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French firms are ready to help Vieät Nam de­velop an ur­ban rail­way sys­tem by pro­vid­ing cap­i­tal, tech­nol­ogy and ex­per­tise, says a French diplo­mat.

H M I — French com­pa­nies are ready to help Vieät Nam de­velop an ur­ban rail­way sys­tem by pro­vid­ing cap­i­tal, tech­nol­ogy and spe­cial ex­per­tise, the Con­sul Gen­eral of France said yes­ter­day.

Fabrice Mau­ries made the com­mit­ment yes­ter­day at a sem­i­nar about ur­ban rail­ways sys­tems in Vieät Nam, or­gan­ised by Ub­ifrance Vieät Nam in HCM City on the oc­ca­sion of the France – Vieät Nam Year.

Par­tic­i­pants in­cluded many ex­perts and in­vestors from Vieät Nam and 11 French com­pa­nies.

De­vel­op­ing sev­eral means of trans­port, in­clud­ing an ur­ban rail­way sys­tem, is one of many im­por­tant fac­tors in­cluded in the two coun­tries’ re­la­tion­ships, he said.

A re­port from Ub­ifrance said that “in Haø Noäi, eight metro lines are planned, in­clud­ing four un­der ac­tive prepa­ra­tion. In HCM City, the plan in­cludes the con­struc­tion of seven metro lines, one tramway and two mono­rails.”

“Ur­ban rail­way trans­port is one of the most con­crete ex­pres­sions of the part­ner­ship that uni­fies our coun­tries,” the re­port said.

“The flag­ship pro­ject of Haø Noäi’s un­der­ground Third Line, for which France took a sig­nif­i­cant part in the fi­nanc­ing, tes­ti­fies to this ef­fec­tive re­la­tion­ship,” it added.

Dur­ing the sem­i­nar, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Haø Noäi and HCM City spoke about in­vest­ment in rail­ways sys­tems in the two cities.

Leâ Huy Hoaøng, deputy di­rec­tor of the Haø Noäi Metropoli­tan Rail Man­age­ment Board, said that more than 53km out of a to­tal of more than 318km of ur­ban rail­way had been com­pleted. But dif­fi­cul­ties re­mained.

“There should be a limit to the num­ber of donors in one pro­ject be­cause the sit­u­a­tion could be­come com­pli­cated if we can­not unify the ideas of all of them,” he said.

The coun­try ’ s in­suf­fi­cient le­gal sys­tem was also an is­sue, caus­ing many prob­lems dur­ing pro­ject con­struc­tion, he added.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from HCM City ex­pressed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments about the sit­u­a­tion.

Hoaøng Nhö Cöông, deputy gen­eral of the HCM City’s Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity for Ur­ban Rail­ways, said: “ Viet­namese reg­u­la­tions and donor reg­u­la­tions need to be har­monised or uni­fied be­fore projects are ex­e­cuted.”

More­over, he said, if pos­si­ble, land clear­ance should be­come an in­de­pen­dent pro­ject and com­pleted be­fore pro­ject ex­e­cu­tion.

Also, at the con­fer­ence, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 11 French com­pa­nies spoke about their ex­pe­ri­ences in de­vel­op­ing a rail­way sys­tem .—

— VNA/ VNS Photo Huy Huøng

A part of the Caùt Linh-Haø Ñoâng el­e­vated rail­way in Haø Noäi is un­der con­struc­tion. Ur­ban rail­way sys­tems across the coun­try may ben­e­fit from sup­port and ex­per­tise pro­vided by Frech com­pa­nies.

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