|The issuance of the Ha Noi Joint Declaration marked the end of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC 21)'s 12th annual plenary meeting.—VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — The issuance of the Ha Noi Joint Declaration marked the end of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC 21)'s 12th annual plenary meeting.
Held in the Vietnamese capital yesterday, the meeting covered co-operation in urban planning, energy issues, trade and tourism promotion and information sharing.
Seminars on investment, trade and tourism promotion drew investors from member nations and two policy dialogue sessions focused on obstacles in urban planning and energy.
Closing the event, chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen The Thao said delegates had agreed to build a platform for technology and industry under which they would hold expert-level meetings and economic exchanges as agreed in the 2010 Tokyo Joint Declaration.
A pilot scheme would soon be announced, he added.
Thao and Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose signed a co-operation agreement under which the Japanese capital will assist Ha Noi in easing smog and traffic congestion and providing clean water and training for athletes and students.
Seoul City in the Republic of Korea also promised to help Ha Noi with information technology development.
ANMC members reached a compromise on sustaining collaboration in socio-economic development and planning management in particular.
As countries worldwide combat climate change by developing industries with low carbon emissions, they agreed to focus on information exchange and training high quality human resources while forging markets for high-efficiency equipment and technology.
The next meeting will be held in Tomsk City, Russia, next year.
The ANMC includes 13 member cities: Bangkok, Delhi, Ha Noi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Metropolitan Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Tomsk, Ulaanbaatar and Yangon. — VNS