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French-funded transport projects to be speeded up

Update: January, 14/2012 - 09:38

HA NOI — Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said yesterday Viet Nam would speed up construction work on traffic projects partly funded by France.

He made the statement while meeting French Minister Of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing Thierry Mariani, who is on a three-day visit to Viet Nam.

Work on improving and upgrading the Yen Vien-Lao Cai railway and modernising the signalling system on the Ha Noi-Vinh railway has falling behind schedule, as has construction of the road tunnel through Ca Mountain Pass and a number of co-operative programmes on air transport.

The two ministers agreed to focus on overcoming difficulties incurred regarding capital investment in order to complete the projects as quickly as possible.

The two ministers also agreed to strengthen co-operation on infrastructure development through Public-Private Partnership programmes, with France providing financial aid. The two ministers are also looking to increase the number of flights between France and Viet Nam and to step up training of Vietnamese air and rail workers.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday also received the French Minister. — VNS

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