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Experts in a press conference and meeting with deputy prime minister Hoang Trung Hai in Ha Noi said that Viet Nam would need to consider its power sector strategy to cope with climate change.

Yvo de Boer, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Dennis Tirpark, former coordinator of international climate change negotiations for the UN, said that the future construction of coal power plants would increase Viet Nam's greenhouse gas emission.

Mr De Boer said that "Gas emission would increase while the world is talking about a global commitment to 50% reduction.”

Coal remains a major source of energy in Viet Nam, accounting for more than 20% of all sources of power.

Read more: Vietnam power plan needed to tackle warming

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By adopting certain fiscal policies for coping with climate change, Vietnam has been restructuring its economy on an environmentally friendly and sustainable basis.

This view was shared by Yvo De Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai in Hanoi on November 5.

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Australia will invest A$160 million over five years in a major road transport project in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s food bowl, representing the largest single Australian aid activity in Southeast Asia, the Australian Embassy Hanoi said Monday.

The project, called the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project, will link people and markets across the Mekong Delta to the rest of Southeast Asia and beyond, according to the Australian Embassy.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced this funding during her meeting with Vietnamese leaders on weekend in Hanoi, the embassy said. The Australian PM attended the ASEAN-Australia Summit on the sidelines of the 17th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Hanoi on October 30.

Read more: Australia says will fund A$160 mln for Mekong Delta transport

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