Asian cities debate urbanisation, energy policies

(VOV) - Leaders of 13 Asian cities are gathering in Hanoi on November 18-19 to discuss urban planning and energy policies in the region.

Delegates to the 12th plenary meeting of the Asian Network of Major Cities in the 21st Century (ANMC 21) examine issues arising from the implementation of urban planning and management policies, and propose optimum solutions.

They also look at how urban energy affects sustainable development of cities so as to introduce effective energy development policies in the future.

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Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai urged the meeting to find out green growth solutions
to rapid urbanisation and excess use of energy (Photo:VNA)

In his opening speech, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai expressed hope through the two panel discussions, ANMC 21 members will work out solutions to planning and management issues in urban areas.

Asian cities need to find a common ground on the effective use of energy sources to address climate change which is impacting sustainable development of all nations, he said.

Nguyen The Thao, Chairman of the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee, pointed to the fact rapid urbanisation over the years has put mounting pressure on Asian cities, requiring them to come up with long-term development plans.

He quoted recent surveys saying to achieve green growth, global cities integrate urban planning and management and economic development based on the effective use of energy and low-carbon emissions, into the capacity to adapt to natural disasters.   

Delegates will make a fact-finding tour of the Hanoi Old Quarter and other major architectural projects, as well as Savico Megamall to evaluate the city’s urban planning and energy conservation policies.

During the two-day meeting, a seminar on Asian investment, trade and tourism promotion will be held on November 19. Delegates will also launch two new projects, with one highlighting education’s role in urban planning and the other building foundations for technology and industry.

Hanoi has carried out a number of ANMC 21 projects on developing small- and medium-sized passenger planes, crisis management in Asia, and measures to cope with communicable diseases in Asia.

ANMC21 was established in 2001 on the initiative of the Tokyo administration. It has now admitted a total of 13 members to its grouping, namely Bangkok (Thailand), New Delhi (India), Taipei (Taiwan-China), Hanoi (Vietnam), Jakarta (Indonesia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Manila (the Philippines), Tokyo (Japan, Seoul (the Republic of Korea), Singapore, Yangon (Myanmar), Ulaanbartoor (Mongolia), and Tomsk (Russia).

The annual plenary meeting takes place in one of the ANMC 21’s cities on a rotary basis. Hanoi joined this organisation in 2001 and this is the second time it has hosted such a meeting.