AFD enhances ties with Ha Noi development agency


VGP - Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung in Ha Noi has received Country Director of AFD Fabrice Richy

Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (R) and Country Director of AFD Fabrice Richy

At the reception, Chung thanked AFD for supporting the city's projects in recent years.

Chung affirmed that Ha Noi always highly regards AFD’s role in Ha Noi's development. The municipal government agreed with AFD to extend the French-financed metro line No.3 from Hanoi Railway Station to Hoang Mai district. 

He expected that AFD consultants will make agreement on evaluating and funding the project’s technical documents.

Regarding to the solution to reduce air pollution in Ha Noi, Chung said that the capital city is speeding up projects of installing air monitoring stations, with the support of French consultants.

The Hanoi administration hopes that AFD will support and give advice for Ha Noi to assess and deal with pollution sources, Chung added.

In turn, Country Director of AFD Fabrice Richy said the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is willing to support Ha Noi in transport, urban and environmental projects.

He stressed that AFD has maintained a long standing relationship with Ha Noi. Under the cooperation agreement, AFD will assist the Ha Noi administration in developing priority programs such as air quality improvement, wholesale markets, urban logistics, waste management and treatment, and others.

The investment program will focus on building the smart city, developing urban areas that are sustainable and resilient to climate change. 

Fabrice Richy emphasized that many cooperation projects between AFD and Ha Noi are underway with a focus on metro line construction, lighting system installation in ancient works, among others. Therefore, today’s meeting aims to build a sustainable investment program between the two sides.

Ha Noi is a major partner of AFD in both Viet Nam and Southeast Asia, Fabrice Richy affirmed, adding that AFD is committed to always supporting the city in technical cooperation.

The program contributes to further promoting the relationship between Ha Noi and Ile-de-France (the Paris region). It is also the continuation of the cooperation between the two sides.

By Vien Nhu