Vietnam has set a target to raise the average housing area per capita to 25 square metres by 2020 and 30 metres by 2030.

This was signalled at a conference on national housing development strategy from now to 2020 and the version toward 2030, jointly held by the Ministry of Construction and the United Nations Settlement Progamme (UN-Habitat), on March 8 in Hanoi.

The strategy’s objective is that by 2020 Vietnam will basically meet housing demands which fit with the country’s economic development and conditions of each individual as well as each household.

By 2030, Vietnam will narrow the gap in housing quality between rural and urban areas, focusing on construction quality and housing conveniences.

According to Nguyen Quang, UN-Habitat Director in Vietnam, improvements in the housing supply system and diversified housing measures are necessary, creating conditions to prevent unofficial property development projects.

Speeches delivered at the conference focused on a wide range of topics, including how to gain access to policies and strategies of low-income housing, methods to set up the national housing strategy and the UN-Habitat’s report on housing documents in Vietnam.

The delegates also compared notes on the housing market and housing finance, infrastructure and urban services and housing situations in Vietnam. Based on that, they gave proposals on policies, regulations and legal frameworks in the area.

It is essential to have a housing strategy, which requires a close relationship between relevant ministries and agencies, delegates said./.