|Construction Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said investment was needed not only in big cities, but also smaller ones, particularly in disadvantaged areas like the northern mountainous region.— Photo baoxaydung
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Construction and the World Bank (WB) on Wednesday launched a results-based national urban development programme in the northern mountainous region.
The seven-year (2015-21) programme will be funded by a US$250 million loan from the WB's International Development Association.
The project seeks to upgrade urban infrastructure, protect the environment, and improve local residents' livelihoods so as to ensure sustainable socio-economic development in the cities and townships of the northern mountainous provinces of Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, and Yen Bai.
The programme will strengthen local authorities' capacity for urban planning and management while helping ministries develop policy frameworks on key issues.
Construction Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said investment was needed not only in big cities, but also smaller ones, particularly in disadvantaged areas like the northern mountainous region.
He said the development of infrastructure in mountainous urban areas would release traffic, healthcare and education pressures on central cities, thus creating a more harmonious urban network in the country. — VNS