The Hanoitimes - A high-level forum took place in Hanoi on April 4, discussing potential for cooperation between Vietnam and Switzerland toward green development.
The event was co-organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Swiss Embassy in Vietnam for the two countries to share methods and solutions in the field.
Addressing the forum, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said the Swiss Government has supported the private sector development in Vietnam, particularly in optimising usage of natural resources and translating the clean production concept into reality.
Vietnam–Switzerland Forum on green growth held in Hanoi
Dung expressed his belief on the good potential for bilateral partnership in green growth arena, based on their fruitful political, diplomatic, and economic relations.
He noted that the two nations had agreed to focus their cooperation during 2017 – 2020 on building effective economic intuitions and policies, fostering a competitive and efficient private sector, and promoting sustainable urban development adaptive to climate change.
Doris Leuthard, Director of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, suggested Vietnam study and apply methods to mobilize resources for green growth from the community and businesses.
Swiss participants shared their experiences on building a clean and green economy, mobilising resources for the process, and lessons that could be applied for developing countries like Vietnam.
Vietnam has adopted a national plan on green growth for 2016 – 2020, with prioritised subjects including climate change response, green production, green consumption, and greenhouse emission reduction.
To date, the country has seven ministries and 39 provinces and cities designing and implementing their own action plans for green growth.