Ha Noi, December 12, 2019 - The Viet Nam Association for Building Materials (VABM) in collaboration with the Project Management Unit for “Promotion of Non-Fired Bricks (NFB) production and utilization in Viet Nam” organized the Building Material Forum 2019 (BMF2019) to honor “Enterprises with Best Practices in Production and Utilization of Non-fired Building Materials – an environmentally friendly and green building product.” The Forum was organized with the guidance and sponsorship of the Ministry of Construction (MOC), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam.

This was an event to honor and encourage the driving role of businesses in changing awareness of non-fired building materials (NFBMs) of the society, and thereby promoting market development for production and utilization of non-fired building materials, and contributing to sustainable development goals and climate change targets in Viet Nam. At the forum, businesses also shared and exchanged their innovative solutions in science and technology, business administration, challenges and constraints and their solutions in the production and utilization of non-fired building materials, which contributed significantly to the successful implementation of the Program on development of non-fired building materials of the Government.

Vice Minister of Science and Technology Le Xuan Dinh emphasized: “The Building Material Forum 2019 is a meaningful and practical activity to recognize  significant contributions of the enterprises with best practices in production and utilization of non-fired building materials, contributing to the successful implementation of the Non-fired Building Material Development Program of the Government.”

“Decision 567/QD-TTg dated April 28, 2010 on approval of the Non-fired Building Material Development Program and Decision 1686/QD-TTg dated September 19, 2014 on approval of the Project “Promotion of Non-Fired Bricks (NFB) production and utilization in Viet Nam” of the Prime Minister are the key orientations of the State on sustainable development of building material sector in the country,” Vice Minister of Construction Bui Pham Khanh affirmed.

Despite of remaining constraints, in the last ten years, the Program 567 achieved important results. NFBMs were used in many construction sites. The market share of NFBMs aslo increased significantly. The awareness of NFBM production and utilization of different stakeholders in the society was raised significantly.   

After more than 5 months of implementation and with the proactive participation of NFBM manufacturers, NFMB producers and construction enterprises, the Organization Board of BMF2019 selected 51 qualified enterprises to be honoured following the regulations of the Program, including:  
-    37 NFMB producers  
-    4 enterprises manufacturing and transferring NFBM technologies
-    5 construction contractors with projects using NFBMs
-    5 investors with construction projects using NFBMs  

Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative commended the Government of Viet Nam and all stakeholders in the brick making sector for their determination, and commitment to shift the industry from coal fired polluting kilns to environmentally friendly non-fired technology. She stressed that  ”producing and using non-fired bricks is not only possible, but profitable and brings us one step further towards achieving the sustainable development goals and national climate change targets”.

On behalf of the BMF2019 Organizing Board, Mr. Tong Van Nga, Chairman of Viet Nam Association for Building Materials, called on the business community to go for green development by using environmentally friendly building materials for their construction works.

The BMF2019  was an remarkable event, with the attendance of Leaders of Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Science and Technology, United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam, Departments of Construction, Viet Nam Association for Building Materials, Viet Nam Federation of Civil Engineering Association, Institutes and Associations in construction sector, specialists and experts, and especially enterprises producing or utilizing NFBMs, press agencies, televisions and mass media.

More information:
Ms. Vu Thi Thu Hang
United Nations Development Programme
Tel: 024-38500138, Email: vu.thi.thu.hang@undp.org

Ms. Phan Huong Giang
CCE Media and Communication Analyst,
United Nations Development Programme
Email: phan.huong.giang@undp.org

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