Hanoi and France Enter Urban Planning Partnership

Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee and Chairman of Hanoi People's Council, led a delegation from the city of Hanoi on an important visit to the Ile de France on August 21-22. The purpose of their visit was to foster stronger ties for collaboration in the fields of public transport and urban traffic.

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On August 21, a delegation from Vietnam had a productive working session with the Institute for Urban Planning and Development – Ile de France (IPR). The discussions focused on cooperation in public transport, planning, and expansion. The delegation from Hanoi presented the pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem Lake and the planning and preservation of Duong Lam ancient village as examples of successful urban planning and development in Vietnam. Chairman of Hanoi People’s Council, Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, expressed his hopes for continued close cooperation from the Ile-de-France region in this field.

Chairman Tuan also emphasized the fruitful partnership between Hanoi and the Ile-de-France region since their establishment of relations in 1989. He highlighted the efficiency of joint programs and projects in various fields, which have greatly contributed to the socio-economic development of the Vietnamese capital.

IPR Deputy General Director, Sébastien Alavoine, welcomed the visit of the Hanoi delegation to specify the joint action program signed between the two localities for the 2022-2025 period. He emphasized the diverse cooperation model between Hanoi and Paris over the past 34 years, which has allowed IPR to carry out effective activities, including the amendment of the master planning project of Hanoi.

Alavoine highlighted the significance of the “Moov’Hanoi” project as part of the new cooperation period between the two countries, particularly in the context of climate change. The project aims to make Hanoi’s public transport more attractive and promote multimodal travel, thereby reducing pollution and contributing to environmental protection in the city.

Hanoi Fosters Urban Planning Partnership with France
The two sides discussed the efficiency of bilateral cooperation in urban planning, especially urban traffic, and sought potential projects in the future, including the Moov’Hanoi project, a project to design planning and expand pedestrian spaces around the Hoan Kiem Lake, and another to preserve the Duong Lam ancient village (Photo: Vietnamplus).

Another important activity attended by the Vietnam delegation was the Hanoi-France investment, trade, and tourism promotion conference. The conference saw the participation of Vietnamese Ambassador to France, Dinh Toan Thang, representatives from the Vietnam Trade Office in France, the Vietnamese Business Association in France (AB Viet-France), Business France, the Hanoi Promotion Agency, and numerous enterprises from Hanoi and France.

Speaking at the event, Chairman Nguyen Ngoc Tuan emphasized that Hanoi is a safe, attractive, and promising destination for foreign businesses and investors. The city is continuously improving its investment environment and creating favorable conditions for enterprises and investors to explore opportunities.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France, Dinh Toan Thang, pledged to accompany businesses from Hanoi and France in their cooperation, contributing to strengthening the Vietnam-France strategic partnership.

Hanoi Fosters Urban Planning Partnership with France
The delegates at the Hanoi-France investment, trade, and tourism promotion conference (Photo: Vietnamplus).

Jean-François Ambrosio from Business France regarded the conference as an opportunity to encourage Vietnamese and French firms to strengthen their partnership. This would help position Vietnam in the development strategy of French companies in Asia and establish France as a gateway for Vietnamese enterprises to enter the European market.

In concluding the event, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Hanoi Promotion Agency and AB Viet-France in connecting businesses of Hanoi and France was exchanged. Additionally, cooperation agreements were signed among businesses of the two sides. Athena Vietnam and Ma ville du Talent also signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in implementing the program “My city has talents.”

Addressing the significance of the conference and the cooperation agreement, AB Viet-France Chairman Nguyen Hai Nam stated that businesses should focus on areas where France has strengths and Hanoi has demand, particularly in developing sustainable tourism and increasing trade through international fairs.

Fanasy Nguyen Le