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PM Dung ratifies master plan for Hanoi

Accordingly, the capital city will have a metropolis, five satellite urban areas and several towns linked together. It will boast modern infrastructure while still retaining cultural and traditional heritages.

The metropolis will be broadened and by 2030, will have a constructed area of over 55,000 hectares and population of 4.6 million.

Headquarters of the Government, State, Communist Party, and National Assembly will be located in Ba Dinh District.

Sai Gon Giai Phong reported that the five satellite urban areas - Hoa Lac, Son Tay, Xuan Mai, Phu Xuyen and Soc Son – will have certain autonomy with distinct features.

For example, Hoa Lac in the west will be a science, technology and education center while Son Tay in the northwest will be a cultural, historical and tourist hub.

Xuan Mai in the southwest is envisaged to become a handicraft and trade village while Phu Xuyen in the south will comprise industrial zones and cargo trans-shipment areas. Soc Son in the north will focus on airline, industry and services.

Universities will cluster in suburban areas and the number of students will reduce to about 300,000 within the city center. Health clinics for treatment of highly communicable diseases will be located in outlying areas.

Regional highway systems will be built connecting Hanoi to surrounding provinces.

Eight more bridges and tunnels will be built across the Red River (Song Hong) and five bridges will be constructed to span the Duong River and the Da River.

Human resources

Meanwhile, the government had earlier announced a master plan for developing human resources in Vietnam in 2011-2020.

Accordingly, the country is expected to have about 30.5 million trained workers in the next ten years.

The aim is to sharply increase the proportion of trained workers in various fields, from 40 percent in 2010 to 70 percent in 2020, VOV reported.

The number of trained workers will rise from 15.5 percent to 50 percent in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sector, from 78 percent to 92 percent in industries, from 41 percent to 56 percent in the construction sector, and from 67 percent to 88 percent in the service sector.

VOV reported that Vietnam will have a total of 573 universities and colleges by 2020.