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KOICA backs VN's green city master plan

Update: October, 08/2015 - 17:00
The Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) and the construction ministry signed an agreement on a technical assistance project for establishing Viet Nam's Green City Master Plan today in Ha Noi. — Photo KOICA Vietnam
HA NOI (VNS) — The Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) and the construction ministry signed an agreement on a technical assistance project for establishing Viet Nam's Green City Master Plan today in Ha Noi.

"KOICA is promoting the project when urban development and environment degradation are increasing rapidly in Viet Nam as a result of the country's rapid economic growth. We expect to contribute to the establishment of an efficient urban planning and management system," Country Director of KOICA Viet Nam Chang Jae-yun said at the ceremony held to sign the record of discussion.

The US$6.5-million project will focus on developing a set of green city indexes and a Green City Planning Decision Support System (GDSS), and will recommend a legal framework for green city planning to the construction ministry.

The project will help develop GDSS and green city plans, and will provide training in green city planning over three years from 2015.

The 29-month project will be implemented in Ha Noi and in two selected sites of Rach Gia City in the southern Kien Giang Province and Yen Binh urban area in the northern Thai Nguyen Province.

Viet Nam is facing various urban problems such as infrastructure shortages and environment degradation as a result of rapid economic development and urban population growth. The Korean Government is expected to help Viet Nam in creating a brand new city, improve living standards and in environmentally sustainable urban planning, according to KOICA. — VNS

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