Da Nang, Yokohama promotes urban development cooperation towards environmental friendliness

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Representatives from Da Nang and Japan’s Yokohama city discuss measures to promote cooperation on urban development in the direction of environmental friendliness. (Credit: VGP)
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NDO – Measures on developing the urban infrastructure of Da Nang towards environmental friendliness were discussed at the seventh Da Nang Urban Development Forum, which opened in the central coastal city on December 22.

Held jointly by Da Nang and Japanese Yokohama city, representatives from both sides discuss promoting cooperation on urban development in various fields, including new energy saving for buildings, orientation for development of new industrial zones in the city, solid waste management, and the planning of the Tho Quang fishing port in the direction of environmentally friendly policies and tourism.

Huynh Duc Tho, Chairman of the Da Nang People's Committee said that under the development cooperation between the two cities from 2013 to now, Yokohama has actively assisted Da Nang in planning, developing and executing a number of strategic projects.

The Japanese city has coordinated with Da Nang to develop energy saving measures in the administrative building, coal furnaces of local ceramic companies and hotels in the city.

Regarding waste treatment, through the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Yokohama together with the Japan’s Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) have supported a pilot project on waste classification at the source, creating a basis for replication of the pilot model across the city.

Particularly for solid waste treatment, Da Nang is cooperating with the Asian Development Bank to select investors with advanced technologies and environmentally sustainable treatment at an appropriate fee. This project is the premise for the effective implementation of solid waste projects in Da Nang. The two projects have the support of Yokohama.

At the forum, Da Nang authorities called for Japanese companies, Yokohama in particular, to invest in potential infrastructure projects in the Vietnamese city.

Accordingly, the nine projects will include construction of Lien Chieu port; relocation of railway stations and reconstruction of urban areas; construction of a solid waste treatment complex; improving water environment; developing Tho Quang fishing port; development of non-motorised traffic and application of intelligent systems in traffic management; building an electric rail connection between Da Nang and Hoi An city; development of information and communication technology and planning new industrial zones in the city by 2020.

Toru Hashimoto, Executive Director of Development Cooperation from Yokohama, stated that the two cities have a close cooperation in many fields and the forum would be the basis for building a solid foundation for further cooperation and concreting into actions in the near future.

He also affirmed that Yokohama will continue to cooperate and support Da Nang in the areas of saving new energy, planning of fishing ports, and managing solid waste towards an environmentally friendly manner.