A corner of Hanoi pedestrian street. Illustrative image  (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung lauded the operational efficiency of the Asia Foundation’s projects in the capital city during his reception for its Country Representative in Vietnam Michael DiGregorio on February 21.

The foundation’s urban agricultural development projects have contributed to improving living standards of local people and ensuring social security in the city, he said.

Suggesting the foundation expand these projects in terms of product, Chung emphasised that Hanoi hopes to cooperate with the foundation and welcomes investors in production and social welfare.

Hanoi always learns from experience and applies the best technologies in building the smart city and e-authority, and improving people’s living standards, he said.

The city has made noted progress in food safety management and control, clean vegetable growing and husbandry, he said, stressing that Hanoi is willing to cooperate with the Asia Foundation in developing urban agriculture and forming production-consumption chains.

Besides planting trees, Hanoi has set up air and water pollution monitoring stations and applied waste treatment technologies, Chung told his guest.

For his part, DiGregorio talked about the foundation’s strength and interest such as financial support to low-income earners, air quality monitoring and assessment, urban agricultural development and clean vegetable supply.

Headquartered in San Francisco, the Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. As a nonprofit international development organisation, it has committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia.

Since its inception in Vietnam about 20 years ago, the foundation has launched 23 programmes aiming to assist Vietnamese localities in various spheres.-VNA