Vice-Chairman of HCM City People's Committee Le Hoa Binh on Friday met with Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam, Elizabeth Akkerman, to discuss co-operation over sustainable flood prevention planning for Thu Duc City.
According to Binh, in May 2019, a delegation of HCM City People's Committee visited the Netherlands and gained new insights into flood prevention. HCM City and the Netherlands have previously signed several memorandums about flood prevention and clean water supply so he called for the Netherlands' support in fighting flood and climate change in Thu Duc.
Akkerman expressed high regards to HCM City's recent achievements and wished for its economic development with the establishment of Thu Duc City and Long Thanh Airport Project. She said Vietnam and HCM City were among the top destinations for Dutch firms and foreign policy priority.
"The Netherlands is willing to help HCM City and Thu Duc City in building a smart city, fighting flooding and transferring technology," she said.
Thu Duc City aims to be among the most modern cities in the region with hi-tech industrial zones, quality universities and convenient connections to the world via sea, road and air transport.
According to Thu Duc Development Plan to 2040, the city could be flooded once every five years. The estimated investment for the flood prevention plan is USD1bn. This will be a public-private partnership project.
Tran Phuoc Anh, director of HCM City Department of Foreign Affairs, said they had asked HCM City authorities and related agencies to work together to carry out the project.
According to the Department of Construction, after the Consulate General of the Netherlands announced the co-operation project for flood prevention for HCM City, they asked member agencies to support the Consulate General of the Netherlands while they carried out the research in District 2, District 9 and Thu Duc City.
The report from the Department of Planning and Architecture showed that in order to meet the goals set in the 2020-2025 development plan, it will need VND41.6trn (USD1.8bn) from the state budget.
Hoi An City has attracted an increasing number of visitors after tourism services have been resumed.