Hanoi calls for more Dutch support in smart city building
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (R) meets Marten van den Berg, Director General for Foreign Economic Relations at the Netherlands’ Foreign Ministry, on February 5 (Photo: VNA)
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s
Committee Nguyen Duc Chung met on February 5 with Marten van den Berg, Director
General for Foreign Economic Relations at the Netherlands’ Foreign Ministry,
calling for more support in smart city building.
At the meeting in Hanoi, the Dutch official
affirmed that his country always wants bilateral relations, especially those between
the two capital cities, to become stronger.
The two countries share many similarities in
coping with climate change, he said, noting that the enhancement of bilateral
cooperation will provide them with more opportunities to support each other.
As Hanoi is focusing on building a smart city,
the Netherlands wants to introduce prestigious companies in green technology to
help the Vietnamese capital address traffic and climate problems as well as
challenges posed by urban development, he added.
Marten van den Berg said in 2018, when the
countries mark 45 years of their diplomatic ties, the Dutch Embassy will
organise numerous celebratory activities, especially a photo exhibition that
will attract famous photographers from around the world. He asked for Hanoi’s
assistance in organising these activities.
For his part, Chung said Vietnam and the
Netherlands, as well as Hanoi and Amsterdam, boast intensive friendship
evidenced by many major structures of the European country in Hanoi, including
the Hanoi – Amsterdam High School for the Gifted.
He added in its smart city building plan, Hanoi
prioritises technologies of European countries, especially wastewater and
environmental pollution treatment technologies of the Netherlands. In the time
ahead, it will work with Dutch technology company Philips to install a
concentrated lighting system.
Hanoi needs technology assistance in many fields
like building e-government, population database, a traffic control centre, and
air monitoring database. It hopes that the Netherlands will continue helping
the city to soon reach its set targets, the official noted.-VNA