World Bank support creative urban areas
15:37 | 02/02/2018

VGP - Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong on February 1 received  WB Country Director Ousmane Dione.

At the reception, Mr. Ousmane Dione affirmed the WB’s willingness to support HCM City in building creative urban areas, suggesting that the city should identify specific issues that the WB could best offer assistance on, such as technical support or the supply of experienced experts in the field.

The WB wishes to coordinate with HCM City in deploying training programmes to enhance the capabilities of officials working in the area of PPP project management, he said, stressing that the institution would continue to support the city in rolling out projects to renovate and evacuate houses along and on canals, as well as in urban refurbishment, in order to improve the quality of life for local citizens and enhance the city’s competitiveness.

The city should also define specific tasks that the WB could help, such as technical support or management consulting, he added.

In turn, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong hailed the emergence of creative urban areas as a boost to economic development in the city and the entire southern key economic zone, he asked the WB to include the content of supporting creative urban area development projects in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two sides on strategic connectivity for the 2017-2020 period.

Mr. Phong also asked the WB to help the southern economic hub in carrying out projects on upgrading and moving houses along canals and ditches, and in organising an international seminar on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in key sectors such as infrastructure, health, and education.  

By Vien Nhu

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