A corner of Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City hopes the World Bank (WB) will include support for creative city building in the two sides’ memorandum of understanding (MoU) of strategic connectivity for 2017 - 2020, said Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong.

Making the suggestion at a meeting with WB Country Director for Vietnam Ousmane Dione on February 1, Phong stressed that the creative model is based on advanced technologies and will propel forward local socio-economic development.

HCM City plans to build creative urban areas in District 2, District 9 and Thu Duc district.

Thanking WB’s contributions to the implementation of the city’s major projects and improvement of local living standards, he stated local authorities are committed to collaborating with the WB to prepare the MoU for its official signing in March.

Phong also asked the WB to help the southern economic hub in carrying out projects on upgrading and moving houses along canals and ditches, and in organising an international seminar on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in key sectors such as infrastructure, health, and education. 

Taking into account proposals from the city, Ousmane Dione said the WB is willing to assist HCM City in building creative urban areas, suggesting local authorities clarify key matters for each district to design action plans.

The city should also define specific tasks that the WB could help, such as technical support or management consulting, he added.

He said the WB will aid HCM City in hosting the international seminar and wants  to work with the hub in conducting joint programmes in human resources training for PPP projects.

Lauding the success of the city’s conference calling for investment in upgrading and moving houses near canals and ditches, which has brought about various initiatives and opportunities, Dione affirmed the WB’s commitment in supporting the city in this regard.-VNA