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EU to launch World Cities Vietnam

Released at: 10:29, 20/06/2017

EU to launch World Cities Vietnam

Photo: Anh Tuan/Zing.vn

Project to promote the exchange of experience and best practice in regional and urban development policies.

by Ngoc Chi

The EU has announced a project entitled World Cities Vietnam to promote the exchange of experience and best practice in regional and urban development policies.

Two Vietnamese cities - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - are to be paired with two European cities - Milan in Italy and Košice in Slovakia.

World Cities is a $785,000 project managed by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

The project originates in the Preparatory Action of the European Parliament to promote the exchange of experience and best practice between the EU and non-EU countries, with a theme of territorial development and with particular reference to sustainable urban development.

Cooperation is based on the identification of pilot cities and the development of concrete action for implementation in the short-term in areas including urban innovation (smart city) and green technologies (energy efficiency, low carbon development).

Intervention areas will be decided by the involved cities/regions, with strong support from the project team and in coordination with DG REGIO, EU delegations in respective countries, and national authorities, where relevant.

Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Vietnam, H.E. Bruno Angelet, said the EU and Vietnam recognize that the development of cities is a key factor in the promotion of sustainable development around the world.

“The EU and member states are therefore committed to engaging with partners around the globe to expand opportunities for city-to-city cooperation developing capacities and fostering exchanges of urban solutions and mutual learning to jointly address the challenges of sustainable development in our partner countries overall,” he said.

Action will be designed to increase so-called “triple-helix cooperation” between governments, research, and business.

World Cities’ ultimate goal is to strengthen market opportunities and job creation while pursuing the sustainable economic development of the cities involved, thus fostering win-win cooperation.

Besides Vietnam, the World Cities project is also found in Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, and South Korea. It will also launch a collaborative online platform to facilitate the exchange of information and good practices between EU and non-EU cities.

Representatives from the Vietnamese Government, EU member states’ embassies, international organizations, academics, and civil society will attend the launch and the associated panel discussion.

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