The workshop on green growth in Ha Long Bay takes place on April 18 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Green growth in Ha Long Bay of northeastern Quang Ninh province was the topic of a workshop jointly held by the provincial People’s Committee and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on April 18.

Scientists and researchers affirmed that green growth is the top concern of most countries in the world, especially in the context that the world is entering the 4th Industrial Revolution, and witnessing the green consumption trend.

The promotion of green growth in Quang Ninh and Ha Long Bay in particular is not exception, the stressed.

Norihiko Inoue, chief advisor of JICA, said the event offered a chance for JICA to introduce its green growth project in Quang Ninh and cooperation between Quang Ninh and Shiga prefecture of Japan, as well as giving information about the locality’s green growth strategy.

Previously, with assistance of the international community, especially the Japanese Government, Quang Ninh and JICA signed the minutes of discussion in 2015 on the project to promote green growth in Ha Long Bay. The project is being carried out from November 2015 and December 2019, aiming to reduce pollution and foster sustainable economic and tourism growth.

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The “transition to a green economy" project piloted in Ha Long will be a key pillar of the green growth process in the whole province in the future.

According to Junko Masaki from JICA, the project’s second phase has been implementing from November 2016 to December 2019, in Ha Long city and adjacent districts including Cam Pha and Uong Bi cities, Van Don and Hoanh Bo districts, Quang Yen town.

As an important centre of the northern key economic region with its unique and rich geographical, environmental and resource features, Quang Ninh boasts natural strengths for sustainable socio-economic development.

In 2015, with the support from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the local authorities adjusted its green growth action plan, setting concrete objectives, which are expected to be realised by 2020.-VNA