hoang Mai district.

Briefing his guest on the progress of the metro projects, he said despite challenges posed by COVID-19, Hanoi coordinated with contractors to soon complete the projects. He also expected the bank’s close cooperation to speed up the progress.

Jeffries, for his part, said the ADB stands ready to back Hanoi’s efforts in developing infrastructure and to assist the capital in other areas in the coming time.

The bank gives high priority to the city’s metro projects, he noted, adding that it wants to support the capital in key areas, such as wastewater treatment, urban lighting, and smart city.

Chairman Anh assigned the municipal Department of Planning and Investment to coordinate with other agencies in translating Jeffries’ proposals into reality./.