PM warns outdated technologies, calls for timely fixing of 4 environmental issues
20:35 | 08/01/2019
VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to ease public concerns over four environmental issues while he was speaking at the ministry’s conference on Tuesday.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha at the conference to review the 2018 performance and deployment of key tasks in 2019, held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Ha Noi on January 8, 2019. Photo: VGP

These issues include air pollution, water pollution, climate change, and housing.

Environmental protection has become a key task for Viet Nam, especially in the context that the country has emerged as a global production hub in recent years as many multi-national corporations have moved their production facilities to Viet Nam to manufacture competitive goods for regional and global markets.

Phuc tasked the ministry to devise effective measures to effectively implement the Government’s consistent stance of not trading off environment for economic growth at any prices. Particularly, he warned of downpour of outdated foreign technologies and equipment.

He agreed with the ministry’s plan to review environmental regulations in 2019 in order to set up technical barriers for environmental protection while asking the ministry to issue a set of criteria for evaluation of environmental protection in all provinces and cities across the country.

The ministry has to quicken the development of national planning schemes on land, water resources, and environment in the next two years.

The PM also called for greater efforts to deal with climate change in the Mekong Delta, landslides in the Central provinces as well as flooding in the Northern region./.

By Thuy Dung

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