A conference on regional urban planning was held in Hanoi on November 7, bringing together approximately 400 experts from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thi My Linh said Vietnam is undergoing a rapid urbanisation process alongside the establishment of important economic areas, including the northern key economic zone with Hanoi at its centre and the southern key economic zone with Ho Chi Minh City at its heart.
In addition, a number of cities, such as northern Hai Phong city, Central Da Nang city and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, are developing rapidly and are greatly attractive to investors, contributing remarkably to the nation’s economic growth.
Linh highlighted the need to conduct further research on urban planning in order to ensure sustainable development, adding that the seminar provided an opportunity to learn from the opinions of domestic and international experts on urban planning in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the future.

According to Tran Ngoc Chinh, President of the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association, Vietnam is working on the planning of the two most important urban areas in the nation’s socio-economic development - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Norihiro Nakai, President of Japan’s Urban Planning and Development Association highlighted the role played by urban planning and development associations since they served as channels for countries to share information and experiences in the field, contributing to the promotion of urban area planning in each respective country.

Participants discussed a number of issues, including socio-economic and development planning, regional territory planning, technical infrastructure and transport planning, environmental protection plans and natural resource management, and regional planning and development management.

Hanoi aims to become a green and clean city by 2030, including the elimination of environmental pollution in the inner-city area, according to a recent plan approved by the municipal People’s Committee.

Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City plans to expand the integrated political administrative centre to District 2's Thu Thiem urban zone in a new administrative area which will span more than 700ha. -VNA