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Date 29/10/2021-15:50:00 PM
Launching Conference for Vietnam Green Growth Strategy
(MPI) - Minister Nguyen Chi Dung chaired the “Launching Conference for Vietnam Green Growth Strategy for the period 2021-2030, vision to 2050” at the headquarters of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) on October 29th, 2021.
Overview of the Conference. Photo: MPI

In light of the approved orientation, the National Green Growth Strategy (VGGS) was developed on the basis of extensive and intensive consultations with stakeholders in ways consistent with recent COVID-19 pandemic prevention regulations. The development of the Strategy received strong support, cooperation and inputs from ministries, sectors, localities, relevant industry associations, embassies, international organizations, and development partners. By acknowledging and taking into consideration the inputs from stakeholders, the MPI has completed the VGGS and submitted it to the Prime Minister for promulgation under Decision No. 1658/QD-TTg dated October 1st, 2021.

Introducing some highlights of the Strategy, Le Viet Anh, Director of the Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, MPI said that the VGGS sets four important goals, namely: Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Greening economic sectors; Greening lifestyles and promoting sustainable consumption, and Greening the transition. In particular, the first objective of VGGS is to reduce the intensity of GHG emissions per GDP, which was also the objective of the previous strategy. This aims to assess comparative GHG emission mitigation potential per unit of economic output, helping to determine the extent of environmentally-friendliness of the economy as its size is increasing, contributing to realizing the dual goal of protecting environment and developing “rapidly and sustainably”. Under VGGS, by 2030, the intensity of GHG emissions per GDP is expected to decrease by at least 15% compared to that of 2014. By 2050, the intensity of GHG emissions per GDP is hoped to reduce at least 30% compared to that of 2014.

At the conference, representatives from ministries, sectors, localities, embassies, international organizations, development partners and businesses spoke highly of the new approach which was employed to determine the feasibility of the goals set forth in VGGS. They also agreed with the plan and roadmap for the implementation of VGGS and believed that the Strategy would help realize the goals that Vietnam had set for 2030 and 2045.

Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam
Christoph Prommersberger. Photo: MPI

Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam Christoph Prommersberger said that the conference was organized timely and having crucial meaning for Vietnam to support the implementation of the VGGS. Vietnam has achieved positive results in climate change adaption, GHG emissions reduction and sea level rise. However, as a country with a long coastline, Vietnam and its development has to suffer from the great impact of the sea level rise. With experience regarding the adaptation mechanism of the phenomenon, the Netherlands has what it takes and has committed to aid Vietnam in effective adaptation and prevention. Deputy Ambassador has also stressed on renewable energy and Vietnam’s potential to become a developing country in this field. Regarding waste management, it is necessary to have solutions to recycle the collected waste; substantial investment from the private and public sectors is also in great demand. Vietnam will be capable of resource mobilization of international and regional organizations to realize the goals of the VGGS.

As stated by representative of the German Embassy in Vietnam, the VGGS sets out very clear goals, namely reducing the intensity of GHG emissions per GDP; Greening economic sectors; Greening lifestyles and promoting sustainable consumption, and Greening the transition based on equality, inclusion and resilience. To achieve the goals set forth, it is important to mobilize both domestic and international, public and enterprises’ capital; at the same time, strengthening regulatory frameworks and transparency, and conditions for private investment; changing investment conditions, mechanisms and policies to be more flexible to further expand investment potentials in wind power industry.

Attending from the Head office point, Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam congratulated the Vietnamese Government on launching the VGGS with many important contents, especially sustainable growth. The Strategy has a clear vision and to realize the stated goals, the Government needs to put efforts into coordination because the implementation related to many ministries and sectors. Collaboration between ministries, sectors and localities also plays an important role to ensure that actions are carried out through specific coordinated solutions. The World Bank looks forward to continuing to cooperate with Vietnam in the VGGS implementation in the coming time.

Photo: MPI

Le Khac Nam, Vice Chairman of Hai Phong City People's Committee shared about the implementation results of the city’s green growth action plan. Hai Phong was the first locality to develop and implement the green growth action plan, and the city has achieved certain results.

Vice Chairman Le Khac Nam suggested the MPI to soon analyze, develop and issue the VGGS; have a database and indicator system on green growth for localities as a basis for development, deployment, and evaluation of the implementation situation; support the City in techniques, human resources, methods to develop and collect input data for some indicators of the 2021-2026 period.

Representatives from localities such as Hai Duong, Quang Tri, Ninh Thuan and international organizations such as the ADB, UNDP, GIZ, and AFD. provided comments at the conference. The VGGS plays a crucial role in promoting the economic restructuring in accordance with the growth model renewal. The VGGS is also an important method to achieve sustainable development, contributing to economic recovery after COVID-19, towards green economic development; at the same time creating a premise to realize the long-term targets of low-carbon emission and carbon neutrality so as to contribute to limiting global temperature rise. The relevant localities, agencies and organizations agreed to coordinate in developing the VGGS and green growth action plan of sectors and localities. Development partners and international organizations are committed to accompanying and supporting Vietnam in the VGGS implementation in the future.

Minister Nguyen Chi Dung concludes the Conference. Photo: MPI

To conclude the meeting, Minister Nguyen Chi Dung emphasized the importance of collaboration during the implementation process, saying the support and close coordination of ministries, sectors, domestic and international organizations, the business community and experts play a fundamental role to ensure that the implementation of the VGGS adheres to the views and orientations of the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, the 10-year socio-economic development strategy 2021-2030, and the 5-year socio-economic development plan 2021-2025.

Following the conference, the MPI will preside over and coordinate with ministries, sectors and localities to research and propose to the Prime Minister to establish a National Steering Committee on Green Growth, make arrangements to devise a National Green Growth Action Plan and implement other important contents.

The approval of VGGS on the threshold of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, which will take place in the next few days, has demonstrated Vietnam’s strong commitment of reducing GHG emissions through practical and concrete actions; commitment of joining hands with the world to address challenges and reduce the impact of climate change. This is imperative for a safe, prosperous and harmonious life of social and environmental needs.

As stated by Minister Nguyen Chi Dung, initially, it is important to well implement the goals of VGGS, then evaluating and further completing for better in the near future. The most importance is how to successfully implement the Strategy. Accordingly, an action plan with legal frameworks and specific detailed instructions must be soon issued so that ministries, sectors, localities, business community and people could understand, raise awareness and have specific actions, and basis for monitoring the criteria to evaluate the achieved and not achieved results.

Regarding cooperation and sharing between the central and localities, the State and private sector, the domestic and international area, Minister Dung said that the cooperation, support, sharing of experiences, knowledge and new knowledge in all aspects of the economy and society were elementary to achieve green growth and receive the companionship of relevant international organizations, contributing to the successful implementation of this Strategy. He also recommended ministries and sectors to closely coordinate in the implementation, capacity enhancement, and encouragement of the private sector to take full advantages of the ODA capital.

Minister Nguyen Chi Dung affirmed that this Launching Conference was a very important starting point, demonstrating high consensus on actions to be rolled out to effectively implement the tasks and measures of VGGS for the 2021-2030 period, vision 2050. He also stressed the essential role of communication agencies in conveying full objectives, meaning and position of the VGGS so that all of the people, political system and business community canunderstand and take specific and realistic actions, aiming for a sustainable development./.

Bao Linh
Ministry of Planning and Investment

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