EU concludes its World Cities project in Vietnam

Monday, 2018-02-05 09:39:04
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The "World Cities" project facilitates the exchange of information and best practices on regional and urban development policy issues. (Image for illustration)
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NDO – The European Union (EU) has recently completed its World Cities project, a project aimed at promoting the exchange of experience and best practices between the EU and non-EU countries on urban development policies, in Vietnam.

World Cities is a EUR700,000 (US$785,000) project launched by the EU and managed by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission. It seeks to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices on regional and urban development policy issues. Cooperation is based on the identification of pilot cities and the development of concrete actions for the short-term execution of innovative areas for cities (smart city) and green technologies (energy efficient, low carbon development).

The project was initiated in Vietnam in June 2017, with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City having been paired with the cities of Milan (Italy) and Kosice (Slovakia).

Vo Van Hoan, head of the Office of the HCM City People’s Committee, hailed the project as a useful initiative which enables friendly cities around the world to share knowledge and professions in multiple fields, especially in promoting sustainable development in the era of the fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

The leaders of HCM City and Kosice will meet, discuss and agree on specific cooperation projects in the future, he stated.

Ramon Lopez, DG REGIO’s international relations official, said that the completion of the programme is just an initial step, as through their connections over the past few months the parties concerned will develop specific cooperation plans in their appropriate areas.