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Hanoi (VNA) - It is essential to develop the National Urban Development Strategy (NUDS) and consider it a main tool to boost urban development at both central and local levels, said Nguyen Thi Ha Anh, deputy head of the Construction Ministry’s Urban Development Department.

Speaking at a workshop on building the NUDS in Hanoi on April 20, Anh stressed the importance of specific investment programmes to mobilise resources for the better development of the national urban system.

According to Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thi My Linh, the legal framework related to urban development has grown rapidly for 10 years. It covers from urban planning, classification and investment management to sustainable urban development and climate change response.

However, the unpredictable urbanisation is requiring the completion of the legal framework and relevant policies, she noted.

NUDS is a tool for the Government to control the urban development work, while acting as a foundation for related decisions in the future. It will provide both domestic and foreign investors with guidance to approach investment opportunities.

Ajay Suri, advisor to the Cities Alliance, suggested assessing the urban development situation in Vietnam to find out strengths and weaknesses, and encouraging the involvement of localities to have general development orientations.

Meanwhile, Laurence John Wilson, a foreign expert on urban planning and development, stated that climate change adaptation is an urgent issue in urban development.

According to him, Vietnam has relatively sufficient urban policies but remains weak in realising them.-VNA