AUICK Associate Cities
- DANANG (VIETNAM)
About the City
Danang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, with a
population of approximately 752,439 and a land area of 1,256.2 km².
Danang is located in central Vietnam, 764 kilometres south of Hanoi.
Danang was founded in 1888 and today the main industries are service
industries, manufacturing and construction, agro-forestry, fisheries
and tourism; Hue City, Hoi An Old Town and My Son Sanctuary, UNESCO
designated World Cultural Heritage Sites, are all located nearby. The
city is considered one of the principal elements of the soon to be
opened East-West Economic Corridor, and is a gateway between the
Pacific Ocean and Laos, Northeast Thailand and Myanmar.
Successful City Initiatives
Danang is now considered to have one of the fastest rates
of infrastructural development in Vietnam. For the past 7 years,
through internal and external forces, Danang has become a green, clean
and beautiful city, and has received national recognition for this. One
particularly successful city initiative has been the Five No Programme:
This programme states that Danang shall strive for: No beggars; No
murder for robbery; No illiteracy; No addicts in the community; and No
hungry households. The Danang authorities have been active in targeting
these issues, with encouraging results so far and illiteracy and
hunger, in particular, have been greatly reduced.
Issues Affecting the City
Urban planning is a problem as the fast growth has
outstripped the city's housing facilities and placed extensive pressure
on the authorities to build more houses and clear old structures.
Hunger has been reduced but poverty still remains an issue,
particularly for rural residents whose livelihood is threatened by low
levels of mechanisation, a low quality of agricultural products, and
low consumer demand. Waste disposal is a further issue with the city
meeting just 85% of current demand. Fresh water supply remains
restricted in many areas and supply of water and sanitation is
particularly lacking in rural areas.