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Deputy PM endorses Hanoi Declaration
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Deputy PM endorses Hanoi Declaration

The Saigon Times Daily

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung speaks at EST 12, taking place from October 28 to 30 in Hanoi – PHOTO: VGP

HCMC - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on October 28 expressed support for the issuance of the Hanoi Declaration at a transport forum in Hanoi, aiming to realize a plan for developing smart and sustainable cities in Asia through adequate infrastructure and sustainable transport.

In his opening remarks at the 12th Intergovernmental Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST 12) Forum in Asia, Dung said EST 12 is an important event where policymakers and experts can discuss measures to bolster sustainable and resilient transport systems.

He also expected the delegates at the event to introduce policies on planning and developing infrastructure facilities for smart cities through adequate, sustainable transport solutions, alongside the issuance of the Hanoi Declaration, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Besides this, the Deputy PM mentioned the existing challenges of Vietnam’s transport sector, particularly urban transportation issues, including the lack of synchronization in infrastructure development, the limited land fund for urban transportation, the sharp rise in the number of personal vehicles in cities and the sluggish growth of public transportation.

The forum, taking place from October 28 to 30, is being hosted by the Ministry of Transport, in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Construction, the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Center for Regional Development.

Under the theme “Achieving a Smart and Resilient City through a Low Carbon and Intelligent Transport System," the event attracted 335 participants from 26 Asian countries.

The annual EST Forum in Asia was launched in 2005 by the United Nations and plays an important role in the UN’s Environmentally Sustainable Transport project.

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