Hanoi and Amsterdam signed a cooperation memorandum to promote green city solutions with the aim of developing Hanoi into a livable city.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on December 10 between Mr. Nguyen The Thao, Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee, and Mr. Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of the Dutch city of Amsterdam, pledging cooperation in several fields relating to urban planning and developing a sustainable city. The Mayor also led a business delegation to Hanoi seeking deeper cooperation in fields such as water management, energy and waste treatment.
Speaking at "The Benefits of Planning and Investment for a Prosperous and Sustainable Metropolis" roundtable conference, Mayor van der Laan said that green city solutions could be beneficial for both Hanoi and Amsterdam because the two cities must deal with similar challenges regarding climate change and economic growth. Learning from each other is crucial to further sustainable development.
Traffic, water and pollution are serious problems Hanoi is facing, he said. "If a city fails to find solutions for urban planning, it will get into difficulties with investment attraction," he added. He also affirmed that Amsterdam is willing to share its experiences in urban planning with Hanoi, contributing to developing the capital into a livable city.
Trade between Vietnam and the Netherlands amounted to 2.67 billion euros (approximately $4 billion) last year. The Netherlands remains one of Vietnam's top European investment partners, with about 120 companies active in the country.