Seminar discusses mobilising resources for sustainable urban development

Friday, 2017-12-15 16:13:31
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Workers at a construction site of a drainage project in Hue city. (Credit: baothuathienhue.vn)
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NDO – Representatives from 30 Southeast Asian cities are gathering at an international seminar in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, to share their experiences in mobilising financial resources for sustainable urban development.

Co-hosted by the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), the European Union and the Hue municipal People's Committee from December 14-15, the event aims to provide funding for and implement sustainable development projects for Southeast Asian cities.

Speaking at the seminar, Hue People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Thanh stressed that the event offers a chance for representatives of Francophone cities in Southeast Asia to share and connect with cities within the Association of Cities in Vietnam.

As an active member, Hue city has always been active in contributing to the activities of AIMF, demonstrating the city's determination to integrate into the Francophone and international communities as well, in addition to sustaining the development, promotion and exploitation of heritage values, Thanh added.

Following the plenary session, the seminar features a range of thematic conferences on favourable conditions for attracting investment for sustainable urban development projects; experiences in responding and adapting to climate change; and the role of regional cities in enhancing integration and involvement in regional development plans.

AIMF Permanent Secretary Pierre Baillet emphasised that ASEAN is strongly integrating into the global economy and is also facing challenges in terms of education, population growth and climate change. AIMF members should build new management practices, especially financial autonomy, to implement policies of their choice, he suggested.

Over the recent years, AIMF has initiated various urban heritage initiatives and has partnered with local leaders to preserve and promote cultural heritage values, leading to balanced management and planning for urban spaces, in association with the cities’ sustainable development.

At the conference, delegates shared experiences to identify the role of cities in mobilising investment capital for sustainable urban development projects, as well as adaptation to climate change. As for Hue, the AIMF supports projects related to the improvement of the city’s drainage system and environmental sanitations have also been implemented effectively.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung highly praised the cooperation activities and implementations of sustainable development projects for Southeast Asian cities by AIMF, saying that over the past years, the association has fulfilled its mission of creating a strong linkage between member cities and international and regional Francophone organisations.

He expressed his hope that AIMF would continue to develop and play a more active role in promoting regional and inter-regional cooperation for the sustainable development of Southeast Asian cities.