Hanoi (August 21st, 2012) – Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, accompanied by representatives of the MOC’s functional departments and agencies, warmly welcomed Mrs. Pratibha Mehta, the UN-Habitat Resident Coordinator, at the head office of the Ministry of Construction.
Minister Trinh Dinh Dung gladly welcomed Mrs. Pratibha Mehta to visit and work with the Ministry of Construction. Minister Dung acknowledged UN-Habitat’s effective support for the Ministry of Construction in urban development, housing sector and other relating areas. It’s a big challenge to Vietnam to develop urban areas extensively so that they can be economic dynamic while it’s still a poor country with limited resources and low income. According to the Minister, it’s necessary to concentrate on developing urban planning, controlling development in harmony with Vietnam conditions, resources and potential in order to avoid hot urban development, lacking socio-economic infrastructure, affecting urban resident’s life quality. Minister Dung said Vietnam paid much attention to develop urban areas respoding to climate change and green and e-friendly urban areas, and called for UN-Habitat support in this area in terms of sharing models and experiences of those pioneering countries.
Mrs. Pratibha Mehta thanked the Minister for his time, and his as well as the MOC’s positive evaluation about UN-Habitat. Mrs. Pratibha asserted urbanization was unavoidable in Vietnam transition from low income country to middle income one, as well as in its modernization and industrialization process. However, she noted that Vietnam should pay attention to those challenges attached to the urbanization, such as building infrastructure, urban transport, water supply and especially climate change issue. Mrs. Pratibha suggested that Vietnam should conduct national analysis, assessment and dialogue with urban residents to draw up suitable and sustainable urban development strategies while forming policies.
Minister Dung totally agreed with Mrs. Pratibha’s assessment, thanked her for suggestion, and hoped to receive tremendous support from UN-Habitat in the future.
Written and Translated by: Thu Huyen