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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam takes the matter of saving energy and resources and protecting the environment serious, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said while receiving Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Frank Rijsberman in Hanoi on January 23.

Green growth is a need and a must of all nations in the world, Dung said, affirming that Vietnam is accelerating economic restructuring, and reforming its growth model in an intensive, cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly manner.

“Vietnam does not wait until being rich to care about green development,” the Deputy PM reiterated.

He stressed the need for a legal framework and joint efforts of all people for green growth, adding that the work needs huge resources which are beyond affordability of developing nations.

Dung acknowledged and spoke highly of the assistance the GGGI has provided for Vietnam in developing and implementing its Green Growth Strategy.

He called on the institute to continue its support for Vietnam in developing legal framework, studying to enhance management, promoting communications work to raise awareness of growth green, and sharing information and knowledge of green growth.

He urged the GGGI to help train and develop human resources, include green growth in socio-economic development plan; analyse the feasibility of evaluating tools of Vietnam’s green growth and piloting them in several provinces, cities, and key sectors.

Sharing Dung’s views, the GGGI Director General said green growth has become a priority of many nations, including Vietnam, adding that shifting towards green growth also creates opportunities for the nations to develop renewable energy, transport, and green construction.

He extended his thanks to the Government, ministries, sectors and localities of Vietnam for their support and close cooperation with the GGGI representative office in Vietnam in implementing green growth strategy in the finance, water and urban sectors.

GGGI has helped train over 100 officials from ministries, sectors and localities, develop urban green growth, draft the national Strategy on green growth and facilitate green growth projects.-VNA